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Fort to host student art show

"We have three centuries of (art) work connected to Fort Ticonderoga's history," said Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director. "Now our visitors will have an opportunity to learn about our amazing history through this beautiful art."

Fox said the fort has thousands of pieces of art, which made selecting about 50 for the exhibit a difficult task.

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

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," Hill said.

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."

Exhibit-related education programs and a gallery-focused family activity are part of the exhibit.

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