Public Programs and Events



Hanna Sawka gives a tour of Jan Sawka's "Post Cards" to Jill Parisi's studio printmaking class in
Jan Sawka: The Place of Memory (The Memory of Place).


SUMMER 2021 & FALL public programs




Wednesday, August 18, 2 pm
Virtual Curator Tour: Join curator Helen Toomer for a screening of a pre-recorded gallery tour of the exhibition Who Really Cares?: Hudson Valley Artists 2021, followed by a Q&A.


Saturday August 28 & Sunday August 29, 1–4 pm
Drop-In Family Programs: Artists Natalie Baxter and Julia Norton will be offering two 3-hour drop-in workshops during Upstate Art Weekend. Their collaborative piece, Days of Our Lives, is on view as part of the exhibition “Who Really Cares? Hudson Valley Artists 2021. 

On Saturday, August 28th, Julia Norton will be demonstrating dyeing fabric with locally-foraged natural materials. Norton will provide samples and information about the world of natural dyes, and will walk participants step-by-step through the process of achieving naturally-colored fabric. Participants will dye fabrics in anticipation of the next day’s workshop, in addition to dying small objects to take home. Younger participants will be provided with natural inks made by Norton so they can explore using these colors on paper.

On Sunday, August 29th, Natalie Baxter will demonstrate how to quilt using the appliqué method—a traditional technique that incorporates representational imagery into quilt making. Norton’s pre-dyed fabric will be available in an array of natural colors, as will fabric collectively dyed from the previous day’s workshop. Younger participants can collage on paper using shapes cut from fabric.




Sunday, September 12
Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions: The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone; Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women, and Follies and Picturesque Tourism


Wednesday, September 22, 2 pm
Virtual Curator Talk: Curators Wayne Lempka and Amy Fredrickson discusses their exhibition, The Dorsky at 20: Reflections at a Milestone.


Wednesday, September 29, 2 pm
Virtual Curator Talk and Book Launch: Curator Kerry Carso discusses her exhibition, Follies and Picturesque Tourism. This exhibition coincides with the publication of her new book: Follies in America: A History of Garden and Park Architecture (Cornell University Press).




October 9, 5–7 pm
Dorsky 20th Anniversary Gala Benefit




Wednesday, October 20, 4 pm
Virtual Curator Talk: Curator Anna Conlan discusses her exhibition, Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women.




Sunday, November 7, 11 am
“Memories of Millet Farm”: Join former residents of Kate Millet’s Artists’ Colony—a bustling, experimental community, for an informal discussion of their experiences living and working at The Farm. The former residents will be joined by members of The Dorsky Museum’s LBGTQIA+ Student Advisory Committee.


Saturday, November 13, 2 pm
Public Tour: Tour our Fall Exhibitions with the museum’s education manager, Zachary Bowman.


Sunday, November 14, 2 pm
Family Day: Exhibition-inspired activities for children and their families in conjunction with Life After the Revolution: Kate Millett’s Art Colony for Women.

Family Day registration at






Friday, December 3–7
BFA/MFA Thesis Exhibition


Friday, December 10–14
BFA/MFA Thesis Exhibition


Last day
of East Wing exhibitions





Many of our virtual events are still available to see if you missed them!

• Thursday, February 18
Curator Talk with Amy Fredrickson, co-curator of Lewis Hine, Child Labor Investigator

• Tuesday, February 16
Video Premier and Watch Party of performances in The Chopin + Sawka Project and special live recording by Lukas Krupinski.

• Wednesday, March 17
Curator Talk: with Karlyn Benson, curator of Collective Consciousness: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty

• Friday, March 19
Red Carpet Premiere Party for the Hudson Valley Peforming Arts Lab's three-month-long devising process culminating in a series of short films inspired by works of art in the Dorsky Museum’s Spring 2021 exhibitions. 

• Friday, March 26
Panel: Collective Care and the Environment
Respected author Linda Weintraub, whose publication What’s Next? Eco Materialism and Contemporary Art provides strategies that contemporary artists are using to promote responsible stewardship of the environment, joins exhibiting artists Andrea Frank, Michael Asbill, and Emily Puthoff, and curator of Collective Consciousness: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty, Karlyn Benson for a conversation on themes of collaboration, sustainability and radical care.

• Sunday, April 11
Curator and Artist Talk
 with artist Kathy Goodell and Andrew Woolbright, curator of Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994—2020.


• Friday, May 21
Presentation: Join our Artist-in-Residence, Emilie Houssart, for a discussion on her work with the Museum and her interactive exhibition
DIRT: Inside Landscapes



Funding for The Dorsky’s exhibitions and programs is provided by generous donors and friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the State University of New York at New Paltz. Additional major funding is provided by the Dorsky Museum Contemporary Art Program Fund.


Photography Permission Policy
Periodically, The Dorsky Museum takes photographs and video of Museum visitors and activities for use in promotional and editorial material. With admission into the Museum, you give permission to the Museum for the recording of photographs and/or video of yourself and your dependents. You grant the Museum all rights to use these still or moving images for educational, promotional, advertising, and other purposes which advance the overall mission of the Museum. All rights to the photographs and video belong to the Museum. Please notify the Front Desk if you do not consent to this policy.






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