Hudson Valley artist Charles Geiger’s paintings on exhibit in “Quasibotanics:: From Apocalypse to Now,” November 5-30, 2015

Hudson Valley painter Charles Geiger is exhibiting a collection of his paintings in “Quasibotanics:: From Apocalypse to Now” at the James W. Palmer Gallery in Main Building. The show opens on Thursday, November 5, with an artist’s reception in the gallery at 5pm.

Geiger’s vibrant, colorful abstract paintings reference botanical imagery and he coined the term “quasibotanics” to describe them. “The shift toward using nature and botanical imagery was a slow process, stretching out over a few years and began when I moved into the Hudson Valley,” he explains. “Forests stand with mountains along one of the world’s most spectacular and unique rivers. Hudson River School painters, Thomas Cole and Fredrick Church, had looked back at the over cultivated and exhausted landscapes of Europe and wanted to paint with vigor, freshness, and affirmation of the new landscape here that was still largely unexploited. So too, nature inspires my work.”

Geiger lives and works in Poughkeepsie and has exhibited his paintings extensively in the Hudson Valley region and beyond. His works were most recently on display at the State University of New York at Albany’s University Art Museum, the Buddy Warren Inc. and Brian Morris Gallery in New York, and at the Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut. His work is also part of the collection at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York.

“Quasibotanics” will be in view through November 30. The Palmer Gallery is located on the first floor of Main Building and is open 11am-6pm, Monday – Saturday. Admission is free.


Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building. 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. 

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, October 22, 2015