Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Regional Artists Tackle Our Change Environment

Rebecca Murtaughs ceramic worksVictoria Palermo did not start with a vision for Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region when she began poring over more than 1,500 works of art submitted by 365 artists. But the juror of the eighty-fourth annual regional exhibition quickly saw a theme emerging.

This year’s Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region at The Hyde Collection includes the works of eighty-two artists living or working within 100 miles of the Capital Region. Many of the 92 selected works address the issue of our changing environment. 

Artists submitted works that portrayed their ideal landscapes, clearly declared the problem, or suggested solutions. The resulting exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, mixed media, videos, photographs, textiles, prints, and collages.

Artworks centered on the environment are exhibited in Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, the stairwell of the Museum’s education wing, and Rotunda Gallery. Submissions selected for the exhibition that aren’t related to climate are in Hoopes Gallery and Hyde House.

An opening celebration will be held at 2 pm Saturday, October 12. Palermo and many of the artists will attend the event, which includes presentation of awards at 2:30 pm in The Hyde’s Froehlich Auditorium. Immediately following, environmentalist and author Bill McKibben will offer a presentation with Palermo about themes expressed in the exhibition. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Founded in 1936, the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region is among the longest-running regional exhibitions in the country. The exhibition is hosted alternately by The Hyde, University Art Museum, and Albany Institute of History & Art.

Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region opens Saturday, October 12, at The Hyde Collection. The exhibition runs through December 4.

Victoria Palermo is a regional artist and educator. Working in both two and three dimensions, Palermo explores light and color in works exhibited in such varied spaces as bus stations, airports, and the grounds of museums. With exhibitions across the nation, long-term teaching appointments at Skidmore College and SUNY Adirondack, and additional assignments at Williams College and the University of Iowa, she has been featured in Sculpture and The New York Times, and has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council of the Arts. She was a 2019 Artist Panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Awards for Architecture/ Environmental Structures and Design.

The 2019 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition includes works by: Yura Adams, Fern Apfel, Robin Arnold, Cyndy Barbone, Owen Barensfeld, Meredith Best, Pennie Brantley, Scott Brodie, Berly Brown, Gabe Brown, Daniel Buckingham, Laura Cannamela, Amy Cannon, Laura Christensen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Katie DeGroot, Peter Dellert, Richard Deon, Anne Diggory, Ken Davis, Chris Duncan, Jane Feldblum, Tara Fracalossi, Laura Frare, Mary Kathryn Jablonski, Matt Frieburghaus, Scott Frost, Kyra Garrigue, Charles Geiger, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Gail Giles, Wenda Habenicht, John Hampshire, Niki Haynes, Kylie Heindenheimer, Ali Herrmann, Susan Hoffer, T. Klacsmann, Mila Kapustina, KK Kozik, Linda Lynton, Willie Marlowe, Dana Matthews, Marilyn McCabe, Susan Meyer, Joy Muller-McCoola, Rebecca Murtaugh, Susan Nowogrodzki, Michael Oatman, Gina Occhiogrosso, Sara Farrell Okamura, Hideyo Okamura, Stephanie Palazeke, Leslie Parke, Kingsley Parker, Ryan Parr, Sara Pruiksma, Peggy Reeves, Scott Reynolds, Jamie Rodriguez, Anthony Ruscitto, Rhett Russo, Thomas Sarrantonio, Sayward Schoonmaker, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Jon Segan, Russell Serrianne, Brandon Siscoe, Nicholas Squadere, George Spencer, Joy Taylor, Barbara Todd, Yeachin Tsai, K. Velis Turan, Victoria van der Laan, Laura Von Rosk, Pamela Wallace, Lois Walsh, Nicholas Warner, Alison Weld, Jeff Wigman, Leigh Yardley, and John Yost.

Photo of Rebecca Murtaugh’s ceramic works, part of Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region at The Hyde Collection provided.

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