###Contact: Suzanne Grady, Director Communication & Marketing (845)257-3245 Sara Pasti, Director Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (845)257-3846
New Paltz, N.Y. - The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art invites artists to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the mid Hudson Valley. This year's exhibition titled "Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012" will be organized by guest curator Linda Weintraub. Ms. Weintraub served as the first director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute at Bard College where she originated 50 exhibitions and published over 20 catalogues. She is the author of several books about contemporary art including "To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet," which will be published by the University of California Press in 2012. For "Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012," Ms. Weintraub invites artists to send something to Mother Nature that expresses their relationship to her and their feelings about her. What would it be? Love letter? Care package? Medal of honor? Bill for unfulfilled promises? Payment for services rendered? Prayer for guidance? Crutches for support? Bouquet of praise? Compensation for damages? Reward for effort? Entreaty for forgiveness? Pledge of devotion? Summons for misconduct? Condolences? Advice? Warnings? The exhibition will run from June 23 - Nov. 14, 2012 in the museum's Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. This is the fourth year that a Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award of $3,000 will be used to acquire one or more artworks from the exhibition for the museum's permanent collection. This Purchase Award is made possible through the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Charles Geiger, Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, Francois Deschamps, Gilbert Plantinga and Thomas Sarrantonio. GUIDELINES / INFORMATION The Hudson Valley Artists exhibition is open to all emerging and mid-career artists with a permanent mailing address and active art practice in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties who have not had a major one-person museum exhibition and who do not have an exclusive contract with a commercial gallery. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee. Artworks created in traditional and nontraditional media as well as audio, video, film, etc., are welcome. APPLICATIONS Artists who have existing artworks that are appropriate to the theme and created after 2008 should submit up to six images of work as photographs or on a flash drive, CD, or DVD. Please include a two-minute sample of time-based works. Artists who would like to create new artworks should submit a proposal in writing (100 words) and one or more drawings, along with up to six images of related works as photographs or on a flash drive, CD, or DVD. Please include a two-minute sample of time-based works. For each work submitted, clearly indicate the artist's name, artwork title, date, medium and dimensions of each work of art. Digital images should be approximately 1mb each. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1, 2012. Please send submissions to: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, c/o SUNY New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, Attention: Hudson Valley Artists 2012 The submission package must include images, image captions, an artist's biography/CV, contact information, and SASE for return of materials. Please mail or hand-deliver submissions; we cannot accept submissions via e-mail. We can accept a link to a Web site and a clearly demarcated page as part of the submission package. Artists who participate in the exhibition will be responsible for the delivery of selected works to the museum and for picking them up at the close of the exhibition. Works must be ready to install upon delivery. Presentation of installations, performances, and new works will be arranged in consultation with the curator. For information about The Dorsky Museum and its exhibitions and programs, visit www.newpaltz.edu/museum, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .