FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital's "8th International Acquisitions Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities," featuring more than 100 pieces of unique art created by artists from around the world with disabilities, will be on display for public viewing beginning Friday, Sept. 16 - Friday, Oct. 14, at the Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady. (A public reception will be held Friday, Sept. 16, 5 - 9 p.m.,at the gallery's second floor to kick off the exhibition.)
The "8th International Acquisitions Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities" offers a view into the world of contemporary art and showcases individuals across the globe who were born with or who have developed physical and mental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, amputation or blindness.
More than 400 entries worldwide were submitted for consideration. The exhibition will highlight more than 100 pieces selected for inclusion, including paintings, photographs, prints, collages, sculpture, and mixed media. Seventy artists/creators will be featured, including 26 who are from the Capital Region.
All artists with disabilities were eligible to submit their work for consideration, from the emerging novice to the experienced professional. All works were created after the onset of disability. The particular disabilities were not taken into consideration during judging.
Entries were judged by an esteemed panel of jurors experienced in art: Jill Foster Cozzy, graphic designer for the New York State Museum in Albany; Megan Hyde, curatorial assistant for the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga; and Emily Zimmerman, curatorial assistant for EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy.
Prizes will be awarded to the top winning entries: "Best of Show" - $500; Second Place - $250; Third Place - $125; and "Honorable Mention" - $50. Winners also will be selected in the "Solo Exhibition Award" and "Inspiration Award" categories. Artwork chosen for exhibition will be made available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Sunnyview.
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The monthlong exhibition will be on display for public viewing, free of charge. A private gala reception, "Art for the View: Art & All That Jazz," will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 - 10 p.m., at the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors in celebration of the exhibition. Liz Bishop, news anchor, WRGB CBS 6, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The evening will feature a private viewing, live jazz standards performed by Keith Pray, followed by dinner on Proctors' historic stage, with live entertainment by the Sonny and Perley band, and dancing. Proceeds will benefit Sunnyview programs. Tickets are $125. To attend the gala, please contact the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation at (518) 382-4586.
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital launched the Acquisitions Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities in 1999 as a way to celebrate the creativity and vision of artists with disabilities. The hospital's Viewpoint Gallery offers a multi-faceted arts program which serves to inspire and enhance the benefits of creative expression for disabled artists, hospital patients, staff and the community-at-large. It is also home to one of the largest art collections featuring more than 100 works by disabled artists around the world on permanent display throughout the hospital.
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital is a member of Northeast Health, a regional, comprehensive not-for-profit network of healthcare, supportive housing and community services comprised of The Eddy, Albany Memorial Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit www.NortheastHealth.com.
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