Women, Land + Art

The 2023 year-long initiative across exhibitions, programs, publications, interpretation, and collections.

Special Exhibition

Women Reframe American Landscape

May 6-October 29, 2023

Women Reframe American Landscape is a two-part historic and contemporary exhibition illuminating the artistic contributions and perspectives of women.



2023 Sunday Salons speaker series

Presenting new ideas in American Art

Featuring Stephanie Sparling Williams, Heather Bruegl, Virginia Anderson, and the Class of 2023 Cole Fellows.



Publishing the transcribed journal of Maria Bartow Cole (1813-1884) for the first time and publishing the exhibition book, Women Reframe American Landscape, in partnership with Hirmer Publishers, Munich. Two additional international books on artists in the exhibition, Susie Barstow and Fidelia Bridges, will be published by Lund Humphries in London this spring.

Journal Coming Soon

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Image: Thomas Cole, Sketch of Maria Cole, c. 1838. Albany Institute of History & Art


New installations in the Main House on three women that lived and labored here: Maria Bartow Cole (1813-1884), a Black woman identified in the 1840 census as free and part of the household alongside Maria and Thomas Cole, and Sarah Cole (1805-1857).

Coming Soon


Unveiling a new installation of artwork by Sarah Cole (1805-1857) in the collection of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Coming Soon

Image: Thomas Cole, Sketch of Sarah Cole (detail), c. 1840. Albany Institute of History & Art.
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