HVAA holds an annual exhibition of oils, aqua media, pastels, graphics and sculpture in the Exhibition Galleries of invitational associations. The show is open to non-members as well as members. Awards totaling approximately $10,000 are given for meritorious works. Artist members of the Board of Directors select from non-member exhibitors whose work is outstanding and an invitation is extended to them for membership.
No forms of distorted paintings are accepted by the Hudson Valley Art Association at their exhibitions as it is the aim of the Association to preserve and encourage the character, knowledge, craftsmanship and respect for natural form, color and design which distinguish fine painting and sculpture. It is this dedication, which is symbolized by the sculpture on the home page “The Torchbearers” by Anna Hyatt Huntington, whose works are indeed exemplary of the organization’s high ideals.
The artwork should reflect a strong technical skill within the accepted practices of the medium as well as a use of material that is respectful of the subject matter. The work should be an original representational depiction of the subject matter, that is to say, of a real and recognizable subject. The subject should be depicted in an accurate manner.