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University Art Museum Hosts 2003 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition
Award winners will be announced at July 10 opening reception

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 26, 2003) -- UAlbany's University Art Museum will host the 2003 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition, July 10 through November 1, 2003.

Founded in 1936 and one of the longest running annual juried exhibitions in the country, The Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region 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.

"I was able to review an enormous amount of work -- over 1,000 slides from over 220 artists -- being produced in this region by its artists," Heffner said. "It is evident that there is a very high level of artistic production in this region, and a thriving community that continually seeks higher standards for its work."

Heffner’s final juried selection includes 35 works by 17 artists: JoAnn Axford (Glenmont, New York); Justin Baker (Albany, New York); Josephine Bloodgood (New Paltz, New York); Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, (Kingston, New York); David Brickman (Albany, New York); Christopher Cassidy (Albany, New York); Jeanette Fintz (Surprise, New York); Louanne Genet Getty (New Hartford, New York); Allison Hunter (Albany, New York); Carolou Kristofik (Middleburgh, New York); David E. Levine, (Red Hook, New York); Harold Lohner (Albany, New York); Jenny McShan (Latham, New York); Chris Moran (Scotia, New York); Michael Oatman (Troy, New York); Kenneth Ragsdale (Albany, New York); and Marie Triller (Albany, New York).

Selections feature work in a variety of media and reflect the expansive range of issues and subject matter with which contemporary artists contend both in the Capital Region and in the larger art world.

Awards, including the Swyer Companies Best in Show award, 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, designed by Edward Durrell Stone and a prime example of 20th century late Modernist architecture, 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.

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