Big Art in the Hudson Valley: Past and Present

May 2, 2015
9 AM – 4 PM

Throughout history and into the present, the beauty of the rolling mountains of the Hudson River Valley have both inspired artists and cradled creativity. The very mentioning of this important waterway and art brings to mind a historic movement of landscape artists that painted romanticized views of the valley.

The Hudson River School of Art is certainly not the beginning or end of expression along the Hudson River. Tom Knieser, member of the Newburgh Historical Society, has brought together a panel of artists and historians to discuss the role of commercial art and oversized sculpture in the Hudson Valley – the industry of “Big Art.”

The talk and panel discussion titled, “Big Art in the Hudson Valley: Past and Present,” will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 17th at the Newburgh Heritage Center located at 123 Grand Street.

In the past, artists have been employed to convert molten metal, among other “big” mediums, into public monuments, gigantic structures, and productions for Broadway shows and television.

One noted 19th century Newburgh sculptor, Henry Kirke Brown, designed monuments for the U.S. Capitol and West Point. His life-sized statue of George Washington graces Union Square, in lower Manhattan. Hundreds of pedestrians pass it every day and may be unaware of the artist’s Newburgh origins.

From these roots other artists have blossomed. Hazel Brill Jackson, whose studio was located just north of Newburgh, specialized in bronzes of animal figures. An early bronze statue of a fox can be seen at the Newburgh Free Library and Benito Mussolini owned her portrait of his horse, Ned. The Polich Tallix Foundry is a massive fabrication studio in the Town of Montgomery where sculptures take shape under the care of world-class artisans.

Explore more of the Hudson Valley’s big art past and hear from the artists that create it today. The panelists include representatives from the Newburgh Historical Society, Newburgh companies Scenic Art Studio and Murmuration LLC, and PRG Scenic Technologies of New Windsor. Admission to this history presentation is $5 per person and free to members of the Society. For more information please call (845) 561-2585.