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September 29, 2012 – July 28, 2013

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August 15, 2012- Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) is pleased to announce the fifth installment of Peekskill Project: A Citywide festival of Contemporary Art devoted to bringing cutting edge contemporary art out of the museum and into the community. Using the city as a stage, Peekskill Project activates the urban environment and its inhabitants through site-specific art exhibitions, performances and screenings sited in multiple venues throughout Peekskill.

Peekskill Project V is a departure from previous installments of the project, which were limited to a single weekend of events and exhibitions. This year’s festival begins with an exciting opening weekend of free exhibitions and programming on September 29th & 30th, 2012, and continues in a series of monthly events through the end of July 2013. Peekskill Project V programming occurs on second & third Sundays, October 2012 – July 2013.

This year’s festival features a wide variety of painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, film, sound, and performance art by artists working within the Hudson Valley and the Greater New York City region. Artists were chosen by a team of curators: Anna Adler, Cristina Arnold, Paul Clay, Kerry Cox, Evonne Davis & Emma Wilcox, Marcy B. Freedman, Matthew Leonard, Cheryl McGinnis, Wilfredo Morel, Lise Prown, Alix Sloan, Livia Straus, and Lilly Wei.

Visitors of Peekskill Project V can explore the work of over 100 emerging and established contemporary artists in venues throughout the city and within the galleries of HVCCA. Venues include parks, local businesses, former industrial spaces, vacant lots and storefronts. HVCCA is partnering with the City of Peekskill, Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill BID, Field Library, Westchester Community College and others for programming and exhibition space. Downtown Peekskill, and the Peekskill Waterfront also serve as major sites of the project.


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


Exhibitions at the HVCCA:

Main Gallery: The New Hudson River School, Contemporary Artists Address the Regional Landscape

September 29, 2012 – July 28, 2013

Contemporary Artists Address the Regional Landscape

The 19th-century group of artists known as the “Hudson River School” shared a strong passion for the landscape of the region. These artists and their patrons shared a love affair with this young country that often surpassed connections to their roots in England and Europe. Though the period of the Hudson River School was short lived, spanning just thirty years, painters Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Edwin Church emerged as some of the most memorable artists of the era. Many of these artists did not call the Hudson Valley home, yet they drew artistic inspiration from the region, defining an important genre.

Peekskill Project V brings together 120 artists whose works will be exhibited in the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and in venues throughout the City of Peekskill, situated on the majestic shores of the Hudson River. These artists have been influenced by the vast Hudson Valley Region, extending from Lake Tear in the Clouds, the origin of the Hudson River, to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean. The impact of this dynamic landscape is reflected in these works. This New Hudson River School addresses the landscape but goes far beyond the heritage of putting brush to canvas, embracing the use of found materials and new media, including video and installation. Several works investigate the region by literally digging into its history and archeology, addressing the grittiness of its urban sites. Others highlight the bucolic splendor of the riverfront, splendid estates, waterfalls, mountains, and valleys. The works reveal the cacophony of cultures, economic strata, and ethnic roots that have been reflective of this region from its Colonial period until today.

– Livia Straus, Founder and Director, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art 

Brandon Ballengée • Thomas Bangsted • Ali Banisadr • Phyllida Barlow • Huma Bhabha• Margaret Cogswell • Diana Cooper • Grayson Cox • Nicole Eisenman • Jeffrey Gibson • Greg Haberny • Ellen Harvey • Ran Hwang • Robert Lobe & Kathleen Gilje • Marie Lorenz • Virginia Martinsen • Charles McGill • Yigal Ozeri • Daniel Phillips • Brie Ruais • Will Ryman • Arlene Shechet • Skewville • Ouattara Watts • Michael Zelehoski
Curated by: Livia Straus & Lilly Wei

Mezzanine Gallery: Body As Landscape

May 12 – July 28, 2013


Works and Performances by the following artists in offsite venues, presented in three seasonal installments of Fall, Winter and Spring:

Peekskill Riverfront Green Park

Geoff Feder • Carole A. Feuerman • Basha Ruth Nelson • Claudia Passeri • Adrienne Wheeler • Chad Stayrook

Opening Weekend/Fall Season of Peekskill Project V

Justin Allen • Ben Altman • Irina Arnaut • ArtCrime • Itziar Barrio • Erik Benson • Maider Bilbao • Andrea Bianconi • Hu Bing • Mia Brownell • Marcy Chevali • Ryan Jennings Clark • Ian Davis • Brian Doyle • Purdy Eaton • Cara Enteles • Carole A. Feuerman • Chantel Foretich • Marcy B. Freedman • Hanna von Goeler • Charles Harlan • Tommy Hartung • Astra Howard • Katarina Jerinic • Oliver Jones • Chris Jordan • Mike Kenney • The Ladies’ Auxiliary • Virginia Lavado • Lisa Lebofsky • Ryan Lemke • Marie Lorenz • Nestor Madalengoitia • Tala Madani • Mary Kate Maher • Maria Driscoll McMahon • Julie Anne Mann • Robin Michals • Martha Mysko • Brent Owens • Daniel Phillips • Andy Piedilato • Elisa Pritzker • Andy Ralph • Leon Reid IV • Marko Remec • Corina Reynolds • Asya Reznikov • Daniel Roberts • Camilo Rojas • Jean Pierre Roy • Nancy Shaver • Arlene Shechet • Brooke Singer • Willie Wayne Smith • Jonathan Stanish • Chad Stayrook • Ian Swanson • Joey Varas • Song Xin • Lin Yan • Lana Yu

Winter & Spring Installments

Aranow, Grange & Mondale • Irina Arnaut • ArtCrime • Itziar Barrio • Johanna Barron & James Rexroad • Z Behl • Anonda Bell • Katrina Bello • Sergio Benenson • Andrea Bianconi • Judith Braun • Sean Carroll • Jennifer Cohen • Pepe Coronado & Alex Guerrero• Geoff Feder • Marcy B. Freedman • Matt Frieburghaus • Charles Harlan • Tommy Hartung • Katarina Jerinic • Chris Jordan • Lisa Lebofsky • Matthew Leonard • Anya Liftig • LoCurto/Outcault • Nestor Madalengoitia • Mary Kate Maher • Julie Anne Mann • Nadja Marcin • Maureen McCourt & Priscilla Dobler • Maria Driscoll McMahon • Armando Marino • Martha Mysko • Basha Ruth Nelson • Bruce Odland • David Ostro • Brent Owens • Gene Panczenko • Claudia Passeri • Andy Ralph • Leon Reid IV • Marko Remec • Asya Reznikov • Christine Sciulli • Shara Shisheboran • Matthew Slaats • Chad Stayrook • Kate Sterlin • Niko Tavernise • Marc Thompson • Kai Vierstra • Adrienne Wheeler • Genevieve White • Song Xin • and more

Peekskill Project V Curators

Anna Adler, Cristina Arnold, Paul Clay, Kerry Cox, Evonne Davis, Marcy B. Freedman, Matthew Leonard, Cheryl McGinnis, Wilfredo Morel, Lise Prown, Alix Sloan, Livia Straus, Lilly Wei, Emma Wilcox


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