We are thrilled to announce that Preservation Long Island (PLI) is the recipient of a Dean F. Failey Grant from the Decorative Arts Trust. Funding will support the production of our forthcoming book, Promoting Long Island: The Art of Edward Lange, 1870-1889.

The groundbreaking publication, scheduled for release in 2024, will focus on the 19th-century artist and designer renowned for painting landscape scenes across Long Island. The volume will be edited by PLI Curator Lauren Brincat and PLI Curatorial Fellow Peter Fedoryk, who will contribute essays along with Sarah Kautz (PLI Preservation Advocacy Director), Jennifer L, Anderson (Associate Professor of History, Stony Brook University/ SUNY), Thomas Busciglio-Ritter, Ph.D. (Curator of American Western Art, Joslyn Art Museum), and Joshua Ruff (Co-Executive Director, Collections & Programming, Long Island Museum).

The publication grew out of our Art of Edward Lange Project, a collaborative effort to reexamine the life and art of Edward Lange (1846–1912), a German immigrant and prolific painter who lived and worked on Long Island during a time of rapid societal, cultural, and infrastructural transformation. The project has generated an interactive website, pop-up and full-scale exhibitions, and multiple public events from gallery lectures to participatory community-based activities.

Edward Lange, “Lower Main Street, Northport,” 1880. Watercolor, gouache, and lead pencil on paper. Collection of Preservation Long Island, 2011.2.