Art History Symposium at New Paltz Examines Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting

NEW PALTZ — On Thursday, November 7, 2001, the Art History Association at SUNY New Paltz welcomes guest speakers Linda Ferber, Franklin Kelly, Don Nice and William Rhodes for an insightful discussion on American Landscape Painting, moderated by John Driscoll, Director of Babcock Galleries, New York. The symposium is held in Lecture Center room 112 at 7:00 PM and is free to all.

Attendees of the gala opening of the new Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art were the first to take in the stunning collection of nearly 60 Hudson River School paintings that comprise the exhibition “All That is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School.” The exhibition received much attention as the Samuel Dorsky Museum officially opened its doors to the public on October 20, 2001, offering the public one of the largest displays of Hudson River paintings ever assembled in the region.

Drawing on the knowledge and expertise of several artists, curators and scholars, the Art History Symposium further explores this uniquely American contribution to art history through invited presentations and discussion. These speakers will provide insight into the aesthetic, social, and political issues that define the Hudson River School.

Linda Ferber is Curator of Painting at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. Her paper is entitled, “Was There/Is There a Hudson River School? Some 21st-Century Thoughts About 19th-Century Landscape.”

Franklin Kelly is Curator of American and British Painting, National Gallery of Art. Kelly’s presentation is titled “Recent Discoveries in the Art of Frederic Edwin Church.”

Artist Don Nice will present a paper titled “A Contemporary Artist’s Point of View.”

William Rhodes, Professor of Art History, SUNY New Paltz, will speak on “The 19th-Century Artists’ House and Studio in the Hudson Valley.”

Information on other upcoming arts events is available on the Web at or by calling 845-257-3872.