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11/12/2003
Artists to Discuss Open(ed) Spaces Work at Hudson Valley
Gallery talk by Anna Dyson, collaborators scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 12, 2003

An opening reception for Open(ed) Processes 3, an exhibit highlighting the work of artist and architect Anna Dyson and filmmaker Karen Mirza, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College.

Dyson and Mirza are two of the nine artists who have contributed to Open(ed) Spaces, a year-long exhibit of site-specific and site-related works of art that have been installed throughout the Hudson Valley campus.

The reception will feature a gallery talk at 5 p.m. by Dyson, Patrick Wong, Katalina Arboleda and Lisa Pasquale, who work collaboratively as Materialab. They will discuss the ideas and process behind their work, including their contribution to Open(ed) Spaces, "Amphibia 2003." The work of acetate and packing tape is located in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

Mirza's medium is projected light. Her work, "Angles of Incidence," is on display in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

Open(ed) Processes 3, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 18, will feature additional work by both artists on display in the gallery, which is located in the Marvin Library. The Open(ed) Spaces exhibit runs through April 30, 2004.

Dyson, of Averill Park, is an assistant professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the co-founder of a research entity for interdisciplinary research in architecture. She has designed and built houses for Habitat for Humanity, and exhibited her work in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

A native of London, England, Mirza's works have been exhibited in several shows throughout London, and she recently served as a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art, London.

The Teaching Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and closed Sunday.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.