Artist Christian Carson will exhibit selected paintings from his collections beginning Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College.
Carson's paintings offer views of nature that straddle the line between cartoon figuration and Renaissance humanism. His intimately up-close views of piled leaves and plant matter are "responses to the deep-rooted conceit in Western consciousness that humanity is separate from nature," according to the artist.
Originally from Oklahoma City, Carson now lives in Brockport, earning a master's degree from the University at Albany. His work has been featured in numerous regional galleries including the SUNY University Art Museum in Albany and Saratoga County Arts Council Gallery in Saratoga Springs.
The Hudson Valley exhibit will open with a lecture and reception, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. The exhibit in the Teaching Gallery, located in the college's Marvin Library, will run through Thursday, Jan. 19.
The gallery is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call (518) 620-8006. For more information about other events on campus, visit www.hvcc.edu/culture.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.