Current Exhibitions

Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women

Curated by Anna Conlan

September 11 – December 12, 2021
Morgan Anderson Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery

black and white photo of woman showing bellybutton smiling with drying screenprints hang in the foreground

Jane Winter, Untitled, ca. 1984, digital photograph, courtesy the artist  

In the early 1970s, with the advance from her recently published book, Sexual Politics, writer and visual artist Kate Millett (1934–2017) bought an old farmhouse on a parcel of land just outside of Poughkeepsie. By the late 1970s, plans for a women’s art colony were underway. Women came to the Farm to help renovate the buildings and make living quarters, a dark room, a sculpture studio, and screen-printing facilities. Millett described this colony of artists working together as “life after the revolution,” where women could experience communal living and freedoms that weren’t yet possible elsewhere. This exhibition will share Millett’s vision for the Farm, featuring her artwork, and that of the artists who visited. A catalog will accompany the exhibition.

Follies and Picturesque Tourism

Curated by Kerry Dean Carso

September 11 – December 12, 2021
Seminar Room Gallery

American News Company, Kingfisher Tower, Otsego Lake, 1908, postcard, courtesy private collection


In the nineteenth century, middle-class Americans engaged in “picturesque tourism” by travelling to sites of natural beauty as an escape from rapid industrialization and urbanization.  Buildings such as temples, summerhouses, prospect towers, and ruins—known as “follies”—ornamented and framed the landscape for the viewers.  This exhibition examines follies and picturesque tourism in New York State through prints, paintings, postcards, photographs, book publications, and ephemera, to understand the tourist experience of the time.

The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone

Curated by Amy Fredrickson and Wayne Lempka

September 11 – December 12, 2021
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Jervis McEntee, Woodland Drawing (The Catskills), 1877, bequest of Dr. David P. Schuyler, 2020.011

In the fall of 2001, the dream held by Samuel Dorsky, Neil Trager, and many others came to fruition on the night of October 20th when our little world in the Hudson Valley celebrated the opening of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.

To mark our 20th anniversary, and with an eye towards presenting multiple narratives, an exhibition of recent and promised gifts to the Museum’s permanent collection will not only reflect on our twenty years of being an important cultural force in the region, but will honor and celebrate the important individuals who have so generously given exceptional art gifts in order to ensure The Dorsky Museum will continue to be an abundant resource not only for the SUNY New Paltz campus community but for visitors far and wide.

This exhibition will be the first rendition of a two-part series where we reflect on our history, plan for our future, and honor all those who have helped to shape The Dorsky Museum into what it is today.

Hudson Valley Artists 2021

Curated by Helen Toomer

July 7 – November 14, 2021
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries


Hand-sewn banner hung from stick with icons of home

Natalie Baxter & Julia Norton, Days of Our Lives, 2021, courtesy the artist


For the 14th annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, curated by Helen Toomer, we invited artists to submit artwork that deals with the challenges of the past year and the re-imaginings of years to come, responding to the question “Who really cares?” asked by Marvin Gaye fifty years ago on the monumental album, “What’s Going On.”

The exhibition will feature a diverse group of twenty-eight local artists, chosen from over 380 applications:

Sharon Bates | Natalie Baxter & Julia Norton | Sean Bayliss | Natalie Beall | Vernon Byron III | Randy Calderone | Maureen Drennan | Jen Dwyer | Echo Goff | Carl Grauer | Norman Magnusson | Katrina Majkut | Christopher Manning | Maeve McCool | Patrick Meagher | Paul Akira Miyamoto | Ocean Morisset | Liz Nielsen | Richard Pantell | Gina Randazzo | Ransome | Macon Reed | Marcy Rosewater | Kristen Schiele | Renee Stanko | Amelia Toelke | Karen Whitman

The Dorsky Collects: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

Corridor Gallery


Milton Avery, Card Players, 1944, oil on canvas, gift of Mr. & Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger, 1954.002

From its humble beginnings in the 1950s, the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (formerly known as The College Art Gallery) has grown to comprise roughly 6,000 objects spanning over 4,000 years. While many individuals have been responsible for the increase in the number of objects accessioned into the collection, it was through the initial efforts of both the University’s Faculty Wives Club and the Arts & Crafts Society that a permanent collection was established on campus. When one considers that the few hundred objects which initially formed the core of the permanent collection in the 1950s, have grown to comprise approximately 6,000 objects, one cannot help but reflect upon the diligent efforts and the extreme generosity of a vast number of patrons over the last six decades.

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