San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Dr. Sandra S. Phillips, a Vassar College Art Gallery curator from February 1986 until November 1987, organized an exhibition at Vassar and Bard College on “Charmed Places: Hudson River Artists and Their Houses, Studios and Vistas.” Bard displayed paintings by the Hudson River School artists of their home environments, as well as old photographs and some architectural plans, and Vassar showed twenty new photographs taken by prominent “New Color” photographer Len Jenshel of the artists’ homes in the present day.

The exhibit was the first to explore the Hudson River School painters in relation the environment in which they created, as well as the first to discuss the link between Hudson Valley art and architecture.

Dr. Phillips was married to monotype artist Matt Phillips, the long-time head of the art department at Bard.