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Teaching Gallery Exhibits Listed For Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, July 24, 2002

A performance focusing on the relationship between body and environment, and a related installed exhibit of photographs and drawings, will begin the annual series of professional shows this fall in the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College.

The opening reception for work by performance artist Jessica Reeves-Cohen of New York City will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the gallery. An instructor at the Eugene Lang College of New School University in New York City, Reeves-Cohen will perform on Sept. 18 and will lecture from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the college, immediately prior to the reception. The exhibit continues through Oct. 19.

The artist says her current performances and installations "poke at contradictions in a desire for both privacy and connection by positioning innocent bystanders and/or surveillance cameras as ‘audience' to my private physical relationship with the ‘public' landscape or architecture."

The Teaching Gallery will begin the academic year with an exhibit titled "Graffiti 2002," including works by Hudson Valley students who studied drawing in Florence, Italy early this summer. An opening reception for the student artists will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The Teaching Gallery will host exhibits by four professional artists in coming months, as well as four student exhibits. The shows will feature a variety of media, including:

  • Figurative Paintings and Drawings by Ronald Cohen, associate professor of painting and drawing at University of Iowa: Lecture at 2:30 p.m. and opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. The exhibit continues through Nov. 23.
  • Sculpture and Installation by Mayumi Hayashi, co-founder of the Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn: Lecture at 2:30 p.m. and opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. The exhibit continues through Jan. 22.
  • Paintings by Gelsey Verna, assistant professor at University of Wisconsin: Lecture at 2:30 p.m. and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. The exhibit continues through Feb. 27.
  • Questar III High School Art Exhibit: A juried exhibit of high school art in all media from area school districts. Opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 6. The exhibit continues through March 30.
  • Annual Juried Student Exhibit: Including photography, painting and drawing by Hudson Valley students. Opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 10. The exhibit continues through April 23.
  • Directed Study in Drawing and Painting Exhibit: Year-end exhibit of Hudson Valley's advanced students in all media. Opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 5. The exhibit continues through May 16.

Established to stimulate the creation and understanding of contemporary art for the benefit of Hudson Valley Community College and the larger community, the Teaching Gallery is located in the Marvin Library on the college campus in Troy. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. For information, visit the Teaching Gallery Web site at

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 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.