The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone (Part II)

Curated by Wayne Lempka

February 5 – July 17, 2022
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Andrew Lyght, Painting Structure P340, 2018, gift of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation

• Watch Part I curators discuss the exhibition here.

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.

Lesley Dill, Wildness of Blackbird, 2014, gift of the artist


To mark our 20th anniversary, and with an eye towards presenting multiple narratives, this exhibition of recent and promised gifts to the Museum’s permanent collection not only reflects on our twenty years of being an important cultural force in the region, but honors and celebrates 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.

Kathy Erteman, White Ledge Vessel, 2019, gift of the artist

This exhibition is the second 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.

We want to offer special thanks to the following who made gifts or promised gifts in honor of The Dorsky Museum’s 20th Anniversary:

Arthur A. Anderson
Osi Audu
Jamie Bennett
Julie Cash ’75
Christopher Daly '12
Lesley Dill
The Family of John Driscoll
Raymon Elozua
Kathy Erteman
Pat Flynn
The Jacques & Natasha Gelman Foundation
Micheline Gingras
Howard Greenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Lease
Sarah Greer Mecklem & Merrill Mecklem Piera
Floyd Lattin & Ward Mintz
Steven Montgomery
Pachner Family Collection
The Estate of Marcuse Pfeifer
Ken Ratner
William B. Rhoads
Anat Shiftan
Brew & Fred Walden
Grace Bakst Wapner
Thyra Wexler


Master of Sant’ivo, Madonna and Child, 1415-25, promised gift, Christopher Daly ‘12

Click below to take a virtual tour of the exhibition (Part I)