The SDMA's Hudson Valley Artists Series was initiated in 1991 as an annual exhibition developed to serve talented artists who live and work in the Hudson Valley and Catskill region. This year's exhibition is open to artists who are not represented by a commercial gallery at the time of submission and are not students or employees of SUNY-New Paltz.
"The Medium is the Message" refers to the phrase coined by philosopher Marshall McLuhan in 1964. McLuhan's iconic term posits that the medium (in his case, television) actually creates meaning. This year's exhibition takes McLuhan's notion and further expands it to include all forms of artistic expression in which the medium is integral to the meaning of the finished work.
Guest juror Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, will review all work submitted including painting, photography, video, Web projects, digital, film, audio, sculpture, installation et cetera and organize an exhibition of recent artwork that will explore the materiality of artmaking and the meaning inherent in artists' choice of media. For submission guidelines visit the museum at www.newpaltz.edu/museum/news.cfm?category=G#.
Markonish is a new curator at Mass MOCA, where her first exhibition, "Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape," opens in May. Previously, Markonish was the director/curator at Artspace in New Haven, Connecticut, where she organized the exhibition "Territories," which traveled to the Galerie fur Landschaftskunst in Hamburg, Germany. Additionally, she prepared the inaugural exhibitions "Time, Share" and "Body Double" at Art Interactive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Markonish was curator at the Fuller Museum of Art, where she organized "Drawing on Tradition," "Face Off: Confronting the Figure," "Almost Home: Photographers and Domestic Space," "Project of a Boundary: Recent Art from Chile" and initiated a project space for the presentation of "Palimpsest: Defining a New Cultural Language," named Best of 2000 by The Boston Herald. In 2001, Markonish arranged "Mark Dion: New England Digs," a traveling project with Brown University, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Markonish wrote for and edited a catalogue documenting the exhibition, which was awarded First Prize by the New England Museum Association Publications Awards. Denise Markonish holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
For additional information, call (845) 257-3844 or visit the Web at www.newpaltz.edu/museum. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is dedicated to collecting, researching, interpreting and exhibiting works of art from diverse cultures. The permanent collection spans a period of almost 4,000 years. Areas of specialization include 20th-century paintings and works on paper, Asian and Pre-Columbian art and artifacts, metals and photographs. SDMA has a special commitment to collecting and exhibiting important works of art created by artists who have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions.