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Sunday, December 7th, 2 – 4 pm


Spotlight on Women:
Panel, Play and Performers


Exciting Afternoon Events
Sunday, December 7th
2 pm – 5 pmBurns & Tierstein

HVCCA is proud to present an exciting afternoon of events highlighting the diverse accomplishments of women artists. The program will feature a panel discussion with artists and curators, a profoundly moving short play, and a live dance performance with live music!

2 – 3 pm: There will be a panel discussion designed to elucidate the exhibition on view at the museum entitled “The Women’s Room: Female Perspectives on Men, Women, Family and Nation.” The exhibition’s curators, Marcy B. Freedman and Livia Straus, along with video artist Sara Shaoul, and Art History Professor Melissa Hall, will discuss the works on view and invite the audience to join in.

3 – 4 pm: Theater director Mara Mills presents “What Goes Around” by playwright Donna Barkman, who acts in the play along with Louise Kaminer. This wonderful short play is about two older women who meet for the first time since high school. It explores betrayal, redemption, and discovery.

4 – 5 pm: The final program of the afternoon will be an original dance performance! Dancers, Marsi Burns and Alice Teirstein, will perform a site-specific dance that creatively moves throughout various spaces of the museum, as the audience follows along. They will be accompanied by composer and musician, Andy Teirstein.

We will offer complimentary champagne punch and chocolates during the intermissions. Please join us!

Click here for a video preview!

HVCCA members $5, Non-members $7
NOTE: Spotlight on Women: Panel, Play and Performers is part of a new initiative called Peekskill: The Power of Women Artists. For further information about PPOWA, contact [email protected]


January 10, 2015, 1 pm – 5 pm

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Presents

Live Arts Fest

   An art making event for all ages!

Imagine the excitement of watching the creative process unfold right before your eyes, as works of art are created from start to finish on one winter afternoon. Engage with professional painters, sculptors, dancers, tattoo artists, and spoken word artists as they make works of art, step-by-step, with your participation!

Not only will the artists be sharing and showing us their methods, but we will also get to participate in the movement of dance, help make a clay book, design a tattoo, and work with paint brushes too, among many other engaging artwork activities—directly with each artist!

In the “performance ring”, young spoken word artists will get a lesson in sharing in the allure of the open mic, dancers will be shown new moves with a revered local dance teacher, and visitors will add to our “Love Wall” placing their creative selfies and expounding upon their thoughts about love. Young visual artists will have fun activities and expert instruction at the “art school” tables all day long.

Live music! Food! Drinks! Fantasy face painting!

Cost for HVCCA members & Peekskill residents with valid ID: $5

Cost for non-members: $10

DISCOUNT cost for member families and Peekskill families (up to five people): $15

DISCOUNT cost for non-member families (up to five people): $25

If you have any questions, please email [email protected], or call (914) 788-0100

February 14, 2015, 5 – 7 pm


Love is Coming on Valentine’s Day!


Love: The First of the 7 Virtues

Opening reception: Sat, February 14th, 5 – 7 PM

Exhibition dates: February 14th- December 6, 2015


It is with great enthusiasm that HVCCA launches a year of exhibitions and education programs exploring the artistic representation of Love: The First of the 7 Virtues and its antithesis, Lust: The 4th of the Seven Deadly Sins (scheduled to open April 19, 2015). Developed as an FWMA (Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance) collaboration, each museum will explore a different sin and, in some instances, its parallel virtue.

Love can take many forms. Though the forms love takes have always existed, and been well-represented in the arts, in the 20th-21st centuries varying aspects of love are more overt in presentation and more openly discussed. Love involves heterosexual, homosexual and transsexual relationships; it speaks to inter- family relationships; love can involve an adoration and anthropomorphic view of nature; love of God and religious devotion can carry the intensity of emotion, comparable to the strongest of human relationships, and love of animals can sometimes go well beyond those of an inter-human nature.

From Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture that manifests the power of the word ‘LOVE’ to the poignant red roses of Jackie O. in the sculpture of Keith Edmier, from the bucolic scenes of Hernan Bas and the empathic painting of Richard Wathen to the religiously charged work of Djordje Ozbolt, HVCCA invites the viewer to walk through the power of LOVE to build bridges to understanding and to an appreciation for the diversity of human nature.

Artists included in the exhibition are drawn from communities around the globe:
Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, Emil Alzamora, Matthew Barney, Hernan Bas, Marius Bercea, Derek Boshier, Birgit Brenner, Skyler Brickley, Ross Chisholm, Debbie Davis, Keith Edmier, Carole Feuerman, Moyna Flannigan, Stefanie Gutheil, Dieter Hacker, Bendix Harms, Ridley Howard, Robert Indiana, Sam Jinks, Sherry Kerlin, Keegan Korchuk, Angelika Krinzinger, Charles LeDray, Marin Majic, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nick Mauss, Shirin Neshat, Jonathan Newman, John Newsom, Joel Otterson, Djordje Ozbolt, Paul Pretzer, Saul Raskin, Nathan Ritterpusch, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Athi-Patra Ruga, Helen Sadler, Maria Tomasula, and Richard Wathen.

HVCCA would like to thank the following sponsors:



City of Peekskill





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Lana Yu’s What Matters Mural is now on view! Check it out!

Lana Yu’s What Matters Mural has been unveiled on the Park Street Garage in Peekskill, NY.  Lana You new What Matters

In collaboration with HVCCA, artist Lana Yu presents What Matters Mural, a 28 x 10 foot mural. 

What Matters is an on-going interactive public art project that affects people’s lives in surprising and unexpected ways. Through live events and a public mural, the project invites people of any age, background or culture to write a few words answering the question, “What matters?”

The objective is to give all people, including those who may not normally have an opportunity to express themselves, a chance to contemplate what they find meaningful in life.

In doing so each participant enriches their own existence for a moment and in turn enriches a moment for another who will read what they have written.

Since the project’s inception in 2012 the public has been invited to come sit and write a few words of reflection in any language. The project kicked off in the summertime where seventy youths wrote words of What Matters on the sidewalks of Main Street, Peekskill.  Since then it has appeared at multiple arts and community events throughout the Peekskill area. Through these live events and the project’s website, over one thousand participants from all walks of life have shared their thoughts. Since December of 2013, over eighty individuals have helped paint the What Matters mural. The mural is comprised of painted text becoming a focal point of contemplation that represents the individual voices of the community. And, like many of our thoughts, they are at once personal and also universal.

When the words are shared in a public forum we communicate our thoughts and feelings with one another. In this way the installation breaks down barriers of perceived separateness and unifies the community, both local and further flung. Learn more about the What Matters project and how to contribute at

“HVCCA is the most dynamic contemporary art site in Westchester… Maybe one day, these regional, more experimental art places might supercede art-stately New York City.” —Ben Genocchio, NY Times