To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2013, Scenic Hudson is creating a major, curated exhibition of photographs to tell the inspiring story of the Hudson Valley’s people and communities. The exhibition will travel to approximately six significant public spaces throughout the Hudson Valley during 2013. Professional and serious amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs that speak to the valley’s magic and complexities as well as the enduring love so many feel for the region.
The exhibition is being curated by Kate Menconeri, former program director with the Center for Photography at Woodstock and now with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. She holds a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Advisors on the project include photographer Annie Leibovitz, Metropolitan Museum of Art Senior Curator of Photographs Malcolm Daniel, independent museum consultant William Burback (of Garrison), photographer and Scenic Hudson Board Member Dawn Watson, and photographer Robert Rodriguez, Jr.
Entries must be received by Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, and should strictly follow complete guidelines available at scenichudson.org/exhibitionrules. Images selected to be part of the traveling exhibition will be announced on or before Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
Photographs should celebrate Scenic Hudson’s work during the last half century, including environmental and conservation strides; the region’s legendary beauty; and challenges that remain along the iconic river. The exhibition will be organized into five categories, determined by and in harmony with Scenic Hudson’s mission and activities. The categories are detailed below:
~Inspiring Places to Experience Nature
~Family Farms Bring Bounty to Our Tables
~Preservation and Transformation Along the Hudson
~The Hudson as a Haven for Wildlife
~Facing the Future
Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, today they are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley.
Their strategy combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy, and planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion “smart” economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public, and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources. To date, Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 50 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved over 30,000 acres.