By Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) - The work of 30 prominent contemporary artists is going on display at Hudson Valley sites linked to two of the most influential figures in American art.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and the Olana State Historic Site across the river in Hudson have announced that they’ll co-host an exhibit of contemporary art to highlight the role the two properties played in shaping American art in the 19th century.

Cole was the founder of the first distinctly American art movement, known as the Hudson River School. Olana was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, who became a famous artist after becoming a student of Cole’s.

The new exhibit - “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” - opens May 3 and runs through Nov. 1. Chuck Close and Maya Lin are among the featured artists.

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