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"Out of Print," A New Look at Books, on Display in Hudson Valley Community College Library through September

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 28, 2014

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Out of Print“Out of Print,” on view at Hudson Valley Community College through September 19, 2014 provides a fresh look at books and print materials through the eyes of artists as they reflect upon the past and uncertain future of these information mediums.

Originally created by curator Judie Gilmore for the 2013 Winter Art Exhibition at the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library, “Out of Print” is on loan to the college’s Marvin Library Learning Commons and is open to the public free of charge during regular library hours.

The artists, Fern Apfel, Cara Barer, Doug Beube, Doug Manchee, Scott McCarney, Fawn Potash and Robert The, manipulate and document existing books to create new book forms and structures. Also included are artists’ books from the Women’s Studio Workshop.

Each artist treats books and print materials differently: as found objects and relics, as flawed systems for information delivery, or as simple raw materials. Their queries allow us to see books anew – as subjects and objects of art – expanding their shelf lives for just a moment longer through interpretation and inspiration.
No longer the primary format for the dissemination of knowledge and information, the book is being replaced by the Internet, along with the various technical devices that connect us to it, and libraries are redefining how they provide access to constantly shifting and expanding knowledge.

Hudson Valley Community College graciously acknowledges the Albany Public Library for allowing Out of Print to be reconceived for the Marvin Library Learning Commons. For more information about current Albany Public Library exhibitions, please visit

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.