The Frederic Church Award
Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a visionary and renaissance man, is considered one of the greatest 19th century landscape artists in America. In 2000, the centenary of Church’s death, The Olana Partnership established the Frederic Church Award to honor individuals who, through their vision, commitment and grasp of creative trends, make extraordinary contributions to American culture.
Dr. Linda S. Ferber
Dr. Ferber is one of the most accomplished historians of American art today. She is Senior Art Historian and Museum Director Emerita at the New York Historical Society. Most recently, from 2005 until the end of 2013, she served as Vice President and Museum Director at NYHS. Prior to that appointment, she was the Andrew Mellon Curator of American Art at The Brooklyn Museum (now Emerita) where she was also Chief Curator during a long and productive tenure of several decades.
Dr. Ferber has organized exhibitions, published, taught and lectured widely on a variety of topics in American art history including William Trost Richards, the American Pre-Raphaelites, the American Watercolor Movement, The Eight and the Ashcan School, Albert Bierstadt, Asher B. Durand, and the Hudson River School. At the New York Historical Society, Dr. Ferber launched Sharing an American Treasure, a highly successful traveling exhibition program drawn from the Society’s own rich collections.
She is the recipient of several awards and distinctions including the 2002 Lawrence A. Fleishman Award for Scholarly Excellence from the Archives of American Art, and the 2010 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts for her book, The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision.
Linda Ferber graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and received her doctorate from Columbia University.
Laurie Olin, FASLA
Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Olin studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. He is currently Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for 40 years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Mr. Olin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the highest lifetime achievement award for artists and designers bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the United States. He also holds the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, the society’s highest award for a landscape architect.
The Olana Partnership’s mission is to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Frederic Church’s Olana in Hudson, NY. To purchase a table or tickets to the 2017 Gala contact Matt Jones at 518-828-1872, ext. 110 or email.