NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street to Host SUNY New Paltz Ceramics Program Exhibit
NEW PALTZ, NY (November 14, 2014) – Historic Huguenot Street has collaborated with the Ceramics program at SUNY New Paltz to present “Insight/On Site,” an exhibit of student artworks, on Saturday, November 22, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Inspired by the structures and collections of Historic Huguenot Street, works will be displayed throughout the historic homes and the artists will be present to speak about their art, their inspiration, and the artistic process. General admission is $15; admission is $10 for seniors, military, students, and members of Historic Huguenot Street. Admission is free for SUNY New Paltz students with ID.
“Insight/On Site” will feature artwork by New Paltz undergraduate and graduate Ceramics students, providing an opportunity to revisit New Paltz history while encouraging students to develop their own unique expressions, interpreting traditional artifacts in a contemporary manner. The first “Insight/On Site” exhibit was hosted at Historic Huguenot Street in 2012 in collaboration with the SUNY New Paltz Metal program.
“This collaboration is a perfect example of the extensive educational partnership between Historic Huguenot Street and SUNY New Paltz,” said Board President Mary Etta Schneider. “As a historic site, Huguenot Street is uniquely capable of providing engaging and enriching educational opportunities for our community’s students.”
“We are pleased that our students and the art department are partnering again this year with Historic Huguenot Street on this project,” said SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian. “It’s exciting that our ceramics students are drawing artistic inspiration from local history, and that the College can support programs at HHS in the process. This is precisely the kind of regional collaboration that we want to build.” The SUNY New Paltz Ceramics program offers an extensive curriculum in all aspects of traditional and contemporary ceramics practices and technologies in a state-of-the-art facility with teachers who are actively engaged artists.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve their French and Dutch heritage. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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