Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library Art Collection

Dutchess Community College Library Art Collection consists of watercolor and oil paintings, photographs, and sculpture. Many of the pieces depict scenes of the Hudson Valley, while others show poignant scenes of family life, war, and native Americans.

At Dutchess, we believe it is very important for our students to be surrounded by the intellectual stimulation of art as they pursue their academic goals. Many of our graduates go on to become valuable members and leaders of their communities, and we wish to instill in them a love of and support for art.

Among the wide-ranging collection are 12 black and white photographs donated to the College by the family of W. Eugene Smith, the noted photojournalist. Hanging alongside Mr. Smiths’ works are original oil paintings by the renowned artist Robert Benney, who became one of the few civilians to be allowed behind the front lines during WWII to paint war scenes that now hang in the permanent art collections of all four branches of the armed services.

The College recently received the Art in Public Places award from the Dutchess County Arts Council for its diverse art and sculpture collection that is open to the campus and community.

Please refer to the column at left to view the works hanging in the Library.