Through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, supports and enriches the academic programs at the college, presents a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment, and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. With 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. The Dorsky has presented over one hundred exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of modern and contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Mary Reid Kelley, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann, and Ushio Shinohara. Dorsky exhibitions have been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Artforum, Artnews, Modern Painters, and Hyperallergic, among other national and regional publications.
The Dorsky Museum provides a number of internship and field work opportunities as well as a paid assistantship allowing students to gain firsthand experience in the organization and presentation of art exhibitions. Graduating MFA students present their thesis exhibitions in the museum’s spacious professional galleries.