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Hudson Valley Community College Teaching Gallery Announces Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College will present its first-ever Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition, on view Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, 2010.

Works in photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, video and mixed media by 17 artists who studied Fine Art at Hudson Valley between 1993 and 2006 will be displayed.

Artists in the exhibition include:

Tim Devall '01, Albany
Elizabeth Egnaczyk '03, Queens
Leevi Ernits '96, Stanfordville
Michelle Faust, '97, Chicago
Robert Hayner Jr., '02, Menands
Sarah Martinez '95, Albany
Anthony Montuori '07, Beverly, Mass.
Christopher Pecoraro Jr '01, Astoria
Chelsea Piazza '06, Watervliet
Gabrielle Piedmonte '97, Brooklyn
Valerie Rafferty '06, Beverly, Mass.
Ruth Rieffanaugh '03, Allston, Mass.
Jack Shaefer '05, Rensselaer
Marilee Sousie '05, Albany
Courtney Troeger '05, Rensselaer
Megan Viscio '02, Voorheesville
Zach Ziemann, '02, Brooklyn

The Fine Arts program at Hudson Valley Community College was founded in 1997 as a foundation-level program offering coursework in drawing, painting, two dimensional design, photography, art history and liberal arts. The program leads to an A.S. in Fine Art degree. Graduates of the program have earned bachelor's degrees at institutions such as The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Montserrat College, the School of Visual Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The College of St Rose, The University at Albany, SUNY Purchase and SUNY New Paltz, among others. Students have gone on to attain their master's degrees at The University at Albany, Vermont College, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Public programs related to the exhibit include an artist talk by Valerie Rafferty 06, BFA, Montserrat College of Art '08; MFA, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (expected spring 2011), at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, which will be followed by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building. All exhibits are installed and supported by students in the Gallery Management program. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.