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University Art Museum Hosts 2003 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition
Exhibit is on view July 8 through November 1

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 11, 2003) -- UAlbany's University Art Museum will host the 2003 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition. Founded in 1936 and one of the longest running annual juried exhibitions in the country, The Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region rotates among The Albany Institute of History & Art, the Schenectady Museum, and the University Art Museum at the University at Albany. The exhibition is considered the benchmark showing for the finest contemporary artists working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital Region.

This year’s juror is Maura Heffner, the newly appointed director of exhibitions and programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a former assistant curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she held numerous positions including coordinator of the 2000 Biennial Exhibition and project director of Mies in America. Heffner also curated Once Upon a Time: Fiction and Fantasy in Contemporary Art, recently on view at the New York State Museum.

From more than 225 entries, Heffner’s final juried selection will include approximately 50 works by 25 artists. Selections include work in all media and reflect the expansive range of issues and subject matter confronting contemporary artists both in the Capital Region and in the larger art world.
Award decisions will be announced at an opening reception, Thursday, July 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The University Art Museum provides more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space for six to eight changing exhibitions a year. Since its inaugural exhibition in 1967, Paintings and Sculpture from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection, the University Art Museum has been committed to presenting contemporary art exhibitions that connect community and worldviews with the vast resources of the University. In addition to exhibiting established artists and the work of emerging artists, the museum develops and presents exhibitions in collaboration with academic departments across the campus to explore current art practices through the larger frame of cultural, historical, philosophical, and sociopolitical contexts.

For more information please call (518) 442-4035 or visit

Museum summer hours are Tues. -- Sat., noon -- 4 p.m.

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