- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) - The work of such artists as Chuck Close and Maya Lin is going on display this weekend at two Hudson Valley historic sites linked to prominent painters from the 19th century.

The exhibit is being co-hosted by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and the Olana State Historic Site across the river in Hudson.

Organizers say the work of 30 contemporary artists will be displayed to highlight the pivotal role the two historic properties played in shaping American culture.

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 Sunday and runs through Nov. 1.

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