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Fort Ti welcomes new exhibit

TICONDEROGA-Fort Ticonderoga's newest exhibit, "The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the eyes of America's Great Artists," brings together for the first time in one highlighted exhibition 50 of the museum's most important artworks.

Fort Ticonderoga helped give birth to the Hudson River school of American Art with Thomas Cole's 1826 work, Gelyna, or a View Near Ticonderoga, the museum's most important 19th-century masterpiece to be featured in the exhibit.

The Art of War exhibit will be on view through Oct. 20 in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center exhibition gallery.

The Art of War exhibit includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and several three-dimensional artifacts selected for their historical significance and artistic appeal.

Artists whose works are featured include Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Charles Wilson Peale and Daniel Huntington among many others.

"As reflected in the exhibit, 19th-century visitors to Fort Ticonderoga included some of the greatest artists of the period who found inspiration in Fort Ticonderoga's epic history and exquisite landscape," said Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director.

Regional photographic artists such as Seneca Ray Stoddard recorded Ticonderoga's ruins and landscapes over the course of 20 years. Many of his photographs were published in area travel guides and histories during the last quarter of the 19th century, keeping alive Ticonderoga's place in American history while documenting early heritage tourism.

"The Art of War uses the artworks to present the story of the fort's remarkable history and show how its history inspired American artists to capture its image and keep Ticonderoga's history alive," Hill said. "The exhibit will graphically tell the history of the site from its development by the French army in 1755 through the beginning of its reconstruction as a museum and restored historic site in the early 20th century."

The exhibit is organized by Christopher D. Fox, Curator of Collections.

Exhibit-related education programs and a gallery-focused family activity will challenge visitors of all ages to explore the art both in the gallery and throughout Fort Ticonderoga's 2,000 acre landscape.

The exhibition and related programs are made by possible by support of the Felicia Fund, Champlain National Bank, Stewart's Shops, International Paper Foundation and individual supporters.

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