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Artists of Excellence ~ Installation by Cristina Biaggi, PhD

The glass vitrine cases in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange offer artists horizontal and vertical all-sides-visible spaces. Even though the glass walls limit the spaces, they afford a perception of openness and offer artists the opportunity to show their works to viewers close-up and naturally lit.

So, when acclaimed artist Cristina Biaggi came to visit to plan for her exhibit, she was inspired to create an installation centered on the divine feminine, a favorite subject of hers about which she has devoted a great deal of research throughout her life. Biaggi intends on combining several media for this new site-specific, three-dimensional installation which will have separate yet connected parts in two horizontal and one large vertical case. The materials she will feature include natural substances, architectural models, sculpture, and, goddess imagery. In addition, she will be showing several sculptures in bronze and wood.

The exhibit which runs Aug. 23 through Oct. 14, continues the "Artists of Excellence" series that spotlights highly talented regional artists, while giving the college community and the community-at-large the privilege of viewing superb, innovative pieces in various media.

During the 4 to 7 p.m. reception for #NBLS Newburgh Last Saturdays, Aug. 27, Biaggi will give a brief talk about the installation and her art at 5 p.m.

Biaggi has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.  She also has achieved significant international recognition for her contributions to the field of Goddess-centered art and scholarship.  She is well-known and given accolades for her bronze sculpture.  Additionally, she has created sculptures in wood and clay and collages in mixed media. Her works are a reflection and an extension of her lifelong interest in the classics, art and art history, archaeology, prehistory, literature, and languages which she acquired during her many years of study and research at Vassar College, Harvard University, the University of Utah, and New York University where she attained her PhD in Art and Philosophy.

In addition, she is an accomplished author and lecturer on the subjects of the Great Goddess, Neolithic and Paleolithic prehistory, and the origin and impact of patriarchy on contemporary life. Biaggi has written "Habitations of the Great Goddess" and edited and contributed to "In the Footsteps of the Goddess: Personal Stories and The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History, and Impact of Patriarchy."

She has recently completed her fourth book, "Art and Activism," which explains her life and activism, and the art it inspired. She travels extensively worldwide. Biaggi has spoken on a variety of subjects at the Smithsonian Institute, the Glastonbury, England Conference, the Beijing Women’s Conference, and, in New York City, at The 92nd Street Y, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Society of Women Geographers.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street. For more information, contact (845) 341-9386 or You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Joanne Zipay
Cultural Affairs