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1. Carl Reed; 2. Ken Irvin; 3. Jules Daniel Selig ; 4. Bob Schuler; 5. Al Wooley; 6. Larry Argiro; 7. Ben Karp; 8. Joseph Orze; 9. George Wardlaw; 10. George Wexler; 11. Kurt Matzdorf; 12. Hugo Munsterberg; 13. Ken Green; 14. Edith Holt; 15. Ilya Bolotowsky; 16. Prof. J. Lyon, acting chair at the time

For Immediate Release


Wired Gallery Presents


An Exhibition in Three Parts

Part Two: 1963 – 1967

Curated by Jack Murphy


April 7 - May 6, 2018

Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 7, 2018

5:00 – 7:00 pm



High Falls, NY, February 22, 2018—On Saturday, April 7, 2018, Wired Gallery opens part 2 of The Golden Age of New Paltz, an exhibition in three parts celebrating the New Paltz artists of the 1960’s, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The show runs until Sunday, May 6, 2018.


This second installment of the exhibition will survey artists who either came to New Paltz, or lived and worked in the area from roughly 1963 to 1967. (Many of the artists in the combined shows were active throughout the 1960's and beyond. The use of the three time periods for each show is more a way to break down the number of artist involved, into manageable groups.)


Among the work on display will be examples by State University College at New Paltz professors Ben Bishop, Maurice Brown, Barbara Leoff Burge, Ken Burge, John Frank, Ken Green,  Alex Minewski, Dale Stein, and George Wexler.

Work by students from that era will include Gary Allen, John Anderson, Donald Bellinger, Allen Bryan, Henry Cavanagh, Paul Chapman, Reno DeRosa, Jim Edwards, Denise Giardullo, Markus Heidelberg, Dick Hogle, Eric Iversen, Anthony Panzera, Theo (Teddi) Pappas, Phil Paratore, Bruce Pileggi, Roger Polansky, Ed Samuels, Susan Slotnick, Jon Ellis Stevens, Tom Stratton, Al Summ, and Aletta Vett.



Wired gallerist Sevan Melikyan says “The first time I heard of “the Golden Age of New Paltz” was in an article penned by Rich Corozine in the Almanac Weekly in 2012 about Bob Draffen, an artist from that period who had recently passed away. The only golden ages I knew were the Dutch Golden Age and the Spanish Golden Age. I had no idea that New Paltz also had a “golden age.” How intriguing and exciting! This deserved to be told in a show. It turns out that Marjorie Myers Simon -- who came to New Paltz in the early 1960’s as an art education student and who was a friend to many of these artists -- had a plan to organize a show at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, to celebrate the fifty years since many of them were graduated. Unfortunately, Margie developed an aggressive cancer which limited her work on this project. Jack Murphy, who was an art student in the late 60’s, offered to assist, and when she died in November, 2016, he decided to try to realize her vision. Without Jack, who took on the monumental task of curating the show, it may be that no one would have learned that New Paltz had once a Golden Age.”


This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Marjorie Myers Simon, and to the many faculty and students who made the Arts Department at the State University College at New Paltz the vibrant, exciting educational and social experience remembered by all involved.



Address: 11 Mohonk Road, High Falls, NY

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Sevan Melikyan, Director

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Golen Age of New Palt at Wired Gallry
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