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Hudson Valley's Teaching Gallery Hosts Literacy Volunteers Photo Exhibit

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 9, 2002

The summer season's exhibit in the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College will be the portable show "American Through New Eyes," prepared last year by Literacy Volunteers of Greater Rensselaer County.

The exhibit features photographs by seven people who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s and were subsequently taught to speak and read English by Literacy Volunteers. The participants each were given a disposable camera and told to take photographs of what they found interesting, whether good or bad. They also wrote captions, telling what they saw and why they took the photographs.

The exhibit will be installed Friday, May 10 in the Teaching Gallery, located in the Marvin Library at Hudson Valley. It will continue through Labor Day, with weekday hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Teaching Gallery is closed weekends during the summer months. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 colleges in the SUNY system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training.