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Special Programs

Summer 2015 at the Dorsky

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (Dorsky Museum), located at the State University of New York at New Paltz, comprises more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums within the SUNY system. Through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, The Dorsky Museum seeks to support and enrich the academic programs at the university, present a broad range of national and international art for study and enjoyment, and serve as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture of both the past and the present. Embracing the historical and the cutting edge, the regional and the international, The Dorsky Museum unites art education and art exhibition, strengthening the university's educational programs while building new audiences for the arts.

Dedicated in 2001, The Dorsky Museum is named after Samuel Dorsky, who came to the art world after achieving success in business. The museum grew out of the College Art Gallery, which was established in 1964 by a dedicated committee of faculty members to enhance the teaching mission of the university. The collection of The Dorsky Museum now has more than 5,000 works of art, with areas of focus in American Art—with an emphasis on the Hudson Valley region—photography, and metals. A small but excellent "world collection" of art and artifacts dating back to ancient times and representing diverse cultures enhances the museum's exhibitions and educational programs. The museum's temporary exhibition program features exhibitions, installations, and projects by internationally recognized artists as well as an annual thematic exhibition of work by regional artists.

The exhibitions on display in Summer 2015 offer something for everyone. From exhibitions on the pioneering video collective the Videofreex and contemporary abstract art, to photographs of the legendary Maverick Festival and the museum's annual exhibition of work by emerging artists from the Hudson Valley—the Dorsky offers numerous opportunities to engage the heart and mind of museum visitors.



Summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, and weekends only in August. The museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, national and university holidays, and intersession. Visit the museum's website for updated closings.


Videofreex:  The Art of Guerilla Television
Curated by Andrew Ingall
Through July 12, 2015
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family, and Corridor Galleries

This exhibition surveys the history and mythology of the Videofreex, a collective of artists, who produced and disseminated alternative media across New York and other U.S. communities during the 1970s.


The Maverick Festival at 100
Curated by Daniel Belasco
Through July 12, 2015
Corridor Gallery

Marking the centennial of Woodstock's legendary Maverick Festival founded by Hervey White in 1915, this exhibition of vintage photographs celebrates the outdoor carnival's effusion of creative expression. 


Hudson Valley Artists 2015
Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery
June 20 – November 8, 2015

The Dorsky's annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition series features new and recent work by emerging and mid-career artists. Each year the exhibition addresses a different theme or topic. The exhibition is open to artists living in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties who have not yet had a major one-person museum show and are not currently represented by a commercial gallery.


Grace Hartigan:  Myths and Malls
Curated by Daniel Belasco
Sara Bedrick Gallery
Through July 12, 2015

Ten striking paintings reveal how Grace Hartigan, a Prominent Abstract Expressionist, explored new styles and imagery in the early 1960s, when she moved from New York to Baltimore. 


Saturday, June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening reception for Hudson Valley Artists 2015.



Educational Tours — For Schools and Organizations

Group Tours for schools and other organizations are available throughout the year. A two-week minimum advance registration is recommended. For information regarding tours, please call 845-257-2331.

Education Tours — For SUNY New Paltz Faculty and Students

SUNY New Paltz faculty are invited to use the museum’s exhibitions and collections in their curriculum. For more information, see the Faculty Guidelines (pdf).

Other Programs

Gallery talks, symposia, and other public programs take place throughout the year. For information about these programs, see Programs and Events.

For more information about the museum’s programs, call 845-257-3844 or visit the museum’s website at Join The Dorsky Museum email list so that we can send you advance notice about our exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.


Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art
Museum Information
Wheelchair accessible (call for specific information)
Suggested donation of $5 per visitor (free with SUNY ID)


Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, national and university holidays and intersession.
Open on weekends only in August.

Exhibitions and dates may be subject to change. Please call the museum or visit the website to confirm hours and schedules.