Current Exhibit

Shad in the Shadow of Skyscrapers

Through November 2017

A rare exhibit of March 1947 National Geographic photo essay "Shad in the Shadow of Skyscrapers" by celebrated photographer Luis Marden.


Gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY

Gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY








Located in the dynamic West End district of Beacon’s Main Street, this historic brick storefront houses the Institute’s gallery and its administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits.

Past Exhibits

Click Past Exhibits to see the history of talented artists who have shared their visual perspective on water-related subjects at our gallery.

Fall 2017
Main St. Gallery Hours of Operation:
Sat: 11am-3pm; 2nd Saturdays: 3-7pm

Take a trip with us back in time.

The images of Shad in the Shadow of Skyscrapers call out to our senses from a bygone era. Rare views into the lives and livelihoods of local Hudson Rivermen show us a way of life that once was, and a river's bounty that one day could be again.

Each frame displays a depth of natural knowledge about the river and its inhabitants that, to this day, scientists struggle to recreate with modern methods.

These pictures are worth a thousand words, and a thousand views!