SUNY Canton has joined with SUNY Potsdam and other area colleges to support an Adirondack photographic exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany.
The Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks exhibition is open through February 24, 2013 in the museum’s Crossroads Gallery and showcases the works of the iconic Adirondack photographer and conservationist, who was instrumental in the establishment of the “forever wild” Adirondack Park. Visitors to the State Museum on Adirondack Day, Saturday, Oct. 27, will have free access to programs focusing on the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks. The event will be free and open to the public.
“Seneca Ray Stoddard’s work captures the beauty and essence specific to our area,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “His black-and-white photographs portray our extraordinary surroundings and inspire pride in the North Country. We were proud to work with our peer colleges to help promote and support this culturally-rich exhibition.”
The display includes more than 100 of Stoddard’s photographs, an Adirondack guideboat, freight boat, a camera, copies of Stoddard’s books and several of his paintings. These and other items come from the State Museum’s collection of more than 500 Stoddard prints and also from the collections of the New York State Library and the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls.
Stoddard (1844-1917) was a self-taught painter and spent the majority of his life in the Glens Falls area. He sought to preserve the beauty of the Adirondacks through his paintings but became attracted to photography’s unique ability to capture the environment. He was one of the first to capture the Adirondacks using the then recently introduced wet-plate photographic process. Though extremely cumbersome by today’s standards, the technique was the first practical way to record distant scenes. He studied the Adirondacks intensely over a 50-year period. An online version of exhibition is available here.
A newly formed consortium of North Country institutions of higher education and research are jointly helping to promote the exhibit. The Higher Education and Research and Development Consortium (HEARD) comprises Clarkson University, Clinton Community College, Jefferson Community College, the Miner Institute, North Country Community College, Paul Smith’s College, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Potsdam, Trudeau Institute and CITEC. In addition to HEARD, other partners include: the Adirondack Center for Writing, Adirondack Life magazine, the Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Photography Institute, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend, the Chapman Museum, Fort Ticonderoga, Great Camp Sagamore, the Hyde Collection, John Brown Lives, Lakes to Locks Passage, Mountain Lakes PBS, and The Wild Center.
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