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Alumni in the news

An article by Claire McGuire, Class of 2012, was accepted for publication in the summer 2013 issue of The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society

McGuire's article, entitled "Victorian Avant-Garde: Revisiting the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood," is a revision of her SUNY New Paltz Art History Honors Thesis (supervised by Professor Reva Wolf). McGuire is currently a graduate student in the World Heritage Studies program at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), in Cottbus, Germany.


SUNY New Paltz graduate's work on exhibition in New York City

The art of Michael Brown (BFA Sculpture 2006) is being featured in an exhibition at the Michael Weiss Gallery in New York. The show, Schematics and Silhouettes, runs from September 7, 2013 to October 12, 2013.

Since his graduation from SUNY New Paltz, Michael Brown's work has been shown in important galleries in New York City and the Hudson Valley, including the Yvon Lambert Gallery and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

The Michael Weiss Gallery is located at 520 W 24 Street, New York, NY 10011


New Paltz professor awarded Guggenheim Foundation grant

Professor Kathy Goodell, currently the area head of the Painting & Drawing program of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the recipient of a 2013 Fellow Grant in the category of Creative/Fine Arts from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Goodell was one of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists chosen for this honor from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants.

Professor Goodell's work has been shown in more than 200 group and solo exhibitions in museums, galleries, and institutions in the United States and around the world (Italy, Germany, England, the Netherlands, South America). She also has received awards and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts (1993, 1997), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1991), the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1983), The Phelan Award (1981), and a Fulbright Fellowship (1977).


MFA Student receives mention in New York Times

One of our MFAs, Erik Odin Cathcart, has just received mention in the New York Times. He has been invited to exhibit one of his paintings in a show that, according to the Times, "includes works by more than 37 contemporary Hudson Valley artists, along with approximately 60 pieces by icons like Warhol, Picasso and Rembrandt."

The article was printed in the online version of the paper, in addition to the print edition of the Sunday Times, in the Westchester regional section.

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BFA Photography students exhibition in New York City

We are very pleased to announce a NYC exhibition for 15 of our BFA Photography students opening this Friday February 6, 6-8 p.m. This exhibition was curated by Brian Wallace of the SDMA and is accompanied by a catalog.

The Photography Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz present an exhibition of the works by 15 students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.


Matt Aurilio, Dana Bliss, Samantha Bialostok, Stef Brenner, Eileen M. Carpenter, Courtney Dam, Kerri Dornicik, Lindsay Allyn Drucker, Vicky Haralam, Nick Jussen, Yohei Maeda, Emily Martin, Frank M. Molignano, Lesley V. Nauss, Kimberly Ruth.

At the Calumet Gallery
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-989-8500

Opening Reception:
February 6, 2009

Exhibition Hours:
M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm
Through February 20, 2009

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art welcomes new director

Sara PastiSara Pasti was named the Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz this month.

As interim deputy director of the museum since January 2008, Pasti worked with Neil Trager, founding director of the museum, who retired in August 2008, to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

Pasti said she looks forward to facilitating the ongoing efforts of the museum in connection with other Hudson Valley arts institutions and enhancing its presence. “The Hudson Valley region, which has historically been a destination for artists, is now brimming with arts and cultural activities,” she said. “The museum and SUNY New Paltz are poised to become the center for an artistic renaissance.”

As a former arts administrator and a community development consultant, Pasti has worked on start-up projects, institutional and capital project management and capital and annual fund development. She has worked with such organizations as the Newburgh Institute for the Arts and Ideas, LandAir Project Resources, the Dutchess County Arts Council, the Bearsville Theater and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

Pasti earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

College President Steven Poskanzer said, “We are excited to have selected an energetic and passionate advocate for the arts as our new director. Sara has broad links to, and an admirable reputation within, the local arts community. This hire advances the goal of making the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the college a cultural hub for the region. I have been impressed with her work as interim director and expect even more great things to come.”

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art – with six galleries, offices and research facilities – has worked to amplify the college’s academic programs and served as a cultural resource to the region since 2001. The museum’s permanent collection spans almost 4,000 years and includes works from such artistic categories as 20th century prints and paintings; Asian art; Pre-Columbian art and artifacts; decorative arts (metals); and photographs. The museum is also dedicated to showcasing works of SUNY New Paltz art faculty, alumni and students, as well as regional artists.