Special Events

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships


Saturday, September 9, 5–7 pm
Public Opening Reception
Artists as Innovators: Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships

Saturday, September 162 pm 
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows
Join NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows SaÏd Sayrafiezadeh (Playwriting/Screenwriting '96,'06, Fiction '10), Edwin Sanchez (Playwriting/Screenwriting '89, '00, '06), Luc Sante (Nonfiction Literature '14), and Akiko Busch (Nonfiction '11) for an afternoon of readings. Akiko Busch writes about design, culture, and nature for a variety of publications. She is the author of Geography of Home, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, and Nine Ways to Cross a RiverEdwin Sanchez is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and author of Diary of a Puerto Rican Demigod. Among his awards are three New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting/Screenwriting Fellowships. Luc Sante has been a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books since 1981 and has written for a wide variety of other publications; his books include Low LifeEvidenceThe Factory of FactsKill All Your Darlings, and The Other ParisSaïd Sayrafiezadeh is a memoirist, fiction writer and playwright. He is the author of the story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times.

Saturday, September 23, 2 pm
Panel Discussion:
The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Program
Join Artists as Innovators curators Judith K. Brodsky and David C. Terry, along with catalog essayist Paddy Johnson and exhibiting artist Lori Nix (Photography '04, '10) for a panel discussion on the history of The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), how the fellowship program began, unique projects by artists funded at critical stages in their careers, artistic trends and changes over the past thirty years of the awards, and the importance of NYFA in shaping New York State culture by nurturing the continuity and vigor of the creative community. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Cook (Painting '06), a Guest Educator at the Dorsky and a recipient of a 2006 Painting Fellowship from NYFA, who subsequently served on NYFA’s Artist's Advisory Committee.


Saturday, September 30, 2 pm
Exhibiting Artist Carmelita Tropicana (Playwriting/Screenwriting '91)
Carmelita Tropicana has been performing in New York’s downtown arts scene since the 1980s, straddling the worlds of performance art and theater in the U.S., Latin America and Europe with her irreverent humor, subversive fantasy and bilingual puns. She received an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Performance (1999) and is a recipient of the Performance and Activism Award from the Women in Theater Program / American Theater in Higher Education (2015). Notable and recent works include: Schwanze-Beast (2015), a performance commissioned by Vermont Performance Lab; Recycling Atlantis (2014), a performance installation at 80WSE Gallery; Post Plastica (2012), an installation/video and performance presented at El Museo del Barrio; and the highly anthologized Milk of Amnesia (1994). Her publications include the book, co-edited with Holly Hughes, Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Tropicana has taught at numerous universities and sits on the Board of Directors at Performance Space 122 and NYFA.



Wednesday, October 4, 12–3 pm
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Linda Montano (Conceptual/Performance Art '86)
 as Bob Dylan
Student Union Building 12–1 pm, Sojourner Truth Library 1–2 pm, Fine Arts Building Rotunda 2–3 pm
Appearing on the SUNY New Paltz campus as Bob Dylan, NYFA Fellow Linda Mary Montano’s performance becomes a suspension of disbelief. Linda Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid-1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.

Bilinda by Linda Montano (photo/alteration by Michael Titus Parkes)


Sunday, October 8, 2 pm
Lives of Performers, A film by NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Yvonne Rainer (Film ’90, ’95)
 at Rosendale Theatre
In conjunction with Rosendale Theatre's “Dance Film Sundays”, join us for a screening of Lives of Performers by expiremental choreogrpaher, filmmaker and NYFA Fellow, Yvonne Rainer. A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, Lives of Performers examines the dilemma of a man who can’t choose between two women and makes them both suffer. Originally part of a dance performance choreographed by Rainer.

The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street, Rosendale, NY.  
For more information call 845-658-8989 or visit 

Saturday, October 14, 2 pm
SUNY New Paltz Faculty who have received NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships in Visual Art
In a “Slide Slam” style presentation, SUNY New Paltz art faculty and NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship recipients Amy Cheng (Painting ’90, ’96), Kathy Goodell (Sculpture ’93,’97), Carmen Lizardo (Photography ’04), Emily Puthoff (Digital/Electronic Arts ’11), and Nadia Sablin (Photography ’13) share the work they created during the time periods of their awards and how their work has evolved to the present day.


Saturday, October 21, 2 pm
Gallery Talk: "Embracing Upheaval"
with Exhibiting Artist Wendell Castle (Crafts ’86)
Wendell Castle will share anecdotes from his lengthly career and discuss how art, creativity and critical thinking combine to influence an artist’s approach to their work. Wendell Castle has been a sculptor, designer and educator for over five decades. Throughout his career, he has challenged the boundaries of functional design, becoming renowned for his craftsmanship, organic forms and techniques for stack-laminating wood. His work can be found in the permanent collections of over 50 museums worldwide. He has received numerous awards, grants and honors for his contributions to the design and art field.  In addition to having a strong career as an artist, Mr. Castle has contributed to the education of others who aspire to be artists and is asked to lecture, exhibit and teach throughout the world.

Monday, October 23, 5:30–7:00 pm
Information Session:
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Application Process
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These Fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, and provide the gift of time, regardless of the level of their artistic career. NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse social and cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. The application for the 2017-2018 award cycle will open in Fall 2017. 2017-2018 Fellowship categories are: Fiction, Folk/Tradition Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Painting, Video/Film.  If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship and want to learn more, please join us for this information session led by NYFA staff who will explain the application process, present “DO” and “DON'TS” and provide examples on how to best present your work. Additionally NYFA staff will be available to answer individual questions after the presentation.
Please RSVP for the information session: museumrsvp@newpaltz.edu

All events take place at The Dorsky Museum, unless otherwise noted.


Museum Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am — 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Holidays, and College Breaks.
Closed for Fall Break: Saturday, October 7 — Tuesday, October 10.

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