Arts Events and Exhibitions

Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery


The Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery serves as a center for creative artistic activity at the College and for the outside community. It also functions as an environment for teaching, performing, and exhibiting.

The College's permanent art collection enriches the cultural climate on campus by making additional works of a high level of artistic achievement available to students and the community. In this manner, the collection serves as a permanent visual reference source.

The College believes that the acquisition of art works and the presentation of different art exhibitions assist the College community in setting standards for judgment and perception.

Gallery hours Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., closed on College holidays.

Gallery will be closed from Wednesday, November 19th through Sunday November 25th for Thanksgiving. We reopen Monday the 26th.

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Art Events & Exhibitions in the Gallery: Fall 2018


Hers & His: 25 Years of Art & Marriage

A Selection of Works by the Artists Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano

Friday, August 31 – Friday, September 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery

For over 25 years of marriage, Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano have been making art and yet their only collaborative works are their son and daughter. In 1999 they moved to the rural forested area of Stone Ridge. Since that time they have become fascinated with nature and plants. A life immersed in nature’s cycles and growing plants has dominated both of their art for the last 18 years. Plants are the sources of inspiration and are used directly in paintings as art materials.

They collected so many diverse plants that they started a Botanical Garden called ‘Hortus Conclusus’ that is classified as a a level II Arboretum.

two images of plants, birds and woods
Allyson Levy (left) and Scott Serrano (right)

A Message from the Exterior

Andrew Zuckerman, Photographer, filmmaker and curator

Thursday, October 11 – Friday, November 2, 2018
Slide Lecture/Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m., College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Visiting Artist Andrew Zuckerman is an award winning photographer, filmmaker, and curator. Much of his work is concerned with the intersection of nature and technology.  His immersive investigation of the natural world has produced multiple books and exhibitions collected in three volumes: Creature (2007), Bird (2009), and Flower (2012). 

Zuckerman’s ongoing portrait practice utilizes both photography and filmed interview formats to examine human perspectives. With the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he released Wisdom in 2008 as a book, a feature length documentary film, and a global traveling exhibition.

For this exhibition, Andrew will show a selection of works from his series A Message from the Exterior, an installation of photographic works from his continued investigation of the human relationship to the natural world. Through a systematic and objective approach to live subjects, presented in extreme resolution and clarity, his intention is to celebrate these subjects in a way that makes them feel new and somehow undiscovered. This event is free and open to the public.




The Form of Shadows

Recent photography by Ernest Shaw
Friday, November 16 – Friday, December 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery

Local resident Ernest Shaw will be exhibiting recent photography in his show, THE FORM OF SHADOWS. This exhibit is primarily focused on photography, a "new" medium in his 50 year career with sculpture, paintings, and drawings. The photographs integrate his lifelong concerns with mortality, the nature of the "self" and shadow, and the relentless search for integration and wholeness, particularly in the consequences of action and gestures, of moments and eons. One of these series, "Are we flesh or wood?" explores our fundamental unity and relatedness with the natural world, of life with death. The photographs, primarily visual, are also deeply grounded in our psychological condition, our relationship to ever changing time and place. These themes resonate with Shaw's other career as psychiatrist, psychotherapist and long-time teacher of mindfulness meditation practices. As Shaw has written, "articulate compassion is common ... silence is the dialogue of centuries". This body of work asks, "are we one, or two ... or none? This event is free and open to the public.
two images of abstract things

Art Events & Exhibitions in the Gallery: Spring 2018

Creative Arts ShowcaseCreative Arts Showcase artwork "Small Next"

Friday, January 26 – Friday, February 23
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery

This exhibit will feature the creative work of non-art teaching faculty and staff, ranging from musical performances and readings to photography, sculpture and jewelry.




Verna Dress Kerhonkson FashionsKerhonkson Fashions

Friday, March 9 – Friday, April 13
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery

Kerhonkson Fashions will present the clothing collection of local luminary Verna Gillis. Highlighted will be her vintage clothing, world costumes, and upcycled fashions for her label Kerhonkson Fashions. This exhibition will be of special interest to students of the fashion design and theater programs.




Student Works 2018 Psycho Poster Student Works 2018

April 25 - May 19
Opening reception Wednesday, April 25
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This annual exhibition will bring together the creative work of students in the Visual Art, Design and Fashion Design programs for a lively interaction of diverse media.






Future Voices 2018: High School Art from Ulster County

May 31 - June 14
Opening reception Thursday May 31
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This annual exhibition features artwork from Ulster County High School students. Participating schools include Saugerties, Onteora, Rondout Valley, Kingston, Coleman Catholic, and Ellenville.

Future Voices artwork by Bailey KretschmerFuture Voices artwork by Winne


Art Events & Exhibitions in the Gallery: Fall 2017

Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the ArtsAmy Cheng painting

New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowships Featuring 25 Artists From Ulster County

Friday, September 8 - Friday, October 20
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery

The exhibition brings together 25 artists presently residing in Ulster County who have received one or in some case numerous New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships during the past 30 years. This show takes place in conversation with concurrent celebratory shows at SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Orange, and SUNY Dutchess.

Ursula Cline sculpture“Artists as Innovators” celebrates NYSCA and NYFA Fellowships, which has supported more than 4,000 in visual, literature, and performance arts. “This is a highly competitive program, and we are so fortunate to live in a county teeming with so many talented and accomplished artists”, says gallery coordinator Suzy Jeffers. The show will display extraordinary examples in various visual arts disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, book arts, electronic and digital arts.

Artists included in this exhibit include Talya Baharal, Joan Barker, Jamie Bennett, Daniel Berlin, Mariella Bisson, Sydney Cash, Amy Cheng, Tricia Cline, Francois Deschamps, Christopher Gallego, Kathy Goodell, Judith Hoyt, Tana Kellner, Carmen Lizardo, Carol March, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Judith Mohns, Douglas Navarra, Jill Parisi, Emily Puthoff, Marian Schoette, Vincent Serbin, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Patty Tyrol, and Chris Victor.

The New York Foundation for the Arts was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year it awards $650,000 in cash grants to inpidual artists in all artistic disciplines, through a sponsorship program that is one of the oldest and most reputable in the country.


NYFA and Council on the Arts logo


Visiting Artist Series: Rita MacDonald

Friday, November 3 - Wednesday, December 13Rita MacDonald artwork
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3
7:00 pm
Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery

Rita MacDonald is a visual artist exploring two related bodies of work. In one, she works with images of decorative patterns found in architecture to make large-scale wall drawings that are temporary and site-specific. In the other, she uses images of decorative patterns found in clothing to make small-scale, often highly detailed, graphite drawings on paper.

She has exhibited at Wave Hill and Lehman College in the Bronx, Smack Mellon and Storefront Ten Eyck in Brooklyn, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. MacDonald has completed several public art commissions including two permanent mosaics in subway stations. Through The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY she received a grant to publish an artist book which is now included in several large collections, including the libraries of both the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. and Yale University in New Haven, CT


Whales in Space Mural

Installation in Vanderlyn Hall

Whale Mural at SUNY Ulster


Fine Art majors and SUAA (SUNY Ulster Art Association) members have finished the whale mural in Vanderlyn lobby. They designed and painted it.

Amanda Tulacz (has entered the BFA program at Montserrat College of Art nr. Boston)
Jack Pierce
Monica Krajcovic (has also entered the BFA program at Montserrat College of Art nr. Boston)
Sam Leiching (has entered the BFA program at SUNY New Paltz)
Andrew Rider
Katie Ambrose
Jillian Lewis
Dino Rende
Doug Doyle

Stop by and see it!


Spring 2017 Events

Future Voices 2017: High School Art from Ulster County

Future Voices

June 2 - 15
Opening Reception Friday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This annual exhibition gifted up-and-coming artists from Coleman, Ellenville, Kingston, Onteora, Rondout, and Saugerties High Schools.








Spring Fashion Show - SUNY UlsterSpring Fashion Show

Friday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.
Quimby Theater, Vanderlyn Hall

Come see the design collections of the first graduating class of SUNY Ulster’s Fashion Design Program! This fashion show demonstrates the mastery of skills and knowledge in design, pattern-making, draping, and sewing that have prepared these graduating students for transfer to four-year colleges and future success as professionals in the fashion design industry.

$5.00 suggested donation.





Student Works 2017Student Works 2017

April 26 - May 24 
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This annual exhibition features work created by SUNY Ulster students in the Fine Art, Design, and Fashion Design programs, as selected by instructors. Always a highlight!







Mary Louise Wilson, visiting artist Spring 2017Mary Louise Wilson: Artist in Residence

Mary Louise Wilson is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning American stage, film, and television actress, singer, and comedian. In a stellar theatrical career that has combined plays and musicals, Mary Louise Wilson has been awarded a Tony for Grey Gardens and a Tony nomination for Cabaret . She received critical acclaim for Full Gallop , her solo show about Diana Vreeland, and starred in the off-Broadway premiere of 4000 Miles. Other Broadway credits include Gypsy, The Odd Couple, and The Women.

Gathering and Q&A Session:
Tuesday, March 7, 2:00 p.m., 
Quimby Theater, Vanderlyn Hall

Meet Mary Louise and gain insight into her incredible career as a performer and teacher. Open to the public.


Class Visits

Mary Louise Wilson will also work privately with the SUNY Ulster theatre students on scene work, monologues, solo written performances and speaking Shakespeare over the course of the semester (open to SUNY Ulster theatre students only).



The Illustrator's Show

March 3 – April 7

Opening reception: Friday March 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

illustrators show


Spring 2017 Visiting Artist Exhibition, The Illustrator’s Show, will bring together five artists based in the Hudson Valley and NYC who work in the burgeoning field of children’s illustration. The show will include examples of preliminary sketchbook concepts to finished art and book products. As visiting artists, the inpiduals will come to the gallery for hands on workshops, portfolio reviews, and conversations with students in the Fine Art and Design programs.



Carin Berger •   David Goldin  •  David Gordon  •  Giselle Potter  •  David Soman



Petra Nimtz and Jessica Poser

an eye, open

Works by Petra Nimtz and Jessica Poser

January 27 – February 17

Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Petra Nimtz is a German-born painter residing in Woodstock, NY. She states, “The paintings are an exploration of intuitive abstraction…they document visual diaries of my inner world. By using my left (non-dominant) hand, I am able to avoid preconceived notions and create works that are
fresh and imaginative.”

Jessica Poser creates mixed-media works that explore the psychodynamic intersections of natural and built environments and forms. Her work investigates the aesthetics of craft and the handmade as a means with which to draw connections between psychological and material processes. 

Petra Nimtz and Jessica Poser










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