Palmer Gallery to host “Picturing Community” Photography Exhibition, October 27 - November 13, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The idea of a community is ever-changing. Its potential, its limits, and its place in society mean different things to different people.

“Picturing Community,” a photography exhibition by Vassar students and employees, will tackle these questions in the James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery from Monday, October 27 through Thursday, November 13. A reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, November 5, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.

The juried exhibition, presented by the Vassar Community Works campaign, will feature photographs taken in Poughkeepsie and the surrounding Hudson Valley, labeled with their actual locations. In addition to visually representing the space of community, the photographs will reflect on the meaning of the word. The 40 photographs chosen by the jury will offer a new perspective on what it means to live in Hudson Valley, forcing the viewer to ask: what does community mean to you?


Funded by donations from employees and students of Vassar College, Community Works is a philanthropic campaign whose mission is to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2001, Community Works has funded 27 different institutions in the Hudson Valley. Recipients are selected each year by a committee of staff, administrators, faculty, and students.


Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.


Picturing Community
Photography Exhibition Sponsored by Community Works

Monday, October 27, through Thursday, November 13

Russian Studies Department Exhibition

Wednesday, November 19, through Friday, December 19

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, October 21, 2008