Current Exhibitions & Events

Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect

Through October 30

In celebration of the reconstruction of Thomas Cole’s Italianate studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the 2016 exhibition and the accompanying book focus on Cole’s architectural interests, and feature major works by Cole that are rarely seen in this region, including his iconic painting, The Architect’s Dream.

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A Holiday Gathering in Thomas Cole’s New Studio

Saturday, December 10, 2016 

Please join us for a special holiday event that will take place in our newest building, the reconstructed “New Studio.” Festive libations will be served starting at 5 pm in the gallery where guests will have the unique opportunity to experience the space during the winter season. You are then invited to one of six magnificent nearby private homes for a scrumptious holiday dinner, seated around a table with both old friends and new acquaintances. Your meal might be served in an 1810 home with sweeping views of the Hudson River, or a meticulously restored 18th-century stone house. All of the dinners will be lovingly prepared with the best holiday splendor in mind. We hope to welcome you at the New Studio and thank you for your support of this historic site where American Art was born.

Tickets for the cocktail portion only are $45 each. Cocktails plus dinner is $145 per person. Sponsorships are available at $500 or $1000, both including two tickets to cocktails and dinner. Seating for the dinners is extremely limited. For details please be in touch with Carrie Tuccio at

JASON MIDDLEBROOK: Nature Builds / We Cover

Through October 30 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce the start of a new series of contemporary installations entitled OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole, and the inaugural exhibition, Jason Middlebrook: Nature Builds / We Cover. The artworks are installed throughout the Main House as well as outside on the lawn.

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Guided Hikes

Visit the magnificent nearby views that are depicted in Thomas Cole’s paintings. Our guided hikes are offered from June to October, and each begins at 9 am. During other times you can pick up our guidebookvisit our free online guide at Hudson River School and visit on your own. See suggested itineraries

Guided Hikes will begin again in the spring. 


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Past Exhibitions & Events

The Raymond Beecher Memorial Lecture

October 9 at 2 pm

Taking Time to Look: The Landscape Films of Peter Hutton

by Scott MacDonald, PhD

Join Scott MacDonald, author of 14 books on independent cinema, as he presents the work of filmmaker Peter Hutton, the foremost Hudson River film artist of the past half-century, who passed away on June 25. For over thirty years MacDonald’s passion has been introducing audiences to the worlds of alternative film and video. The lecture will take place at the Arts Center Theater at the Columbia Greene Community College and a reception will follow. Lecture tickets are $9, or $8 for members.

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Support for programs at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.