SUNY Ulster Alumni Art on Display



SUNY Ulster Alumni Art on Display

Part of 50th Anniversary Events

SUNY Ulster Alumni Art on Display for 50th Anniversary

Art work created by some 65 artists who attended or graduated from SUNY Ulster over the past decades will be on display at a special Spring 2014 Alumni/ae Art Exhibition commemorating the College’s 50th anniversary year.

Shifted Shape by B. Robert Johnson
Shifted Shape by B. Robert Johnson

The exhibit opens with a reception on March 7, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery on the Stone Ridge campus and runs through April 11.

The show will represent varied and eclectic works as diverse as the thousands of students who have taken classes through the College’s Fine Art and Graphic Design program since its inception in the in the 1970s. It will showcase drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, illustration, design in print and electronic media, jewelry and fashion design.

The exhibit will include works by past students who have gone on to successful professional careers such as Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist Renée Byer, a distinguished alumni member of SUNY Ulster’s Alumni Hall of Fame, as well as recent graduates entering the field, and community members who participated in art programs. The artists have provided testimonials about their experiences at SUNY Ulster as well as the resulting trajectories of their varied career paths.

“The 50th Anniversary Alumni/ae Art Exhibition celebrates creativity, community and continuity of SUNY Ulster arts,” said Suzy Jeffers, Gallery Coordinator.

At 97, Annette Finestone is the oldest participant in the show and will be represented by a photograph she took while stationed in Japan after World War II. She spent many years in SUNY Ulster’s darkroom in the 1990s perfecting her prints of this unique time and has shown them locally and internationally.

Among other featured artists are Byer who will show a print from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics; Shanti Grumbine, a New Paltz artist who attended SUNY Ulster as a high school student and had a solo show “Kenosis” in the gallery last year; as well as Robert Johnson, Class of 1971, SUNY Ulster’s Director of Printing and Graphics and Jack Murphy, Web Coordinator.

The Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. It is closed on College holidays.

The show is free and open to the public. For more information on exhibiting, contact Jeffers at or 845-687-5113. Image: “Shifted Shape”, 22” x 34” 2009 mixed media By B. Robert Johnson

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