On View:
October 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019

ArtsWestchester Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY

Gallery Hours:
Tue – Fri, 12-5pm | Sat 12-6pm

Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom

“Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom” is a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the shared story of the Erie Canal and the Hudson Valley brickyards. Powerful, large-scale installations and photographs commissioned especially for the exhibition are presented alongside historical artifacts, archival photographs and personal narratives related to the region’s once vital brick industry.

With its beginnings in the 1700s and New York’s early Dutch settlers, the story of brick-making in the Hudson Valley is a truly American story, rich with complex and challenging intersections of immigration, industry and innovation; of family enterprise, environmental impact and economic development. While the state’s brick industry faded after World War II, its byproducts are still present today in the cultural and physical composition of our towns and cities. Sidewalks, canal stations, municipal buildings, homes of all sizes, public works, factories and storehouses were built with Canal corridor brick.

Opening Reception: Join us Sunday, September 30 at 4pm. Details here.

Exhibition Programs: Programs will include Brick Bonds, A Bricklaying Workshop with Three Generations of Westchester Masons; Brick Hunters of the Hudson River Valley and Westchester Brick Swap; and Songs of the Brickyards, the Untold Story of Haverstraw’s African American Community. For program dates & details click here. Plus: Sign up for our events email list.

Exhibiting Artists

Julia Whitney Barnes  |  Liene Bosquê  |  Ori Carino & Ben Armas  |  Susan Cox  |  Tom Fruin  |  Jacqueline Meier  |  Christopher Payne  |  Lynda Shenkman  |  Jean-Marc Superville Sovak  |  James Tyler  |  Adam Welch

Exhibition Sponsors

Exhibition Partners

View our timeline

Click here for a historical timeline from c115,000 to modern day. 


Click here to watch oral history videos featuring Hudson Valley people whose lives are connected to bricks

Related Events