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Noted Photography Curator To Speak at Inaugural Teaching Gallery Benefit

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: February 28, 2002

\"PeterPeter Galassi, chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will be the guest speaker for a memorial lecture to benefit the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday, April 18.

Tara Fracalossi, director of the gallery located in the Marvin Library at Hudson Valley, said the event will take place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on campus, and will include a silent auction, the inaugural Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Lecture, and a "meet the speaker" cocktail reception.

Committee chairperson for the event is Dr. Dehlly Porras, dean of Liberal Arts at Hudson Valley.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a preview of the selection of original art available in the silent auction. About 20 works have been donated for auction by area artists and the college's faculty and alumni.

The Hyatt Memorial Lecture will be presented at 6 p.m., followed by the auction bidding and a wine reception with the speaker.

The late Stephen L. Hyatt taught science at Hudson Valley before his retirement. He was a Kingston resident and a collector of fine arts. His generosity to the college's Foundation established a fine arts endowment.

Admission for the benefit auction, lecture and reception is $75, and reservations are available by calling 629-8071. Proceeds from the event will fund a specialized endowment for the teaching gallery. The gallery has hosted five exhibits since its opening in 2001.

As chief curator at one of the world's leading art museums, Galassi organized the exhibition Andreas Gursky (2001). The year before, he led a team of 16 curators in presenting the 24 exhibitions comprising Making Choices, the second of three cycles of exhibitions marking the turn of the century, all of them drawn from collections at the Museum of Modern Art.

Earlier this year, Galassi acquired for the museum more than 300 works from the Thomas Walther collection, widely recognized as the pre-eminent private collection of modernist photography, including outstanding works by virtually every leading European and American photographer of the 1920s and 30s. In 2000, he spearheaded the major acquisition of 1,000 works by Lee Friedlander that span the artist's career.

The Fine Arts program at Hudson Valley is a broad-based curriculum, which acquaints students with all mediums and prepares them to continue their studies in the arts. The program, which leads to an Associate in Science degree in Fine Arts, includes courses in design, drawing, painting, photography, art history and electronic arts. It provides the foundation level for students interested in continuing their studies in studio art, graphic design, art education or architecture.

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.