Malcolm Hope’s Painting One of 14 by SUNY Students Selected for Display in Washington, D.C.

PHOTO: A scan of Malcolm Hope's painting of George WashingtonMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A portrait painting of George Washington, by Middletown native and SUNY Orange student Malcolm Hope, is one of 14 pieces of art by SUNY students that will be on display in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Washington, D.C. office over the next year.

The works were among those submitted recently by students across the State University of New York’s 64-campus network. Selections were made by a panel that included SUNY Art Professors and members of Governor Cuomo’s staff. Hope has spent the past three years as a student in the College’s visual communications degree program.

“As visitors from across the country and around the world enter our Washington, D.C., office, they will be greeted with a visual display that embodies the excellence and creativity of our state and the promise of a new generation of New Yorkers, all of whom are getting a world-class education through our renowned SUNY system,” said Governor Cuomo. “I commend these outstanding SUNY students for their hard work and am honored to display their artwork in my office.”

“The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Governor Cuomo’s decision to showcase art created by our students is a testament to its quality and we are delighted and proud to have it on display in our nation’s capital.”

A photo gallery of the works chosen to hang in the Governor’s office through July 2013 can be viewed online via Generation SUNY’s Facebook page. Students and works included are: Madeline Bialke (SUNY Plattsburgh), “Still Water”; Stephanie Gamboa (SUNY Oswego), “Washington, DC”; Malcolm Hope (SUNY Orange), “George Washington”; Marvenia Knight (Empire State College), “Baisley Park”; Anthony Kondyra (Farmingdale State College), “Babylon Docks”; Jennifer Murphy (Rockland Community College), unitled; Reid Parsekian (Rockland Community College), “Montage”; Javere Pinnock (SUNY Old Westbury), “Long Island Nocturne”; Cordell Price (Empire State College), “Sweet Chariot”; Ryan Schultz (SUNY Oswego), “Night Light” and “Graffiti” (two works); Heather Swenson (Purchase College), “Slipping Out” and “Elephant Tree” (two works); and Okamoto Takashi (Rockland Community College), “Shatter.”

SUNY student art from across the system is currently on display in the New York State Museum in Albany through Labor Day, as part of this year’s Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition, which showcases work by the top student artists from across SUNY. In addition, student art is on display year-round at State University Plaza in Albany, as part of the system’s student art shows, which were initiated in 2002 so that the work of SUNY’s most talented student artists could be seen by a wider audience.

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