November 2016 - Upcoming Events
|10/7 - 11/20||Exhibit||My Journey As An Artist ~ Works by Jeannette McGee||MDTN||Orange Hall Gallery Loft|
|10/17 - 11/18||Exhibit||Faces & Phases ~ paintings with mixed media and hand-painted mannequins by Barbara Graff||NBG||Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery|
|10/18 - 1/28||Exhibit||Artists of Excellence ~ Then and Now: Thrown Pottery over 35 years by Jacqui Doyle Schneider||NBG||Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery|
|10/25 - 11/20||Exhibit||Autumn in the Hudson Valley||MDTN||Orange Hall Gallery|
|Lecture||When is Enough Enough? Intimate Partner Violence - What you should know!||NBG||Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room|
|Lecture||Kaplan Hall and the Rowley Center: The Greening of SUNY Orange’s Latest New Buildings||MDTN||Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum|
|Film||Immigrant Journey||NBG||Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room|
|Reading||Autumn in the Hudson Valley ~ Artworks and “In words: Poems on Works of Art”||MDTN||Orange Hall Gallery|
|Lecture||The Presidency and the Constitution: Issues and Perspectives||MDTN||Middletown Library, Gilman Center|
|Lecture||A History of the United States Military Academy||NBG||Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room|
Friday, October 7, 2016 to Sunday, November 20, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)
Jeannette McGee has painted for twenty years in oil and pastel. Her paintings convey a rich talent and a real love for the visual arts as well as a deep appreciation for the world around us. In her solo show which opens in Orange Hall Gallery Loft on October 7, she shares some of her latest paintings along with many old favorites.
Its title, My Journey As An Artist, captures the essence of the exhibit as the viewer ‘walks through’ McGee’s growth in artistry and technique. As she has developed her skills, her interest has focused on an early impressionistic style that came from the Barbizon School in France and which in this region has been carried on by the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Her portraits, landscapes, and still lifes demonstrate that common thread of early impressionism. She has fine-tuned her method at the North Light Atelier of Cynthia Harris-Pagano. Her portraits are done from life and her landscapes are worked en plein air. “The direct style of painting contributes to the spontaneity and freshness” of each work. She is particularly interested in the “capturing of light on objects through observation skills as well as painting skills,” she adds.
A reception during which classical guitarist Joy Zelada will play, is set for Friday, October 14 from 5:30 to 7:45pm. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view through November 20, 2016.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm plus until 8:45pm October 13 and 20, and until 9:30pm October 14 and 22.
Questions may be directed to email@example.com and (845)341-4891. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)
Images, top to bottom: Artist Jeannette McGee next to her oil painting, Father Sunny John, O.Carm; Still Life with Swiss Chard, oil by Jeannette McGee; Magnolia in Bloom, oil by Jeannette McGee
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Monday, October 17, 2016 to Friday, November 18, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
Come and explore a mysterious world of dark forests, twisted tree roots, forgotten slippers, full moons, and the changing night sky, viewed through the oil & mixed media artworks by Barbara Graff. These nature paintings, which search for and celebrate the beauty of the earth, are shown in partnership with elegant hand-painted mannequins, also the works of Graff who is one of the most sought after “makeup” (oil paint) artists for mannequins worldwide.
In this solo show FACES and PHASES, “Strong women, in veils and capes, are presented in all stages of aging. Men, in the form of Father Time, exist only as memories or shadows as Time presides over all,” according to Graff. The exhibit installation is on view Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, October 17 through November 18, 2016 in Kaplan Hall.
Visitors to the Mindy Ross Gallery can walk amidst these real-life sized mannequins who are draped in magnificent fabrics and accessories and represent different cultures and races. The mannequins are Rootstein mannequins all of which begin as sculptures of live models. Models are chosen not just for their looks, but for the spirit they embody. The production process is done by hand by workers trained in the artisan tradition.
A reception at which the artist as well as one of the mannequin artisans will be present, is planned for Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7pm. During the reception musical performances will be offered by Master Michael Quinn, Jeff Allyn Szwast, Danielle Cardona, and Martine Luque. In addition, readings of related poetry will be done by students. This event as well as the exhibition are free and open to the public.
SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.
For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 341-4891/9386
Images, top to bottom: Barbara Graff, artist; Rootstein Mannequins Hand-painted by Barbara Graff: the Irene Major Mannequin; Mannequin interacting with paintings
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 to Saturday, January 28, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
Continuing the Artists of Excellence series, “Then and Now: Thrown Pottery over 35 years by Jacqui Doyle Schneider” is now on display through January 28, 2017.
The pottery in this show features the best of Jacqui Doyle Schneider’s works over a period that is more than half of her lifetime. It is truly a retrospective of her work, progressing from an investigation of shape and the painterly mark toward a more textural and sculptural deconstruction of the traditional vessel appearance.
Wheel-thrown pottery pieces reflect Doyle Schneider’s interest in the overlap between nature, wildlife, and human forms, playfully depicted within the positive and negative spaces of the carved ceramic vessels. Both sculptural and utilitarian, her work demonstrates a complete artist in creativity of each vessel, use of color, and exquisite design.
After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a BA in Art, Doyle Schneider received an apprenticeship at Earthworks in NYC where she produced production pottery and taught classes in throwing on the wheel. Eventually, she moved to the Hudson Valley, had three children, and went on to receive a teaching certification and an MA in Art from SUNY New Paltz. Subsequently, she became a high school art teacher at Valley Central High School where, for the past 20 years, she has specialized in teaching Advanced Ceramics.
A closing reception will take place on January 28, 2017 from 4 to 6:30pm as part of Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS.
The Artists of Excellence series spotlights highly talented regional artists. Artworks are on view in four glass vitrine cases located in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery. The Foyer is actually the area just outside the Mindy Ross Gallery inside the eastern end of Kaplan Hall. It is a wonderful setting afforded with natural light and multi-directional viewing of the pieces.
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets (GPS: 73 First St) on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, and 8am to 5pm on Friday through December 16. From January 3 through January 13, the hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. After being closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, and 8am to 5pm on Friday through January 28.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845)341-4891 and email@example.com.
Images, top to bottom: Jacqui Doyle Schneider, artist; Three Nudes, ceramics by Jacqui Doyle Schneider; Dragonfly, ceramics by Jacqui Doyle Schneider
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to Sunday, November 20, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)
Autumn 2016 has been exceptionally gorgeous with fantastic colors. To visually demonstrate artists’ perceptions and reactions to the beauty of the Hudson Valley in the fall and also to depict harvest activities, an exhibit of 115 paintings, photographs, and sculptures is on display October 25 - November 20, 2016. Come to Orange Hall Gallery on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange to view Autumn in the Hudson Valley. Sixty artists are represented in the show. Works range in size from very small paintings to a towering sculpture installation.
Scheduled from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, November 6, the reception for the exhibit will be a gathering of artists including poets who will read their new poems inspired by specific artworks and favorite works about autumn, “In words: Poems on Works of Art.” Joy Zelada will play classical guitar.
The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm and during performances in Orange Hall Theatre.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue)
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and (845)341-4891.
Images, top to bottom: Autumn Day, watercolor by Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian; Golden Moment, oil on canvas by Sarah E. McHugh; Catskills from Olana, pastel by Mary Mugele Sealfon
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
On Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7pm, Gwen Wright, Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, will come to speak in the OCTC Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall. Wright’s presentation will address the issues of intimate partner violence with a special emphasis on the new state law focused on reducing sexual assault on college campuses. The “Enough is Enough” legislation, passed into law in 2015, requires all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement.
During her lecture, When is Enough Enough? Intimate Partner Violence - What you should know!, she will provide a brief overview of the “Enough is Enough” campus safety response program and the need for college communities to understand intimate partner violence and the unique aspects that arise when the victim/survivor and the perpetrator are part of the same college community. In addition, Wright will examine what intimate partner violence looks like and the best practice in responding, as well as ways to help someone who is being abused.
This program is free and open to the public and is intended for students as well as the general public.
Gwen Wright was appointed Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August 2013. She has been with the Office for more than 20 years and has served in many capacities, most recently as director of Human Services and Prevention, supervising training and policy programs in the areas of child welfare, social services and public benefits, substance abuse and mental health, health care and criminal justice. Wright was integral in the development and implementation of the NYS Domestic Violence and the Workplace initiative required by Executive Order in 2007. She has received numerous awards for her work and has held many positions in the domestic violence field. She is the former executive director of the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide grassroots advocacy group. While there, she coordinated statewide legislative activities, organized regional domestic violence efforts, participated in policy discussions with state lawmakers and made dozens of media appearances, both locally and nationally. Additionally, she has worked in local domestic violence programs in Ulster and Westchester Counties where she was responsible for programs designed to support abused women and their children, and for the provision of legal and system advocacy. Wright has served on many local, state, and national non-profit boards of directors, most notably A Call to Men, NCADV, In Our Own Voices, and The Pride Center of the Capital Region. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Empire State College. She currently serves as a member of the Hoyt Children and Family Trust Fund.
Maureen Flaherty of the SUNY Orange Wellness Center and Jennifer Valastro of Orange County Mental Health Association Rape Crisis Services will also be on hand at this event to offer additional resources to attendees.
For more information, send an email to email@example.com or call (845)341-9386. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.
Image: Gwen Wright, Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)
Within a three and one-half year period SUNY Orange opened the doors to two new state-of-the-arts buildings, Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus in January 2011 and the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the Middletown campus in August 2014. Both are sustainable, green buildings that have been designated with LEED® Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council. Both buildings were designed by the same architectural firm, JMZ Architects and Planners of Glens Falls, N.Y.
On Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm, the president and vice-president of the firm, Tenée R. Casaccio, AIA, and Kristin G. Schmitt, AIA, respectively, will speak on the planning and design of these two buildings as well as green building technology of the 21st Century in a lecture entitled Kaplan Hall and the Rowley Center: The Greening of SUNY Orange’s Latest New Buildings.
During the presentation, they will explain how a building is constructed to meet the LEED requirements established by the U.S. Green Building Council and what specifically is LEED-certified and LEED-accredited. According to the USGBC, “LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.”
Architects and engineers will receive a certificate for one PDH-CEU for lecture attendance. This event is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with SUNY Orange Architectural Technology.
The architects and planners of JMZ specialize in architectural design services for colleges and universities throughout the country. They devote all of their energy and talent to “Shaping the Future of Higher Education.” Therefore, part of the program will be devoted to examining the sustainable education features incorporated into the Rowley Center. Casaccio and Schmitt will also point out key sustainable elements in both the Rowley Center and Kaplan Hall.
Schmitt has consistently created vibrant, exciting designs for JMZ’s college clients. As a LEED Accredited Professional, sustainability is an integral part of Schmitt’s design approach. She served as project manager and design architect for the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, and, therefore, knows first-hand all the features and elements in this 107,000 square-foot building.
JMZ began collaborating with SUNY Orange in 1996 and has since drafted three facilities master plans and designed all of the College’s major capital projects at the Middletown and Newburgh Campuses. The firm is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certified in New York and several other states. As president of JMZ, Casaccio has led all of the firm’s work with SUNY Orange.
The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering is located across the street from the parking garage, both at the corner of Wawayanda and East Conkling Avenues, Middletown, N.Y. Free parking is available in the garage as well as the campus parking lots. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and (845) 341-4891.
Images, top to bottom: Tenée R. Casaccio, AIA, is President of JMZ; Kristin G. Schmitt, AIA, is Vice President of JMZ; Kaplan Hall and Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, photos of the buildings by Steve Hedderton
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Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
On Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7pm, SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs presents Immigrant Journey: three short films of the Indian American experience, featuring actor Hesh Sarmalkar in a talkback led by Seema Khurana, in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall, Newburgh.
Admission is $5 for general admission. All students are allowed free entrance. Tickets are available at the door starting at 6pm.
Three short films of the Indian American immigrant experience are linked through the performances of the award-winning actor, Hesh Sarmalkar, who will be on hand to answer questions following the screening of the films, in a talkback moderated by scholar Seema Khurana, PhD. Prashant Bhargava’s 2004 short Sangam has won 10 awards, including a Best Actor Award for Sarmalkar at the Rome International Film Festival, GA. Originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it has been shown by the Sundance Channel, as well as by Arte in Germany and France. Also shown will be Vinay Pujara’s films Flight of Hope (2016), and India Calling (2015). India Calling was recently purchased by Rai Television for all TV and web rights in Italy.
Globetrotting is a way of life for New York-based Indian American actor, Hesh Sarmalkar. His pursuit of acting has been deeply influenced by his family’s contributions to the Indian film industry. His great uncle V. Shantaram (1901-1990), who created 105 films as director, producer and actor, was a Bollywood pioneer and regarded as a trailblazer by the notables of the Indian film industry. Sarmalkar came to the USA to study. He attended NYU for his MS degree in neurobiology with the intent to go on for his PhD, but his strong passion for acting changed his course. After studying at the John Strasberg School of Acting and Lynette Sheldon Actors Studio, he starred in the award-winning short film Sangam, an official selection at Sundance in 2004 as well as several US and International Film Festivals. Sarmalkar won the Best Actor Jury Award at the Rome, Georgia International Film Festival for his role in the film. His recent projects include several short films, and he is also the consultant for All Things Indian for Hollywood and American TV. Sarmalkar currently resides in New York City and remains involved in the acting world, while holding the position of Events Director at the prestigious Asia Society, where he has coordinated many high profile events with celebrities and heads of state, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Seema Khurana, moderator, has been teaching Hindi language and literature for 15 years as a Senior Lector at Yale University. She is actively creating teaching content for Hindi, such as Partition Narrative Project - a collection of recorded and edited film interviews of Partition survivors in Hindi; Hindi in Diaspora - a collection of written works and audio/video clips from news broadcasts, interviews, and cinema depicting Hindi in diaspora that serve as a growing database to understand issues of assimilation and identity. In 2000, she produced the first Hindi-book-on audiotape in the U.S., Amrita Pritam's Pinjar. Her short stories and poems have been published in various Hindi-language magazines and anthologies.
For more information about the film screening, send an email to email@example.com or call (845) 341-9386. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.
Images, top to bottom: Hesh Sarmalkar, actor and producer; Seema Khurana, PhD, Senior Lector at Yale University
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Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)
Every year, Cultural Affairs presents two lectures on the United States Constitution, one on each campus. To celebrate the Constitution, the second of the lectures will be presented on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7pm in the Gilman Center, Library room 130 at SUNY Orange.
Dr. Brian Carso will speak on The Presidency and the Constitution: Issues and Perspectives.
This topic is particularly timely since the program comes six days after the 2016 election. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Carso is keenly interested in American government and politics, from the first partisan presidential election of 1796 through today’s political campaigns. During the lecture, he will explore the nature and power of the presidency as envisioned by the Framers. Then, he will show how the circumstances of recent history have changed the executive branch. He will also consider the nature of the presidency in a democratic republic, and examine how this year’s presidential campaign has challenged republican principles.
Brian Carso holds a BA in English, and an MA in American History, both from the University of Rochester. He also has a JD from SUNY Buffalo, School of Law and a PhD in American Studies from Boston University. He is an associate professor of History and Government at Misericordia University which is located in Dallas, PA. He resides in Matamoras, PA.
In addition to teaching classes in history, he directs MU’s pre-law program for those students interested in a career in law, government, or a related field. Prior to teaching, he practiced law at a large Rochester law firm. He also ran his own private practice and held public office in Cooperstown. He is admitted to the bar in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.
He is the author of "Whom Can We Trust Now?": The Meaning of Treason in the United States, from the Revolution through the Civil War.
The Gilman Center in the Library is located at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue, Middletown, NY (near the Morrison Hall mansion, GPS: 115 South St.). Free parking is available in the college parking lots and garage.
Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Dr. Brian Carso, associate professor of History and Government at Misericordia University
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
West Point’s role in our nation’s history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. In 1778, Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Revolutionary War hero, to design the fortifications for West Point which is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America.
The United States Military Academy traces its roots to 1801, when shortly after his inauguration President Thomas Jefferson directed that plans be set in motion to establish a military academy at West Point. Subsequently, in 1802, he signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy.
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Stephen B. Grove, PhD, will tell the details of USMA in his lecture A History of the United States Military Academy. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7pm in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange.
Having been West Point’s official historian for thirty years prior to his retirement, Grove is an expert on the Academy, its principles, and the ground on which it stands. The mission of USMA is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned officer committed to its motto: Duty • Honor • Country.
Grove will describe how the cadets were trained in artillery and cavalry for many years, at least before the Civil War on the Plain, a flat piece of territory on this relatively small military post. If it rained, there was mud, and dealing with it was an education in itself. Doubleday Field is on the Plain and the first Army football games were played there also. In 1924 Michie Stadium was built and football games were moved off the Plain. In 1940 basic training ceased on the Plain, because the military academy was able to acquire extensive territory to the south and west where Camp Buckner is today. Grove will also examine the significance of making USMA co-ed.
Come and learn about the history, past and present, of this important living historical site, explained by a man who was imbedded in the day-to-day life at the Academy, yet viewed his perspective as a civilian.
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.
For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at email@example.com or call (845) 341-4891/9386.
Images, top to bottom: Stephen B. Grove, PhD, retired official historian for thirty years at West Point; The Plain at West Point, 1828
engraving of a painting by George Catlin; USMA Cadet Color Guard on Parade
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