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Special Programs

Summer 2014 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 2014 offer something for everyone. From objects in the museum's permanent collection in 1980s Style, to a retrospective of the realist painter Eugene Speicher (1883–1962), to 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.


Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher
Curated by Valerie Ann Leeds, guest curator
Through July 13, 2014
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family, and Corridor Galleries

New York painter Eugene Speicher (1883-1962) was one of the foremost American realists of his generation, closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Rockwell Kent. Along His Own Lines will be the first Speicher museum survey since 1967. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue will explore Speicher's role in the Woodstock art colony and the New York art world and reevaluate his place in the canon of early twentieth-century American art.


1980s Style: Image and Design in The Dorsky Museum Collection
Curated by Daniel Belasco, curator of exhibitions and programs
Through July 13, 2014
Sara Bedrick Gallery

The 1980s had a look all its own. 1980s Style includes prints, photographs, and jewelry from the collection of The Dorsky Museum that exemplify the stark geometries and vibrant colors of the decade. The exhibition asks to what extent are bold shapes, bright colors, asymmetry, and cartoonish figuration the visual and formal manifestations of emotional turmoil and artistic activism? Featuring work by Tina Barney, Richard Bosman, Frank Gillette, Lisa Gralnick, Barbara Kasten, George McNeil, Judy Pfaff, Andy Warhol, and others.


Hudson Valley Artists 2014
Curated by Ian Berry, Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery
June 22 – Nov. 10, 2013

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.


Dick Polich: Transforming Metal into Art
Curated by Daniel Belasco, curator of exhibitions and programs
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family, and Corridor Galleries
August 27 – December 14, 2014

Since the 1960s, hundreds of artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Nancy Graves, Roy Lichtenstein, and Martin Puryear, have worked with metallurgist and foundry owner Dick Polich to realize their visions in bronze, aluminum, steel, and iron. His foundries, first Tallix and now Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, have produced the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and other public monuments. Dick Polich: Transforming Metal into Art (working title) is the first exhibition to explore this Hudson Valley master's significant impact on contemporary art.


Saturday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening reception for Hudson Valley Artists 2014.



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.