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Hudson River Valley Heritage

About this collection

From the nineteenth century to the present, New York's Hudson River Valley has been a cradle for artistic creation and innovation. The Hudson Valley was home to the Hudson River School painters, the first recognized school of American art. Fifty years later, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony (which later became the basis for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild) brought significant numbers of artists to Woodstock. The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum was developed to showcase and, eventually, to collect the work of regional artists, while Women’s Studio Workshop became the country’s largest publisher of artist hand-printed books. The Center for Photography at Woodstock was one of the first organizations to recognize, support and collect photography as fine art. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art—the museum of the State University of New York at New Paltz—was created to support the academic programs at the college and to serve as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture.

This page provides access to over 200 images of art from the permanent collections of each of the organizations listed above. These artworks represent a broad cross-section of art—from furniture, to drawings, photographs, paintings, sculpture and multi-media work—made in or about the Hudson Valley from the mid-19th century to the present day.

Browse all Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium Collections

Browse the Center for Photography at Woodstock Collection

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