The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, originally known as the College Art Gallery (founded in 1964), is a not-for-profit educational institution located at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
The Museum uses its collections and develops changing exhibitions primarily to enrich and amplify the academic programs at the College. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, researching, interpreting, and exhibiting works of art from diverse cultures. The permanent collection spans a period of almost 4,000 years. Areas of specialization include 20th century prints and paintings, Asian art, Pre-Columbian art and artifacts, decorative arts (metals), and photographs. The Museum has a special commitment to collecting important works of art created by artists that have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions.
The temporary exhibition program includes exhibitions of works of art by faculty, alumni, and students in the Art Department, and exhibitions, installations, and projects by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Each summer the Museum sponsors thematic exhibitions featuring works by artists living in the mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain regions. The Museum is a major cultural resource in the Hudson Valley serving a broad-based constituency from both on and beyond the New Paltz campus.