April 2017 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
2/7 - 4/21 Exhibit Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
3/23 - 5/25 Exhibit The Hudson Valley From Pen to Brush ~ exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
3/30 - 4/28 Exhibit The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities: photographs and letters, precious items and newspapers MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/3 - 5/1 Exhibit Art you kidding me? ~ 13th Annual Student and Faculty Art show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/3,
2 p.m.
Master Class Conversations about Complexity and Contradiction: Creatively Exploring the Human Condition NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/4,
7 p.m.
Lecture Fake News MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
4/6,
12:30p.m., and
4 p.m.
Master Classes The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Poetry Writing Workshop MDTN/NBG Middletown Library, Gilman Center/Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/6,
7:15 p.m.
Performance The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Fusion NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/7,
7 p.m.
Film Women of Maidan ~ the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution MDTN Harriman 111 Film Theatre
4/11,
7 p.m.
Lecture Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room

4/17,
7 p.m.

Lecture The Sky’s Most Amazing Spectacles MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
4/23,
3 p.m.
Theatre Black Angels Over Tuskegee MDTN Orange Hall Theatre

Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Terry Murray, PhD, artistSimply Human is the title of the new exhibit in the Artists of Excellence series displayed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. Artist Terry Murray, PhD, has created a sculptural community that “explores human diversity, complexity, strength, and vulnerability.”  The sculptures are made of reclaimed/recycled wood and found objects each with individual meaning. The exhibit is “designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in the context of the viewers’ lives, and in the context of our turbulent, challenging world,” explains Murray. Simply Human will be on display February 7 through April 21, 2017.

The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry MurrayA reception at which the artist will explain his concept of the exhibit and take questions is scheduled for February 25, 2017 from 4 to 6pm. His short talk followed by Q & A will start at 5pm.  The reception, which is free and open to the public, also celebrates Last Saturdays, the Newburgh arts initiative.

Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry MurrayViewing hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. During spring break, March 18 – 26, the college is closed.

The Artists of Excellence series spotlights highly talented regional artists.  The vitrine cases in which the pieces are shown are glass on all sides and are set next to full-length windows affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the artworks.

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership. He will be giving a master class on his sculptures in April about which details are forthcoming.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Terry Murray, PhD, artist; The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry Murray; Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry Murray

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The Hudson Valley From Pen to Brush ~ exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis

Judith Beringer Hraniotis, artistThursday, March 23, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Patience is essential in the creation of Judith Beringer Hraniotis’ artworks. Long known for her pen & inks of historic buildings and rural scenes, her process is slow as she works with India ink and a crow quill pen.  Likewise, she painstakingly uses several glazes, each needing dry time when she works in oils. Perhaps, it is these slow processes that are attractive to her as it gives her time to contemplate each piece in its creation. A solo show of the exquisite artworks of Judith Beringer Hraniotis is on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange, March 23 through May 25, 2017. Entitled
The Hudson Valley
From Pen To Brush

the works depict historic sites, wildlife, farms, landscapes, and waterscapes.

Downing Villa, pen and ink by Judith Beringer HraniotisA reception will take place in the gallery as part of Newburgh Last Saturdays [#NBLS], on April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30pm. Pianist Judith Hosmer Garrett will play classical, contemporary, and show music at the event which is free and open to the public.

“Living in the historic mid-Hudson Valley in New York State provides [me with] ample subject matter for plein air and pen & ink drawings. Whether out in the fields or on the shores of the Hudson [River], nature inspires me with her beauty affecting all my senses. Capturing this feeling in a painting or drawing is a rich and wonderful reward,” declares Hraniotis. Her favorite American artist, George Inness, was born in Newburgh. She “attempts to paint with the spirituality with which he so beautifully expressed himself,” she continues.

View from Boscobel, oil by Judith Beringer HraniotisFrom the time of her early childhood, she pursued her passion of art. She took art classes in high school and then continued studies at The School of Visual Arts and The National Academy Museum and School, both in NYC. She continued her art studies with classes in watercolor at the New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY. She also studied graphics at SUNY Orange. Later in life, she studied oil painting in Orange County with noted wildlife artist, the late John Hamburger. Her signature medium, pen & ink, is self-taught. Her works have been recognized with numerous awards and many are included in corporate and private collections.

Judith Beringer Hraniotis is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club, Kent Art Association, and Hudson Valley Art Association; an artist member of the American Artists Professional League, and Garrison Art Center; a former member of the Woodstock Art Association, Art Society of Old Greenwich, and Dutchess County Arts Council; and a past elected member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh where free, secure parking is available in the garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Judith Beringer Hraniotis, artist; Downing Villa, pen and ink by Judith Beringer Hraniotis; View from Boscobel, oil by Judith Beringer Hraniotis

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The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities: photographs and letters, precious items and newspapers

Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Friday, April 28, 2017
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

On the evening of Thursday, March 30, 2017 following the 7pm lecture presentation by Reverend E. T. Holland on Liberating Dachau Concentration Camp, a reception will open the exhibit, The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities: photographs and letters, precious items and newspapers.  Included in the exhibit is a tribute to the survivors as well as student projects which are intended as remembrance through education.

The exhibit will be on view in the Gilman Center for International Education, Library Room 130, March 30 through April 28, 2017, Monday & Wednesday: 2:30 to 8pm; Friday: 2:30 to 4:30pm; and Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 8pm, except during events.

The exhibit, reception, and lecture are free and open to the public, and are made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity [CIDE], the Global Studies Department, and Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed (845) 341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

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Conversations about Complexity and Contradiction: Creatively Exploring the Human Condition

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

To complement his Simply Human exhibit, Terry Murray, PhD, is presenting a master class in Kaplan Hall’s OCTC Great Room 101 which is directly across the Foyer area from the exhibit. Entitled Conversations about Complexity and Contradiction: Creatively Exploring the Human Condition, the class will offer participants the opportunity of reflectively expressing themselves through collage and assemblage. This hands-on program, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017 starting at 2pm. Components for the collage artworks will be provided.

Terry Murray, PhD, artist“I will ask students and community people in attendance to take the components and embellish them to express qualities, perhaps in contradiction, in humans (or themselves) through the figures they create. If they aren’t sure what they want to make, I will explain how to trust the process and to just begin assembling a human form and see what evolves,” states Murray.

Murray is an engaging person who will guide the class in using the expressive arts as a means of interactively involving participants in their own creative process. In addition to his exhibited sculptures, he will bring additional ‘humans’ for them to touch and hold. “Bringing the raw materials and demonstrating the process of creating a figure, plus sharing my motivation, will foster dialog among the attendees.”

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Terry Murray, PhD, artist

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The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Poetry Writing Workshop and The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Fusion

Thursday, April 6, 2017
12:30pm at Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

4pm at OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
7:15pm at OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Rapping Shakespeare! That’s the Sonnet Man.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Sonnet Man comes to SUNY Orange to present Shakespeare in a manner not usually associated with classical literature: rap! Teacher/poet/rapper, Devon Glover is the Sonnet Man who delivers sonnets as originally written, and then breaks them down into today’s “spoken word.”

Glover will give his master class, The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Poetry Writing Workshop, twice: first at 12:30pm in the Gilman Center, Library Room 130 on the Middletown campus and second at 4pm in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus.

The Sonnet Man Devon GloverDuring the master class, participants will be introduced to Shakespeare’s Sonnets 18 and 130, discuss his structure of writing sonnets and plays, write their own sonnets, and create a small mini-concert within the class, sharing their work. Glover offers attendees the opportunity of learning Shakespeare through fun and excitement, thereby increasing creativity, and improving communication skills.  For this class, please bring writing utensils.

At 7:15pm, in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall, the day’s events will be climaxed with Glover’s performance, The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Fusion. As the Sonnet Man, he raps Shakespeare’s sonnets to energetic beats.  Participants also engage in other activities with The Sonnet Man, including songs with call-and-response prompts.  His flows, along with his unique presentation and teaching abilities, embody the richness of Shakespeare’s language, and Glover’s passionate, yet natural delivery offers inspiring experiences audiences of all ages enjoy.

The master classes and the performance are free and open to the public.

Devon Glover performs Shakespeare’s Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities, and theaters to audiences nationally and abroad.  As The Sonnet Man, he has appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, BBC, and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the world, including Oregon, Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon, and had notable residencies at the University of Northern Michigan, Brown University as well as Stratford Shakespeare. The release of his debut video “Hip-Hop Hamlet” was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Last year, he went on a Sonnet Marathon Tour in the US, UK, and Morocco. On April 24, 2016, he rapped all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in succession.

He received a BS in Mathematics from Ithaca College.

The Gilman Center in the Library is located at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), a quick walk from several college parking lots. Kaplan Hall is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street. For more information, contact 845-341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: The Sonnet Man Devon Glover

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Women of Maidan ~ the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution

Protesting as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian RevolutionFriday, April 7, 2017 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Ukrainian filmmaker Ohla Onyshko is coming to SUNY Orange for the screening of her award-winning film Women of Maidan, “the story of the women’s life-supporting force, unity, courage, and sacrifice during the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution.” Onyshko wrote, produced, directed, and edited the film.  This talented and energetic woman will give an introduction at the screening which is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7pm in Harriman 111 Film Theatre. A post-screening discussion, moderated by Global Studies professor Michael Strmiska will be a time when this audience can interact with Onyshko through Q & A. This event is free and open to the public.

Young women protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution“On the night of November 30, 2013, special police forces trained to go after terrorists, illegal arms dealers, and violent gangs, attacked a student rally. Many of those participating in the rally were young women. The students had assembled in the central square called ‘Maidan,’ in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv [Kiev] to support the signing of a trade agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, an agreement they hoped might push the country toward that of a civilized European nation,” explains Onyshko. 

Woman standing in protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian RevolutionIt is significant also that they amassed in Maidan Square. In the Ukrainian language maidan [my-DAWN] means central square. “The word originated during ancient times when critical issues like going to war or holding peace negotiations as a group were settled on the central square, or Maidan. Maidan also indicates a state of mind — to make a decision as part of a large group for the benefit of the entire group,” states Onyshko. As the protests continued, women organized themselves into “companies” of one hundred to carry out more dangerous tasks. Women of all ages mobilized in support and many joined the armed forces to fight as soldiers.

Harriman Hall is located at 8 East Conkling Avenue, on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange. Free parking is available in the lots at the corner of East Conkling and Wawayanda Avenues and Grandview and Wawayanda Avenues. The parking garage will be closed.  This event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Global Studies Department and Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Protesting as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution; Young women protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution; Woman standing in protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution

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Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

FOOD -> an essential of life! But in this “hurry, grab a bit, run to work, school, a game, a rehearsal…” what kinds of foods are we choosing? Also, what foods are being offered to senior citizens, adults, millennials, teens, children? Are nutritious, healthful foods readily available?

Kathy Lawrence, Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food FocusThe OCTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall is the venue for an informative and important presentation at 7pm. The lecture had been set for Tuesday, March 14, 2017, but it has been rescheduled due to snow to Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The program is free and open to the public. Kathy Lawrence, who is the co-founder and senior director of School Food Focus, will spotlight the seriousness of the food situation in a talk followed by discussion, "Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do."

At the start of the talk, Lawrence will give an overview of the current state of U.S. food systems: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then, she will explain the role of policy, markets, advertising, and "consumer" choice. She will also discuss what is at stake in the status quo vs systems change and the need for people to take effective action in the movement for more equitable and sustainable food systems.

Newburgh Urban Farming FairThis event is presented in partnership with the Second Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair [NUFF] which strives to bring to fellow Newburgh residents of all ages the practical means of urban farming and gardening in their yards, schools and neighborhoods.

photo of peaches by Samantha SeeleyKathy Lawrence has had a great deal of experience in leadership roles. For 25 years she worked tirelessly in sustainable agriculture, local food systems development, and non-profit management, serving as the executive director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture and directing Just Food, the New York City based non-profit organization she founded in 1995. Her achievements at Just Food include initiating the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC program and The City Farms, an urban agriculture and food access program. While developing the foundation for Just Food, Kathy coordinated public information, outreach and education for both the New York and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (NYSAWG and NESAWG) and engaged in citizen advocacy at the United Nations on sustainable agriculture and food security issues.

Presently, the co-founder and senior director of School Food Focus, a national collaborative that ignites food system change by working on both the demand and supply sides of the school food, she shares her knowledge by taking programs to the public. She and her colleagues of School Food Focus work at empowering school districts to build, demand, and collectively leverage their purchasing power. They also show food producers and suppliers how they can offer healthful products.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Kathy Lawrence, Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food Focus; Newburgh Urban Farming Fair; photo of peaches by Samantha Seeley

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Black Angels Over Tuskegee

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Who were the Tuskegee Airmen and what is their significance in American history?

The Cast of Black Angels Over TuskegeeCommonly referenced as the Tuskegee Airmen, these men came together to participate in the Army Air Corps program, called “Tuskegee Experiment,” which sought to train and prepare African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft.

The group included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance, instructors, and support staff personnel who were charged with keeping the planes operable and in the air. The Tuskegee Airmen conquered isolation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II forming the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements paved the way for full integration of the United States military.

playwright Layon Gray plays the character Quentin Dorsey in the play Black Angels Over TuskegeeThe award-winning Off-Broadway play Black Angels Over Tuskegee presents the story of the first group of African-American Fighter Pilots of the 99th Pursuit Squadron in WWII. Come to this “vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating” production in Orange Hall Theatre at 3pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017, rescheduled from Sunday, February 12, 2017 because of inclement weather.  Immediately following the presentation, the 8-man cast will come out on stage for a talk-back with the audience.

NYTheatre.com comments, “Black Angels Over Tuskegee is a deeply wonderful production that takes an important historical event, presents it in a very intimate manner, and demands a personal response to its characters.” The play is the work of playwright Layon Gray who also acts, directs, and choreographs the performance and has used conversational dialogue to engage the audience. Black Angels Over Tuskegee won the 2009 NAACP Award, the 2009 ADA Award, and the 2010 NYC Audelco Special Achievement Award.

The Cast of Black Angels Over TuskegeeTickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at: www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml
The box office opens at 2pm before the performance.

This event is kindly co-sponsored by Walden Savings Bank, the Evelyn & John Morrison Fund, the Williams Family, and the SUNY Orange Foundation.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images, top to bottom: The Cast of Black Angels Over Tuskegee; playwright Layon Gray plays the character Quentin Dorsey in the play Black Angels Over Tuskegee; The Cast of Black Angels Over Tuskegee

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Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

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