Students Enjoy Night at the Museum
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 5, 2016) – Students got the first peek at the new University Art Museum spring exhibitions during the “1st Tuesday at the Museum” event this week.
The Museum launched the Tuesday student event series in October to provide students with an evening of food, friends, and art. It is held at the Museum from 5-8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month while exhibitions are open.
“We’re excited because attendance for these events just keeps growing," said University Art Museum Director Janet Riker. "And the museum staff has enjoyed these opportunities to talk informally with students about contemporary art, the exhibitions on view, and careers in the museum field.”
The three new exhibits attracting students include: Keltie Ferris: Body Prints and Paintings; Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-in-Residency Program and Gerard & Kelly: Performance Documents.
"I thought the exhibitions were great," said Lamya Zikry, a senior journalism major from Jamesville, N.Y. "They were so full of life and color." She said other students were observing the exhibitions and discussing the artwork with their peers.
Having the 1st Tuesday event just for students is a good idea, said Zikry. "We are the first people that get to see the exhibitions and it's just a great atmosphere. I think that's cool, being able to say, 'I saw the exhibitions on the first day they were displayed.' The refreshments are a plus too!"
The exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, are offered through April 2. The Artists’ Reception is Friday, February 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Student events are sponsored by the Jack and Gertrude Horan Memorial Endowment. Gerard & Kelly is co-sponsored by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.
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