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Postcards from the Trail

Exhibition and Competition

Submission Deadline: DUE DATE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY AUGUST 25, 2013


Artists are invited to create and submit an original postcard-sized artwork that is based on one of 20 iconic sites that have inspired artists for centuries, and that are now part of the newly expanded Hudson River School Art Trail. The artworks will be exhibited at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site at a special show on  September 8th and in an online exhibition that extends through the year.

In the 19th-century, painters including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey and many others who were part of the art movement now known as the Hudson River School created sublime landscape images throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Today, artists continue to create work that is inspired and informed by their experience in the very same landscapes.

In 2005, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in partnership with Olana and numerous other organizations launched the Hudson River School Art Trail, a series of hiking and driving trails that lead visitors to the places that inspired great landscape paintings of the 19th century. On June 2, 2012, the Trail is being greatly expanded, more than doubling its original size. In addition, the Trail maps, images and in-depth cultural content will be converted to a digital format, made available for free online and optimized for mobile devices.

To celebrate the great number of artists who continue to be inspired by the landscape, sites throughout the Hudson Valley are inviting artists to visit one or more of the 20 Trail sites that inspired Hudson River School artists, including views of the Hudson River, the magnificent Kaaterskill Falls, the “Gunks” in the Mohonk Preserve, and many others. See below for the full list of Trail sites.



Artists are invited to participate in an exhibition, competition and sale entitled “Postcards from the Trail” that will take place at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on September 8, 2013.  Artworks will also be included in the new Hudson River School Art Trail website and will be automatically entered into the online competition. Winning artworks will be reproduced on notecards, posters and other publicity that will be distributed throughout the Hudson Valley.


  • Artworks must depict a view from one of the 20 sites on the Hudson River School Art Trail. The sites are listed below, and more details are available at
  • Registration is free, and there is a limit of two submissions per artist.
  • Artworks must be at least 5 x 7 inches and no larger than 8 x 10 inches in size.
  • Artists will receive one 5 x 7 inch canvas panel when they register, or may use their own materials. Artworks can be in any medium or mixed media as long as it is an original, unique, two-dimensional work (no sculpture, no photography) on a stiff board, canvas board, or paper mounted on board that can be hung without a frame, either with hooks or wires attached directly to the back.
  • All works must be unframed.
  • Only original artwork will be accepted – no multiples, prints, copies or reproductions.
  • Each piece of artwork from artists 18 and over will be offered for sale for $100, and for $25 for artists 17 and under, unless the artist chooses “not for sale”. The artist may choose to donate the 100% of the purchase price or share 50/50. All proceeds will go to further research and development of the Hudson River School Art Trail.



(Please note: several sites require an admission fee):

  1. View of Catskills from Thomas Cole Historic Site
  2. View of Hudson River from Olana
  3. Catskill Creek (Catskill, NY)
  4. Kaaterskill Clove (near Haines Falls, NY)
  5. Kaaterskill Falls (near Haines Falls, NY)
  6. North-South Lake (North-South Lake Campground)
  7. Sunset Rock (North-South Lake Campground)
  8. Catskill Mountain House (North-South Lake Campground)
  9. View of Hudson River from City of Hudson.
  10. Albany from the East Side of the River (from Crailo Historic Site)
  11. Hudson River from Hasbrouk Park (Kingston, NY)
  12. View across Lake Mohonk (near Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz)
  13. Eagle Cliff near Artists' Rock (near Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz)
  14. Shawangunk Mountains from Sky Top (near Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz)
  15. View of Hudson River from Vanderbilt Mansion (Hyde Park, NY)
  16. View of Hudson River from Croton Point State Park (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  17. View from Jasper Cropsey’s home (Hastings on Hudson, NY) (by appointment only)
  18. View of Connecticut River from Mt. Holyoke, South Hadley, Massachusetts
  19. Echo Lake at Franconia Notch in the White Mountains, Franconia, NH
  20. Crawford Notch in the White Mountains, White Mountain National Forest, NH

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