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Hudson Valley's Teaching Gallery Announces Open(ed) Spaces Exhibit

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, August 29, 2003

In conjunction with Hudson Valley Community College's 50th anniversary celebration, nine artists from the Capital Region and beyond have placed site-specific and site-related works on the campus for an exhibit entitled "Open(ed) Spaces." The show will open with a reception at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 28 in the Teaching Gallery located in the Marvin Library. The exhibit will be in place until April 30, 2004.

The featured artists are James Cullinane, Christa Donner, Chris Duncan, Anna Dyson, Jeanne Flanagan, Thomas Lail, Paul Mauren, Edward Mayer, and Karen Mirza. Each artist also will display additional works in the Teaching Gallery in a series of exhibits entitled "Open(ed) Processes."

Additional works from Cullinane and Donner will be available for viewing in the Teaching Gallery from September 12 to October 17. Duncan, Flanagan and Mauren will exhibit additional pieces from October 23 to November 22. Their Open(ed) Processes exhibit will kick off with a reception at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23. Dyson and Mirza will kick off their Open(ed) Processes with a reception at 4 p.m. on December 4. The exhibit will run through January 18. The final Open(ed) Processes exhibit will include additional works by Lail and Mayer and will begin with a 4 p.m. reception on January 29. Their works will be on display until February 29. All receptions will take place in the Teaching Gallery.

James Cullinane
Cullinane, native of Brooklyn, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York City. His site installations consist of tens of thousands of nails, push pins or map pins. His recent exhibit, "AIM 22," was displayed at the Bronx Museum in New York City. He also recently has exhibited at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Palm Beach, Florida; the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and the Rice University Gallery in Houston, Texas. He will talk about his work at 1 p.m. on October 16 in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Christa Donner
Donner, from Cleveland, Ohio, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She also studied at the Memphis College of Art. She has exhibited her work all over the country, including: the Post Gallery in Los Angeles; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Delaware; and at the Progressive Insurance corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work represents an exploration of the body and body image, primarily in relation to women and to mainstream Western culture.

Chris Duncan
A Canajoharie native, Duncan has studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and at the New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture in New York City. He has recently exhibited at Union College's Mandeville Gallery as well as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Vertical Gallery. Duncan also has exhibited at the RICO Gallery in Brooklyn. He will talk about his work at 6 p.m. on October 29 in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Anna Dyson
Dyson, an assistant professor of architecture at RPI, is the co-founder of a research entity for interdisciplinary research in architecture. She has worked with architectural firms in New York City and Paris. She also has designed and built houses for Habitat for Humanity, and exhibited her work in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Currently living in Averill Park, Dyson will talk about her work at 5 p.m. on December 4 in Hudson Valley's Teaching Gallery.

Jeanne Flanagan
Jeanne Flanagan, the director of The College of Saint Rose Art Gallery, uses slate as her building material, hammering it into the ground in a repetitive pattern to form a densely constructed and very sturdy abstract form. Recently, Flanagan has installed works at the Chesterwood Museum and the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a resident of Delmar.

Thomas Lail
Lail, an associate professor of fine arts at Hudson Valley, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University at Albany in 1991. Lail's recent work was shown in "Sculpture: A Matter of Soft and Hard," curated by Anne Ellegood and Rachel Gugelberger at The Artists Alliance in New York City. He also has exhibited in RPI's Green Gallery. Originally from Niskayuna, Lail will talk about his work at 1 p.m. on February 12 in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Paul Mauren
Mauren, a Delmar resident, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. He recently exhibited in the "40 Artists 40 Miles" exhibit hosted by the Arts Center of the Capital Region. His work also has been shown at the Chesterwood Museum, the Albany International Airport and the College of Saint Rose Art Gallery.

Edward Mayer
Mayer, a professor of art at the University at Albany, earned his bachelor's from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. Mayer, who resides in Delmar, has exhibited at several college or university galleries including: Binghamton University; the University at Albany; Hartwick College; and Rhode Island College. His works also have been shown at the Weston Art Gallery and the Chidlaw Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. His work, "Twin Peeks" was commissioned by the Albany International Airport. He will talk about his work at 6 p.m. on September 17 in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Karen Mirza
Mirza, a native of London, England, earned a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Camberwell College of Arts in London and a master's degree from the Royal College of Art. Her works have been exhibited in several shows throughout London, including the Arbutus Street Studio and the Lower Gulbenkian Gallery. She recently served as a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art, London.

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. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.

Opened Processes Schedule

Open(ed) Processes 1
James Cullinane/ Christa Donner Sept. 12 - Oct. 17 2003
Reception (Teaching Gallery) Sept 28, 5-7 p.m.
Talk by James Cullinane (BTC Auditorium*) Oct 16, 1 p.m.

Open(ed) Processes 2
Chris Duncan/ Jeanne Flanagan/ Paul Mauren Oct. 23 - Nov. 22, 2003
Reception (Teaching Gallery) Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m.
Talk by Chris Duncan (BTC Auditorium) Oct. 29, 6 p.m.

Open(ed) Processes 3
Anna Dyson/ Karen Mirza Dec. 4, 2003 - Jan. 18, 2004
Reception (Teaching Gallery) Dec. 4, 4-6 p.m.
Talk by Anna Dyson (Teaching Gallery) Dec. 4, 5 p.m.

Open(ed) Processes 4
Thomas Lail/ Edward Mayer Jan. 29 - Feb. 29, 2004
Reception (Teaching Gallery) Jan. 29, 4-6 p.m.
Talk by Edward Mayer (BTC Auditorium) Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
Talk by Thomas Lail (BTC Auditorium) Feb. 12, 1 p.m.

*Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium