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70th Anniversary Legacy Gala
May 7, 2017, 6-10pm
$175 per person
The View on the Hudson, Piermont, NY
Evelyn & Richard Pousette-Dart, Founders Medal
Cristina Biaggi, Pioneer in the Arts Award
Norman Galinsky, Board Leadership Award
Julianne Ramos, Executive Leadership Award
Marlene Kleiner, in memoriam, Executive Leadership Award
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Richard & Evelyn Pousette-Dart, Founders Medal Awardees Richard Warren Pousette-Dart was born in 1916 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and raised in Valhalla, New York in an artistic household. In 1937 he began his career as an independent artist in New York City, first as a sculptor, and then, increasingly as a painter and photographer. Oriented towards abstraction from the outset, Pousette-Dart developed a rich Modernist vocabulary derived in large part from forms found in nature.
In 1941, he had his first one-man show at the Artists Gallery in New York City, and during the course of the decade had exhibitions at such prominent galleries as the Marian Willard Gallery, Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century, and The Betty Parsons Gallery. A leading voice in the emergence of Abstract Expressionism, he appeared in Nina Leen’s now-iconic 1950 photograph in Life magazine “The Irascibles.” In 1951, Pousette-Dart and his family moved to Rockland County, and eventually settled in Suffern, where the artist worked and lived until his death in 1992. Having achieved international recognition for his wide-ranging artistic accomplishments, he enjoyed the role of teacher during the later period of his life, including at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University and The Art Students League of New York.
Richard Pousette-Dart and Evelyn Gracey married in 1947, and were involved with the Rockland Center for the Arts (then, the Rockland Foundation) from the time of its founding. Evelyn fondly recalls the formative years of the Foundation, when she was involved with shaping programs and managing practical tasks. She served on the Foundation’s board, curated two exhibitions of local artists. Richard Pousette-Dart’s long history with RoCA
included serving as a juror for exhibitions and working with students, often bringing them for visits to his own studio. In 1979, under the tutelage of Sylvia Roth at the Foundation, he embarked on his first-ever body of printmaking. These etchings were recently the focus of the exhibition Altered States: The Etchings of Richard Pousette-Dart at Del Deo & Barzune Gallery in New York City.
Richard Pousette-Dart firmly believed in the transformative power of art and art-making, often encouraging his students to “get on the thread of their own being.” Ultimately, as he stated:
Great art leaves half of the
Creation to the onlooker – Gives
The key to a creative experience
Draws the spectator into infinite mysteries
Norman Galinsky is an artist whose work has been inspired by his background in science and engineering, his more than 30 year study, practice, and teaching of Chinese martial and healing arts, as well as metaphysical issues. By synthesizing the disparate worlds of quantum sciences and spirituality into compelling images, his art depicts the dynamic order underlying life, capturing "stillness in motion", and drawing the viewer into a dialog with the present moment. Mr. Galinsky has dedicated his time as a Board member of RoCA for forty years.
Marlene Kleiner served as RoCA's Executive Director from 1973 -1984. A leader in the arts, Marlene began her tenure at a crucial point in RoCA history with a newly constructed building. She made full use of the new performance, studio and exhibition spaces. RoCA's expanded and innovative programming included: the Writers Roundtable series (including An Evening with E.L. Doctorow), exhibitions that included "Works on Paper" featuring art by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Pousette-Dart, and an illustrious concert series. In 1982, Marlene presented an extraordinary year of concerts with the Tokyo String Quartet, Dorian Wind Quintet, the Concord String Quartet and the Tappan Zee Chamber Players.
About her tenure at RoCA Marlene said: "I was there at a very exciting and formative time, when the arts were beginning to flourish in community centers outside the mainstream of New York. With the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts supporting experimental work, it really was heady stuff."
"There were so many wonderful artists, writers and musicians who gave so much of themselves to provide culture for the community." Kleiner said. "What made me happiest was that the center was open for so much of the week and all the space was used by artists. All that activity was scintillating."
Marlene served on the board of directors of the Tappan Zee Playhouse, and as an art consultant for artists and institutions including the Ramapo College Foundation. She was responsible for the development of multi-media performing and creative arts programs at Ramapo College. Marlene was a member of the board of trustees of Nyack Hospital and the Salvation Army. She also served for three years on the review panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and was the owner/director of the Focus Gallery in Ridgewood, NJ.
Julianne Ramos, Non-Profit Leadership Awardee, served as Executive Director of RoCA for 31 years, 1984 until retiring in 2016. During her tenure RoCA’s staff grew from two assistants to a skilled, professional staff of eight. Under Ms. Ramos’ watch, RoCA went from a single gallery to an exhibition space that now includes two project media spaces, three galleries and the 5-acre Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. The school started a summer camp during this time and an Arts in Education Outreach program serving more than 2,000 students annually. During her tenure RoCA was selected to manage the Rockland County Art in Public Places, and still oversees the program. She oversaw highly regarded performing are series bringing world renowned artists to RoCA; programs such as the Tappan Zee Chamber Series hosting string quartets such as The Concord and The Tokyo, Two’s A Crowd Jazz Series presented Pizzarellis and Billy Taylor, theArts of Biography brought writers Doris Kearns Goodwin, Toni Morrison, and Robert Caro, Live Readings of Loved Fiction presented readings with Rockland’s own Bill Murray, Joan Cusack, Ellen Burstyn and William Hurt, and Off-Off Center avant garde works with Tony Oursler, Constance DeJong and Pat Oleszko. In 1989 RoCA was awarded the Rockland County Executive Arts Award for outstanding achievement in the arts.
Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D has widely exhibited her work in the U.S. as well as in Europe. She has also lectured on her work, on art, Women’s Spirituality, on archaeology and Art History in the U.S. Europe and Australia. She has created a number of large outdoor works including a series of webs made of various sizes ropes and spheres for various venues in the U.S. (such as RoCA, Mount Holyoke College, Chesterwood Sculpture Park as well as other places) and in Europe (Parco di Villa Tigulio, in Rapallo, Italy, Parc des Derrieres Bourges in Lausanne, Switzerland and in Sophia, Bulgaria, among others); large “human sized” nests made with vines and leaves in the U.S. (Roca, de Cordova Museum, MA., Chesterwood Sculpture Park, MA, Woodstock Byrdcliff Guild, NY as well as others) in Europe (Bex & Art, in Bex, Switzerland and others) and other large works in permanent collections such as her nest in Europa Parkas in Vilnius, Lithuania and others.
She has created a number of large commissioned collages located in several private houses throughout the United States. Dr. Biaggi’s works are included in several private collections including Elizabeth Sackler’s in Brooklyn, NY, Jane Fonda’s in CA and Sean Scully and Liliane Tomasko in NY. She has worked on a number of portrait commissions both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Her Goddess Mound proposal is being considered by the Grail at Cornwall, NY Sculpture Park and she is one of the sculptors who will be producing a proposed maquette for WHY ARE THERE NO WOMEN IN CENTRAL PARK. She has had solo exhibitions at RoCA both indoors and outdoors where she has also organized several exhibitions.
In addition to her work as an artist, Biaggi is also a writer and a lecturer and has published three books. She has achieved international recognition for her significant contributions in the field of Goddess-centered art, Neolithic and Paleolithic prehistory and the history and impact of patriarchy on contemporary life. For more information about the artist, please refer to her web site www.cristinabiaggi.com