The high ridges and calm waters of the Hudson Valley have not only inspired generations of artists but also provided George Washington’s army a crucial observation post during the Revolutionary War. In 1778, the Continental Army fortified the position along the granite bluffs located near Highland, NY. That decision played a vital role during America’s struggle for independence.
On loan from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Since 1802, West Point has served as home to the United States Military Academy and is the oldest continuing operating military post in the United States.
Andrew Melrose (1836-1901) was born in Scotland and moved to the United States in the 1850s to pursue a career in painting. He established a studio in Hoboken NJ, but traveled across the country extensively, from the Adirondacks to the Deep South.
On loan from NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation / Senate House State Historic Site
The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley inspired a mid-19th Century art movement known as “The Hudson River School.”
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams (1963 - ) received her Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. Her work is exhibited worldwide.
On loan from from Marist College, Hudson Valley Institute Collection
Storm King Mountain and Breakneck Ridge form the Hudson River’s “Wind Gate.”
Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834-1891) was born in either New York or New Jersey. He fought for the Union in the Civil War and later moved to Newburgh, New York. Pope’s scenic views are known for their tranquility and clarity.