The Heckscher Museum of Art

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 - United States





The Heckscher Museum of Art, located in Huntington’s historic Heckscher Park, has been bringing great art to Long Island since 1920.

An outstanding Permanent Collection of more than 2,500 works from the early 16th century to the present, paired with a dynamic exhibition schedule, makes The Heckscher Museum the cultural centerpiece of Long Island.


Amanda Valdez
March 21, 2020 - May 3, 2020
Contemporary artist Amanda Valdez creates brilliantly colored, patterned, and textured abstract paintings by cutting, sewing, dying, painting, and embroidering canvas and other cloth. Featuring more than a dozen paintings, including several that are among the artist’s largest, this exhibition explores Valdez’s engagement with the histories of abstraction and “women’s work” with fiber. She conjures surprising compositions through thoughtful use of different materials and modes of making. Valdez’s evocative forms, especially those that suggest the body, hint at visceral feelings and emotional states. She believes that abstraction “allows for the creation of meaning to happen in the viewer.”

Valdez was born in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn. She has worked in Guatemala and New Orleans and completed artist residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Byrdcliffe, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. In addition to a solo exhibition at the Mead Art Museum in 2016, she has shown her work in galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Tokyo. She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York City and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2020
March 21, 2020 - May 3, 2020
Don’t miss the chance to see this exhibition of extraordinary art created by young artists in the Long Island community. Each year, this arts-in-education program challenges students in grades 9 through 12 to choose a work of art in the Museum as the starting point for their own creative exploration. Hundreds of students will submit artwork, with 100 selected for display in honor of the Museum’s 100th Anniversary in 2020!

Leave your mark at the Visitor Response station, make a work of art at the “Create Your Own” area, take a selfie with our many props, and get creative using with the digital action painter.

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