Franklin & Marshall College’s David Schuyler, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies, is a recipient of the Frederic Church Award, presented to him Oct. 3 in New York City.
Considered one of the greatest American landscape artists of the 19th century, Frederic Edwin Church, who died in 1900 at age 74, was a central figure in the Hudson River School. The Olana Partnership established the award in 2000 to honor individuals who, “through their vision, commitment and grasp of creative trends, make extraordinary contributions to American culture.”
Church and his Hudson Valley home, Olana, now a historic house museum, are featured in Schuyler’s latest book, “Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern Environmentalism.”Schuyler writes about the more contemporary efforts to protect Olana’s integral viewshed, which includes the verdant Catskill Mountains.
A longstanding member of Olana’s National Advisory Committee, Schuyler advises on initiatives, provides scholarship about Olana’s preservation story, and is a driving force in the interpretation of Frederic Church’s Olana as a complete work of art, according to the Olana Partnership.
Schuyler’s previous books include “Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909”and “Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852.”
Schuyler is recipient of several awards including F&M’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching in 1994, F&M’s 2003 Bradley R. Dewey Award for scholarship, the 2013 Ruth Emery Award of the Victorian Society in America for the best book in American regional history, and the 2014 New York Academy of History’s Governor Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History.