The Scholars’ Dinner

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Century Association, NYC

Join us for the second annual Scholars’ Dinner featuring the leading American art scholars of today and the emerging American art scholars of tomorrow.

The Scholars’ Dinner is the perfect occasion to celebrate our debt to past art historians and our obligation to mentor future ones.

Morrison H. Heckscher, Curator Emeritus of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

All proceeds from the event will underwrite the annual Cole Fellowship, a research and professional development program launching the next generation of American art scholars at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Featured Scholars


Morrison H. Heckscher

Curator Emeritus of the American Wing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Graham C. Boettcher

R. Hugh Daniel Director

Birmingham Museum in Art


Shannon Vittoria

Research Associate in the American Wing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2020 Class of Cole Fellows

Anne Comer

Hampton Des Smith

Marissa Hamm

Board of Trustees

Lisa Fox Martin, Chairman 

Warner Shook, Vice Chairman 

Sara de Swardt, Treasurer 

Marianne Lockwood, Secretary 

Asli Ay

Susan Ball

Carrie Feder

Linda Gentalen

Elizabeth B. Jacks

Nina Matis

Anne J. Miller

Stephen Shadley

Hudson Talbott

Evelyn Trebilcock

National Council

Kevin J. Avery

Tim Barringer

Annette Blaugrund

Linda S. Ferber

Ella M. Foshay

Eleanor Jones Harvey

Ashton Hawkins

Patricia Junker

Elizabeth Kornhauser

Katherine Manthorne

Barbara Novak

Paul D. Schweizer

Nancy Siegel

John R. Stilgoe

Alan Wallach


Reservations can be made online using the form below, or by calling Jennifer at 518.943.7465 x6. Please RSVP by Monday, February 3, to be listed on the printed invitation.

Read the Save the Date Letter

Asher B. Durand, Portrait of Thomas Cole, 1838. Oil on Canvas, 30 1Ž4 x 25 in. Framed: 36 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Gift of Zenas Crane, 1917.

Thomas Cole, Catskill Creek, New York, 1845. Oil on canvas, 26 ½ by 36 in. / Framed: 37 5/8 x 47 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, Gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart, S-157.

Thomas Cole, Clouds, ca. 1830s. Oil on paper laid down on canvas, 8 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Morris K. Jesup Fund, 2013 (2013.201).

Jennifer GreimScholars’ Dinner