For Immediate Release—Thursday, August 10, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Craig J. Miller

Director of Communications

Senator Dale M. Volker's Office

(518) 455-3471

New York State Senator Dale M. Volker secures $125,000 for SUNY Geneseo's Lockhart Gallery

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo will better preserve and expand its art collection thanks to New York State Sen. Dale Volker, who secured a $125,000 grant for the Lockhart Gallery.

Volker (R-I-C, Depew) presented a check today to Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl at a press conference in the Main Street gallery. The grant will allow the gallery to strengthen its capacity to house and exhibit the Geneseo art collection and to encourage the donations and loans of additional pieces.

"The State University of New York at Geneseo is one of the finest colleges in the nation," said Volker. "These are exciting times for the college and Livingston County, and it is my sincere honor to be of assistance in securing state funds to protect, preserve and expand the Lockhart Gallery for all to enjoy."

Dahl underlined the importance of the gallery and confirmed that the funds will allow the college to conserve and preserve its arts collection for the public to enjoy.

"The Lockhart Gallery is an important college and community resource and contributes to the cultural vitality of Livingston County," said Dahl. "With this generous grant from one of our strongest supporters, Senator Volker, Geneseo will be able to expand its collections knowing we have the proper storage environment to house delicate pieces of artwork."

The Lockhart Gallery opened in 2001 along with the college's Collins Alumni Center in the McClellan House at 26 Main Street. The Geneseo Foundation, which has the responsibility for the college's art collection, considers the Lockhart Gallery and the McClellan House as one of the most important bridges between the college and Livingston County community.

The Lockhart Gallery has become a cultural center for Geneseo and the surrounding region, mounting works by artists from around the country and the local area, including former Livingston County Court Judge Gerald "Jerry" Alonzo's impressive wood sculpture exhibit. Exhibits are free, and the gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays during the academic year. In addition, several regional arts organizations use the gallery for special exhibits.

The Lockhart Gallery opens its 2006-07 year with an exhibit titled "The Women of Geneseo (Town and Gown in the Era of Susan B. Anthony)" opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The exhibit runs through Oct. 27. "The Art of Science" will run Nov. 7 through Dec. 12 to coincide with the opening celebration of the college's Integrated Science Center.