FEBRUARY 2016 EXHIBIT
Photographers for Hope: Newburgh Revival
The team of photographers from as far away as Hong Kong, Geneva and India, are part of a photographers’ collective called “Photographers for Hope” whose mission is to use the power of images to support positive social change. They have previously worked in the slums of Brazil, the streets of Bangladesh and forest in Indonesia, and chose Newburgh this time because they wanted to turn their lens on a historic city that is rebuilding itself.
“In the four years I have lived in Newburgh, it has always been a nice place to come back to from an out-of-town or out-of-country trip. Often when returning, one of my cousins here would pester me about always going somewhere else to take photographs. Why didn’t I do something here?”, said Burnett. “Finally I approached the group who I have worked with since its inception, and to my surprise, everyone loved the idea.”
Newburgh is one of the country’s most important cities, historically and architecturally. However, that proud history, dating back to George Washington and the Revolutionary War, has been overshadowed by economic decline and decay. In less than 10 days, the photographers combed the city and their images brought to life stories of entrepreneurship, struggle, resilience – giving voice to a community that believes they can change the trajectory of history.
“We are friends first, and then photographers. Funny thing is we make better pictures this way. Our hope is that these stories will inspire people to play a positive role in their own community and get connected to part of the city that they might not know,” said Wang, “I don’t know how many people came up to me, completely dumbfounded that there is a rodeo in Newburgh!”
If you wish to view the exhibit when the gate is down, please ask a guard to open the gate.
A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events.
The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3619 or 563-3645. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled.
In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3619 or 563-3645.