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"Simple Pleasures" Exhibit at Hudson Gallery Features Work by Eugenia D'Ambrosio '05; Focuses on "Every Day Stories in the Ci

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer, Office of Communications and Government Relations

June 22, 2012

Simple PleasuresThe Hudson Gallery at SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center, 325 Hudson Street, fifth floor, will host a photographic exhibition, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring work by Eugenia D’Ambrosio ’05. The show will run until Sept. 14. (Photo at right is a piece from the show)

“My passion is to reveal the unending stories that unfold every day in the city,” says D’Ambrosio. “As a visual artist and photographer … my intent is for the viewer to have a sense that they are standing next to me as the shutter clicks. My inspiration is New York City, the neighborhoods, the people and the cultures that I grew up with and have experienced throughout my life. This is what I consider simple pleasures.”

She says that Coney Island, with its diversity of communities bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Jane’s Carousel that sits between the Brooklyn and the Manhattan bridges, are two places that reveal these simple joys. Photographs of both locations will be in the show.

About the Artist

Eugenia D’Ambrosio is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. Growing up in Spanish Harlem, she found herself immersed in a diversity of cultures and neighborhoods. These communities, in turn, became focal points for her photographic compositions. In particular, she loves to photograph the simple pleasures of life that bring people together – activities that allow them to play, have fun and be a kid again. Renowned photographer Mel Rosenthal (a retired Empire State College faculty member) was instrumental in guiding her toward a realization that photography has the power to be revelatory.

Her work has been exhibited at the Livingston Gallery in 2011, the Alumni Gallery exhibition in 2008 and the Ritz Gallery, NYC, 2007 and 2008. She curated “Mel Rosenthal: 40 Years of Making Pictures” (2011) and “Moving Forward,” the graduate student show (2010). She has also coordinated “Fabric of Life Contemporary Paintings and Prints from the Uganda Art Consortium Project” (2011) and “Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York,” by Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA. She is an MFA candidate in photography at Pratt Institute.

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Article Contributors
  • Danielle Benedict
  • Helen Edelman
  • Suzanne Hayes
  • Hope Ferguson
  • Pamela Malone
  • Ann Therese McCorkell
  • Vickie Moller
  • Jennifer Ward
  • Evelyn Wells
  • Betty Wilde-Biasiny