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Artist to Go Out on a Limb for Performance At Hudson Valley Community College

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Performance artist Jessica Reeves-Cohen will nest into a personally-styled cocoon in a maple tree on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College, in an artistic allusion to the plight of tent caterpillars.

Reeves-Cohen's first-ever performance in a tree will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in a tree on the quadrangle beside the Siek Campus Center at Hudson Valley. The guest artist will lecture about her work at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at the college.

A reception for Reeves-Cohen will take place at 4 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery in Marvin Library at the college, following Thursday's lecture. The reception is in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit of the artist's installed work and photos and videos of her performances. The events are free and open to the public. Call 629-8006, or visit for additional information.

A Brooklyn-based artist who is an instructor at the Eugene Lang College of the New School University in New York City, Reeves-Cohen earned a bachelor's degree with a concentration in drawing at Carnegie Mellon University, and a master of fine arts degree with an interdisciplinary concentration in dance and sculpture at Bennington College.

Much of Reeves-Cohen's work explores the relationship between body and environment, and she uses costume elements such as trains to form suggestions of images.

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