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Guide to the Arts in the Hudson Valley

From the paintings of the Hudson River School, to the contemporary art and sculpture of Dia:Beacon and Storm King Art Center, the Hudson Valley has long served as inspiration to those who create and appreciate fine art.

For centuries, artists have made their homes here, drawn by the ever-changing play of light and the scenic beauty of their surroundings. Jasper Cropsey settled in Hastings to the south, and Thomas Cole in Catskill to the north. Frederic Church perched Olana high on a hill overlooking the river, claiming that "Almost an hour this side of Albany is the Center of the World — I own it...."

Others came and brought their love of art with them. Generations of Rockefellers graced the landscapes of their home at Kykuit with art at every turn. As chairman of Pepsico, Donald M. Kendall developed an extraordinary corporate sculpture garden. And colleges at Purchase, Vassar and New Paltz, built art museums that educate and inform.

We invite you to explore the extraordinary diversity of the arts in the Hudson Valley discovering on your own the rich diversity of art experiences that await visitors from near and far. Welcome to this extraordinary region, designated by Congress a National Heritage Area, that has as its core the majestic Hudson River, an American masterpiece.

From Yonkers to Albany, the Hudson Valley offers a myriad of art and art history experiences that the true art lover will find captivating. One way to explore is to select the larger museums and sites, such as Kykuit, the Neuberger Museum, Storm King Art Center, Dia:Beacon, the Hudson River Museum, the Kendall Sculpture Garden and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Given more leisure, you could search out smaller hidden treasures, such as the Katonah Museum of Art, Union Church of Pocantico Hills, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, Senate House or the Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

Or you could discover the places in the Valley where artists have made their homes and studios, including Jasper Cropsey's Ever Rest, Russel Wright's Manitoga, Samuel F.B. Morse's Locust Grove, Harvey Fite's Opus 40, Thomas Cole's Cedar Grove and Frederic Chruch's Olana.

However you choose you are promised surprises and pleasures beyond compare.

If the performance arts are more to your liking, the Hudson Valley is full to brimming with theatre, dance and music. Everything you can imagine, from quaint amateur theatricals by local community theatres to Broadway to carefully crafted professional productions find a home in the Hudson Valley.

And the music you can listen to simply cannot be excelled anywhere in the world. We host several major world class music festivals as well as intimate music venues filled with the sounds of sweet melodies. From high brow to low down foot stomping zydeco, we have it all for you.


Explore the Hudson Valley Art Trail!

A very special presentation focusing on the largest art venues in the Hudson Valley. Discover the roots of American Romanticism that spawned the Hudson River School of Art and the landscape and architecture that defined America.


Professional Theater in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley boasts several professional, Actor's Equity, theatre companies producing cutting edge as well as classic productions or booking top flight productions onto their stages. Spend an evening or matinee afternoon and thrill to the live performance experience.

Eisenhower Hall Theatre
Helen Hayes Theatre
Powerhouse Summer Theatre Festival
Shadowlands Theatre
Mac-Hayden Theatre
Westchester Broadway Theatre

Experience Shakespeare Under The Stars

The Hudson Valley hosts two dramatically situated performance venues to experience the Bard in an intimate setting. Both approach Shakespeare from an intuitive and creative viewpoint, creating exceptionally vibrant productions. Spend an evening with the Bard after a riverside dinner.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare on the Hudson

World Class Music at World Renowned Music Festivals

Spring, Summer and Fall the Hudson Valley resounds with the sublime beauty of music. World class music festivals draw the highest caliber performers to bring you the very best of the musical arts.

Bard Music Festival
Caramoor Festival
Windham Music Festival

Music at West Point

It ain't just Sousa anymore! The cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point perform an amazing diversity of music ranging from Jazz to classical to, yes, Sousa. Throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall many nights are filled with the sounds of the Jazz Knights or the Concert Band. Many concerts are held outside at the Trophy Point Amphitheater, so bring a blanket and a picnic and have a great time.

West Point Music Schedule

The Visual Arts
Fine Arts Sites & Museums
  • Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, Albany County
  • Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Center for Photography, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Columbia County Historical Society, Kinderhook, Columbia County
  • Crawford House, Newburgh, Orange County
  • Dia: Beacon, Beacon, Dutchess County
  • Foundry School Museum, Cold Spring, Putnam County
  • Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, Rockland County
  • Hudson River Museum of Westchester, Yonkers, Westchester County
  • Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, Westchester County
  • Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, Westchester County
  • Kykuit, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County
  • Museum for the Preservation of Illustrative Art, Marlboro, Ulster County
  • Neuberger Museum, Purchase, Westchester County
  • Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County
  • Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston, Ulster County
  • University Art Museum, Albany, Albany County
  • West Pont Museum, West Point, Orange County
  • Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, Ulster County
Sculpture Gardens
  • Donald M. Kendal Sculpture Garden, Purchase, Westchester County
  • Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, Columbia County
  • Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, Orange County
Decorative Arts Sites & Museums
  • Boscobel, Garrison, Putnam County
  • Caramoor, Katonah, Westchester County
  • Fred J. Johnson Museum, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Kykuit, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County
  • Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, Westchester County
  • Schuyler Mansion, Albany, Albany County
  • Staatsburg State Historic Site, Staatsburg, Dutchess County
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park, Dutchess County
  • Wilderstein Preservation, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
Artists Homes & Studios
  • Fredreic Church's Olana,Hudson, Columbia County
  • Thomas Cole's Historic Site, Catskill, Greene County
  • Jasper Cropsey's Everrest, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County
  • Samuel Morse's Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Russel Wright's Manitoga, Garrison, Putnam County
Arts Councils
  • Albany League of Arts, Albany, Albany County
  • All Arts Matter, Greenville, Greene County
  • Art Colonie, Latham, Albany County
  • Art Society of Kingston, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, Haverstraw, Rockland County
  • Arts Council of Rockland County, Spring Valley, Rockland County
  • Arts in Orange, Middletown, Orange County
  • Beacon Artists Union, Beacon, Dutchess County
  • Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Dutchess County Council on the Arts, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, Greene County
  • Hudson Valley Artisans Guild, Stormville, Dutchess County
  • Hudson Valley Sculptors Society, Otisville, Orange County
  • Hudson Valley Experimental Arts Society, Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County
  • Marbletown Arts Association, Stone Ridge, Ulster County
  • Marlboro-on-the-Hudson Arts Association, Marlboro, Ulster County
  • New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Rochelle, Westchester County
  • Newburgh Arts Alliance, Newburgh, Orange County
  • Orange Arts, Goshen, Orange County
  • Pine Bush Arts Council, Pine Bush, Orange County
  • Port Chester Council for the Arts, Port Chester, Westchester County
  • Pound Ridge Art Guild, Pound Ridge, Westchester County
  • Print Club of Albany, Albany, Albany County
  • Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, Putnam County
  • Putnam Valley Arts, Putnam Valley, Putnam County
  • Rensselaer County Council of the Arts, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Town of Greenburgh Arts & Culture Commission, Elmsford, Westchester County
  • Ulster Arts Alliance, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Ulster County Arts Council, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Washingtonville Art Society, Washingtonville, Orange County
  • Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, Westchester County
  • Woman's Caucus for Art, New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, Ulster County
Arts Centers
  • Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Athens Cultural Center, Athens, Greene County
  • Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Belle Levine Art Center, Mahopac, Putnam County
  • Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, Greene County
  • Center for Emerging Arts, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Croton/Cortlandt Center for the Arts, Croton, Westchester County
  • Cunneen-Hacket Arts Center, Beacon, Dutchess County
  • Katonah Art Center, Katonah, Westchester County
  • Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, Columbia County
  • North Pointe Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, Columbia County
  • Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Mount Kisco, Westchester County
  • Pacem in Terris, Warwick, Orange County
  • Pruyn House Cultural Center, Newtonville, Albany County
  • RCCA the Arts Center, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, Rockland County
  • Rye Arts Center, Rye, Westchester County
  • Warwick Valley Community Center, Warwick, Orange County
  • Woman's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, Ulster County
  • Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz, Ulster County
Performance Arts
  • Albany Civic Theatre, Albany, Albany County
  • Albany Park Playhouse, Albany, Albany County
  • Antrim Players, Suffern, Rockland County
  • Art Awareness, Lexington, Greene County
  • Asbury Summer Theatre, Yonkers, Westchester County
  • Axial Theatre, Yorktown Heights, Westchester County
  • Blueberry Pond Theatre Ensemble, Ossining, Westchester County
  • Brewster Theatre Company, Brewster, Putnam County
  • Broadway Theatre at UPAC, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Butcher's Guild Players, Middletown, Orange County
  • Capital Repertory Company, Albany, Albany County
  • Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
  • Clarkstown Summer Theatre Festival, New City, Rockland County
  • Coach House Players, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Copake Theatre Company, Copake, Columbia County
  • Cornwall Community Theatre, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Orange County
  • County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County
  • Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, Albany County
  • Depot Theatre, Garrison, Putnam County
  • The Egg, Albany, Albany County
  • Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point, Orange County
  • Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, Rockland County
  • Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, Westchester County
  • Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lexington, Greene County
  • Festival Theatre of New York, New Windsor, Orange County
  • Fleetwood Stage Company, New Rochelle, Westchester County
  • Ghent Playhouse, Ghent, Columbia County
  • Hand to Mouth Players, Monsey, Rockland County
  • Helen Hayes Theatre, Nyack, Rockland County
  • Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, Albany County
  • HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Hudson River Classic Playreadings, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Hudson River Playback Theatre, New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Hudson Stage Company, Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County
  • Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring, Putnam County
  • Impulse Theater & Dance, Palenville, Greene County
  • Just Off Broadway, Newburgh, Orange County
  • Larchmont Playhouse, Larchmont, Westchester County
  • Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, Columbia County
  • Mamaroneck Playhouse, Mamaroneck, Westchester County
  • Market Theater, Albany, Albany County
  • Mohonk Mountain Stage Company, New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Mount St. Mary's College, Newburgh, Orange County
  • Mystical Wizards Playhouse Troupe, Central Valley, Orange County
  • New Day Repertory Company, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • New York State Theatre Institute, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Pawling Community Theatre, Pawling, Dutchess County
  • Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, Westchester County
  • Pine Knoll Theatre, Palenville, Greene County
  • Pound Ridge Theatre Company, Pound Ridge, Westchester County
  • Powerhouse Summer Theater, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Presby Players, Port Jervis, Orange County
  • Putnam County Playhouse, Mahopac, Putnam County
  • Roustabout Players, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls, Westchester County
  • Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, Ulster County
  • Shakespeare on the Hudson, Athens, Greene County
  • Stageworks, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Studio Upstairs Repertory Theatre, Goshen, Orange County
  • Time & Space Ltd., TSL Warehouse, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Villa Bagliera Dinner Theater, Highland, Ulster County
  • Westchester Broadway Theater, Elmsford, Westchester County
  • Wit & Will Theatre, Albany, Albany County
  • Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Yorktown Stage, Yorktown Heights, Westchester County
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Hudson Opera Theatre, Hudson, Columbia County
  • New Rochelle Opera, New Rochelle, Westchester County
  • Rockland Opera Society, Spring Valley, Rockland County
  • Broadway Theatre at UPAC, Kingston, Ulster County
  • The Egg, Albany, Albany County
  • Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point, Orange County
  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Foot & Fiddle Dance Company, Sloatsburg, Rockland County
  • Impulse Theater & Dance, Palenville, Greene County
  • Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, Dutchess County
  • Marya Kennett Ballet Theatre, Goshen, Orange County
  • Time & Space Ltd., TSL Warehouse, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Westchester Ballet Company, Ossining, Westchester County
  • Albany Pro Musica, Albany, Albany County
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, Albany County
  • Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, Dutchess County
  • Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Bassillica Industria, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Brass Quintessence, Middletown, Orange County
  • Capital Pride Singers, Albany, Albany County
  • Capitaland Chorus/Sweet Adelines, Cohoes, Albany County
  • Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, Westchester County
  • Caramoor Center for Music & Arts, Katonah, Westchester County
  • Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter, Greene County
  • Chorus of the Tappan Zee, New City, Rockland County
  • Choral Arts Society, Briarcliff Manor, Westchester County
  • Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Albany County
  • Cunneen-Hackett Cultural Center, Beacon, Dutchess County
  • Doansburg Chamber Ensemble, Mahopac, Putnam County
  • The Egg, Albany, Albany County
  • Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point, Orange County
  • Hudson Opera House, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Hudson River Theatre, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Hudson Valley Folk Guild, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Hudson Valley Singers, Irvington, Westchester County
  • Irvington Town Hall Theatre, Irvington, Westchester County
  • Jazz Forum, Tarrytown, Westchester County
  • Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
  • Music & Art Center of Greene County, Jewett, Greene County
  • Music Amici, Palisades, Rockland County
  • New Choral Society, Scarsdale, Westchester County
  • New York Conservatory for the Arts, Hurley, Ulster County
  • North Pointe Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, Columbia County
  • Pacem in Terris, Warwick, Orange County
  • Palace Theatre, Albany, Albany County
  • Paramount Center, Peekskill, Westchester County
  • Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Orange County
  • Pepsi Arena, Albany, Albany County
  • Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, Westchester County
  • Performing Arts of Woodstock, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Pleshakov Music Center, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Putnam Choral, Carmel, Putnam County
  • Putnam Symphony Orchestra, Carmel, Putnam County
  • Revolution Hall, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
  • Rockland County Concert Band, Garnerville, Rockland County
  • Rockland County Jazz & Blues Society, Suffern, Rockland County
  • Rockland Youth Philharmonic, Tallman, Rockland County
  • Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, Columbia County
  • SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Sweet Adeline:Kaatskill Chapter, Campbell Hall, Orange County
  • Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, Westchester County
  • Time & Space Ltd. TSL Warehouse, Hudson, Columbia County
  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Ulster Choral Society, Kingston, Ulster County
  • Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz, Ulster County
  • Wallkill Chorale Society, Middletown, Orange County
  • Westchester Chamber Orchestra, New Rochelle, Westchester County
  • Westchester Concert Singers, Pleasantville, Westchester County
  • Westchester Philharmonic, Hartsdale, Westchester County
  • Windham Chamber Music Festival, Windham, Greene County
  • Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Woodstock, Ulster County
  • Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, Ulster County
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