Sponsored by the United States Information Agency (USIA), an "international version" of Vassar’s 1983 exhibit All Seasons and Every Light: Nineteenth Century American Landscapes visited Mexico City, Caracas, Buenos Aires and Bogatá in the first “survey of seminal American art to tour South America.”  The exhibit included 48 paintings by Hudson River School painters Frederic E. Church, Jasper F. Crospey, Charles Moore, Sanford R. Gifford, Asher B. Durand, William Trost Richards and Aaron D. Shattuck.  The works were drawn from the Magoon Collection purchased by Matthew Vassar in 1864 from founding trustee Rev. Elias Magoon.

Jan Adlmann, the director of the Vassar College Art Gallery, selected the paintings and visited seven South American capitals in November 1986 to examine prospective sites.  "Every museum wanted [the exhibition,]" he said, "because most of these Latin American countries had a nineteenth century landscape painting tradition which parallels the United States' painting experience."  All Seasons and Every Light was the first complete exhibit sent by the college to a foreign country, and the Vassar gallery was the first college museum ever asked by USIA to circulate an exhibition in South America.  The exhibit, created by former Vassar curator Sally Mills, had toured the United States before it had returned to Poughkeepsie in 1986 for the Hudson Valley Artscape Celebration and Vassar 125th anniversary celebration.     The Miscellany News