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"Those Who Toil Here" Features Work of Timothy Frerichs and Michael Millspaugh in Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces a two-person exhibition and talk by artists Timothy Frerichs and Michael Millspaugh, opening Thursday Feb. 7.

Those Who Toil Here presents installations, drawings and mixed media works that explore our ties to the land by artists Timothy Frerichs and Michael Millspaugh. The exhibition opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. and continues through March 23. A discussion with the artists also takes place on February 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Timothy Frerichs, Along the LineFrerichs employs both analog and digital mapping techniques to explore our perceptions of and relationships to the natural world. His recent installations and mixed media works explore the geographical and historical connections between commercial shipping on the Great Lakes, the Erie Canal and Tifft Nature Preserve, a former shipping hub and industrial dump in Buffalo.

Michael Millspaugh, who attended Hudson Valley Community College, brings his absurdist humor and dry wit to bear on investigations into a contemporary culture that is oftentimes at odds with itself. Millspaugh’s drawings, sculptures and mixed media work examine military aggression and our desires for a simple, peaceful existence. His images of soldiers and weapons are confounded through wry combinations of garden tools, guns and art supplies.

Frerichs received a bachelor of arts from St. Olaf College and a master of arts and master of fine arts from the University of Iowa. An associate professor of Fine Art and New Media at SUNY Fredonia, he lives and works in Buffalo, NY.

Michael Millspaugh, The Gardening ScotsMillspaugh was born in Amsterdam, NY, and attended Hudson Valley Community College. He holds a B.S. in Studio Art from The College of St. Rose and attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He lives in Rotterdam and maintains a studio in Troy.

Founded in 2001, The Teaching Gallery has presented over 50 exhibitions and lectures by contemporary professional artists of regional, national and international standing as well as annual exhibitions by students in Hudson Valley’s highly regarded Fine Arts program. Since 2007, the gallery has been housed in the award-winning Administration Building designed by Architecture+. Through its exhibitions, the gallery serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Gallery Management degree program providing hands-on experience organizing, installing and maintaining exhibitions.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 12 - 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Gallery exhibitions are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications with assistance from the Office of Cultural Affairs. All exhibitions are installed and assisted by students in Gallery Management courses. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building.