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Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
shines with new works, curator

There are a lot of new things to see at the Samuel Dorsky Museum including two exhibitions and a new staff member.

Brian Wallace

“Anxious Objects: Definition and Divergence in Contemporary Craft” is on display in the West Wing’s Chandler and North galleries through Aug. 13. This juried exhibition features various craft media works by emerging and mid-career artists from the region who have not had a major one-person exhibition, and are not currently represented by a commercial gallery. Gretchen Keyworth, director/chief curator of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass., serves as show juror.

Meanwhile, beginning July 1, “Museum, Mission and Meaning: Selected Works from the Collections” will open in various East Wing galleries. The show, which also runs through Aug. 13, will feature works that demonstrate the growth and development of museum’s collections. Included in the show will be a survey of 19th and 20th century American prints, drawings, paintings, and sculpture selected from the permanent collection in the Morgan Anderson Gallery. The Howard Greenburg Family Gallery focuses on the museum’s extensive photography holdings. On view in the Corridor Gallery will be examples from the museum’s rarely seen world study collection, including Chinese and Japanese woodblock prints, Australian bark paintings, and pre-Colombian art and artifacts.

In the Sara Bedrick Gallery, and also taking place from July 1 to Aug. 13, will be “Kaaterskill,” an exhibition of landscape photographs by local artist Susan Wides.

The museum’s free “Conversations” series continues over the summer with three different sets of Anxious Objects artists at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday July 12, 19, and 26. For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, visit the SDMAWeb site at

Exhibits are not the only new things that can be found at the museum. In early June, Brian Wallace joined the staff as museum curator. His responsiblities include organizing temporary exhibitions, assisting in the development and presentations of the permanent collection, and working with campus departments.

Wallace is at work on an October 2006 show, “Self Portraits From the New Millennium,” that includes collaborative self-portraits by Lilla LoCurto and William Outcault, artists applying new technological methods to traditional art forms. Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree in history and art history at Ithaca College and his master’s at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College in Annandale-on- Hudson.

Wallace is eager to collaborate with his colleagues at the museum, including Neil Trager (Director), Wayne Lempka (Art Collections Manager) and Judi Esmond (Museum Educator). Wallace has experience presenting art in public spaces and that is something he would like to explore here with help from such entities as the Department of Art Education and such communications venues as the campus television and radio stations.

"I am delighted to welcome Brian Wallace to the SDMA team. He comes to us with an impressive record of curatorial projects and museum experience, which will enhance all aspects of our public programming and service to the campus," said Trager.

JUNE 19, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 12

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