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Art Museum Hosts 2012 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition, June 28 - Sept. 8

Spring Cleaning (2012), by Pooh Kaye, part of the 2012 Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition

ALBANY N.Y. (June 18, 2012) — The University at Albany Art Museum is mounting the 2012 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition from September 8.

Featuring 65 works by 30 diverse artists, the exhibit reflects the socially engaged perspective of this year’s juror, Nato Thompson, chief curator at the New York–based public arts institution Creative Time. Works will portray the expansive range of issues and subject matter that contemporary artists are dealing with both in the Capital Region, and in the larger art world.

Thompson, considered one of today’s leading young curators with a specific interest in the intersection of art, politics, and space, chose selections featuring artwork in a range of media including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, digital media, and installation.

“Nato brought to the jurying process a distinct and illuminating point of view. The regional is not about ‘the best,’ it is about what is of interest to the curator at a particular moment in history,” said Janet Riker, Director of the University Art Museum. “The art world today is a pluralistic environment, with many different voices and viewpoints. It’s always exciting to see how a juror crafts an exhibition that reflects what he or she feels is of particular import.”

Since January 2007, Thompson has organized major projects for Creative Time such as Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), and Mike Nelson’s A Psychic Vacuum (2007). Previous to Creative Time, he worked as curator at MASS MoCA where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions.

Cash awards and gift certificates totaling more than $5,000 were presented to selected artists at the exhibition's opening reception on June 28. For more information, call (518) 442-4035 or visit the University Art Museum online.

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