SUNY celebrates 30 years of arts grants

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The State University of New York is celebrating New York Foundation of the Arts Fellows winning grants and fellowships during the last 30 years of NYFA’s granting. The Mid-Hudson region is the first to schedule events.

SUNY Orange is participating with events at its Middletown and Newburgh campuses during the fall semester. The first event is a nine artist exhibit on view in Orange Hall Gallery through Tuesday, Oct. 3.

It will feature works of art created in various media including paintings, drawings, lithographs, fresco-secco, paper art, woodcuts and three dimensional works in repurposed and recycled materials. The subjects of the works vary greatly.

Artists included in this show are Amy Bennett, Andrea Moreau, Angela Basile, Beth Sutherland, Jill Parisi, Marisa Gonzales Silverstein, Phyllis Gay Palmer, Mary Ann Lomonaco and Ivy Dachman. They live in Dutchess, Ulster and Westchester counties. The show was curated by artist/adjunct art professor Polly Giragosian .

A reception is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 in Orange Hall Gallery. Exhibitors will take part in a panel discussion on the effect their grants had on their lives as artists.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview avenue in Middletown. Hours are Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. The gallery will be closed during Labor Day Weekend.

Two other NYFA artists’ shows are opening in the region: The large touring NYFA show opens at a reception at SUNY New Paltz set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. A local exhibit showcasing Ulster County NYFA recipients opens on the SUNY Ulster campus in Stone Ridge from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Legislature.

For more information contact, call 845-341-4891, or visit

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