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04/27/2015
Hudson Valley Community College Fine Arts Students Exhibit at Omi International Arts Center

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 27, 2015

“While You Were Sleeping,” an exhibit of works by students enrolled in the Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting program at Hudson Valley Community College, will be displayed at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited, free of charge, to the exhibit and opening reception in Omi’s Education Pavilion.

Students whose work is included are Sara Alonge, S. Marissa Barnes, Anna Campbell, Quentin Carey, Nick Coonrad, Brittany Fedorchak, Anthony Guagliardo, Ibraheem Jara, Haley Macherone, Arnela Mahmutovic, Cody Montanye, Kevin Mosca and Garrett White.

Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting is a year-long academic course of guided study, offered by the college’s Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications for Fine Arts students who have completed foundation arts courses and wish to begin developing their own body of work. As part of the course, taught by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Thomas Lail, students produce a year-end thesis exhibit of their work in the Teaching Gallery at the college.

“The title of the exhibition, While You Were Sleeping, is telling in its description of the overriding approach and concerns of this group of young artists. While the individualized paths of Advanced Study are not predetermined and the routes are varied, untested, and staggeringly plural, this particular group largely embraced their practice as a critical inquiry -- a prying open of the accepted and the everyday to examine its contexts and possible meanings,” says Lail of the student works.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 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 more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians and dancers. The 300-acre campus is also the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a public exhibit space with nearly 80 contemporary sculptures; Architecture Omi, exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape; and Education Omi, an arts education program for children and teens.

Directions to Omi International Arts Center and the Education Pavilion are at www.artomi.org.