News – Selected Highlights


Connecting with the Land

By James D. Balestrieri, American Fine Art Magazine, Issue 33, May/June 2017 

One of the many cool aspects of Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, a new exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York, is the “walking-and-driving-experience” that allows visitors to see the very views that inspired…Read entire article

Thomas Cole murals uncovered on walls of Catskills home in New York State

The Independent, March 9, 2017 

Not only did Thomas Cole paint the lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement of the 19th century, he also painted on the walls of his home. Lost beneath layers of paint for more than a century, the patterned borders below the celings were rediscovered…Read entire article

Lost art of Thomas Cole uncovered in his NY home

Associated Press, March 8, 2017 

Watch the video here. 

Our view: Tourism gains momentum

The Register-Star, February 23, 2017

Nine years ago, the Olana National Historic Site in Greenport potted about $8 million for the local economy. Jump ahead to 2016, and the THomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill pulled in almost $2 million…Read entire article

Cole House, Olana have pumped million into local economy

By Daniel Zuckerman, The Daily Mail, February 22, 2017

The Thomas Cole Historic Site announced Tuesday that results of an economic impact study show that the site has a nearly $1.9 million impact on the county, up 44 percent from a previous 2010 study…Read entire article

Follow the Footsteps of the first American artists

Group Tour Magazine, February 20, 2017

It might be hard to imagine, but in the early 19th century the concept of being an American and creating Amercican art was not well recognized. Many American artists were searching for a style of art they could call their own. Then along came Thomas Cole (1801-1848)…Read entire article

A sneak preview of the Thomas Cole House restoration

By Geddy Sveikauskas, Hudson Valley One, February 19, 2017

Thomas Cole’s home on Spring Street in Catskill has left behind its near-death experience of the 1970s and as an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the National Park Service has been engaged in a recovery that would have seemed miraculous a generation ago…Read entire article

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site to Host Exhibition of 19-th Century Landscape Painter Sanford Gifford

ArtfixDaily, February 1, 2017

The exhibition will focus on his paintings of the Catskills – with works loaned by Harvard, Yale, and other leading institutions; it is curated by Dr. Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art…Read entire article

Thomas Cole Site details changes coming with May reopening

By Tim Blydenburgh, Albany Times Union, January 25, 2017 

Through hidden audio and moving-graphics presentations, visitors will be able to hear the thoughts of Thomas Cole (1801-48) and the historic conversations that took place in the parlors of his 1815 home, where America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of painting, was founded…Read entire article

My View: Transforming the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

By Betsy Jacks, The Daily Mail, January 13, 2017 

The home of the landscape artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) in Catskill has been of major cultural significance since he lived there, and it became a National Historic Site in 1998. The opportunity now is to transform it into a destination renowned worldwide as the birthplace of American art…Read entire article


The Bibliophilist, Thomas Cole: Artist as Architect

By Valerie A. Balint

To stand in the brand-new building where Thomas Cole: Artist as Architect is on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York is to take in the splendor of a soaring ceiling and rich red walls, replete with a visual feast of drawings, paintings, architectural renderings and books, all of which explore Cole’s lifelong interest in architecture… Read entire article

Schumer pushing for two new historic restoration projects

By Andrew Banas

At the foot of the Catskills lays a house that is over 200-years-old, but the people who work there say they are still finding new surprises every day…“We were interested in restoring these rooms to the way it looked when Thomas Cole lived here,” Jacks said. So, they hired a painter to help. “But what he found was really extraordinary,” Jacks said… Read entire article and watch video

Cole House Finds Art in Audio 

By Greg Hudson

Curators at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill have unveiled a new audio program which will enable visitors to experience a guided tour of the site at their own pace… Read entire article

Nature Builds/We Cover at Thomas Cole House


Nature Builds/We Cover” at Thomas Cole House. Brightening up the old place. Exhibit features work of artist who blends sculpture, painting. Nature Builds/We Cover” makes the younger man’s work surprising and fresh again… Read entire article

The Painter Thomas Cole, and His Architectural Ambitions

By Joyce Beckenstein, The New York Times – May 27, 2016

This year, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site celebrates the construction of Cole’s New Studio, a replica built upon the footprint of the original building, and according to the artist’s architectural plan. The space’s inaugural exhibition, “Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect,” through Oct. 30, is a pleasant surprise… Read entire article

Thomas Cole as Architect Exhibit to Open at Artist’s NY Home


The inaugural exhibit has been announced for a reconstructed building located at the upstate New York home of the founder of the Hudson River School of art.

Officials at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill say the exhibit will focus on the landscape artist’s little-known contributions to American architecture. Cole, who died in 1848, was one of the designers of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus…. Read entire article 


Over $600K Awarded to Thomas Cole Site for Interior Restoration

By Artfix Daily – September 14, 2015

Periwinkle blue walls in the foyer, lavender walls in the West Parlor, a red and gold carpet with pyramids and birds-of-paradise, and hand-painted borders by Thomas Cole himself on the walls … . These are some of the elements of the original décor of the first-floor rooms of Cole’s 1815 home that will be restored as a result of two major federal grants that were recently awarded to the Thomas Cole Historic Site: $460,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services…. Read entire article  

Thomas Cole’s Art Studio to Be Recreated

by Eve M. Kahn, The New York Times – July 23, 2015

The 19th-century painter Thomas Cole built an art studio with gingerbread woodwork and Hudson River views in Catskill, N.Y., but he enjoyed it for only a year or so before his death in 1848. Some brick and wooden fragments survive from the building, which was torn down in the early 1970s, while his nearby house, known as Cedar Grove, has been preserved as the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. This summer, contractors are finishing a reproduction of Cole’s design on the studio’s original foundation, basing it on vintage photos, sketches and paintings… Read entire article

Funds secured to restore wall paintings by Thomas Cole 

By WNYT Staff, WNYT – July 18, 2015

19th century Landscape artist Thomas Cole made his home in Catskill. His homestead surrounded by the beauty of the mountain range that was the subject of much of his art. But nobody knew that inside the home, Cole surrounded himself with art as well.  At least, until they were trying to figure out the original color of the parlor… Watch video

Restorer unearths historic paintings hidden in home of American master

by Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post – July 2, 2015

It was supposed to be just a quick paint job, a few days at most. But when refurbisher Matthew Mosca began chipping away at decades of old paint coating the walls in the historic home of artist Thomas Cole, he was startled to discover a tangle of delicate designs buried beneath. “You’re not going to believe this, but there’s actually hand-painted drapery and thorns on the wall here,”… Read entire article

Unknown Thomas Cole Paintings Found at His Home

By Nate Schweber, The New York Times – July 1, 2015

CATSKILL, N.Y. — Late last year, Matthew J. Mosca, a specialist in historic paint finishes, gazed up at what looked like a scrap of wallpaper. It was jutting up from an old coat of red paint covering the walls of a pantry inside the yellow-brick farmhouse where the 19th-century artist Thomas Cole displayed paintings that revolutionized American ideas about art and wilderness. But when Mr. Mosca climbed a ladder, he found it was not wallpaper, but a bold black decorative pattern… Read entire article


Landscape Painting Discovered on Wall in Former Thomas Cole Home 


CATSKILL, N.Y. – There’s a new historic discovery in Greene County. Imagine chipping away at paint prepping to throw a new coat on, and discovering a priceless work of art. That’s what happened at the old residence of Thomas Cole. Now, Senator Chuck Schumer is asking for about $600,000 from The National Endowment for the Humanities to get the rest of that painting uncovered and restored…. Watch video

Also read: Thomas Cole and the Decorative Arts  

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‘River Crossings’ a Contemporary Art Exhibition at 2 Historic Sites of the Hudson River School

By Daniel Van Benthuysen, The New York Times – May 28, 2015

WHEN warm weather arrives, artists by the hundreds, including me, venture outside with paint boxes and portable easels…. Read entire article

Olana, Thomas Cole site team up for an artsy house party

By Amy Biancolli, The Albany Times Union – May 1, 2015

When Thomas Cole and Frederic Church open their homes to a contemporary art exhibit on Sunday, the hosts will be nowhere to be seen. They did, after all, die in 1848 and 1900. But they’ll still be chatting up a storm… Read entire article

Additional Exhibition Coverage for “River Crossings”: 

The Wall Street Journal
The Rogovoy Report
ABC News: New and Now: Lilac Fests, Hudson River Art, Night Exhibit
Stephen Hannock sets the stage for “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home”
Artist Pension Trust
Word Pond Blog
The Barlow Hotel Blog
PACE Gallery-Thomas Nozkowski
River Crossings Exhibit Brings Contemporary Art to the Mid-Hudson
I Love Hudson
Jerry Gretzinger highlights his work for River Crossings 
Contemporary Exhibit Set For Thomas Cole, Olana Sites
Catskill unveils proposal for cross-Hudson shuttle
New York Times- Cedar Grove, Peabody Essex and Other Niche Museums Foray Into Contemporary Art
Spectre Arts- “Contemporary Artists Head North to Pay Homage to the Hudson Valley’s Artistic Past”
Greene County Council on the Arts
Auction Central News- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” 
On the Scene- “Olana and Thomas Cole to Host Joint Exhibition, River Crossings
New York Times- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit”
Metro Pictures Gallery- Cindy Sherman
Catskill Daily Mail- “OUR VIEW: Mr. Cole and Mr. Church, together again”
Register Star- “Cole, Church to Meet in the Abstract”
Hyperallergic “Art Movements”
New York Observer- “Contemporary Artists Head North to Pay Homage to the Hudson Valley’s Artistic Past” (AP)
New Jersey Herald- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Troy Record- “New York State News In Brief: Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Art Exhibit”
Saratogian- “New York State News In Brief: Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Art Exhibit” “Landmark Contemporary Art Exhibition Opening May 2015?
Yahoo! News- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
ABC News- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
The Washington Post- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Newsday- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Minneapolis Star Tribune- “2 New York historic sites linked to Hudson River School hosting contemporary art exhibit” (AP)
Tampa Tribune- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
San Antonio Express News- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
The Washington Times- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP) AP Story from Yahoo! News AP Story from New York Observer
Daily Freeman- “Thomas Cole, Olana historic sites to host contemporary art exhibit” (AP)
Glens Falls Post-Star “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
The Daily Star (Oneonta)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Winnipeg Free Press- “2 New York historic sites linked to Hudson River School hosting contemporary art exhibit” (AP)
Times Herald-Record (Middletown)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Beaumont (TX) Enterprise- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (ID)- “Art going on exhibit at Hudson Valley sites” (AP)
WRAL-TV (Raleigh-Durham)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
CBS6-TV (Albany, NY)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
WHAM-TV (Rochester, NY)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
WNYT-TV (Albany, NY)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
WTEN-TV News 10 (Albany, NY)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
WISH-TV (Indianapolis, IN)- “Hudson River Historic Sites Hosting Contemporary Art Exhibit” (AP)
Albany Times Union- “Cole, Church sites open doors: Contemporary artists join 19th century works for project”
Albany Times Union – Online “Chuck Close, Maya Lin, others in upcoming exhibit crossing the Hudson”


Exhibition coverage for Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church

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About Town:–Frederic-Church

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Coco Todo:

Questroyal Fine Art:

Daily Voice:

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June 2013

Albert Bierstadt’s Paintings Now at Thomas Cole Site

By Annette Blaugrund, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Albert Bierstadt! The name immediately conjures up monu­mental vistas of America’s Far West. Even in his 1902 obitu­ary, the only hint that this artist ever worked in the East was the title of one painting, On the Saco, New Hampshire. Today, as in 1902, Bierstadt is best remembered for his dramatic and atmospheric paintings of the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, California, Wyoming, and Colorado. The focus of this article, however, is on Bierstadt’s lesser-known landscape paintings of New York and New England… Read entire article

April 2013

Hudson River Schooling

By Ralph Gardner Jr., The Wall Street Journal – April 29, 2013

My summer plans are set: I’m going to follow the Hudson River School Art Trail. Actually, it’s not quite as ambitious an undertaking as it might sound, such as traversing the full length of the Appalachian Trail which runs between Georgia and Maine. I suspect I can do it in an afternoon or two… Read entire article

April 2010

Grand Romance

By Jenna Lundin, VOGUE Magazine – April 27, 2010

Writings about New York’s celebrated Hudson River School—the nineteenth-century pioneers of American landscape painting that reached its heyday in the mid 1800’s—rarely mention the female contingent that painted alongside such famous male practitioners as Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, and Frederic Church. Now, for the first time, an exhibition opening Sunday at the Thomas Cole historic site in Catskill, New York, will focus exclusively on the women of the movement… Read entire article

Women Artists of the Hudson River School

By Jennifer Krieger, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine

The achievements of these women—who broke the bounds of imposed gender restrictions to carve out lives of accomplishment, adventure and independence—appear all the more extraordinary when one considers the historical and social context within which they took place… Read entire article


Taking in the Views That Led to Great Art

By Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times – October 9, 2009

A hiker can follow the Hudson River School Art Trail and wind up at the sites that inspired some of America’s important early works… Read entire article

River Views of the Hudson River School

By Elizabeth B. Jacks, American Art Review

Only ten years ago, Thomas Cole’s home stood in ruins. The graceful Federal style 1815 Main House was shedding roof shingles with each gust of wind, and a pool of water filled the basement after pipes had frozen and burst. … Read entire article


A Natural Canvas

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon, The Boston Globe

CATSKILL, N.Y. In the typical Hudson River School painting, masses of cumulus clouds rise above an outsize vista of river and mountains. We always figured that those scenes were embellished by artistic license until we visited the painters’ haunts where the northern Catskill Mountains meet the Hudson River Valley.

As we crossed the Hudson on the high bridge at Castleton, the scenery was in our faces. We looked downriver past Rattlesnake and Coxsackie islands, and saw heaps of…Read entire article… (1303 words)


The Hudson River School

By Susan Catto, The New York Times

We want to see some of the sights that the Hudson River School painted, if any of those places still exist. Can you suggest an itinerary, book or pamphlet that would guide us? Read entire article

Found underground

By Bonnie Langston, Daily Freeman – January 21, 2005

The next Sunday salon at the Catskill home of Thomas Cole, founder of the famed 19th-century Hudson River School of painting, will be led by a man who learned of the artist a relatively short time ago and in a rather unusual venue – a New York City subway stop. Read entire article


Restored studio paints a life

By Timothy Cahill, Times Union – September 19, 2004

“Do you know that I have got a new painting-room?” wrote Thomas Cole to fellow painter Asher B. Durand near the end of 1839. “It answers pretty well … and being removed from the noise and bustle of the house, is really charming.” Read entire article

Inside the artist’s studio: Cole’s work space being restored

By Jonathan Ment, Daily Freeman – September 12, 2004

An old barn behind the Thomas Cole house on Spring Street in Catskill has been an antiques shop, an apartment house and, yes, a residence for animals. Read entire article

An American Virtuoso of Urgent visions

Timothy Cahill, Times Union – August 15, 2004

“To walk with nature as a poet,” wrote Thomas Cole, “is the necessary condition of a perfect artist.” Read entire article

Cole’s 19th-century art studio getting a facelift

Fred Johnsen, Daily Freeman – March 6, 2004

Thomas Edison had Menlo Park, Theodore Roosevelt had Sagamore Hill, and within these places were “inner sanctums.” For Edison his laboratory, for Roosevelt his trophy room. Read entire article

rootNews – Selected Highlights