December 2017 - Upcoming Events

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12/1-12/14 Exhibit

An Artist's Response to Human Rights

Human Rights Commission exhibit of works by Juniors and Seniors in Orange County high schools

 

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Mindy Ross Gallery,
Kaplan Hall

12/1-12/14

Exhibit

An Artist's Response to Human Rights

Human Rights Commission exhibit of works by Juniors and Seniors in Orange County high schools

MID Orange Hall Gallery


An Artist's Response to Human Rights
Human Rights Commission exhibit of works by Juniors and Seniors in Orange County high schools

December 10, 2017 marks the 69th anniversary of a statement to the world by the General Assembly of the United Nations: the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One member of the drafting committee of the UN Commission on Human Rights was Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile who wrote, “I perceived clearly that I was participating in a truly significant historic event in which a consensus had been reached as to the supreme value of the human person, a value that did not originate in the decision of a worldly power, but rather in the fact of existing—which gave rise to the inalienable right to live free from want and oppression and to fully develop one’s personality.”

Unmasked – watercolor by Ada Johnston, Newburgh Free Academy

The Orange County Human Rights Commission (OCHRC) wanted to bring this important document to the public eye and in so doing use the Declaration as a teaching tool to youth who were about to enter the adult world. Consequently, in 2012, under the leadership of its chairman, Fred Cook, it launched its first art show of works created by juniors and seniors of Orange County high schools. Within a couple of years, the exhibit broadened its perspective to include the literary arts.  Assimilation Through Alabaster - plastercraft, acrylic, mixed media by John Uhelsky, Monroe-Woodbury High School

Now in 2017, Chairman Cook represents the OCHRC in stating, “This year’s exhibit,  An Artist’s Response to Human Rights, again reflects the understanding and commitment of many of our Orange County high school students to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Orange County Human Rights Commission takes much pleasure in the collaborative efforts of the Commission with SUNY Orange and the Orange County Arts Council for providing a platform for students to enhance their appreciation of human rights.” 

The exhibit has two venues at which artworks, poems, and essays related to the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be viewed, Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange Middletown campus and the Mindy Ross Gallery, SUNY Orange Newburgh campus with receptions scheduled on Sunday, December 3 from 1 to 3pm and Thursday, December 7 from 6 to 8pm, respectively. The exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours during the December 1 through 14 timeframe of the exhibit are 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday & 9am-Security Right - watercolor, ink by Yumeng Song, Storm King School6pm, Friday in Orange Hall Gallery and 8am-9pm, Monday-Thursday & 8am-6pm, Friday in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall.

Students participating in this year’s show represent the following schools:

Minisink Valley High School, Warwick Valley High School, Washingtonville High School, Storm King School, Newburgh Free Academy, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Pine Bush High School, Cornwall Central High School, and James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave. –free parking in lot), Middletown.  The Mindy Ross Gallery is situated at the eastern end of the first floor of Kaplan Hall which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, where free, secure parking is available in the garage at (GPS) 73 First Street, Newburgh. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891/9386.

Photos, top to bottom: Unmasked – watercolor by Ada Johnston, Newburgh Free Academy; Assimilation Through Alabaster - plastercraft, acrylic, mixed media by John Uhelsky, Monroe-Woodbury High School; Security Right - watercolor, ink by Yumeng Song, Storm King School.

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