"Contemporary art can challenge, inspire and inform. It shouldn't be confined to just museums and galleries, By bringing art to where the people live their daily lives, we hope to connect with as wide an audience as possible", Livia Straus, President and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art.
The Peekskill Project, a citywide site-specific exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary art, was launched in 2004 with the goal of bringing contemporary art out of the museum and into the community. The public arts festival presents a wide variety of painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video and performance art by national and international artists selected by a juried committee of renowned curators. Work by over 100 artists are selected from an elite curatorial committee which are sited in storefronts, parks, and in vacant lofts and lots around our city
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art will launch the fourth annual Peekskill Project 08,beginning the weekend of September 13 - 14, 2008 from 12-6pm with selected works and performances on display until November 23. This year's edition will feature fifty artists who concentrate on the dualistic nature of man's relationship to the earth. This exhibition will focus on indoor and outdoor site-specific works which use environmental and organic based materials in order to communicate this tumultuous marriage between humans and their habitat. Using Peekskill as a stage, artwork will be sited throughout the city. The project utilizes Peekskill's train station and waterfronts, Annsville Circle, St. Mary's Cathedral Chateau Rive, and Peekskill's historic commercial district, as well as the HVCCA.
The Peekskill Project is open to the public, free of charge. Free trolley service will be provided by the City of Peekskill for the duration of the opening weekend to and from exhibition sites. Festival maps will be available at numerous locations.
This event is made possible by the support from the City of Peekskill, Ginsburg Development Corporation, Peekskill Business Improvement District, Peekskill Arts Council, local residents and businesses throughout the city. The project is also made possible by all the participating artists and curators.