- by Mount Saint Mary College
“Interconnected,” featuring the works of Rita Leduc and Lynn McCarty

Patrons of Mount Saint Mary College’s CMA Gallery view the art of Rita Leduc during the opening reception of “Interconnected,” featuring the works of Leduc and Lynn McCarty.

Mount Saint Mary College’s CMA Gallery recently kicked off its newest exhibition, “Interconnected,” featuring the works of Rita Leduc and Lynn McCarty.

The gallery is free and open to the public. It’s located on the first floor of Aquinas Hall on campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday during normal business hours, or by appointment. Email for more info.

“Interconnected” is scheduled to run through May 20.

The paring of these two artists – who both work in the exploration of form, color, and material – brings together powerful styles that peer into the lens of abstraction in distinct ways.

In McCarty’s work, colors and forms linger and move across panels. Her deep catalog exhibits an experience that offers a critical depth. McCarty was born in Phoenix, Ariz. She received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City, she was awarded a Pollack Krasner Grant in 1994 and has exhibited extensively in New York State and nationally.

By acknowledging the interdependence of natural environments, Leduc’s work reveals a careful study of place. Textural elements, along with shape and color, draw viewers in. Born in New Egypt, N.J., Leduc is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes photography, painting, drawing, collage, and installation. She earned an MFA in Visual Art from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and is the creator and co-founder of GROUNDWORK, an interdisciplinary creative retreat. Leduc teaches at William Paterson, Ramapo College, and Rutgers University.

The mission of the Mount’s CMA Gallery is to exhibit professional art and media picked by Mount faculty from among the rising population of artists who live and work in Newburgh, Beacon, and throughout the Hudson Valley. The gallery space features focused lighting to highlight the artwork on the first floor of the college’s main academic building.

The gallery was made possible through the committee efforts of Christopher Neyen, assistant professor of Art and Graphic Design; Dean Goldberg, professor of Digital Media and Film Studies and director of the Communication, Art, and Digital Media program; Maryann Pilon, executive director of Facilities and liaison for Strategic Space Planning; and Barbara Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at the college.

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