Past Exhibitions

June 4th through September 30th, 2017

Spring Artist in Residence, Jinsu Han:”Liquid Memory”

Opening reception: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 5 – 7 PM

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is excited to announce two site- specific installations, Liquid Memory, by Korean artist Jinsu Han that directly involve the Peekskill community and the Manitou School in Cold Spring, NY.  Both iterations speak to the nature of memory.

For the construction of the installations, Jinsu is asking members of the community to bring in bowls or containers that have a family memory or storyattached and lend them to Jinsu for the installation, which will honor our collective memories. Robotic elements will create a gentle movement.

Metaphorically, the objects, water, and the repetitive movement of the robotics connect the idea of how gradual change alters memory and how objects and story relate to the persistence of memory.

Jinsu Han has been making robotic sculptures for over 20 years. His work uses different materials varying from custom-made parts to found objects. The sculptures evoke poetic nostalgia, ‘offerings to memory.’ Community memory containers will be returned after the exhibition, with yet another story attached.

Jinsu Han (b. 1971) is a multimedia artist from Seoul, Korea. He received his BFA and MFA from Hongik University, Seoul, Korea and earned another MFA in sculpture and an Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.  Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition“Fantasy Factor” (Force Gallery, Beijing. China) in 2016 and a group show “The Apotheosis of The Ex-Fish Market” in New York, 2016.

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May 13th through September 30th, 2017

“Selknam: Spirit, Ceremony, Selves”

The Selknam, an extinct aborigine tribe of Tierra del Fuego, is the inspiration for Elisa Pritzker’s installation at the HVCCA. Over ten years ago when Pritzker visited Patagonia, she felt an urgency to discover the people who had lived in Tierra del Fuego “before all the tourists came, speaking all different languages, from many cultures,” except for that of the Selknam, whose voices were gone.

Pritzker has created an installation that honors the tribe, gathered into reservations in the 1940’s and eradicated by diseases and cultures not their own. She began an in-depth study of the Selknam Tribe, using source materials from anthropologists and photographers, among them Anne Chapman.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s Chapman documented the Selknam’s unique culture and recorded their language and chants. Chapman was cured of a life threatening ailment by Lola Kiepkja, the last Selknam shaman alive. After intensive research, Pritzker realized how much the ancient cultures and traditions had to teach and her solo show at HVCCA brings the viewer – stone by stone – into the Selknam realm.

Elisa Pritzker, born in Argentina, now lives in upstate New York. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and museums worldwide. Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram Magazine editor, said, Pritzker “… has helped to shape the evolution of the regional arts scene.” Certainly, Pritzker’s work, installations and objects, has reshaped how we think about culture, ancient, urban, natural or spiritual. Looking anew at the old, Elisa Pritzker’s installation at the HVCCA, provides a contemporary artist’s view of an ancient world.

An original performance piece, which uses Elisa Pritzker’s vision, integrates music, dance, and narration, giving the Selknam voice through the perspectives of three women, a female shaman, an ethnographer, and a mythological moon woman. The performance is at 5PM, Saturday, May 13th as part of the opening reception of Pritzker’s show.  Performance collaborators are Marcy B. Freedman, art historian and performance artist; musicians/composers Nannette Garcia, Maurice Minichino; and dancers Marsi Burns and Nomi Bachar.

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April 1st through September 30th, 2017

Spring Artist In Residence, Mark  Berghash

Opening reception April 23rd, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm

 I’S OPEN, Aspects of the True Self”

I’s Closed, I’s Opened: The Inner Self is a series of head and shoulder photographic diptychs, each one accompanied by a Haiku-like poem. In creating each portrait the subjects are requested to think about their inner life. The first image is with eyes closed, the second image with eyes open. After the photo session the subject wrote down his or her thoughts and feelings. From these, Berghash and his wife Rachel, a poet, composed a Haiku-like poem for each subject. Berghash’s intention in making these portraits is to record aspects of a person’s true inner self.

In an article for Art F City in 2016, Rom Vaughan said, “Whether Berghash succeeds in truthfully plumbing his subjects’ minds is known for certain only by them; but there is no doubt that he strikes to the core of the precept that photography is significantly related to memory.

Livia Straus, Director of HVCCA spoke of Berghash’s work saying, “His combination of words and images create a powerful confessional mode that both reveals and hides.” Among other institutions, Berghash’s work is included in collections of and has been exhibited at The California Museum of Photography, Riverside; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio; Franklin Furnace Archive, NYC; International Center of Photography, NYC; International Polaroid Collection; the Jewish Museum; NYC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; MOMA NYC; Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel; and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

As part of his exhibition at HVCCA Mark Berghash photographed subjects, especially from the Peekskill community, on April 1st – 2nd, 2017. Photographs taken will be included with the exhibition of I’s Closed, I’s Open.

In parallel with the opening of I’s Closed, I’s Open,  HVCCA is proud to premier Donna Barkman’s play, Viewfinder, based on the auto-biographical  dioramas of Emma Rivers. Click HERE for more information about Donna Barkman’s play.

*Photograph courtesy of the artist

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February 4th through April 26th

Winter 2017 Artist-in-Residence Remy Jungerman

Opening reception February 4th, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm.

Remy Jungerman’s work was featured in numerous publications and has been acquired by various institutions and private collectors worldwide including: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Gemeente Museum, The Hague,  Museum Het Domein Sittard; Zeeuws Museum Middelburg; NAI Rotterdam; Fries Museum Leeuwarden; Africa Museum Berg en Dal; Museum for Modern Art, Arnhem; Rennies Collection, Vancouver; Art Omi Collection, NY; and The Francis J. Greenburger Collection, NY. He attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies, Paramaribo (Suriname), before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.Remy Jungerman, a Netherlands based multi-media artist, is the Winter 2017 artist in residence at HVCCA. Born 1959 in the small Maroon community of Moengo in Surinam, on the northern Atlantic coast of South America, Jungerman has, for the last two and a half decades, made his home in the Netherlands. His work is an intersection between the African textile designs of Surinam and Dutch artists of the De Stijl movement, including Mondrian. Afro-Surinamese spirituality, or Winti, is his dominant theme.

Jungerman attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies, Paramaribo (Suriname), before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. With his art, Remy tries to connect continents, weaving Surinamese traditional rituals textiles with the geometrical lines of Modernism.

The installation is in conjunction with the museum’s main exhibition, “Between I and Thou.”

This exhibition and residency is sponsored, in part, by NEA, the Dutch Consulate, Mondriaan Fund, and the Netherland-America Foundation.

February 4th through March 2017

Student Exhibit/Teaching Artist Residency

Teaching Artist-in-Residence, Kristianne Molina

Opening reception February 4th, 2017 from 4 to 5 pm.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) and the Peekskill City School District is pleased to invite you to the opening of High School students’ artwork in the upcoming exhibition Between I and Thou on February 4th from 4-5 p.m. at HVCCA.

Artist Kristianne Molina collaborated with over 100 Peekskill High School students during a 10 day intensive with HVCCA’s Teaching Artist Residency. Students explored painting and dyeing techniques primarily with cochineal combined with minerals such as iron, oxalic acid, tin, and aluminum. The student collaborative celebrates the individual and collective diversity, culminating into a large installation unveiled on February 4th in conjunction with HVCCA’s exhibition Between I and Thou.

February 27 – December 17, 2016

“Untitled” by Yunizar

WORD: Words in Art, Art in Word

‘WORD’ was HVCCA’s first open call juried exhibition purposed to highlight talented regional artists who prominently feature ‘a word’ or ‘words’ in their artistic productions.  Some 140+ artists applied and 75 artists were selected.  These newer and lesser known works sat side by side with works of artists such as Beatrice Coron, Dylan Graham (Netherlands), Ann Hamilton (US 1999 Venice Biennale artist), John Mellencamp, Jeffrey Gibson, Laura Kimpton (SLS Miami, Burning Man, California) and Robert Indiana.

Click here for the complete catalog of WORD!

June 9th – August 22nd, 2016

Steve Hernandez speaks with Jay Behrke about his work in the Student Exhibit

Steve Hernandez speaks with Jay Behrke about his work in the Student Exhibit

The Student Exhibition included works completed by Peekskill High School students who worked with our in-school Artists-in-Residence as well as works by students from our Young Docents Program and other students. WORD artist Lance Johnson spent several weeks working with students at Peekskill

High School, resulting in 4 large panel pieces that are now permanently installed at the high school. Artworks on display included those four panels, the completed “Esperanza” mural from Live Art Fest 2016, a short film of Michael Feigenbaum’s residency at Summit Academy, and more. Plus, visitors could hear the voices of the Hudson Valley youth who participated in The “I’m Tired” Project from Yonkers, Newburgh, Beacon, Peekskill and Mount Vernon.

Click here for the complete catalog of the Student Exhibit!

You can also click HERE for the short video on display in the Student Exhibit of Michael Feigenbaum’s residency at Summit Academy!

May 13th – June 5th, 2016

Visions from the Inside Opens May 15th!

Visions from the Inside Opens May 15th!

Visions From the Inside was displayed as part of the WORD exhibit, and is an illustration project to highlight the personal costs of detention and the resiliency of the human spirit of migrants. The project is based on letters written by detained women and children at the for-profit detention center in Karnes County, Texas that illuminate their courage through their own words. This project was a collaboration between CultureStrike and the migrant-rights advocacy groups Mariposas Sin Fronteras and End Family Detention. These visual art interpretations were commissioned by CultureStrike and created by a diverse lineup of 15 visual artists from across the U.S. The painful letters describe the journeys of migrant detainee mothers and their children, as well as the conditions they experience while in immigration custody. In the last couple of years Central American migrants, including many unaccompanied minors, have sought refuge in the United States. Those who survive the dangerous trek from Central America through Mexico are often apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and placed in detention, with little or no legal counsel, while they wait to see whether they will be allowed to stay in the United States with their families. Unfortunately for many, this journey ends in deportation back to the country from which they were escaping. We need a world without borders and detention centers! In the meantime, artists and migrants across the globe will continue to imagine the possibilities through culture and action. Check out this video, which was filmed in Oakland as part of the project!

CultureStrike is a national organization that empowers artists and social justice movements to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity through art. We believe cultural work is key to creating systemic change.
End Family Detention is a digital library composed by a network of families, volunteers, pro bono lawyers, social justice organizers, and digital activists dedicated to raising awareness and promoting action to end family detention.
Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention.


February 27th – May 1st, 2016

The "I'm Tired Project" by Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans, Photograph by Robert Olsson

The “I’m Tired Project” by Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans, Photograph by Robert Olsson

I’m Tired Project by British artists Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans was displayed as part of the WORD exhibit, highlighting the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions & stereotypes. Performance is fused with written word as each of the participants formulate statements completing the phrase ‘I’m tired of…” The statement can address absolutely any kind of discrimination that the individual has personally experienced or feels passionate about. The artist duo then transcribe the individual’s text onto his/her bare back, excising the tension through this very physical act.  Photography documents the final product, serving as a personal and communal diary of purification and absolution.



September 27, 2015 – December 31, 2015

PP6 logoPeekskill Project 6


May 2015 – December 6, 2015

IMG_2389Writing the Walls

February 14, 2015 – December 6, 2015

Robert Indiana, Love, 1966-1996Love: The First of the Seven Virtues

April 19, 2015 – July 26, 2015

George Condo, Little Joe, 2004The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

October 27, 2013 – December 7, 2014

Art at the Core: The Intersection of Visual Art, Performance & Technology  


October 12 – December 7, 2014

The Women’s Room @ HVCCA 

June 7 – November 2, 2014

Arron Taylor Kuffner, Gamelatron Sanctuary: Suara Sinar (The Sound of Light)

March 29 – July 2014

Acting Out: Words That Connect  

June 12 – September 27, 2014

Angela Washko, Playing a Girl

December 8 – April 12, 2014

Jordan Rathus, Based on, If Any and Real Work/ The Game Show


June 7 – July 28, 2013 

Katrina Bello: Looping Encounter, Andrea Bianconi: Postcard People, Laleh Khorramian: Water Panics in the Sea, Camilo Rojas: Los Sordos del Rio Hudson


January 27 – May 5, 2013

The Power of Place

artist groupThis exhibition showcases works by members of the Peekskill Artist Club including Gulgun Aliriza, Emil Alzamora, Cristina Alvarez Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Andrew Barthelmes, Katrina Ellis, Geoff Feder, Philip Hardy, Katherine Mangiardi, James Mulvaney, Adam Niklewicz, Jason Repolle, Shara Shisheboran, Timothy Smith, Ken Vallario, and Michael Zelehoski.

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September 29, 2012 – July 28, 2013

Peekskill Project V

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Click here to view the Peekskill Project V Catalog: Works and Performances in offsite venues


September 29 – December 16, 2012

Peekskill Project V: Virtual Valley

willie wayne smith_webHudson River artists address the landscape by patch-working images through a lens of political and environmental consciousness. Addressing issues we face in modern society, these artists have found a contemporary visual language to reinterpret their surroundings.Artists include: Justin Allen, Erik Benson, Mia Brownell, Ian Davis, Purdy Eaton, Cara Enteles, Lisa Lebofsky, Julie Anne Mann, Robin Michals, Jean Pierre Roy, Nancy Shaver, Arlene Shechet, Brooke Singer, and Willie Wayne Smith.

Image: Willie Wayne Smith, Familiar Tides, 2010

June 24 – July 29, 2012

Circa 1986 ReduxR.M. Fisher: Current Works

Circa Redux

A selection of the artist’s exciting recent works.

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May 19 – June 17, 2012

Circa 1986 ReduxRICK PROL: A Retrospective Look


Circa Redux A broad look at the artist’s work from the 80’s until today.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19th, 5-7pm

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 September 18, 2011 – July 22, 2012

Circa 1986

65 artworks by 47 international artists who emerged with significant artworks in the extremely prosperous and exciting period between 1981 and 1991.
Opening reception: Sunday, September 18, 2011, 4-7 pm.

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Image: Joel Otterson, Compact Disc Stereo and Love Seats (Hot Wheels), 1988

May 22 – July 24, 2011

First Look III

First Look III The HVCCA is pleased to announce First Look III, an exhibition showcasing 12 outstanding MFA students from across the United States.

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January 9 – April 17, 2011

Daniel Pitin: Garrison Landing

launderette Fall 2010 Artist-in-Residence Daniel Pitin has created a new body of work that features his trademark fictional settings evocative of theatrical stage sets, but with a new resonance of the locale.

After The Fall

Sept. 19, 2010 – July 24, 2011

After the FallEmerging contemporary art from East and Central Europe by artists who were educated at the transitional period between communism and democracy.

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Image: Zsolt Bodoni, Tito’s Cadillac, 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, 210-195 cm 

Leonardo Silaghi

September 19 – December 19, 2010

Silaghi Summer 2010 Artist-in-Residence Leonardo Silaghi’s first solo painting exhibition in the United States. Silaghi’s large scale paintings are based on a photographic reality, which is later distilled by means of abstraction. This combination leads to images that are both indistinct and coherent at the same time.


February 28 – July 26, 2010

a turning away from a position
a manner of expressing oneself


Showing 13 artists who have nothing in common, except that they meet monthly to critique each other’s work. These discussions are open, incisive, tough, fair, generous, and tremendously helpful.

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Double Dutch

September 12, 2009 – July 26, 2010

Double Dutch Double Dutch is an exhibition celebrating the Quadricentennial of the Dutch discovery and settlement of the Hudson River. The exhibition showcases contemporary Dutch installation art.

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Fendry Ekel: Art and Architecture: A Way of Seeing the World

Opened September 12, 2009

Fendry Ekel As part of a focus on the Quadricentennial year of the Dutch settlement along the Hudson, the HVCCA presents a solo exhibition by Fendry Ekel in the Mezannine Gallery. In this exhibition Ekel’s guaches and watercolors critically investigate the way in which buildings and monuments are used as a confirmation of power to seduce, manipulate, and intimidate.

Karen Sargsyan, Abroad Understanding

February 8 – May 24, 2009

Karen Sargsyan2008 Fall Artis-in-Residence Karen Sargsyan is an Amsterdam based artist who came to Peekskill to produce a site-specific sculptural installation for his solo exhibition.



September 13, 2008 – July 26, 2009

Origins Origins presents major works by 30 artists from 15 countries using natural materials: clay, ash, fiber, wood, and soil. Artists include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Carl Andre, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer, Zhang Huan, Richard Long, Kiki Smith, Mierle Ukeles, and Franz West.

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Grimanesa Amorós: Rootless Algas

September 13, 2008 – January 18, 2009

AmorosThis is a multimedia installation in which large multi-colored algae have been made by casting translucent abaca sheets into molds that are then hung from ceiling to floor. The work intends to express certain feelings of isolation and attempts to convey characteristics of the actual experience, rather than explorations or descriptions.

Richard Dupont: Between Stations

September 13, 2008 – January 18, 2009

Richard DupontThis is a sculptural installation that consists of two new large scale figurative sculptures situated contextually within the space of the HVCCA and intends to engage the viewer in a “conversation” that is both spatial and philosophical.

Peekskill Project 2008

September 13 – November 23, 2008

Peekskill ProjectA city wide public arts festival with 55 international artists.


Chris Jones

May 18 – September 14, 2008

2008 Spring Artist-in-Residence Chris Jones is a London based artist who creates sculptures that hover between the fantastical and the mundane, composed of images from magazines, calendars, encyclopedias and posters. During his residency at the HVCCA, Jones has lived in Peekskill creating a new group of works, piecing together local stories, history, and terrain.

Size Matters: XXL – Recent Large-Scale Paintings

September 16, 2007 – July 27, 2008

The second of a two-part exhibition investigating scale in contemporary painting, featuring monumental paintings by a diverse group of international artists.


Size Matters: XS – Recent Small-Scale Paintings

June 9, 2007 – February 10, 2008

The first of a two-part exhibition investigating issues of scale in contemporary painting featuring many of today’s most exceptional established and emerging artists.


Maider Bilbao, Animal Spirit

September 16 – December 16, 2007

2007 Summer Artist-in-Residence Maider Bilbao creates a site-specific installation and performance.


First Look II

February – May 2007

16 students selected from over 800 studios – the best of the new artists in the U.S.



Only the Paranoid Survive

September 2006 – January 2007

Only the Paranoid Survive focuses on our current “culture of fear” that stems from the continuous bombardment of terror warnings, suspicions, and scenarios of impending catastrophe. The featured work focuses on the artists anxieties and plays with each of our pathological fears.

Curated by Daniel Fuller

Featuring Work From: Darren Almond, Marc Bijl, Nigel Cooke, Sean Dack, and others.


May 20, 2006 – July 29, 2007

Reverence features the work of 33 internationally renowned artists from 13 countries. It addresses universal hopes and spiritual aspirations that are beyond particular religious iconography.

Peekskill Project 2006

September – October 7, 2006

111 Artists . 16 Curators . 1 City




May – September 2006

Nostalgia addresses the idea of reminiscence, melancholy and longing, and the subtlety and depth of this unique emotion. It features work by nine artists: Ann Hamilton (US), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon), Justen Ladda (Germany/US), Julian LaVerdiere (US), Matvey Levenstein (US), Luca Stoppini (Italy), Claire Woods (UK), Dustin Yellin (US), and Cristof Yvor (France).

Figure It Out

March – April 2006

NY Times: “This is all museum grade… That it is in Peekskill is thrilling.”
A comprehensive survey of the best figurative sculpture and video today features 29 artists from 17 countries: Marina Abramovic, Berlinde DeBruykere, Tom Friedman, Red Grooms, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Juan Munoz, Shirin Neshat, Nam June Paik, Evan Penny, Patricia Piccinini, Rona Pondick, Kiki Smith and emerging artists – Folkert de Jong and Will Ryman.

First Look

March – September 2005

First Look takes a snapshot of work coming out of MFA programs at a moment when there is a burgeoning number of graduate art programs and increased enrollment.




June 2004 – February 2005

Repetition uniquely focuses on art which repeats an image, sound, and/or sculptural object.



Paul Clay, When We Came

June 2004 – April 2005

When We Came tells the story of Peekskill from the dawn of human beings.



Symbolic Space

June 2004 – April 2005

Symbolic Space is about how the visual artist’s space might be a flat canvas, but that it energizes and implicates of its own and other space is essential.