SUNY Students Showcase Artwork in Washington, D.C.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - A portrait painting of George Washington, by Middletown native and SUNY Orange student Malcolm Hope, is one of 14 pieces of art by SUNY students that will be on display in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Washington, D.C. office over the next year.

The works were among those submitted recently by students across the State University of New York's 64-campus network.

Marvenia Knight, Empire State College, Baisley Park

Selections were made by a panel that included SUNY Art Professors and members of Governor Cuomo's staff. Hope has spent the past three years as a student in the College's visual communications degree program

"As visitors from across the country and around the world enter our Washington, D.C., office, they will be greeted with a visual display that embodies the excellence and creativity of our state and the promise of a new generation of New Yorkers, all of whom are getting a world-class education through our renowned SUNY system," said Governor Cuomo. "I commend these outstanding SUNY students for their hard work and am honored to display their artwork in my office."

"The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Governor Cuomo's decision to showcase art created by our students is a testament to its quality and we are delighted and proud to have it on display in our nation's capital."

The works chosen to hang in the Governor's office will hang there through July 2013.

Students and works included are:

Cordell Price, Empire State College, Sweet Chariot

Stephanie Gamboa (SUNY Oswego), "Washington, DC"

Heather Swenson, Purchase College, Elephant Tree

Okamoto Takashi, Rockland Community College, Shatter

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SUNY student art from across the system is currently on display in the New York State Museum in Albany through Labor Day, as part of this year's Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition, which showcases work by the top student artists from across SUNY. In addition, student art is on display year-round at State University Plaza in Albany, as part of the system's student art shows, which were initiated in 2002 so that the work of SUNY's most talented student artists could be seen by a wider audience.