‘Hudson Valley Artists 2023: Homespun’ opens Feb. 4 at the Dorsky Museum

Paolo Arao, Mixed Signals (Diptych), 2020, courtesy the artist

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz will open its annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, “Hudson Valley Artists 2023: Homespun” on Feb. 4, 2023. The exhibition will remain on view through April 2.

Curated by Karlyn Benson, The Dorsky’s interim curator and exhibitions manager, the 16th Hudson Valley Artists exhibition features 19 local artists who were selected by invitation and will open in February, a new winter timeslot for this annual exhibition. The exhibition will return to its open-call, juried format in 2024.

“Homespun” is a group exhibition of artists working in the Hudson Valley who use fabric and fiber as their primary medium. It features a range of approaches to working with textiles, from contemporary quilts to sculpture and weaving.

“Homespun” explores the ways in which some artists use fabric in order to honor traditional crafts and “women’s work,” while others use sewing and needlework techniques learned from relatives to connect with their personal histories. Many artists in the exhibition utilize materials that have been recycled, donated, or repurposed to create new forms and structures.

Artists in the Exhibition

Paolo Arao | Grace Bakst Wapner | Natalie Baxter |Samantha Bittman | Orly Cogan | Melissa Dadourian | Ana Maria Farina | Kathy Greenwood | Kat Howard | Laura Kaufman | Laleh Khorramian | Niki Lederer | Will McLeod | Rachel Mica Weiss | Courtney Puckett | Padma Rajendran | Hanna Washburn | Deborah Zlotsky | Ishraq Zraikat

About the annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition

Hudson Valley Artists is open to all emerging and mid-career artists with an active art practice in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.

Exhibited works will be eligible for acquisition into the Museum’s permanent collection, thanks to the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award supported by the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Amy Talluto, Nestor Madalengoita, Richard Edelman, Deb Lucke, Holly Hughes, Stephen Niccolls, Patrick Kelley, Adie Russell, Libby Paloma, Elisa Pritzker, Charles Geiger, Curt Belshe, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Mollie McKinley, and Adam Chau, among others.

About The Dorsky Museum

Through its collections, exhibitions and public programs, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz supports and enriches the academic programs at the College, presents a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. The Museum is widely recognized as the premier public showplace for exhibition, education and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region’s art and artists from yesterday and today. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system. Since its official dedication on Oct. 20, 2001, The Dorsky has presented more than 100 exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects and in-depth studies of contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann and Ushio Shinohara.