George Ault, Autumn Hillside, 1940

George Ault, Autumn Hillside, 1940

The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection

November 10, 2018 to December 31, 2019
West Gallery

Long before the famous music festival in 1969, Woodstock, New York, was home to what is considered America’s first intentionally created, year-round arts colony—founded in 1902 and still thriving over 100 years later. Collecting the remarkable range of work produced there has been Arthur A. Anderson’s focus for three decades, resulting in the largest comprehensive assemblage of its type. The artists represented in it reflect the diversity of those who came to Woodstock, including Birge Harrison, Konrad Cramer, George Bellows, Eugene Speicher, Peggy Bacon, Rolph Scarlett, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, among many others.  Anderson recently donated his entire collection—some 1,500 objects by almost 200 artists—to the New York State Museum. This exhibition introduces to the public for the first time just a sample of the highlights of this extraordinary collection, which represents a body of work that together shaped art and culture in New York and forms a history of national and international significance.


Symposium: Historic Woodstock Art Colony

View this Exhibit Online!

Explore and enjoy all of the artwork from the NYSM exhibition, "The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection" through this online feature. Follow the beginnings of the art colony in 1902 through the 1930s and beyond as you explore the seven themed galleries. Educational resources for classroom learning are also available. 


Arthur Anderson Brochure Image - Lady with the Red Lips, c. 1940

Brochure: The Historic Woodstock Art Colony (PDF)

Learn more about the history, art, and evolution of the Woodstock Art Colony since its founding in 1902.


Educational Resources

The following three lessons have been designed to aid educators in teaching students about a variety of factors related to art making, including specific methods and techniques, stylistic movements, and the context and impact of place in creativity. The Educator Guides, downloadable as PDFs, provide both in depth information for the teacher as well as structured recommendations for student engagement. The Google Classroom slides can be utilized directly by students. 

Educator Guides (PDF)

Google Classroom Slides

The following slide presentations were created for optimal use with Google Drive and Google Classroom. If you do not have or do not want an account with Google (gmail), you can still view the slide presentations online OR easily download and save the documents as PDFs or Word Documents.

Sense of Place

A Lesson in Creating a Sense of Place (Grades K-5)

Discover how art and location often go hand in hand and how students can depict their own locations in a creative way.

A Lesson in Printmaking

A Lesson in Printmaking (Grades 9-12)

Students will learn about the printmaking process, lithography, and the work of Woodstock artist, Bolton Brown.

Lessons in Landscapes

A Lesson in Landscapes (Grades K-5)

This lesson focuses on the importance of landscape as a key artform, the physical space of Woodstock, New York, and the connection between person and place.