A Groundbreaking New Exhibition

Women Reframe American Landscape

Susie Barstow & Her Circle 

Contemporary Practices

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Women, Land + Art

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

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New TV Series on Thomas Cole

Announcing a new tv series on Thomas Cole on WMHT PBS featuring our work. The 10-episode series, “Reframing an Empire,” looks at Cole’s profound influence on American history, including what was left out of his iconic Hudson River School landscape paintings.

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Thomas Cole Paintings on View

Spectacular original paintings by Thomas Cole are on view in the artist’s home this season.


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New exhibition: Women Reframe American Landscape

Immersive Digital Installations

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Cole Center Groundbreaking

with Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado, Empire State Development, and additional elected officials and supporters

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Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was an American artist and early environmentalist. He was an economic migrant and the founder of this nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

Visit Cole’s historic home and studios in the landscape that inspired it all.

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Things to See and Do

Explore Thomas Cole’s historic home, studios, and grounds, hike to one of the places in nature that he painted, see major exhibitions of 19th-century and contemporary art, browse the gift shop, take in a lecture, or celebrate at one of our special events.  Learn about all there is to see and do here.

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Learn About the Catskills and Hudson Valley

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is situated between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, and is surrounded by cultural and scenic attractions in an area known for its history and its beauty.

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Cover slide show photo credits: 1: Rachel Stults, 2: Devin Pickering, 3: Escape Brooklyn, 4: Peter Aaron, 5: Zio & Sons, 6 & 7: Peter Aaron, 8: Vincent M. Picone, 9 & 10: Zio & Sons, 11: Andrew von Urtz
Digital Installation: Tasha Hurley