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The PSC VIC offers two beautiful art exhibition spaces with rotating shows. Exhibits are available for viewing in the VIC building during open business hours. Admission is free. Artists interested in having a show in our galleries should e-mail us at .



Eye to Eye with a Butterfly!
June 29 – September 3
Heron Marsh Gallery
Watercolor is the medium of choice for rich color and detail. Artist Lisa McLaughlin’s love of butterflies shines in realistic portraits. Lisa’s solo-artist exhibit of 78 original watercolors of butterflies, moths and pollinators opened at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) in Tucson. ASDM is the second to the Grand Canyon as Arizona’s most visited attraction. VIC will feature selections from this exhibit along with new work.

Artist Statement
Accuracy, focus and tremendous attention to detail are essential in creating paintings that reveal the spirit of the natural world. I strive for art that is as wildlife itself: whimsical, energetic and true to life— freed of complication.”
– Lisa McLaughlin

August 1 – 31
Ten Years of Plein Air
VIC Great Room
Featuring the works of artists who have contributed their talents to the past decade of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival.

September 1 – October 8
VIC Great Room
For the Love of Loons


…many a feather…, Spring 2018             

May 25 – June 25 2018, Heron Marsh Gallery

Well researched and detailed, Lisa McLaughlin’s lifelike paintings highlight the unique features of each avian species.


Decomposition, Fall 2017 Juried Show            

September 23 – October 9  2017, Heron Marsh Gallery
The Paul Smith’s College VIC is proud to announce Decomposition, featuring digitally-submitted pieces embodying the rich process of decomposition as a bridge between death and renewal. This exhibit will be featured in the VIC’s Heron Marsh Gallery. The gallery offers 100 linear feet of exhibition space, featuring natural stone walls, vaulted ceiling and ample natural light through UV-coated windows, all housed within a popular nature center in the world-renowned Adirondack Park located in upstate New York.

Meet the Jurors
Cory E. Card is the Curator and Director of Visual Arts at View arts center in Old Forge, New York. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. He previously held positions in the Exhibitions Department at the George Eastman House Museum, and has taught courses in critical theory, professional practices, drawing, two dimensional design and studio survey at Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY College at Brockport and Monroe Community College in Rochester. On top of his curatorial and programming duties, he is a practicing visual artist, whose current body of work, Sweepings, is an investigation into the microcosm of dust and debris.

Craig Milewski, PhD, MFA, is a Professor at Paul Smith’s College, Department of Natural Science, and teaches courses in fisheries, environmental sciences, natural resource management, and occasionally writing. He has held previous positions as a fisheries biologist in Minnesota and watershed ecologist in South Dakota. He has coupled his science background with an MFA in Writing from Vermont College, obtaining a dual-genre degree in creative nonfiction and poetry, and studying the parallels between poetry and the stirring
of an ecological conscience.

Submissions are no longer accepted. Please download this PDF to learn more.

2017 Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibit

September 1 – 7: Paint-Out
September 8 – 20: Plein Air Exhibit

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is a real gem in the Adirondacks. Miles of easily accessible trails wind through old growth forest, along Barnum Brook, Black Pond and Heron Marsh, up to the summit of Jenkins Mountain, through bogs, fens, and past beaver ponds. There are 100’s of great painting locations and the VIC hosts painting days during the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in August and the Publisher’s Invitational “Adirondack Paint Week” in June every year.

This event will invite artists to paint throughout the VIC and Paul Smith’s College property, as well as neighboring Barnum, Mountain, Osgood, and Jones Ponds, Lower St Regis Lake, White Pine Camp and other scenic places nearby.

Artists can paint there beginning Friday Sept 1 (Labor Day weekend) and through Thursday Sept 7. Come paint for a day, a couple of days, or the entire week. Framed paintings will be due Friday Sept 8, with a reception from 3 – 5 pm. Works will remain on exhibit in both galleries at the VIC until September 20, during our beautiful peak fall colors. There will be a 30% commission on sales and artists will be responsible for coming to pick up their work at the close of the exhibit.


Landscape as Memory

Trees by the Lake

July 15 – September 6, 2017, Heron Marsh Gallery
Join the VIC in celebrating the works of Eberhard Froehlich, with his installation Landscape as Memory. The artist is the winner of the 2016 Paul Smith’s College Award for Best VIC/College Painting and was the 1st Place 2015 Plein Air Festival Winner.

Lake Flower Evening

Artist’s Statement
Whenever one is outside, there is a unified feeling to the experience, both in space and time: the sky, the movement of the air, the temperature, humidity, the quality of the light, time of day, the season and time of year, as well as one’s own body and breathing, the smells, and also the sounds, distant or close by. The coherence of all of these sensory elements together and all at once is an exhilarating early memory for me. As I grew up, more and more of the experience of being outside was crowded out by the preoccupations of my life at the moment: I was going to school, or in the back of a car, listening to others talking, trying to remember the words to a song, or reviewing things I had read. Even as a school-age child, I knew something was getting displaced, and wanted to have all of the grand sensory experience back. There were times it was still available: after school, for instance, those first moments after leaving the building and going out into the afternoon sun; or riding my bike through familiar streets in my home town. But it was only at eighteen when I took up painting that I remembered all of the sensory elements together as a unified force, which was now helping me decide how to paint, and ever since then I have been trying to get the paint to feel like those early memories, when everything was together, including me, as clear and bright as the sound of a single bell.

About the Artist
Born in New Jersey to German parents, Eberhard Froehlich attended schools in Europe and the US. He began painting at Swarthmore College, PA, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 1986. After graduating from the New York Academy of Art with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 1999, Eberhard Froehlich taught figurative drawing and painting at colleges and universities in Baltimore for six years. In 2012 he moved to Montreal, where he has been working and exhibiting as a plein-air, landscape, and figure painter.

Step Lightly, Mary Woodcock Johnson

A Walk in the Woods
2017 Juried Show

July 1 – August 27

The Paul Smith’s College VIC invited regional artists to submit original, two-dimensional work, in any medium, representing the artist’s interpretation of the theme, A Walk in the Woods. Artist and juror Winn Rea spent hours reviewing over 80 submissions and selected over 50 works for the show, considering up and coming artists, alignment with the show’s theme, and more

View our full list of selected works and award winners here.

Flush by Ed Williams


June 2 – July 13, 2017, Heron Marsh Gallery

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is proud to show this year’s bird-focused art installation. Birds! is an exhibit highlighting the beauty of our favorite Adirondack feathered friends. Joy, smiles and awe are guaranteed thank to the works of the 23 talented local artists who are featured in this art show.


Edith Urban, Phoenix Rising – St. Regis

April 22 – June 25, 2017
This year’s Science, Art and Music Festival (SAMFest) marked the start of our current Great Room Art Exhibition, Connections. In keeping with the theme of SAMFest, this exhibition features over 20 artists whose works interpret our connection to the land, connection of people with each other and the natural world, our connection to our past, and more.

Arnold Sauther, Spiral Inspiration

With photographs, watercolors, prints, and many other media, this beautiful installation highlights some of the Adirondack region’s best artists. Each piece provides a unique statement so that viewers can gain insight into the artist’s individual understanding of connections and their artistic process.

Photo Shoot-Out

May 3 – May 31, 2017

Each year the Paul Smith’s College VIC invites local photographers to participate in a photo shoot-out. This year, artists were asked to take photographs at the VIC on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Each artist then submits up to five photographs from that day’s photo shoot, which are then installed in the Heron Marsh Gallery at the VIC.

Shedding Light on the Working Forest: A Traveling Exhibition of Painting and Poetry

Harvesting Red Osier 12x18 oil, artist Kathleen Kolb

Harvesting Red Osier

February 3 through March 25, 2017
“We live in the forest, that huge biome named the Northern Forest, to be exact. In addition to all the products it gives us, the forest is our home. Perhaps that is the reason we often feel restored by simply walking in the woods.”  Tom Slayton

This project celebrates the landscape of the working forest and the voices of those who have honed skills into a livelihood there. Shedding Light draws on the artistic friendship of a painter and a poet who are committed to subjects that have been largely overlooked by the arts.

Kathleen Kolb evokes what is solid, luminous, yet ephemeral in the scenes she gathers and painstakingly paints. She talks about how a moment of “emotional ignition” kindles a work of art. As a writing partner, Verandah Porche befriends, questions and listens, to unearth and preserve the poetry embedded in lived experience. She calls this process “finding the verse in conversation.”

Watershed, Summer Morning by Kathleen Kolb

Watershed, Summer Morning

THE PROJECT:  Painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche have narrowed their focus to those who harvest timber in the rural northeast. The images and the accompanying narratives honor the workers and open their environment and their insights to the viewer. The artistic intent is neither critique nor sentiment, but to shed light on beauty and sensitivity, amid the danger and the din of machines.  Kolb’s visual art spans a twenty year period and includes many pieces that are in private and public collections. Porche’s work distills and amplifies the voices of people engaged with the working forest.

Grappling Logs at Dawn by Kathleen Kolb

Grappling Logs at Dawn

THE NEED:  This exhibition engages the community with a vital interest in the
forest as a work place, a home, a field of study, and a playground, as well as viewers who have never set foot in the woods. This work matters because everyone depends on the forest for oxygen, clean water, wildlife habitat, soil stability, timber, fuel, recreation, and for inspiration. Consider the forest products that are taken for granted: the frame of a home, intimate paper products, treasured photographs, the pencil and shopping list, the frame of an easy chair, the match, the kitchen cupboard, the coffee table and the books it holds. This is only the start of a thoughtful inventory.  Viewing these paintings and poems can enrich an appreciation of the working of our forest landscape.  It provokes conversations about stewardship and how we care for our home places and our community.

A Deeper Sense: an Art-Science Collaboration

December 10, 2016 through January 31, 2017deeper-sense-jpeg
A Deeper Sense featured work of local artists and include diverse media including watercolor, oil, fabric, mixed media, photography, video, and poetry. The installation was a collaboration between Paul Smith’s College students and local artists. During the fall 2016 semester, area artists and poets were invited to shadow young scientists in their ecological field studies, to learn about ecology, and to produce pieces aimed at capturing a feeling of connection with the land. These studies featured three projects: development of a land management plan for the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (Ausable Club); long-term monitoring of the Smitty Creek Watershed, located near St. Regis Mountain; and a study of factors that influence the distribution of black spruce and tamarack in the Adirondacks.

Reindeer by Roma Czerepuzko

Reindeer by Roma Czerepuzko

Winter Wonders

January 4 through March 31, head to the VIC and discover our local artist’s interpretation of this installation’s “winter” theme.