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Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence

"Simply Human" is the title of the new exhibit in the "Artists of Excellence" series displayed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange.

Artist Terry Murray, PhD, has created a sculptural community that “explores human diversity, complexity, strength, and vulnerability.”  The sculptures are made of reclaimed/recycled wood and found objects each with individual meaning. The exhibit is “designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in the context of the viewers’ lives, and in the context of our turbulent, challenging world,” explains Murray. "Simply Human" will be on display Feb. 7 through April 21.

A reception at which the artist will explain his concept of the exhibit and take questions is scheduled for Feb. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. His short talk followed by Q & A will start at 5 p.m.  The reception, which is free and open to the public, also celebrates Last Saturdays, the Newburgh arts initiative.

Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. During spring break, March 18 – 26, the College is closed.

The "Artists of Excellence" series spotlights highly talented regional artists.  The vitrine cases in which the pieces are shown are glass on all sides and are set next to full-length windows affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the artworks.

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership. He will be giving a master class on his sculptures in April about which details are forthcoming.

Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or

Information is available via the college website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs