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Hudson Valley Community College Presents Hugo Bastidas Paintings in Exhibition, "Soiled," Opening Oct. 4

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8071 or Siobhan Quinn (528) 629-7170

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 21, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College proudly presents the gallery opening of "Soiled" with works by Hugo Xavier Bastidas on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Marvin Teaching Gallery in the Marvin Library (adjacent to the Visitor Parking Lot) at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vanderburgh Ave., Troy. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the college's Humanities, Arts and Cultural Festival taking place from Oct. 1 through Oct. 6. The show is sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The college will also host a free lecture with the artist on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Meeting Room 1.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more information on the Marvin Teaching Gallery, contact Tara Fracalossi at 629-8006.

The exhibit will feature black and white oil paintings by Bastidas. The show runs from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, 2001. The artist has chosen to incorporate reflections on the Sept. 11 tragedy into the show and lecture. According to Howard McCalebb of New York City, "Hugo Xavier Bastidas provides a revealing and entertaining look at slices of human life. In our world of human foibles, he makes an attempt to keep critical issues visible´┐Ż He recognizes true complexity in our human lack of perfection, and chooses to pose a moral challenge to the individuals who constitute our collective society" (from Nohra Haime catalog, 1999).

Bastidas was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1956 and moved to the United States in 1960. He lives and works in New York and New Jersey. Bastidas earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University in 1979 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in 1987. He has been the recipient of the Robert Smithson Memorial Scholarship (1979-1980), the Fulbright Fellowship (1990), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1992), and the Colombian Ecuadorian Association of America Award in the Visual Arts (1995), among other scholarships and prizes. He is represented by the Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City (212-888-3550).