New Paltz’s metal program has been selected as the first American program to participate in the prestigious exhibition series “Under the Stairs” at Die Neue Sammlung—The International Design Museum in Munich, Germany—March 14-20.
New Paltz will be sending works from current graduate students and alumni of the past six years to the museum.
“This new honor and distinction confirms most strongly the graduate metal program’s place as first in the nation. The faculty is internationally recognized as world-class, and now our students have taken a place beside them,” said Paul Kassel, interim dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. “The selection to participate also testifies to the overall high quality of our artist-teachers and artist-students in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. I am extremely proud of this achievement, and I know that pride is shared not only in the school, but across the college.”
An opening reception for the participating artists will be held on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the International Design Museum. “Under the Stairs” is being held in conjunction with the international jewelry exposition, “Schmuch 2014,” at the Internationale Handwerksmesse.
“Staring: in Hindsight,” the theme for the series, was conceived by the metal program’s current Master of Fine Arts candidates, and is designed in response to the physical space that houses the exhibition. Each year, The International Design Museum accepts an exhibition proposal from one metal program of international acclaim for their exhibition series.