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Noted Hudson Valley artist Monica d. Church's photographs are on view in a solo exhibition at the Palmer Gallery, Nov. 11 - Dec. 17, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College will present the first solo show of photographs by noted Hudson Valley artist Monica d. Church. Walk on By . . . will be on view from Thursday, November 11, through Friday, December 17, 2010. The Palmer Gallery is open to the public without charge and is located in the College Center of Main Building. The gallery hours are Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 11, from 5:00 – 7:00pm. On Tuesday, November 30, at 12:00pm, Church will offer a free gallery talk. Note that the gallery will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday.  

While relatively new to the medium of photography, it is evident that Church has carried her painterly concerns into the composition of the photographic print: texture, overlap, transparency, opacity, and lateral tension. The works in Walk on By . . .  have been taken over the last two years in Dublin, Miami, New England, and Dutchess County (New York).

Deeply influenced by Hans Hofmann’s use of plane and color, and his insight that two colors seem simultaneously to create the phenomenon of a third, fourth, or fifth; Church has created photographs that reference color field painting –– Olitski, Frankenthaler, Noland, and also the late works of Motherwell.

Monica Church is a multimedia artist working in installation, painting, photography, and printmaking. For the past two decades, Church has exhibited her work throughout the Americas. Her photo based imagery was included in Photoaustin VI: lens based works by women photographers, IDEA, Austin (TX), and the 8th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago (IL).

Over the past five years Church’s work was featured in solo exhibitions at Chapman Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY; Washington Gallery at Dutchess Community College, LoRiver Arts Gallery, Beacon, NY, and Go North: A Space for Contemporary Art. She recently completed a one-year residency in Dublin, Ireland. She is represented by Blue Leaf Gallery in Dublin, which showcased her work at the Dublin Art Fair 08 and the 2008 Edinburgh Art Fair.

Church has won numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including the 2006-07 Dutchess County Art’s Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Digital Photography; The 2005 Steven Madwed Memorial Prize for Photography or Digital Art from the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut; the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Best in Show Award also from the Silvermine Guild Arts Center; support from the Carolyn Grant Endowment at Vassar College; the 2002 Dutchess County Art's Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Painting; and a fellowship for a six-week residency at the Woman’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale (NY).

Her photographs are including in several publications, including Learning to Love You More, edited by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July; In the Shadows of History: 50 Years Behind the Scenes of Cold War Diplomacy, Chester L. Cooper; and The Teacher's Guide for "The Fog of War: A Errol Morris Film. 

She studied printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and Bennington College, where she received a B.A. in visual arts. Church went on to earn an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Kentucky (1993). 

For more information about Monica d. Church, please visit her website:

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 29, 2010