September 6, 2011

Linking Collections, Building Connections: Work from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz

In August, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art opened Linking Collections, Building Connections: Work from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium. The exhibition, which was organized by Dorsky Museum curator Brian Wallace and Center for Photography at Woodstock Executive Director Ariel Shanberg, runs though December 11, 2011.




Bringing to light over 150 artworks and the myriad connections that link them together, this exhibition presents fresh perspectives on a century of artistic activity in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The exhibition gathers together paintings, sculptures, furnishings, prints, drawings, photographs, conceptual works, and documentation and ephemera from the permanent collections of the partner organizations of the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium (HVVACC).


Linking Collections, Building Connections is organized into 8 sections. An introductory section—Iconic Works—showcases significant works from each of the five collections. Subsequent sections address themes that touch each of the organizations:  Making History, Printmaking, Circles of Affiliation, Case Study, Patronage, and Kingston. A final section—the last, large wall of the exhibition—is Cloud, a new project by artist Michael Asbill, a densely-hung wall filled from floor to ceiling with works from all five of the collections.




The HVVACC organizations—the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Women’s Studio Workshop, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild—are developing an online visual database, a series of events and publications, and a regional collection study and exhibition center. Together, the collections of these five partner organizations are a significant regional resource, and the Linking Collections, Building Connections exhibition is part of a long-range project to make these collections available to scholars and the public.  Visit to view collection highlights.




The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at The State University of New York at New Paltz, is fast becoming the premier public showplace for exhibition, education, and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region’s art and artists from yesterday and today. With 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.


This exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions celebrating The Dorsky’s tenth anniversary year and highlighting the museum’s focus on the art and artists of the Hudson Valley. The Dorsky was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2001. Since then it has presented over one hundred exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, and Carolee Schneemann.


For more information about The Dorsky Museum and its programs, visit, or call (845) 257-3844.


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