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09/04/2012
Linda Cross, Mixed Media Painter, Exhibits Paintings and Drawings at Hudson Valley Community College's Teaching Gallery

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Aug.30, 2012

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces a solo exhibit and lecture by Elizaville artist, Linda Cross.

The Shape of the Earth: Paintings by Linda Cross opens with a free public reception on Thursday, September 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. The artist also will discuss her work at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 13. The exhibit runs through October 20, 2012 and is open to the public free of charge.

The Shape of the Earth presents large mixed-media landscape paintings and delicate drawings. Completed over the last 12 years, Cross’ work is a focused investigation of the play between the landscape, abstraction and the materials of art making. Drawing upon the physicality of both the landscape and her painting process, Cross builds her surfaces up in an accretion of paper pulp, acrylic paint, styrofoam and found objects. The resultant pieces do not provide ‘pictures’ of the landscape in the traditional sense, but rather, give a visceral sense of being in the landscape.

By contrast, Cross’ drawings are contemplative and delicate observations of her natural surroundings. They seem as if they flow effortlessly from the artist’s hand and clearly serve the artist as a place to ground herself before launching into the larger, more abstracted works.

Also on view in the Video Closet will be a new interview with the artist by sculptor Jon Isherwood.

Cross attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited extensively, including recent exhibits at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; The Beacon Institute, Beacon NY; and New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. Cross lives and works in Elizaville, NY.

Linda Cross, Shorline,  2009 paper and acrylic on panel 48 x 98 x 3 inches.

Linda Cross, Shorline, 2009 paper and acrylic on panel 48 x 98 x 3 inches.

This exhibit is supported in part with funds from the Strategic Opportunity Stipends Program through the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

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

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Wednesday 1 - 7p.m.; Saturday 12 - 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

For directions and more information, please visit: www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery

Gallery exhibits are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications with assistance from the Office of Cultural Affairs. All exhibits are installed and assisted by students in the Gallery Management program. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building.