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01/14/2009
Artists Thomas Lail and Michael Oatman Exhibit “The Oatman-Lail News Hour” at Hudson Valley Community College’s Teaching Gallery

Contact: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180, j.shahda@hvcc.edu
For Release: Immediate, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Thomas Lail and Michael Oatman’s “The Oatman-Lail News Hour,” will be exhibited Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, April 4 at The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College.

“The Oatman-Lail News Hour” celebrates 20 years of Thomas Lail and Michael Oatman as friends, collaborators and artists. Though known primarily for their individual large-scale installations, both Lail and Oatman have spent many years making masterfully complex collages on paper addressing issues of power and culture. While Lail utilizes black and white photocopied images culled from newspapers and art historical sources, Oatman constructs his collages out of full-color vintage illustrations. For both artists, the resulting pieces are densely worked spaces and images that place the viewer within a push- pull of cultural and social currents.

Thomas Lail, Associate Professor of Art at Hudson Valley Community College is a visual artist and musician. He has exhibited drawings, collages and installations at: ArtCologne, Germany; Galeria Jan Koniarka, Trnava, Slovakia; now&then, London, U.K.; Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn and numerous locations in the Capital District. He has been an artist in residence at NO.W.HERE studios in London, UK and has performed music with Lukomski/Majer/Lail and solo in New York City and the Capital District.

Michael Oatman, Clinical Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), works in video, installation, drawing and collage. In addition to a residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, numerous awards and many regional, national and international exhibits and curatorial projects, he has exhibited at: The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA; Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY; ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY; and Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA. Upcoming projects include "Macropolis", at the University of California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and The DeCordova Museum, Linclon, MA. He is currently working on commissions for the City of Cambridge, MA, MASSMoCA, and The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY.

The exhibit will open on Jan. 29 with a reception from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery. Also on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in Bulmer Auditorium, Lail and Oatman will discuss their works. The reception, discussion and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

The Teaching Gallery is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The Teaching Gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery. For more information on events held on campus, visit www.hvcc.edu/events.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.