Cultural Affairs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

Each fall and spring, Hudson Valley Community College offers quality cultural programming for the campus community and the general public.

Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. All events are free for Hudson Valley students.

For more information about any of these events, call (518) 629-8071.

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Dr. King’s Journey: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Lobby

Terrence L. Melvin, secretary-treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO, reflects on the state of civil rights in America since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What progress has been made? What challenges do we still face? What do we need to do to keep moving forward?

 

Artist Talk with Sarah Walko
Thursday, February 2, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

An exhibition of sculpture and installation by Sarah Walko, a New York City-based artist, director, curator and writer. Walko is the former director of arts programming at Marble House Project, a non-profit arts and artist residency organization in Dorset, VT and now is director of education and community engagement at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. Recent exhibitions include: Earth Revisited, Film and Video, an exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge (DUMBO, Brooklyn); To Be Everything, Silo Gallery (New Milford, CT); Audubon and the Avian Experience, Marietta College (Marietta, OH); Ley Lines, University of Wyoming Art Museum, (Laramie, WY); Raising the Temperature, Queens Museum of Art (Queens), and You and I Do Not Come Lightly to the Blank Page, Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI).

Sarah Walko: So That I Might Speak to You of Your Magnificence is on exhibit Thursday, Feb. 2 – Saturday, March 4 in the Teaching Gallery.

 

Gallery Reception with Sarah Walko
Thursday, February 2, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building

An exhibition of sculpture and installation by Sarah Walko, a New York City-based artist, director, curator and writer. Walko is the former director of arts programming at Marble House Project, a non-profit arts and artist residency organization in Dorset, VT and now is director of education and community engagement at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. Recent exhibitions include: Earth Revisited, Film and Video, an exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge (DUMBO, Brooklyn); To Be Everything, Silo Gallery (New Milford, CT); Audubon and the Avian Experience, Marietta College (Marietta, OH); Ley Lines, University of Wyoming Art Museum, (Laramie, WY); Raising the Temperature, Queens Museum of Art (Queens), and You and I Do Not Come Lightly to the Blank Page, Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI).

Sarah Walko: So That I Might Speak to You of Your Magnificence is on exhibit Thursday, Feb. 2 – Saturday, March 4 in the Teaching Gallery.

 

Inez Milholland and the New York Suffrage Movement
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Lobby

Outspoken New York suffragist and labor lawyer Inez Milholland was a leader in the women’s movement in the early 20th century. Margaret Bartley, writer, history teacher and Essex County historian, discusses Milholland’s life and her work’s powerful impact on our state legislature to grant women the right to vote.

 

Shakespeare & Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, February 23, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

For the eighth consecutive year, Shakespeare & Company caps a week-long residency with Hudson Valley students, faculty and staff in a 90-minute performance of The Bard’s most delightful, outrageous and comical portrayal of love, mischief and duty.
The free performance, which embodies the company’s educational mission to immerse students in the world of Shakespeare and classical theater in the most active and engaging ways, is open to all ages.

 

Antarctica: Life on the Ice
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Lobby

Susan Fox Rogers, visiting associate professor of writing at Bard College, discusses her experiences living at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and on the ship Antigua in the Arctic. Rogers draws on historic narratives of polar exploration as she discusses life at the ends of the earth.

 

Featured Speaker: Author Tobias Wolff
Friday, March 10, 2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Tobias Wolff is the author of the acclaimed novels “The Barracks Thief” and “Old School,” the memoirs “This Boy’s Life” and “In Pharaoh’s Army,” and the short story collections “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” “Back in the World,” and “The Night in Question.” His most recent collection of short stories, “Our Story Begins,” won The Story Prize for 2008. Wolff received a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama in September 2015. Other awards include the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award, both for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He’s edited several anthologies, including “Best American Short Stories,” “The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories,” and “A Doctor’s Visit: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov.” His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and other magazines and literary journals. A faculty member in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University since 1997, Wolff currently is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Emeritus Professor in the Humanities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program and the English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department.

Book signing and reception to follow.

 

Art and Photographs for the Blind: 3DPhotoWorks
Thursday, March 16, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Lobby

Reflecting on his career as an award-winning, Vietnam War photographer and world traveler, John Olson set out to develop a means by which the blind and visually impaired could experience art and photographs through the sense of touch. Olson discusses his effort to develop a 3-dimensional technique to make art tactile.

 

Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibit and Advanced Study in Drawing & Painting End-of-Year Exhibit
Friday, March 31, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building

Year-end exhibitions by visual arts students in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media. The exhibitions are organized and installed by students in Gallery Management classes.

 

Questar III High School Juried Art Show Opening
Monday, April 3, 2017

Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium in the Marvin Library Learning Commons

Paintings, drawings, video and sculpture by 30 students representing 23 school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties are included in this 28th annual art exhibition.

 

The Buzz About Bees
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Lobby

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating up to one third of the fruits and vegetables we eat every day. Besides this most important role, honey bees live a fascinating social life. Honey bees and wild pollinators also are important to the health of the environment. Currently, honey bees and many other pollinators are under stress from a variety of sources. Loss of habitat, parasites, disease and pesticide exposure contribute to the decline in bee populations. Tom Della Rocco, Albany County executive director with the USDA Farm Service Agency, discusses the life of honey bees and the threats they face.

 

A Percussionist and His LEGOs®
Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Who else but Brian Melick, the region’s best known and most enduring percussionist, would use LEGOs® to build a drum set? Following a “very strict credo NOT to alter the original LEGO-designed brick in any way” – no cutting, drilling or gluing – Melick took advantage of the toy’s remarkable flexibility to build a fully-functional musical instrument. Melick will talk about his inspiration and process to build the drum set, perform, and answer questions from the audience.

 

Water Quality Down the Drain
Thursday, April 27, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Lobby

Water contamination affects all of us. Sewage overflows, lead, PCBs, PFCs and unregulated chemicals impact drinking water and recreational water use throughout New York State. Elizabeth Moran, the water and natural resources associate at Environmental Advocates of New York, discusses the crises in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and Petersburgh, and in other New York State regions. Join us to learn what you can do to protect our most precious natural resource.

 

Digital Media Student Exhibit Gallery Reception and Awards
Friday, April 28, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building

Year-end exhibitions by visual arts students in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media. The exhibitions are organized and installed by students in Gallery Management classes.

 

Arm of the Sea Theater: DIRT — The Secret Life of Soil
Saturday, May 6, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

DIRT is a theatrical experience for all ages that combines over-size mask and puppet characters, visual storytelling and live music in a fun-filled tale about the secret life of soil. The show’s quirky characters include a posse of cosmic shakers, an astronaut gone astray, the alchemical processes of plants, and soil microbes performing their unsung ecosystem services as a lyrical reminder that even modern cyber-space travelers depend on dirt for survival. Based in Saugerties, Arm of the Sea Theater tours extensively throughout the northeast with its original, award-winning shows.