Cowles Hall in 1855
Unknown Artist, Oil on Canvas, 1855
On loan from Elmira College Collections
Cowles Hall in 1855 Unknown Artist Oil on Canvas, 1855 In 1852, Elmira College began as The Auburn Female University in Cayuga County. A year later it moved to its present location in Elmira where Cowles Hall, the College’s oldest building, was constructed in 1855. The college became coeducational in 1969.
About the Artist: No Information about the artist exists.
From Ithaca Falls to Cayuga Lake, Winter 1987
Muli Tang, Oil on Canvas, 1987
On loan from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Cornell University
Ithaca Falls is 105 feet tall and 175 feet wide at its base. It is considered the most powerful and impressive falls in the region. By 1817 it was providing power to six mills. The ruins of some of these mills can still be seen near the top of the falls.
About the Artist: Muli Tang (born 1947) is a Chinese artist and poet who served as Artist in Residence at Cornell University from 1985 – 1989. He was the first artist permitted by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China to study in the West on a long-term basis.
John F. Kensett, Oil on Canvas, 1870
On loan from the History Center in Tompkins County
Ithaca, located on the southern end of Cayuga Lake became a city in 1888 and is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College.
About the Artist: John F. Kensett (1816-1872) was an important member of the Hudson River School painters. After spending time working as an engraver in Albany, Kensett made his first trip to Europe, determined to become a painter. In 1848, Kensett established a studio in New York City where he lived and worked as a successful painter.
View of Binghamton from Mount Prospect
Edward Beyer, Oil on Canvas, 1852
On loan from the Roberson Museum and Science Center
The City of Binghamton sits at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers and became a city in 1867.
About the Artist: Edward Beyer (1820-1865) was born in Germany and traveled to America in the wake of the German Revolution of 1848. Beyer worked in the Northeastern United States, where he became known as an acclaimed painter of large panoramic landscape views. Beyer returned to Germany before the outbreak of the Civil War.