Coming in 2023:
In 2023 ADKX will open its newest permanent exhibition—Artists & Inspiration in the Wild, the most comprehensive showing of the museum’s art and decorative collections in the entirety of its history. Housed in the Lynn Boillot Art Galleries, Artists & Inspiration’s four main galleries will illustrate how the natural features of the Adirondacks—light, forests, water, and mountains—have sparked the creative visions of painters, sculptors, and expert artisans. Here, Adirondack style, an artistic tradition unique to this region, is celebrated. Today and over hundreds of years, the sense of place conveyed through artistic traditions defines what the Adirondacks are for most people, both locally and across the globe.
Artists & Inspiration will offer a deep look into the diverse people who have worked in the Adirondacks and whose visions have inspired the works of other artists and artisans. From the renowned—men such as Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Seneca Ray Stoddard, and Rockwell Kent—to the groundbreaking—Edna West Teall, Dorothy Dehner, Margaret Bourke-White, Bumpei Usui, Takeyce Walter, Niio Perkins, and 17-year-old Tanzania-born Monica Sara Mzese—the exhibition will offer an inclusive and wide-reaching interpretation of Adirondack art. These visionaries have looked at the same landscapes and drawn from the same materials to create an incomparable artistic legacy.
After exploring the main galleries, visitors will end their journey in a makerspace created in collaboration with Adirondack artist Barney Bellinger. Visit Artists & Inspiration in the Wild in 2023 to make new memories; and take a piece of the Adirondacks home with you.
How can you help?
Gifts and pledges (which can be paid out over multiple years) of any size are welcomed to ensure this pivotal project is completed expeditiously.
Interested in Making a Contribution?
Artists & Inspiration Series
We invite you to tune in each month for our Artists & Inspiration programs to hear from scholars, artists, teachers, and creative visionaries from across North America as they consider the makers and the collection that will be showcased in this new exhibition.
Explore a selection of pieces from the museum’s art and decorative collection to be featured in Artists & Inspiration in the Wild.
Click on the images below to visit our collection database and learn more about each piece.