Press Releases

2017 Season

May 2, 2017

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Opens 2017 Season with Two Landmark Exhibits

The Parlors – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site today opened its 2017 season with two new landmark exhibitions: “The Parlors” and “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills.” Click here for full press release.

April 20, 2017

Acclaimed Actor Jamie Bell is Performing the Voice of Thomas Cole in a New Immersive Installation at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that acclaimed actor Jamie Bell is performing the voice of Thomas Cole in the new immersive installation that will enable visitors to experience the historic events that took place in the parlors of Cole’s 1815 house Click here for full press release.

February 21, 2017

The Economic Impact of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Totals Nearly $1.9 Million

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the results of a study that shows that its economic impact on the local economy is $1,898,000 annually. That total – generated by 2015 data, the latest available – represents an increase of 44% since 2010 and reflects growth in visitors during that period of 54% to nearly 16,000 annually. Click here for full press release.

February 1, 2017

Thomas Cole Site announces 2017 Exhibition

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today its upcoming exhibition Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, which will open to the public on Tuesday, May 2, in the gallery of Cole’s 1846 “New Studio” and run through Sunday, October 29. Click here for full press release.

January 25, 2017

Thomas Cole Site announces Re-Opening with a New Immersive Installation

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the re-opening in May 2017 of the artist’s home with a new immersive installation that combines technology and meticulous historic restoration, featuring the earliest-known, interior decorative painting by an American artist. Click here for full press release.

2016 Season

December 15, 2016

Cole Site Awarded $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

We are pleased to announce that the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been awarded an Art Works Grant of $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 2017 exhibition Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills and accompanying catalogue. Click here for full press release.

December 13, 2016

Cole Site Awarded Grants Totaling $582,650

We are pleased to announce that the Thomas Cole National Historic Site was awarded two New York State grants through the Regional Economic Development Council totaling $582,650, furthering the transformation of the site into a national tourism destination and economic driver for the region. Click here for full press release.

October 28, 2016

Cole Fellow Presentations

On Friday October 28 at 5pm the 2016 Cole Fellows will present their latest research about Thomas Cole and the site where he made his home and work. This event will be held in the Visitor Center at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site at 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY. A reception will follow. Admission is free. Click here for full press release.

October 11, 2016

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces Launch of New Audio Tour Created with Area Teens

At the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, visitors now have the chance to tour Thomas Cole’s home and studios on their own with a narrated audio guide. The audio guide is free for all ticket-holders attending the special “explore at your own pace” hours, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2-5 pm, and was created as part of the site’s educational outreach with area teens, who worked with the staff to develop the tour. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is honored to be able to offer this guide and program, made possible with support from AT&T. Click here for full press release.

September 16, 2016

Special Event to Honor Peter Hutton Sunday, October 9, 2 pm

Annual Fall Event to Feature Lecture by Scott MacDonald and Screenings of Hutton’s Films

Join the Thomas Cole National Historic Site as we celebrate the work of Hudson River landscape filmmaker Peter Hutton at the Arts Center Theater of Columbia-Greene Community College on Sunday, October 9 at 2 pm. During his 46 years as an independent filmmaker, Hutton, who passed away on June 25, produced a remarkable body of work that demonstrates that the legacy of Thomas Cole and Hudson River School painting is very much alive, not only in modern painting, but in cinema, as well. Click here for full press release.

August 3, 2016

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announces the opening of JASON MIDDLEBROOK: Nature Builds / We Cover, the inaugural exhibition in its new series, OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole. 

Jason Middlebrook: Nature Builds / We Cover, will be on view at the Thomas Cole site August 14 – October 30. A members’ reception with the artist will be held on August 13, 3-5 pm. For this installation, Middlebrook is creating a site-specific exhibition inside the home of artist, Thomas Cole, in collaboration with the Thomas Cole site’s curator Kate Menconeri. This solo project, installed in conversation with works by Cole already within the house, will feature a selection of Middlebrook’s signature hardwood plank paintings and debut new works on paper, made for the occasion, that draw on Cole’s sketches of trees. Middlebrook lives and works in the Hudson Valley and has had solo shows at MASS MoCA and the New Museum, among other national and international venues. Click here for full press release.

January 21, 2016

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces the Inaugural Art Exhibition in its “New Studio” Building: Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect. 

Curated by noted scholar Annette Blaugrund, the exhibition focuses on Cole’s little-known architectural endeavors and is planned to include paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, and Toledo Museum of Art, among others. The New Studio, designed by Cole in the 1840s, has been reconstructed and now offers state-of-the-art, museum-quality, exhibition space for the first time. Click here for full press release.


2015 Season

September 11, 2015

OVER $600,000 AWARDED FOR INTERIOR RESTORATION AND EXHIBITS

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. As an integral part of the project, the rooms will be infused with interactive exhibits that enable visitors to enter and engage with the story of Thomas Cole. Click here for the full press release.

See The Painting Beneath the Historic Paint here. 

July 1, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER VISITS THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE TO UNVEIL NEWLY DISCOVERED DECORATIVE PAINTING BY COLE

Senator Charles Schumer today visited the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to unveil newly discovered decorative painting by Thomas Cole, the seminal 19th-century artist who is considered the founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, the nation’s first major art movement. The decorative painting adorning the walls of the East and West Parlors was discovered during a paint analysis of the walls of the 1815 Main House that was Thomas Cole’s home. Click here for the full Press Release

February 11, 2015

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home opens May 3, 2015

 “RIVER CROSSINGS” EXHIBITION WILL BRING CONTEMPORARY ART BY WORLD-RENOWNED ARTISTS BACK TO THE HOMES WHERE DISTINCTLY AMERICAN ART WAS BORN, CREATING AN UNPRECEDENTED EXPERIENCE

We are excited to announce our 2015 exhibition, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, presented in partnership with Olana, featuring contemporary art installed directly into the historic spaces and landscapes of the two historic sites. The exhibition is curated by the artist Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld, PhD. Artists in the exhibition include Romare Bearden, Elijah Burgher, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Lynn Davis, Jerry Gretzinger, Don Gummer, Duncan Hannah, Stephen Hannock, Valerie Hegarty, Angie Keefer with Kara Hamilton and Kianja Strobert, Charles LeDray, Maya Lin, Frank Moore, Elizabeth Murray, Rashaad Newsome, Thomas Nozkowski, Stephen Petegorsky, Martin Puryear, Cindy Sherman, Sienna Shields, Kiki Smith, Joel Sternfeld, Letha Wilson, and Elyn Zimmerman, in addition to selected complementary work by Thomas Cole and Frederic Church from the permanent collections. Click here for the full press release.


2014 Season

July 2, 2014

Summer Exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

STANLEY MALTZMAN | Thomas Cole’s Honey 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce a summer exhibition and birthday celebration for a very special tree that turns 200 years old this year. The exhibition entitled Thomas Cole’s Honey with new artworks by the beloved artist Stanley Maltzman will open July 26 with a reception that is free and open to the public from 4:30 to 6 pm. The exhibition will run through October 2, 2014.Click here for details.

June 10 2014

Open Call to Artists / Postcards from the Trail 

Artists are invited to make a painting or drawing of one of the 22 sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail for inclusion in the third annual “Postcards from the Trail” exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on Sunday September 28, 2014View the full press release here.

January 2014

Exhibition Announcement: Frederic Church Returns to Cedar Grove

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce our 2014 exhibition: Master, Mentor, Master – Thomas Cole & Frederic Church. This never before presented exhibition tells the story of one of the most important teacher-student relationships in the history of American art – that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his student – successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900). … View the Full Announcement.


2013 Season

June 15, 2013

Open Call to Artists

Artists are invited to participate in the second annual exhibition and sale entitled “Postcards from the Trail 2013” that will take place at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on September 8. … View the full announcement.

January 10, 2013

Albert Bierstadt to Visit Thomas Cole in 2013

On Sunday, April 28th the Thomas Cole National Historic Site celebrates the opening of the 2013 exhibition Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England … View the full announcement.


2012 Season

May 16, 2012

Renowned Hudson River School Art Trail More Than Doubles in Size

Extraordinary Art Trail, combining nature and culture, grows to 17 Sites in New York, two in New Hampshire, two in Wyoming, and one in Massachusetts… View the full announcement.

May 21, 2012

Multiple Public Events Will Celebrate the Opening of the Expanded Hudson River School Art Trail
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a series of five public events that will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, to celebrate the opening of the expansion of the renowned Hudson River School Art Trail… View the full announcement.

April 2012

New Exhibition on Louis Rémy Mignot
Curated by Katherine E. Manthorne, this is the first major solo show of Louis Rémy Mignot (1831-1870) in over two decades. The exhibition will offer an intimate look at the work of this young, Charleston-born artist who painted in the style of the Hudson River School – and whose tragic life story is as captivating as his landscape paintings… View the full announcement.


2011 Season

May 2011

Now Recruiting Guides for the Hudson River School Art Trail
We are now recruiting people who love hiking, walking, and the great outdoors to conduct guided hikes during the season May through October along the beautiful Hudson River School Art Trail in the Catskill Mountains. View the full announcement.

February 2011

Position Opening, Now Hiring Part-Time Curator
We are now accepting applications for the position of part-time curator to assist with three main areas: the collection, the exhibitions gallery, and the “Cole Fellows” program. The gallery work is primarily during the winter months, the Fellows work occurs in the warmer months, and collections management is year-round. View the full announcement.

January 2011

New Exhibition on Robert S. Duncanson, the First Major African-American Landscape Painter
On May 1, a new exhibition opens at the Thomas Cole Historic Site featuring the work of a 19th-century landscape painter influenced by Thomas Cole who was also the first African-American artist to gain international renown. View the press release.


2010 Season

 

August 2010

Position Opening, Now Hiring Executive Assistant
We are now accepting applications for the position of Executive Assistant at the Thomas Cole Historic Site. View the full announcement.

April 2010

“True American Luminist” to Speak at Thomas Cole Historic Site
April 11 at 2pm, internationally known artist Stephen Hannock will speak at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. The title of his talk is “Thomas Cole with a Power Sander.” After his talk, Mr. Hannock will sign copies of a large new book about his artwork. View the Press Release.

January 2010

New Exhibition: “Remember the Ladies: Women Artists of the Hudson River School”
The Thomas Cole Historic Site is pleased to present a new exhibition, “Remember the Ladies: Women Artists of the Hudson River School,” the first known exhibition in the United States to focus solely on the women artists associated with the 19th century landscape painting movement. View the Press Release.


2009 Season

March 2009

New Exhibition of Hudson River Views at Thomas Cole Historic Site
Celebrating Quadricentennial with Paintings of the Hudson River School. The Thomas Cole Historic Site is delighted to present a new exhibition entitled River Views of the Hudson River School exploring the subject of the Hudson River in the landscape paintings of major figures of the 19th century including Thomas Cole, Sanford Gifford, and Jasper Cropsey. The exhibition launches on May 2, 2009, and is the sixth annual presentation of Hudson River School masterpieces at the Thomas Cole Site. View the Press Release.


 

2008 Season

September 2008

Major Speaker Event features Timothy Barringer
The Third Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture is on Saturday, October 25th at 4pm, featuring Dr. Timothy Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor at the Yale University Department of the History of Art. View the Press Release.

August 2008

Symposium Celebrates Interns at Thomas Cole House
The Thomas Cole Site celebrates the contribution of its interns – both past and present – with an afternoon of presentations by students from Bard College, Mount Holyoke College, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, and Williams College, exploring their ideas on topics relating to Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. View the Press Release.

April 2008

New Exhibition: Thomas Cole’s “Sketch” Paintings
The Thomas Cole Site launches the 2008 season with an exhibition of rarely seen “oil sketches” by Thomas Cole featuring studies for several well known Cole paintings including the study for his iconic painting of Kaaterskill Falls. View the Press Release.

February 2008

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Hosts Open House for Prospective Docents
Do you love history and art? Do you like interacting with people? Interested in the life and works of the 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of art? Want to play a role in preserving and telling the story of his home at Cedar Grove? View the Press Release.


 

2007 Season

September 2007

Thomas Cole Historic Site Awarded $320,900 From the National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a grant award of $320,900 for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site through the “Interpreting America’s Historic Places” program, which supports public humanities projects that exploit the evocative power of historic places to address themes and issues central to American history and culture. View the Press Release.

April 2007

Asher B. Durand: Intimate Observations
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce the 2007 exhibition at Cedar Grove, Asher B. Durand: Intimate Observations, which continues a series of exhibitions exploring significant figures in 19th-century American landscape painting. View the Press Release.

February 2007

Lost Painting Found!
A Tale of Conservation

On Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m., the “Sunday Salon” at Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, will feature Elise Effmann, former assistant conservator of paintings at the Kimbell Art Museum and now a paintings conservator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. View the Press Release.

 


2006 Season

July 2006

Beautiful Party, Record Fundraising, at the 2006 “Pic-Nic” 
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site held their third annual summer party at Cedar Grove on Saturday July 29th, raising a record amount of funds for their operations. View the Press Release.

May 2006

New Website a guide to historic views
A new way to tour the historic Hudson Valley is now online, weaving art history and enjoyment of the outdoors into a single experience. View the Press Release.

February 2006

Thomas Cole Historic Site Presents a New Exhibition.
Jasper Cropsey: Interpreting Nature in America

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce the 2006 exhibition at Cedar Grove, continuing a series of exhibitions focusing on significant figures in the rise of 19th-century American landscape painting. View the Press Release.


2005 Season

September 2005

Cedar Grove announces the Fall Schedule of Sunday Salons
This fall, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site presents an internationally renowned scholar, a tasting of authentic Hudson Valley farm products, and a Broadway acting star in its lineup of programming. View the Press Release.

March 2005

Official Launch of the Hudson River School Art Trail
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Mountain Top Historical Society team up for a weekend of special events, June 4-5, 2005. View the Press Release.

January 2005

George Inness: Paintings
A New Exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Opening May 1, 2005. View the Press Release.

 


2004 Season

 

September 2004

Minetta Brook and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site present VIEW, an exhibition by Matts Leiderstam
Minetta Brook and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site present a special exhibition by Matts Leiderstam titled View in Thomas Cole’s “Old Studio” at Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York. The opening reception will take place on Sunday, October 3, 2004 from 11am to 3pm as part of the ribbon-cutting celebration and public opening for the “Old Studio,” which was constructed in 1839, and has recently undergone a major restoration. View the Press Release.

Announcing the public opening, ribbon-cutting, and celebration of Thomas Cole’s Storehouse Studio
The public is invited to join the celebration, tour the studio, and enjoy music, refreshments, and a variety of special exhibitions and presentations from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. Congressman John Sweeney will be the honorary chair of the event, in recognition of his role in preserving this important National Historic Landmark. Admission is free. Thomas Cole’s Storehouse Studio, often called the “Old Studio,” was constructed in 1839 when he was commissioned to create his famous “Voyage of Life” series.

The restoration of the Old Studio is made possible by a grant from “Save America’s Treasures”, the Catskill-Olana Scenic Mitigation Fund, and Benjamin Moore & Co.

 

June 8, 2004

Cedar Grove offers hikes back in time

It is the views of the Catskill Mountains and their surrounding wilderness that inspired the first exclusively American art movement, known as the Hudson River School . Although the artists of this style worked in the early 19th century, many of the glorious vistas they depicted are still as pristine and untouched today as they were then. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is hosting a series of hikes that will allow participants to follow the footsteps of these painters and experience the sights, sounds, and sensations that influenced them.

 

May 2, 2004

Cedar Grove’s fourth season accented by collaborative projects
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site opens its doors to the public Saturday, May 1, for its fourth season of public tours. Along with new exhibitions and exciting programs, visitors will benefit from a new spirit of collaboration at the Catskill home of the founder of the Hudson River School of art. View the Press Release.

 

March 29, 2004

Paintings by Ralph Albert Blakelock coming to Thomas Cole National Historic Site
American painter Ralph A. Blakelock (1847-1919), one of the most celebrated artists of the late 19th century, will be the focus of the season-opening exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. View the Press Release.

December, 2003

Former Marketing Director of Whitney Museum Hired at Cedar Grove

The Board of Governors of Cedar Grove has announced that Elizabeth B. Jacks, the former marketing director for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City , has been hired to be the new Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill , NY. View the Press Release.

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