Marvin Library Learning Commons
In the Atrium

Questar III High School Juried Art Show Opening
Open to the campus community and public during regular library hours.
April 3 – 28, 2017
Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium, Marvin Library Learning Commons

Paintings, drawings, video and sculpture by 30 students representing 23 school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties are included in this 28th annual art exhibition.


Previously in the Atrium

Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College
Nov. 10 – Dec. 7, 2016

Lecture: Thursday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium

Sixth annual exhibition of photographs, documents, medals and other memorabilia related to veterans and active service personnel with a link to Hudson Valley Community College.

Altar de Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead Altar)Altar de Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead Altar)
Oct. 25 – Nov. 4, 2016

Dia de Los Muertos is a traditional Mexican observance celebrated on Nov. 1. Families construct elaborately decorated altars to their deceased loved ones, including skeletons, sugar skull candy, flowers, candles, food and drink.

Associate Professor Malu Benton and Library Director Brenda Hazard collaborated to construct an altar model in the Marvin Library Learning Commons for the holiday.

Benton will present "Dia de Muertos: An Introduction to the Mexican Tradition" on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the library multipurpose room. The campus is invited.

Remembrance and Hope
Month of September 2016

Photos Available Photo Gallery

"Remembrance and Hope," an exhibit featuring images and survivor quotes from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The exhibit was prepared by John Staerker, library technical assistant. Selected works related to Sept. 11 from the library collection are on display and available for loan.

Patrick Pigott: Storytelling with Sculpture
June 1 - 30, 2016

Photos Available Photo GalleryPatrick Pigott

Noted pop-culture collectibles sculptor Patrick Pigott, who has produced character creations for licensors such as Lucas Films, Dreamworks, Disney, Fox, New Line Cinema and Paramount Studios, exhibits his works at in the Atrium of the Marvin Library Learning Commons at Hudson Valley Community College. Admission is free and open to the public.

Known for exceptional attention to detail, Pigott has sculpted popular characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, The Simpsons, Lord of the Rings and Alien among others. He has crafted kids’ meal toys for Burger King, as well as figures for companies such as Hasbro and Diamond Select, and museum-quality movie collectibles for Sideshow. The exhibition will feature figures, production figures, model statues, book covers, wax originals, relief plaques, photos and concepts drawings.

Pigott recently began creating traditional public monuments, including the seven-foot tall bronze statue of the first mayor of Troy, Col. Albert Pawling, which is installed in the newly dedicated Pawling Park, Congress Street and Pawling Avenue in Troy. Read more...

2016 Questar III Juried Art Show
March 30 - April 28, 2016

Paintings, drawings, video and sculpture by 30 students representing 23 school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties.

Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College
Nov. 10 - Dec. 7, 2015

Photos Available Photo Gallery

Hudson Valley Community College announces the fifth annual "Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College" exhibit, honoring veterans and active duty servicemen and women who are family members or ancestors of the college's students, faculty and staff.

The exhibit of more than 100 photographs, artifacts, ephemera and stories from the American Civil War through the present-day conflicts in the Middle East will open with a free reception on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Marvin Library Learning Commons' Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium.

Held roughly between Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day each year since 2011, Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College has grown in size and scope since its beginning. Read more...

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963
Aug. 24 - Oct. 2, 2015

Photos Available Photo Gallery

"Changing America" commemorates these two pivotal achievements on their 150th and 50th anniversaries by exploring their historical context, accomplishments and limitations, as well as the impact on the generations that followed. The traveling six-panel exhibit, on loan from the American Library Association, features reproductions of rare photographs and artifacts that commemorate these two pivotal events.

The exhibit helps audiences understand and discuss the relationship between the two great, decadeslong people's movements that demanded justice through bold actions, resistance, organization and vision and ultimately resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.

The library is sponsoring free programs and other public events in connection with the exhibit. For details, go to

The Dwight Marvin Library is one of only 50 libraries across the country to be chosen for this display. "We are honored to host this exhibit, particularly at a point where the continued struggle for civil rights and justice plays out in daily headlines across our nation," said Library Director Brenda Hazard.

U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko Views "Changing America" Exhibit

"Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963" is presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States. "Created Equal" encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

Material Configurations: A Disposition of Beauty, Function and Skill
April 20 - May 29, 2015

This exhibit celebrates the creativity, talent and diversity of students from the college's courses in printmaking, pottery, jewelry making, stained glass and furniture making, offered at the Arts Center for the Capital Region.

Re-Source: Anthony Salamone, Photographs, and Mara Lefebvre, Sculpture and Collage
March 1 - April 17, 2015

Studio photographer Anthony Salamone has been looking through some kind of camera for more than 40 years, 50 if including the box camera he owned while a youngster in the Bronx. Salamone has a degree in Commercial Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Buffalo State College.

Mara Lefebvre received her degree in Fine Art and Arts Administration from Skidmore College, has taught art workshops, curated art shows and exhibited throughout the northeast. She is the assistant director of the Office of Special Events at Hudson Valley Community College.

This exhibition contains six large black and white, and color photographs of Salamone's and a series of Lefebvre's collages entitled "Source of Beauty" and sculptures entitled "Space Stations."

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War
Jan. 20 - Feb. 27, 2015

"Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War," a traveling exhibit on loan from the National Library of Medicine, explores the experiences of disabled veterans and their role as symbols of a fractured nation. The six-panel display features reproduced images of artifacts and rare photographs that depict disabled soldiers and veterans, battlefield surgery and medical personnel as it portrays the courage of disabled veterans to overcome amputations and limb loss. Please note that the display includes graphic images that some may find disturbing.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College
Nov. 6 - Dec. 10, 2014

Keynote Address and Opening Reception
Keynote Address: "The First to Fight: John James Callahan, Jr. and the United States Marine Corps during the Great War." Presented by Dr. Nicholas J. Schlosser, historian at the United States Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. Exhibition reception immediately following in Marvin Library Learning Commons.

The annual exhibit highlights veterans who are family members or ancestors of college faculty, staff or students. Military photos, documents, medals and other artifacts in memory and honor of veterans associated with Hudson Valley Community College are on display in this annual exhibition organized by Instructor of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Alice Malavasic and the college's Armed Forces Club.

This exhibit, roughly spanning the time from Veterans Day to Pearl Harbor Day, provides an opportunity for the campus community and the public to pause and reflect on the heroism of veterans through stories told by those who knew them best. Read more...

Community Education Artists Exhibition
Sept. 29 - Oct. 29, 2014

"Revelations…Discovering One's Potential," an exhibition of works from classes taught by instructor Colleen Connolly for the Hudson Valley Community College Community and Professional Education Department.

This exhibit includes pieces produced in painting, drawing and collage classes taught by Connolly, who was an art educator for 37 years in the Stillwater School District. The exhibit highlights nearly 20 student artists who discovered their potential in a variety of media. Some of the works on display will be for sale. Read more...

Out of Print
Through Sept. 19, 2014

Out of Print provides a fresh look at books and print materials through the eyes of local artists as they reflect upon the past and uncertain future of these information mediums. The works are on loan from the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library. Free and open to the public.

Pride of our Nation, Pride of our College Exhibit
Nov. 15 - Dec. 7, 2013

Photos, military medals and other artifacts are on display in honor and memory of veterans associated with Hudson Valley Community College. The exhibition was arranged by the college’s Armed Forces Club, and much of the material was contributed by Hudson Valley employees.

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl
Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine Exhibit
Open to the campus community and public free of charge.
Sept. 26 - Nov. 2, 2013

Harry Potter, the creation of British author J.K. Rowling, attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. This lively and informative traveling exhibition of materials from the National Library of Medicine explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine. While Harry’s story is fantasy, the magic in the seven-book series is based in part on Renaissance traditions of alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy that played an important role in the development of Western science. Rowling’s books incorporate the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers in examining important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power.

"Second Front" and "Second Front: Mission Change 1941-2013"
August 2013 - Sept. 19, 2013

"Second Front" and "Second Front: Mission Change 1941-2013," two exhibits that illustrate the challenges faced by 11 decorated military veterans who have felt the devastating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the form of drug and alcohol abuse upon coming home, are on display in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium in the Marvin Library Learning Commons through Thursday, Sept. 19.

The stories of these veterans from World War II and Vietnam through the present-day Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as told by themselves and/or their family members, detail the combat trauma they suffered in the military and how they dealt with the resulting challenges at home. In all cases, anguish turned to experiences of road terror, intrusive thoughts and rage that resulted in arrests, incarceration, eventual treatment, death for one, and finally a new life for the others.

Arranged by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute, SUNYIT, Utica, the exhibits are inspired by and dedicated to the memory of US Army veteran SPC Andre Leduc (1982-2009).