Public Programs and Events





Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15
BFA/MFA Student Thesis Exhibition
This exhibition will be open every day, 11–5 pm, 12/6 through 12/15.


*The Museum will be closed 12/16/19 through 1/21/20 for Winter Break. 



Wednesday, January 22
First day of Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940–2016




Saturday, February 8, 5–7 pm
Opening Reception for Spring ExhibitionsJan Sawka: The Place of Memory (The Memory of Place),Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940–2016, and Collecting Local: Twelve Years of the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award. Featuring performances by Libby Paloma and Mollie McKinley, exhibiting artists in Collecting Local.

Sunday, February 9, 2 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: with Collecting Local: Twelve Years of the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award and Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940–2016 curator, Anna Conlan.


Sunday, February 23, 2 pm
Wellness at The Dorsky: Emi DiSciullo, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Learning Support Specialist at the SUNY New Paltz Disability Resource Center will introduce the field of Art Therapy and lead participants in a program that extends the museum experience beyond simply viewing the art. Participants will connect through creativity to produce original artwork as a means of reflection and self-expression.

Wellness at The Dorsky is a series of programs dedicated to the health and fulfillment of the diverse communities we serve. This series uses art and creative inspiration as catalysts for personal and collective wellness.




Sunday, March 1, 2 pm
Family Day: Exhibition-inspired activities for children and their families in conjunction with Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940–2016

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Sunday, March 8, 3 pm
Performance: Performing Art, the culminating performance of a collaboration between The Dorsky Museum and The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory, in which community members worked collaboratively on a creative, theatrical interpretation of the Museum’s Spring 2020 exhibitions.






Saturday, April 5, 2 pm
Public Tour: Tour our Fall Exhibitions with the Museum’s education manager, Zachary Bowman




Sunday, April 19, 2 pm
Family Day: Join exhibiting artist Amy Talluto for exhibition-inspired activities for children and their families in conjunction with Collecting Local: Twelve Years of the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award

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Funding for The Dorsky’s exhibitions and programs is provided by the 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.

All events take place in the museum unless otherwise noted.

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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