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Mind Over Matter: Work of Renowned Artist Stephen Alcorn on Display at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 14, 2000

A selection of thirty works by Cambridge resident Stephen Alcorn spanning 20 years is on display in the Learning Resources Center Gallery in the Dwight Marvin Library at Hudson Valley Community College. The exhibit entitled MIND OVER MATTER: Selected Works by Stephen Alcorn will be on view until October 5, 2000. Hours for this exhibit are: Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.; closed Sundays. All images on display are for sale (unframed) by contacting

The exhibition offers an overview of the vast range of techniques, subjects, and themes that Mr. Alcorn has embraced as a painter, printmaker, illustrator and designer of books for adults and young adults. Opening the exhibit are dreamy farmyard scenes, disarmingly tender family portraits, a playful "Portrait of the Artist With His Muse", and a provocative "Moll Flanders" (this image is cleverly hung adjacent a bemused Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec). Complementing the whimsy of these opening images are dramatic portraits of celebrated authors, ranging from Jack Kerouac to Edgar Allen Poe, as well as a series of searing allegorical interpretations of the horrors of the slave trade. The exhibition closes with iconic portraits of martyrs John Brown, Antonio Gramsci, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoughtfully and gracefully hung, this exhibition reveals the many sources of inspiration that lie behind this prolific artist's work. In the words of noted Italian art historian Daniele Baroni, "Stephen Alcorn's work invites repeated viewings; his imagery, at once figurative, abstract, and highly conceptual, lends itself to being appreciated on a multitude of levels."


While born in the United States, Mr. Alcorn spent his formative years in Florence, Italy. It was there that he attended the Instituto Statale d'Arte, an experience that left an indelible impression upon him and infused his work with a passion for bold technical experimentation in a wide range of mediums. Mr. Alcorn's work hangs in numerous private and permanent collections, both in the United States and in Europe. Major publishers throughout the world routinely employ his award winning portraiture and illustration, and his work has been the subject of numerous feature magazine articles appearing in Print, Graphis, U&LC, Linea Grafica, Grafica & Disegno, Prometeo, and Abitare. His books for young readers include Langston Hughes: An Illustrated Edition, which won the 1998 Carter G. Woodson Book Award, and I Too Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry, which was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. This exhibit coincides with the publication of two new books that Mr. Alcorn has illustrated: Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women, by Andrea Davis Pinkney and My America: A Poetry Atlas, by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Both volumes have received starred reviews in the September, 2000 issues of Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal.

Since 1986 Mr. Alcorn has lived and worked in the village of Cambridge, New York, with his wife, botanical artist Sabina Fascione Alcorn, and their two daughters. 1993 marked the opening to the general public of The Alcorn Studio & Gallery, a multifaceted workshop featuring rotating exhibits of both artists' painting, printmaking, and publishing activities. 1998 marks the opening of their on-line gallery, located at