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Ronald Cohen to Speak at Inaugural Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Lecture

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063 or (518) 629-8061
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 14, 2003

Figurative and landscape painter Ronald Cohen will be the speaker at the first Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 20 at 2 p.m. in Hudson Valley Community College's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Admission to the lecture is free for Hudson Valley students, faculty and staff and $5 for the general public.

Cohen, an Associate Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa, creates stage-like tableaux with figures, flora and fauna that recall Italian and French romantic painting but address the contemporary loss of that historical tradition and the beliefs and stories that fed it. Players create narratives in a frozen scene where anything can happen but nothing seems to move. This sense of theatrical expectation is further enhanced by Cohen's accomplished use of traditional painting techniques played against his method of working from memory rather than models or observation.

Cohen's works have been exhibited nationally, most recently at the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York, the Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. He has twice won the University of Iowa's Arts and Humanities Fellowship for his work. He also was awarded the Major Fellowship Grant in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts on two occasions. Cohen recently returned from sabbatical in Rome, Italy.

Stephen L. Hyatt was a professor in the Hudson Valley biology department from 1975 to 1993. His estate provided a gift to the Viking Child Care Center, established the Stephen L. Hyatt Science Award, and donated a fossil collection along with two Grecian urns to the Hudson Valley Foundation. The urns were auctioned at Sotheby's to establish the Fine Arts Endowment in memory of Mr. Hyatt. The endowment is used to support cultural events, exhibits, art shows, lectures and juried shows held on campus for the benefit of Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley Community College, located at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue 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 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.