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Hinchey secures $150,000 in funding for campus art museum

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Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) ('68, '70g) at a July 16 press conference in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art to announce the procurement of funding for the museum.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) (’68, ’70g) has earmarked $150,000 for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art to fund a major exhibition of Hudson River school paintings.

The congressman is funding the grant through the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2008, which cleared the House Appropriations Committee and gained full House approval last week. The U.S. Senate still must approve the funds.

“These funds will make it possible for Hudson Valley residents, art admirers and students, and visitors to enjoy the precious pieces of art from the Hudson River School period, learn about their significance, and become inspired by the beauty and majesty of this art,” Hinchey said at a press conference held on July 16, in the museum.

Neil Trager, director of the museum, said, “We are grateful to Congressman Hinchey for his ongoing interest in the SDMA and for his magnanimous support.”

The proposed exhibit would include a large educational component for area schools, a symposium that brings in national scholars, as well as a publication. The collection could be displayed at New Paltz and could travel throughout the region in collaboration with other organizations and institutions.

The museum has a special commitment to collecting and exhibiting important works of art created by artists who have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions.

“Everyone at the museum is delighted about the funding, which recognizes and endorses our mission to showcase regional art and artists,” said Trager.