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\"Graffiti 2001: Experimental Drawings from Hudson Valley Community College Students in Italy\" Opens Sept. 6

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 28, 2001

\"Image\"Hudson Valley Community College is pleased to present Graffiti 2001: Experimental Drawings from Hudson Valley Community College Students in Italy\" in the LRC Gallery from Sept. 6 through Sept. 28. There will be an opening reception for the show on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The LRC Gallery is located in the Marvin Library on the Hudson Valley campus at 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. For more information, call 629-7170.

The show will feature the work of thirteen Hudson Valley Fine Arts program students and two Fine Arts program graduates who currently attend The College of Saint Rose. The students were in Italy from June 3 to June 29, 2001 participating in a 3-credit class, Experimental Drawing in Italy, arranged through the Hudson Valley Fine Arts department and International Studies department. They lived in a pensione in the heart of Florence near St. Lorenzo, and also spent time in Rome, San Gimignano, Pisa and Venice, where they attended the Biennale de Venezia, one of the largest and oldest contemporary art shows in the world. Many of the drawings were done on location at museums, cloisters, the basilica at St. Peter's and other scenic and historic locations. The students also worked on their art in the open courtyard of their pensione each day.

Hudson Valley Fine Arts faculty members Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail were the course instructors and guides for the Italy trip. The Hudson Valley Faculty Student Association provided a grant to pay for the Venice trip and for admission to all museums.

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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.