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 a selection of over 200 images of art from the permanent collections of each of the above organizations. These images 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.
To explore the complete collection of more than 7,000 objects in the permanent collections of the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium visit www.hvvacc.org.
To explore the selected objects located on this site:
Browse all Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium Collections
Browse the Center for Photography at Woodstock Collection
Browse the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art Collection
Browse the Women's Studio Workshop Collection
Browse the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum Collection
Browse the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Collection