The Hudson River School painters of the mid-1800s were instrumental in the birth of national parks. Until this time, American artists had focused primarily on portraits of people and depictions of historical events. The Hudson River School turned its attention instead to American landscapes, providing the public with its first interpretation of parts of the country most had never seen. Talk of preserving these great places ensued and the national park system was born.
Today art continues to inspire us to protect these great places. It is a wonderful vehicle to connect people to these majestic wonders.
The Trust is proud to have provided the seed funding to launch Shenandoah National Park’s Artist in Residence program in 2013. Our artists in residence have included a photographer, a fiber artist and a sound artist. Artists live and work in the park for two weeks, conduct public programs to share their inspiration and their works, and donate a final product to the park.
If you have ever bought a book of photographs, if you have admired a landscape painting, if you feel a pang of connection when you hear the song, “Oh, Shenandoah,” you understand the nature-art connection. Your philanthropy will help sustain this special program in our park.