KA2020 Opening Unveils Works of 25 Regional Artists and Guest Artist Judy Pfaff

Kingston Midtown Arts District (MAD) and the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) created the new annual fine arts exhibition and competition, Kingston Annual, to showcase the works of artists is the Mid-Hudson Region. On Saturday, September 5, the exhibit will open in the ASK galleries on lower Broadway and will remain on view through the weekend of September 26-27 during Art Walk Kingston. According to the guidelines established by the CDC and the NYS Department of Health, face masks and social distancing will be required.

Curator Julie Hedrick selected the artists from hundreds of submissions received from 180 artists living and working in Kingston and the Mid-Hudson region.

Works of the three KA2020 prize winners will be exhibited, along with works of 22 selected artists and guest artist, Judy Pfaff, a pioneer of installation art, in the two galleries of ASK, as well as in the online gallery established for virtual viewing. The virtual gallery will be active for one year and then archived for subsequent viewing at kingstonannual.art.

“For the Kingston Annual 2020, I have chosen a broad selection of 25 Hudson Valley artists whose work and vision, although unique and individual, together reflect a 21st Century artistic movement at this unprecedented time in history,” says Hedrick. “When choosing the works for this show as a collection, a marvelous dialog began to emerge between the pieces. The interplay and counterpoint of this exhibition tell the story of our time and the journey we are on.”

The complete listing of artists selected for KA2020 follows:

Pamela Blum – 1st Place
Betty A. Greenwald – 2nd Place
Frank Theodore – 3rd Place

Jenna Annunziato
Seth Aylmer
Gülnar Babayeva
Talya Baharal
Neville Bean
Leslie Bender
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams
Harris Diamant
Nancy Donskoj
Allen Furbeck
Chris Gonyea
Barbara Gordon
Michael Lokensgaar
Hans van Meeuwen
Sean Noonan
Winden Rose
Bill Rybak
Stefan Saffer
Casey Schwarz
Ernest Shaw
Susan Spencer Crowe
Deborah Mills Thackrey

This MAD and ASK collaboration to create KA2020, one of the first public art shows since the pandemic, showcases the power of art to inform, inspire, heal and bring artists together within the broader communities of arts supporters and enthusiasts. For more info about the Kingston Annual 2020, please visit kingstonannual.art or send an email to arts@madkingston.org.