Current Exhibitions

Hudson Valley Artists 2022: The Material, The Thing

Curated by Nicole Hayes

June 22 – November 6, 2022
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery


The Material, The Thing, the 15th annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, considers how artists understand and reimagine the material culture we live in. Every time we walk into a big box store we are inundated by meaningless disposable things. We have collectively lost an understanding of the materials that make the things we live with. Who even knows how plywood is made, or what microcrystalline cellulose is, but we all have it in our homes. In this cultural moment artists and artisans become an essential conduit of understanding the materials and the things in our society.

Artists and artisans submitted work that investigates materials and their physical and cultural properties. We looked to see artistic practices that consider the inherent beauty of physical materials and work that questions or champions the things produced by our culture.

Participating artists:

Miguel Braceli
Louis Brawley
Royal Brown Jr.
Sydney Cash
Adam Chau
Monica Church
Melissa Dadourian
Shoshana Dentz
Dan Devine
Adriana Farmiga
Daniel Giordano
Romina Gonzales
Meg Hitchcock
Laetitia Hussain
Will Hutnick
Niki Lederer
Elisa Lendvay
Ashley Lyon
Patricia Miranda
Joel Olzak
Courtney Puckett
Jordan Rosenow
Julie Torres
Katharine Umsted
Melissa Weaver
Millicent Young

Mary Frank: The Observing Heart

Curated by David Hornung

February 5 – July 17, 2022
Morgan Anderson Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery

Mary Frank, Lift, 2021, courtesy the artist

As part of our Hudson Valley Masters series, this exhibition presents Mary Frank’s powerful artwork from over six decades, which has always centered on the twin themes of social justice and the preservation of the natural world. Acclaimed artist/activist Mary Frank has been making art in her Manhattan and Hudson Valley studios for over sixty years. She is an independent spirit who emerged during the years of rising feminism in the early 70’s and has always followed a personal vision distinct from prevailing art world fashion. Mary Frank: The Observing Heart is a gathering of sculpture, painting, drawings, prints, and photographs from throughout her illustrious career.

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

Continuing to mark our 20th anniversary, we share more recent and promised gifts to the Museum’s permanent collection. It 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.

This exhibition will be 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.

Madonna and Child: A Journey from Conservation to Restoration

Curated by Abigail Mack

March 30 – July 17, 2022
Seminar Room Gallery

Unknown, Madonna and Child, n.d., gift of Mr. & Mrs. Wilbur Campbell, 1949.002

This exhibition will explore, through photographic documentation, the steps taken by art conservator Abigail Mack as she approached the repair of the Dorsky’s Museum’s polychrome relief on wood of the Madonna and Child. The story of how the work evolved from a standard  art conservation treatment to a restoration project will be highlighted. 

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.