December 27, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City Hall to Host Four Art Exhibitions in 2019
Opening Reception for Pop-Up Gallery Group Exhibition on Saturday, January 5th
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The City of Kingston’s Department of Art & Cultural Affairs is collaborating with local organizations, Arts Mid-Hudson, the Kingston Arts Commission, and the Midtown Arts District, to bring four exhibitions to City Hall in 2019. Each of the four art exhibitions will be on display at City Hall for three months, with the opening receptions aligning with other First Saturday events. The first exhibition will feature the artwork by talented professional artists who have participated in the Pop-Up Gallery Group, or PUGG. The opening reception for the PUGG Alumni Exhibition will be held on Saturday, January 5, from 3:00–5:00pm in the gallery space on the ground floor. The exhibition will be available to view during regular City Hall hours until March 31, 2019.
The PUGG program is an arts management program developed to support current and alumni artists of Kingston High School. The program was developed by Lara Giordano and JoAnna Ruisi of The Department of Regional Art Workers (The DRAW), and was originally funded through a grant from the Office of Economic & Community Development of the City of Kingston. The PUGG program connects Kingston High School Alumni with local exhibition & workshop opportunities, along with providing current Kingston High School students with valuable experience in arts management. The PUGG Alumni Exhibition will feature nine artists in a wide variety of mediums including photography, quilting, illustration, drawing, printmaking, painting, and more.
“I am excited to welcome works by Kingston High School alumni to City Hall and to celebrate these artists’ unique talents,” said Mayor Noble. “The PUGG program is an incredible resource in our community and we’re happy to be partnering with them to bring this exhibition to City Hall. We are committed to continuing to support our growing arts community. This exhibition, along with the exhibitions planned for later in 2019, will put the spotlight on some of our local artists who make Kingston such a special place to live, work and visit.”
The ground floor of City Hall, which has previously been used to display work, is now managed by the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs. Director Adrielle Farr is thrilled to assist in developing and managing the space for future exhibitions. “Using public spaces for the display of art promotes inclusivity, and allows for artists to share their work with visitors to City Hall,” said Farr. “It is exciting to see a municipal building offer a space to celebrate the artistic community.”
For more information, and to learn more about future exhibitions at City Hall, please visit www.kingston-ny.gov/exhibitions or contact the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs at [email protected] or (845) 334-3929.
For more information on the exhibitors, please visit www.thedrawkingston.org.