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11/12/2003
Hudson Valley Community College's Fine Arts Program Signs Transfer Agreement With Art Institute of Chicago

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Just four years after its formation, Hudson Valley Community College's Fine Arts Department has landed another direct transfer agreement with a major four-year baccalaureate program in the fine arts.

Noting the number of high quality students transferring from Hudson Valley over the past two years, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago this summer approached Hudson Valley to sign a formal articulation agreement with the two-year school.

"(Your) students come to us with a level of sophistication which points clearly to the shared concern of both our schools, namely our commitment to excellence in education in art and design," wrote Chris Bratton, dean of undergraduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"We're extremely pleased that The School of the Art Institute of Chicago made a conscious effort to reach out to Hudson Valley and create this linkage," said Hudson Valley's Vice President for Academic Affairs Carolyn Curtis. "It speaks to the quality of instruction graduates in this program receive here."

The transfer agreement is effective immediately and is just the latest in a series of events that has helped make the community college's Fine Arts program increasingly more visible and respected locally and on a national level. In recognition of the college's 50th anniversary this year, the school's Teaching Gallery was able to fund nine site-related works around campus. The exhibition of large-scale installations will run through the academic year and some of the pieces will remain in the college's permanent collection. The artists themselves will lecture and speak about their work throughout the academic year.

Students successfully completing the Hudson Valley Fine Arts program can now transfer directly into several top-level art programs in the Capital Region and around the country. Hudson Valley has signed articulation agreements with SUNY Plattsburgh, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and The College of Saint Rose. Agreements with Savannah College of Art and Design, The Art Institute of Boston and Montserrat College of Art also are set to be signed this year.

For more information about the Fine Arts Department at Hudson Valley Community College, contact Dorothy Reynolds at 629-7347, or reynodor@hvcc.edu.

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 each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning.