The Frederic Church Award

About the Award: Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a visionary and renaissance man, is considered one of the greatest 19th century landscape artists in America.  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 art and culture.

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Eleanor Jones Harvey is Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a leading authority on American landscape painting, and champion of American Art at the national level. Her current exhibition “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture” tells the sweeping saga of how Humboldt’s groundbreaking scientific work shaped American cultural identity. Frederic Church’s engagement with Humboldt’s thinking is at the center of the exhibition, and Eleanor’s engagement with Church and his legacy as America’s foremost landscape artist extends from her decade as Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (1992-2002), home to Church’s “The Icebergs” (1861). Church is also featured in her groundbreaking 2012 exhibition “The Civil War and American Art.” The 2020 Frederic Church Award recognizes Eleanor’s lead role in bringing Church’s legacy forward to new generations. We are also thrilled to announce that Eleanor is the newest member of The Olana Partnership’s National Advisory Committee.


David Redden’s 42 year-long career at Sotheby’s is the stuff of legend. Starting as a catalogue trainee, he served as Vice-Chairman from 2000 to 2016, and served as auctioneer for the Collections of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, among many others. His headline-grabbing sales included “Sue,” the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever recovered and the manuscript of the Magna Carta now in the U.S. National Archives. Inspired by his and Jeannette’s perch on Storm King Mountain, David has served the organizations that protect and preserve the Hudson Valley’s legacy of landscape, nature, and history, including chairing the boards of Scenic Hudson, Black Rock Forest, and The Olana Partnership. At Olana, he led the board in the development of our 2015 Strategic Landscape Design Plan that underpins our current transformation of the visitor experience. David is currently living with ALS, which has not prevented him from continuing his close interest in the Valley and from adding to his voluminous journals.  The 2020 Frederic Church Award recognizes David not only for his crucial role in building our national heritage but also for the tremendous work he has done in service to the preservation and promotion of the Hudson Valley as a founding landscape of American art and identity.


Past Award Recipients

Jazz Johnson Merton (2019)
Rose Harvey (2019)
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2018)
David Schuyler (2018)
Laurie Olin, FASLA (2017)
Dr. Linda S. Ferber (2017)
Washburn and Susan Oberwager (2016)
The Cultural Legacy of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller (2016)
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020 (2015)
Jim Hamilton (2015)
Martin Puryear (2015)
Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D. (2015)
Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D. (2015)
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen (2014)

Peter Pennoyer (2014)
Katie Ridder (2014)
Betsy Broun (2013)
Stephen Hannock (2013)
Morrison Heckscher (2012)
Martha Stewart (2012)
Franklin Kelly (2009)
Jonathan Westervelt Warner (2009)
Alice Walton (2008)
John Wilmerding (2008)
Bernadette Castro (2005)
Kay Toll (2003)
Bradford Race, Jr. (2002)
Leon Botstein (2000)
E. Virgil Conway (1999)
John Cronin (1999)



Renee & Steve Clearman
Meredith J. Kane & Richard T. Sharp
Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D.
Susan Winokur & Paul Leach


Margaret Davidson & John Stein
Olivia J. Fussell
Bindy & Stephen Kaye
Henry & Susan Livingston
Pamela Thomas & Sedgwick Ward
Helen & Peter Warwick
Kelly Williams & Andrew Forsyth


Joe Baker
Robin & David Key
Ricky Lark, PhD & Rickey Shaum


Jean Hamilton & Richard McCarthy
Frederic C. Rich
Karen Zukowski & David Diamond


Betsy Broun
Jim & Janet Dicke
Jane Smith & Jules Anderson
Paul Warren & Chris Chi

Top Image Credit: Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara, 1857. Oil on canvas, 40 x 90.5 in. Corcoran Collection, National Gallery of Art, 2014.79.10