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Summer Session

Samuel Dorsky Musuem of Art

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (Dorsky Museum), located at the State University of New York at New Paltz, comprises 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. Through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, The Dorsky Museum seeks to support and enrich the academic programs at the university, present a broad range of national and international art for study and enjoyment, and serve as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture of both the past and the present. Embracing the historical and the cutting edge, the regional and the international, The Dorsky Museum unites art education and art exhibition, strengthening the university's educational programs while building new audiences for the arts.

Dedicated in 2001, The Dorsky Museum is named after Samuel Dorsky, who came to the art world after achieving success in business. The museum grew out of the College Art Gallery, which was established in 1964 by a dedicated committee of faculty members to enhance the teaching mission of the university. The collection of The Dorsky Museum now has more than 5,000 works of art, with areas of focus in American Art—with an emphasis on the Hudson Valley region—photography, and metals. A small but excellent "world collection" of art and artifacts dating back to ancient times and representing diverse cultures enhances the museum's exhibitions and educational programs. The museum's temporary exhibition program features exhibitions, installations, and projects by internationally recognized artists as well as an annual thematic exhibition of work by regional artists.

The exhibitions on display in Summer 2018 offer something for everyone. 



Summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and weekends only in August. The museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, national and university holidays, and intersession. Visit the museum's website for updated closings.


Stephen Holl: Making Architecture
Curated by Nina Stritzler-Levine
Through July 15, 2018
Morgan Anderson and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery

An exhibition examining the work of one of the world's foremost architects, it reveal's Holl's intricate and distinctive process of making architecture through approximately one hundred models and related sketches and other studies for nine recent projects. 


Making Time: Andy Warhol's Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries
Curated by Reva Wolf
Through July 15, 2018
San Bedrick Gallery

Making Time is the first exhibition to explore Warhol’s insights into the social and personal significances of such time markers. Among the works included in the exhibition are prints occasioned by the centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge and the five-year anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, Polaroid photographs of holiday motifs and that record feminist milestones, black and white photographs of birthday celebrations, and a work in plastic marking the ten-year anniversary of the fabled Leo Castelli Gallery


The Dorsky Collects: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Curated by Wayne Lempka
Corridor Gallery

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. 


Barbara Morgan: Photographs
Curated by Anastasia James
Through July 15, 2018 
Seminar Room

Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) was an American photographer best known for her photographs of the modern dance movement from the 1930s and 1940s that display a physical and psychological energy in their evocative richness. Featured in this exhibition are works from two of Morgan’s most celebrated bodies of work: her dance photographs and photomontages.


Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018
Curated by Anastasia James
June 16 - November 11, 2018 
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery

Time Travelers, the 2018 edition of The Dorsky’s Hudson Valley Artists series, presents work that engages with the concept of time travel and embraces the slippery notions of time. Time Travelers recognizes the universal human desire to experience a time other than our own and aims to act as a location for explorations of, or challenges to, the standard chronological sequence.



Educational Tours — For Schools and Organizations

Group Tours for schools and other organizations are available throughout the year. A two-week minimum advance registration is recommended. For information regarding tours, please visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum/programs/group_visits.html.  

Education Tours — For SUNY New Paltz Faculty and Students

SUNY New Paltz faculty are invited to use the museum’s exhibitions and collections in their curriculum. For more information, please visit. www.newpaltz.edu/museum/learn/facultyandstudents/facultyandstudents.

Other Programs

Gallery talks, symposia, and other public programs take place throughout the year. For information about these programs, see Programs and Events.

For more information about the museum’s programs, call 845-257-3844 or visit the museum's website at  www.newpaltz.edu/museum/programs. Join The Dorsky Museum email list so that we can send you advance notice about our exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.



Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Museum Information
Wheelchair accessible (call for specific information)
Suggested donation of $5 per visitor (free with SUNY ID)


Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, national and university holidays and intersession.
Open on weekends only in August.

Exhibitions and dates may be subject to change. Please call the museum or visit the website to confirm hours and schedules.