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10/16/2002
Paintings of Ronald Cohen on Display In Hudson Valley's Teaching Gallery

CONTACT: Steve Mullen(518) 629-8063

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 16, 2002

The works of figurative and landscape painter Ronald Cohen will be on display in Hudson Valley Community College's Teaching Gallery from October 24 to November 23. There will be a free public reception on October 24, 4-6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery located in the Marvin Library.

Cohen, an Associate Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa, creates stage- like tableaux with figures, flora and fauna that recall Italian and French romantic painting but address the contemporary loss of that historical tradition and the beliefs and stories that fed it. Players create narratives in a frozen scene where anything can happen but nothing seems to move. This sense of theatrical expectation is further enhanced by Cohen's accomplished use of traditional painting techniques played against his method of working from memory rather than models or observation.

Cohen's works have been exhibited nationally, most recently at the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York, the Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City, IA and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. He has twice won the University of Iowa's Arts and Humanities Fellowship for his work. He also was awarded the Major Fellowship Grant in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts on two occasions. Cohen is currently on sabbatical in Rome, Italy.

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 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.