Jerry Freedner

My intention is to join with the efforts of the land conservation movement with hopes of motivating a sense of concern and stewardship. I want to help raise public awareness and involvement in the conservancies' mission to perpetuate the healthfulness, and beauty of the magnificent landscape which surround us.

My work has surely been influenced over many years of having enjoyed the art of the Hudson River School. Considering that, and my interest in the conservation of rural lands, it feels quite natural for me to honor the artists through my photographs. It is a tribute both to their art and their love and respect for nature. Going back to the mid 1800's it was George Marsh who wrote a book called “Man & Nature” in which he sought to raise awareness of the great threats to the environment due to the rapid industrialization of the Northeast. Thomas Cole and others in the “School” were, through their art, part of that early moment.

For the past eight years, 25% of my net sales profit have been distributed to various local land conservation organizations. I have recently been awarded a Berkshire Taconic Foundation Grant of $4,000 to assist me in the continuation of my commitment.

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Born: September 20, 1940, NYC
Education: University of Florida at Gainesville 1958-1962
Art Training: The New School, NYC, 1965, 1972-1973
• Student of Photographer Lisette Model, 1973-1974
• Ongoing photography workshops
• Barrett Art Center: Advanced Photography Seminar Group, 2009-present
• Self taught in darkroom technique
• Self taught in digital photography and printing

Exhibits within the last few years
• Woodstock Art Association & Museum 2018, 2019
• aMuse Gallery, Chatham, NY, 2019
• Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018 & 2019
• Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson, NY: Exhibited continuously since 2012
• Barrett Art Center: Photowork ’14 juried by Karen Haas, Curator of Photography at
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA 2014
• Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, 2015
• Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY - 2014
• Agricultural Stewardship Association: “Landscapes for Landsake” Show 2014-2018
• Barrett Art Center “Photowork ’10 National Competition: Image selected by
Associate curator Lauren Hinkson of the Guggenheim Museum, NY – 2011, 2012, 2015
• Barrett Art Center, “New Directions”. Juror: Susan Sayre Batton, Managing Director
Dia: Beacon, NY - 2010
• Opera House, Hudson, NY - 2013
• Barrett Art Center “Photowork ’10 Image selected by
Associate curator Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum, NY - 2010
• Hudson Opera House Juried Exhibit: Selections by Janet Riker, Director of the
University at Albany Art Museum. - 2010
• Barrett Art Center “New Directions” Exhibit: Image selected by curator Joan Young
of the Guggenheim Museum, NY - 2010, 2013, 2015
• Photo Center of the Capital District - Best in Annual Year’s End Show: 2017

• North Chatham Free Library: Photographic Art & Land Conservation 2018
• Samuel B. Morse, Lifetime Learning: Artist’s Series -2011
• Berkshire Museum
• Art School of Columbia County
• Schenectady Photographic Society Guest Juror – 2011-2017
• Schenectady Photographic Society Lecture Series -- 2012-15
• Greene County Camera Club

Seminars / Salons / Teaching
• Barrett Art Center Advanced Photo Seminar: 2009-present
• Photography Center of the Capital District: 2008 - present
• The Art School of Columbia County: Faculty: 2014-present

Awards & Publications
• 400 copies of my book “The Farmers Art” gifted by local Land Conservancies to major donors.
- Berkshire-Taconic Community Foundation 4,000 grant to continue work on behalf of
land conservation in the Hudson Valley
- International Color Awards, 2010, 2018
- LensCulture Magazine 2010
- Smithsonian Magazine 2016
- Magnum Photo
- Black & White Photography Magazine 3 issues