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Dorsky Museum marks fifth anniversary

As the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art enters 2007, it marks its fifth year of operation.

Neil Trager, director of the SDMA, said the anniversary is an opportunity for celebration and reflection. He added it is also a time to affirm the museum's mission and expansion of service to the campus community.

For its fifth year, the museum has developed dynamic programming.

"The trend today is for museums to be more content centered, not object centered," he said. "We are moving from a passive to an engaged, interactive experience and our programming facilitates that."

Trager said education programs at the museum are expanding, thanks to partnerships among the museum, the Art Education Department and New Paltz Middle School. The "Learning 2 Look" program uses classroom instruction, a visit to SDMA and hands-on art experiences to teach students from Duzine Elementary School in New Paltz.

The program was designed by Judi Esmond, SDMA museum educator; Marcy Bernstein, visual arts instructor at Newburgh Free Academy; and Patricia Tyrol '07 (Art Education).

"My Poetic Landscape" is a similar program created for New Paltz Middle School students. Esmond worked with teachers Susan Grunschow and Kim Sturgess to create the program.

Esmond is working with Einav Zamir '09, an art history student and museum docent, to provide tours on Sundays. The two are also collaborating with Jennie Enright '07 (Art History/Art) to create family-oriented programming Saturdays in April.

In addition, the SDMA has expanded its hours. The museum is now open Tuesday through Sunday and will no longer close during the last two weeks in August.

"The museum is a place for people - we want them to be comfortable coming to campus. We want them to enjoy and learn from what gets done here," said Trager.

The spring 2007 exhibitions display the rich cultural heritage of the region in two, one-person exhibitions: "Judy Pfaff: New Prints and Drawings" is currently on display and "Form Radiating Life: The Paintings of Charles Rosen" opens Feb. 24. The opening includes a slide lecture at 4 p.m. by curator Brian Peterson, followed by a reception for both the Rosen exhibit and Pfaff's installation from 5 to 7 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

"The wonderful new design proudly affirms all that the staff and supporters of the SDMA have accomplished over the last five years," said Trager, "and all that we hope to accomplish through improving and expanding our services to the art lovers on campus and in the community."

Visit the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art for more information about events related to the anniversary.

Lempka discusses new art peice
In the Samuel Dorskey Art Museum's West Wing Gallery, Wayne Lempka (left), art collections manager, and Brian Wallace, museum curator, discuss the installation of "Judy Pfaff: New Prints and Drawings." In addition to exhibiting her own work, Pfaff selected pieces from the museum's permanent collection to be displayed in the show.

February 12, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 3

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