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08/24/2011
Hudson Valley Community College Teaching Gallery Opens Tenth Year with Wolf-Ragsdale Paintings and Photographs

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College enters its tenth year with an exhibition of works by Ann Wolf and Ken Ragsdale. Open to the public free of charge, From the Center of Our World: Paintings and Photographs by Ann Wolf and Ken Ragsdale, is on view from September 15 through October 22 during regular gallery hours. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery and a discussion with the artists will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Both events are also free of charge to the public.

From the Center of Our World: Paintings and Photographs by Ann Wolf and Ken Ragsdale presents work that explores ideas of memory, reality and personal myth. Both artists create scenes from their real and imagined pasts where landscape, architecture, pattern, color and construction come together.

Ann Wolf's small colorful gouache paintings combine her background as a pattern designer with an exploration of her recollections and imaginings about growing up in the blissful yet mysterious isolation of her family's large upstate New York farm. Her imagery combines the flora of farm life with icons and characters from her family's devout Catholic faith into other-worldly scenes featuring the artist as viewer, saint or angel. Wolf received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from the University at Albany. She is an instructor in Fine Arts at Hudson Valley Community College, and lives and works in Preston Hollow, NY.

Photographer Ken Ragsdale re-imagines childhood memories as cut paper dioramas that then serve as photographic models. The constructed scenes, painstakingly crafted of cut and tabbed white paper, re-present iconic Americana: campers, schoolyards, picnic tables and landscapes. Emptied of human presence, the photographed tableaus form sepia-toned, melancholic scenes of lost pasts and artifice. Ragsdale received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from the University at Albany. An adjunct instructor at The College of Saint Rose and Sage Colleges of Albany and Rensselaer, he lives and works in Albany.

2011 marks the tenth anniversary of The Teaching Gallery's exhibition program. Founded in 2001, the Teaching Gallery has presented more than 40 exhibitions and lectures by contemporary professional artists of regional, national and international standing, as well as annual exhibitions by students in Hudson Valley's highly regarded Fine Arts program. Since 2007, the gallery has been housed in its current location – the award-winning Administration Building designed by Architecture+. Through its exhibitions, the gallery serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Gallery Management degree program by providing hands-on experience organizing, installing and maintaining exhibitions.

For more information or for gallery hours, call (518) 629-8006 or go to www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery.