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California Artist's Exhibit to Open In Marvin Teaching Gallery

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Tara Fracalossi (518) 629-8006

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: November 28, 2001

Reductive abstract landscapes of plastic, rubber, and vinyl in hard-edge silhouette and ungrounded space are elements of original artwork by Benicia Gantner, now on display in the Marvin Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College. The California artist will greet the public at an opening reception for her show from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the gallery.

Located in the Marvin Library at Hudson Valley, adjacent to the visitor parking lot, the Marvin Teaching Gallery is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Gantner uses binary code, Braille and imaginary characters in sequences within her some of her work to question how meaning itself is made. She describes her images as "clearly delineated, often crisply outlined in silhouette, and conventionally illustrative and graphic."

The exhibit also includes 13 pieces by Gantner, who will execute "site drawings" in chalk or vinyl while visiting at Hudson Valley. Her show in the Marvin Teaching Gallery will continue through Jan. 12.

Gantner is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bowdoin College, where she studied studio art and religion, and was the James Bowdoin Scholar. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Gantner has participated in numerous exhibits and shows, including recent two-person shows at Adobe Books in San Francisco and the Traywick Gallery in Berkeley, CA, and a solo exhibition at Swallow in Brooklyn.

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, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.