Visitor Center

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The Visitor Center at the Thomas Cole site is located in part of an 1839 barn that was used as a storehouse for the farm operations at Cole’s home in Catskill. The other part of the building contains Thomas Cole’s “Old Studio”, the workspace that the artist used from 1839 to 1846, before his “New Studio” was completed. The charming 19th-century building with wide floorboards, exposed beams and the original bare wood walls on all sides, was restored to its original appearance in 2004. The Visitor Center now contains a great variety of books and gifts, public restrooms, and a welcome desk where visitors can purchase tickets and get information about their visit.

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Sunday Salon Lecture Series

Each year during the months of January through April, we offer lectures once per month on Sundays at 2 pm, bringing you engaging speakers who discuss topics related to the Hudson River School. Tickets are $9 or $8 for members, and each talk is followed by a reception. This year, for the first time, the lectures will be held in our brand-new building, the New Studio, which Cole himself designed. To celebrate its rebirth, the 2016 Sunday Salons and the 2016 exhibition will address the topic of Cole as architect. Learn more about the New Studio.

April 10, 2016

Wanda M. Corn
Artists’ Homes and Studios as Archive and Romance

Join nationally renowned art historian Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, as she explores American artists’ homes and studios that, like the Cole property, have been preserved and opened to the public. She asks what these special places can teach us about the creative process and the history of art. Dr. Corn, chair of the advisory council for the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a scholar of late 19th– and early 20th-century American art and photography. Active as a visiting curator and scholar, she has produced numerous books and exhibitions, including The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935.

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Employment at the Thomas Cole Site

Join Our Team

To work at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is to be part of a team of excited and committed professionals, each with his or her own role to play in realizing our collective goals. Learn about our open employment opportunities below. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Press Releases

2021 Season

Thomas Cole Site and Olana Take “Cross Pollination” Beyond the Galleries

Catskill and Hudson, NY – August 19, 2021 – The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site are engaging the public in a series of events in the Hudson Valley that expand on their current collaborative exhibition, “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment,” which runs through October 31. … Read the release.

Major Collaborative Exhibition “Cross Pollination” Opens at Olana State Historic Site and Thomas Cole National Historic Site in New York’s Hudson River Skywalk Region

Contemporary Art, Acclaimed 19th-Century Paintings, and Ecology Collide in this Examination of the Artist Martin Johnson Heade’s Series of Hummingbird Paintings, The Gems of Brazil (1863-64), and Their Unique Relationship to the Epic Landscapes of Hudson River School Artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as Their Continued Significance to Contemporary Artists Working Today.

Co-Organized by the two Historic Sites in New York and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Exhibition Features Work by Contemporary Artists Including Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Vik Muniz.

Catskill and Hudson, NY – June 14, 2021 – The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the opening of “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment” at the two historic sites … Read the release.

Summer of Pollination to Unfold at Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley

The Season-Long Celebration Offers Activities That Explore the Dynamic of Pollination and Expand on the Landmark Collaborative Exhibition “Cross Pollination” Opening June 12

Catskill and Hudson, NY – June 3, 2021 – The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today than an entire “Summer of Pollination” will unfold at the two historic sites… Read the release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Named Finalist for 2021 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Catskill, N.Y. —March 18, 2021— The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is a… Read the release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces “Spring Lights,” A New Outdoor Nighttime Walk-Through Public Program in Catskill, New York, Inspired by the Artist Thomas Cole (1801- 1848) and His Love of Nature.

The New Experience Includes a Building-Wide Projection by Contemporary Artist Brian Kenny and Immersive Light & Sound Environments Designed by Clerestory Light, a leading “Son et Lumière” Creative Agency. The Experience Features Audio of Thomas Cole’s Writing, Brought to Life by the Film Actor Jamie Bell.

Thanks to Underwriter Support, the Ticketed Experience Includes Free Community Fridays Starting Friday, April 16.

Catskill, NY – Wednesday, March 17 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a new outdoor nighttime walk-through public program called “Spring Lights”… Read the release.

Contemporary Art, Acclaimed 19th-Century Paintings, and Ecology Collide at the Opening of a Major Collaborative Exhibition “Cross Pollination” in June at both the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site in New York’s Hudson River Skywalk Region

The National Project was Conceived in the Hudson Valley and Stems from the Artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-Century Series of Hummingbird Paintings, The Gems of Brazil, and Their Unique Relationship to the Epic Landscapes of Hudson River School Artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as Their Continued Significance to Contemporary Artists Working Today.

Co-Organized by the two Historic Sites in New York and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Exhibition will also Feature Work by Contemporary Artists Including Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Vik Muniz.

Catskill and Hudson, NY March 1, 2021 – The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment” will open on June 12 at the two historic sites – the only opportunity to see the unique presentation of the exhibition in New York, in the landscapes and historic spaces that so dramatically influenced and continue to influence the evolution of art in America. For the first time… Read the release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Awarded Two Prestigious Federal Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowments for the Arts

The National Awards will Support the Site’s New Digital Education Initiative using American Art to Teach American History and its World-Class Special Exhibition in 2022 with a Guest Curator from the National Gallery of Art

Catskill, NY – February 22, 2021 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it has been awarded two federal grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA). The highly competitive national awards support… Read the release.

The Thomas Cole Site’s Annual “Sunday Salons” Series Returns for its Eighteenth Year on Sunday, January 17, Reimagined to Stream Live Online

The Series of Talks Presents Leading Thinkers on Timely Topics Related to American Art and Landscape

Catskill, NY – January 11, 2021 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s annual “Sunday Salons” series returns for its eighteenth year this Sunday, January 17 at 2 pm. Read the release.

2020 Season

Four-State Initiative Launches Major Exhibition “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment” – Exploring Cross Pollination in Art and Nature from 19th Century to Today

Thomas Cole National Historic Site in New York, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site in New York, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas Announce their Collaborative Exhibition and Multiple Events Coinciding with the Opening at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, Followed by Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC

The Exhibition and Accompanying Book Feature Artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-Century Series of Hummingbird and Habitat Paintings, The Gems of Brazil, Related Rarely Seen Paintings by Hudson River School Artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church and Their Daughters Emily and Isabel, and Major Related Works by Leading Contemporary Artists

Hudson & Catskill, NY and Bentonville, AR October 22, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana, and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art announced today a four-state initiative to launch the major exhibition “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Read the release. 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces the Gift of a Thomas Cole Masterpiece from Susan Warner, Chairman of the Board of the Warner Foundation The Painting – One of Thomas Cole’s Earliest – Will be the Focus of an October 20 Virtual Lecture by the Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art

Catskill, NY – October 8, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the gift of a Thomas Cole masterpiece from Susan Warner, Chairman of the Board of the Warner Foundation, founded by the late, legendary art collector Jack Warner. The painting… Read the release. 

Announcing Premiere Virtual Screening of Short Film Interviewing Acclaimed Contemporary Artist Shi Guorui. The Event Will Include a Live Q & A with the Artist and Thomas Cole Site Curator Kate Menconeri.

The Virtual Screening Will Take Place on Tuesday, September 22, on the One Year Anniversary of the Opening of Shi Guorui’s Solo Exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and his Performance Artwork “1.7 Mile Lights.”

 Shi Guorui is Internationally Celebrated for his Large-Scale Camera Obscura Photographs. He Created a New Body of Work for his 2019 Solo Exhibition at the Thomas Cole Site That Pays Homage to Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Founder of American Landscape Painting.

Catskill, NY – Sept 10, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a premiere virtual screening event for a short film interviewing the acclaimed contemporary artist Shi Guorui. Read the release. 

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces New Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station, the First in Catskill, NY, To Complete Phase 1 of Site-Wide Greening Initiative 

The Greening Initiative Carries on the Proto-Environmentalist Legacy of the Artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848). The EV Charger was Supported by a Generous Individual Gift.

Catskill, NY – Aug 18, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a new public electric vehicle charging station installed in the parking lot at the historic site in Catskill, New York. Read the release. 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces the Opening of “The Pollinator Pavilion” – A New Public Artwork by Internationally Renowned Contemporary Artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood 

“The Pollinator Pavilion” Provides a Fantastical Architectural Setting that Offers Miraculous Moments in which Individuals can Encounter Hummingbirds while Exploring a Nurturing Relationship with Nature  

Catskill, NY – August 11, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the opening of The Pollinator Pavilion, a new outdoor architectural sculpture designed specifically for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site by internationally acclaimed artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood. Click here for full press release. 

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces “The Pollinator Pavilion” – A New Public Artwork by Internationally Renowned Contemporary Artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood 

The Pollinator Pavilion Provides a Fantastical Architectural Setting That Offers Miraculous Moments in Which Individuals Can Encounter Hummingbirds While Exploring a Nurturing Relationship with Nature 

Catskill, NY – July 28, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it will unveil on Friday, August 7, The Pollinator Pavilion, a new outdoor architectural sculpture designed specifically for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site by internationally acclaimed artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood. Combining their well-known practice of making site-specific installations and their fascination with nature, the interactive artwork is a fantastical architectural setting in which individuals can share miraculous moments with pollinators while exploring a nurturing relationship with nature. Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Launches a New Way to Visit with Outdoor Explore Kits and Timed Pick-Ups

Outdoor Explore Kits are Free for Schoolchildren and their Families as Part of the Site’s Diversity, Equity and Access Initiative 

Catskill, NY – July 6, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is now offering a new and innovative way to visit the historic site located in the Village of Catskill. Visitors can pick up a packet of information and supplies to enjoy a self-guided hour-long visit to the historic grounds and building exteriors…Click here for full press release.

Major Collaborative Exhibition Organized by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site in New York and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas Rescheduled to September 2020 through March 2022. It Will Show at a Total of Five National Venues.

The Exhibition Explores the Theme of “Cross Pollination” and Communities Working Together in Art and Nature from the 19th Century to the Contemporary Moment.

The National Project Stems from the Artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-Century Series of Hummingbird and Habitat Paintings, The Gems of Brazil, and their Unique Relationship to the Epic Landscapes of Hudson River School Artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as their Continued Significance to Contemporary Artists Working Today.

Hudson & Catskill, NY, and Bentonville, AR – May 28, 2020 – Olana, Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced today the new dates for the major exhibition, “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment”…Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole’s Role as a Proto-Environmentalist is Featured in National Geographic’s Special Issue for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Cole is Highlighted Both for His Painting and His Writing

Catskill, NY – April 9, 2020 – Thomas Cole’s role as an early environmental advocate – termed a proto-environmentalist because he preceded the modern environmental movement – is featured in National Geographic’s…Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Publishes, for the First Time, Cole’s Lecture on Art — on the 175th Anniversary of its Writing

In the Lecture, Cole Makes the Case for Public Art Available to Every Citizen — With Drawing Taught in Every School

Catskill, NY – March 31, 2020 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it has published, for the first time…Click here for full press release.

Major Collaborative Exhibition to Open in May at Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Olana State Historic Site, Exploring the Theme of “Cross Pollination” in Art and the Environment from the 19th Century to the Contemporary Moment.

The National Project Stems from the Artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-Century Series of Hummingbird and Habitat Paintings, The Gems of Brazil, and their Unique Relationship to the Epic Landscapes of Hudson River School Artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as their Continued Significance to Contemporary Artists Working Today.

Co-Organized by the Two Historic Sites in New York and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Major Exhibition Will Also Feature Work by Contemporary Artists Including Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Dana Sherwood, Rachel Sussman,
and Vik Muniz.

Catskill and Hudson, NY–February 27, 2020 — Olana and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that they will co-host a major exhibition … Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Receives $180,000 Grant from Henry Luce Foundation to Complete Phase III of Restoration of the Artist’s Home

Phase III Will Unveil a Major New Discovery: Decorative Wall Painting in a First-Floor Room That Research Suggests Was Cole’s Home Art Gallery

Catskill, NY–February 3, 2020 — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded it a grant of $180,000 to complete… Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces 2020 “Sunday Salons” Lecture Series

The Series Presents Leading National Scholars Discussing Major Topics on American Art and Landscape

Catskill, NY–January 9, 2020 — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the schedule for its 2020 “Sunday Salons” lecture series. The series presents… Click here for full press release.

2019 Season

Leading Thomas Cole Scholar Alan Wallach, Ph.D., will Deliver the 14th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture Hosted by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Dr. Wallach Will Explore Cole’s Course of Empire Series and How it Embodies the Concern for the Future of the United States

Catskill, NY–November 5, 2019 — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that its 14th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture will be delivered… Click here for full press release.

Acclaimed Artist Shi Guorui Will Present an Artist Talk in His Studio in Catskill,
NY, on Sunday, October 27

Catskill, NY–September 30, 2019 — Acclaimed artist Shi Guorui will present an Artist Talk organized by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site at his studio in Catskill, NY, on
Sunday, October 27. The talk accompanies … Click here for full press release.

“SHI GUORUI: Ab/Sense-Pre/Sense” Opens at Thomas Cole National Historic SiteExhibition Unveils Large-Scale Landscape Photographs by Acclaimed

Contemporary Artist Shi Guorui, Created by Converting 20-Foot Box Truck into Camera Obscura

Photographs Pay Homage to Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Founder of American Landscape Painting

Catskill, NY–September 23, 2019 — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a new series of Outdoor Art Workshops at the historic site offered to the community for free … Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole Historic Site Announces New Outdoor Art Workshops for Children and Visitors of all Ages. The Creative Workshops are Free at the Historic Site in Catskill, NY.

Catskill, NY–August 6, 2019– A solo exhibition of new work by acclaimed contemporary artist Shi Guorui opened yesterday at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. The show will be on view through …Click here for full press release.

Acclaimed Contemporary Artist Shi Guorui Converts 20-Foot Box Truck into Camera Obscura, Creating 15-foot Landscape Photographs in Homage to Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Founder of American Landscape Painting

Solo Exhibition “SHI GUORUI: Ab/Sense-Pre-Sense” to be Presented from September 22, 2019 to December 1, 2019, at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Catskill, NY–July 17, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that a solo exhibition of new work by acclaimed contemporary artist Shi Guorui will be presented … Click here for full press release.

New Study Reveals that the Annual Economic Impact of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Totals $2.28 Million – an Increase of 73% in Eight Years.

Catskill, NY–June 18, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the results of a study that shows that its economic impact on the local economy is $2,280,912 annually. That total… Click here for full press release.

New Decorative Painting by Thomas Cole Uncovered on the Walls of his 1815 Home in Catskill, New York.

Discovery Reveals Significant Further Impact of Cole’s Journey to England and Italy (1829-1832), which was the focus of the 2018 Exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and The National Gallery in London.

Catskill, NY–June 10, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the discovery of new decorative painting, long hidden by subsequent layers of modern paint, on the walls of a first-floor room in the artist’s home. The discovery offers new insight… Click here for full press release.

The Ribbon Cutting of the Hudson River Skywalk, a New Scenic Walkway where American Landscape Painting Began, Will Take Place on Saturday, June 1 at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge Riverfront Park in Catskill, NY.

The Opening Day Festivities will Kick Off with a Parade of Paintings from the Thomas Cole Site and Frederic Church’s Olana Coming Together at the Bridge over the Hudson River.

Catskill, NY–May 29, 2019– The Olana State Historic Site and Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the ribbon cutting of the Hudson River Skywalk, a new scenic walkway at the place where American landscape painting began. Join in the community in celebrating… Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek – a New Exhibition Now Open at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Explores, for the First Time as a Series, Cole’s Extraordinary Paintings of the Captivating Catskill Creek Landscape, Created Over 18 Years.

Cole painted Catskill Creek more than any other landscape, elevating a local scene to an iconic American image. The exhibition reveals the importance of this specific place to Cole’s pioneering commitment to the environment.

Catskill, NY–May 7, 2019– Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek – a new exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site –  explores, for the first time as a series, Cole’s extraordinary Catskill Creek landscapes, which he created again and again during 1827 to 1845 – virtually the whole course of his mature career… Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole Historic Site Announces a Spring Series of Outdoor Art Workshops for Children and Visitors of All Ages at the Historic Site. The Workshops are Free and Designed to Inspire Creativity.

Catskill, NY–April 15, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a series of Outdoor Art Workshops at the historic site offered to the community for free. Children and their families and visitors of all ages are invited to join… Click here for full press release.

In Celebration of Women’s History Month, the Thomas Cole NHS Presents The Art of Emily Cole, the First Exhibition of Her Work in Over a Century

Daughter of Iconic Landscape Painter Thomas Cole, Emily was the Only One if His Children to Become an Artist

Catskill, NY–February 19, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that the exhibition The Art of Emily Cole will open on March 2 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The project marks the first solo exhibition of Emily’s artwork on both paper and porcelain, revealing her exquisitely painted botanicals… Click here for full press release.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces the Exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek Featuring Masterworks by Cole from Major Museums as well as Rarely Seen Paintings from Private Collections

The Exhibition will Reveal the Deeper Meaning of Cole’s Catskill Creek Paintings, Considered for the First Time as an Integral Series

Catskill, NY–January 29, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek will open on May 4 in collaboration with Cornell University Press and the Hudson River Museum, with related programming in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Greene Land Trust… Click here for full press release.

Thomas Cole Site Announces the 2019 Sunday Salons Bringing Today’s Leaders in American Art to Thomas Cole’s New Studio in Catskill, New York

Catskill, NY–January 3, 2019– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the 16th annual Sunday Salons lecture series, bringing leaders in American art to Thomas Cole’s New Studio in Catskill, New York, once a month from January through April…Click here for full press release.

2018 Season

December 11, 2018

Thomas Cole Site is Now Acceptiong 2019-2020 Cole Fellowship Applications. The Fellowship is an Annual Program Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in American Art

Catskill, NY–December 11, 2018– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it is now accepting applications for the annual Cole Fellowship, a one-year, residential fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York…Click here for full press release.

October 1, 2018

Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson, To Deliver The Thomas Cole Site’s 13th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture On October 14 In The Hudson River Skywalk Region

Catskill, NY–October 1, 2018– The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that its 13th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture will be delivered by Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson. Titled “Still in Eden: Connecting People to Landscapes that Inspired Thomas Cole,” the lecture will take place on Sunday, October 14, at 2:00 pm at Joe’s Garage, the event space at 443 Main Street in Catskill, NY, in the Hudson River Skywalk Region…Click here for full press release.

September 19, 2018

The Second Annual Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival Will Take Place on September 30 at Three Locations: The Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Olana State Historic Site

The Hudson River Sywalk Arts Festival is Presented by Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley, in Conjunction with the New York State Bridge Authority and the Two Historic Sites, and Celebrate the Art of the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River Skywalk Initiative, Which Will Physically Link the Thomas Cole Site and Frederic Church’s Olana across the Hudson River

The Festival Includes free special events at all three locations in the Hudson River Skywalk Region.

Catskill, NY: Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley, the New York State Bridge Authority, Olana State Historic Site, and Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the second annual Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival spanning Columbia and Greene Counties… Click here for full press release.

September 17, 2018

Albany International Airport and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Present a New Multidisciplinary Exhibition: Landmark

Catskill, NY–September 17, 2018– Landmark, at the Albany International Airport Gallery features 10 contemporary visual artists and seven writers whose works explore our relationship to the natural world, and share common ground with Thomas Cole’s greatest written works, Essay on American Scenery… Click here for full press release. 

August 29, 2018

Thomas Cole Site Hosts September 11 Book Launch For Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art by Renowned Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Hudson Talbott

The Picture Book Introduces Children to Thomas Cole, Founder of America’s First Major Art Movement, and Celebrates a Love of Painting and the Natural Landscape

Catskill, NY–August 29, 2018–The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will host the book launch for Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art by renowned children’s book author and illustrator Hudson Talbott. Click here for full press release. 

August 15, 2018

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Unveils Digital Education Package Coinciding With the Launch of New Classroom Lesson Plans

The Package is Designed to Make Accessible 19th-Century American History and Illuminate its Contemporary Implications Through the Perspective of a Transformative Artist

The Free Educational Resource is Available Digitally to Teachers, Parents, and People of All Ages Throughout the Nation at www.thomascole.org

Catskill, NY–August 15, 2018–The Thomas Cole National Historic Site unveiled today a new education package on its website, whose launch coincides with the Thomas Cole Site’s release of innovative classroom lesson plans designated to engage students in exploring key concepts in the first half of 19th-century American history. Click here for full press release.

August 14, 2018

Thomas Cole Site Presents Spectrum, a Site-Specific Contemporary Art Exhibition That Explores Relationships Between Thomas Cole’s Use of Color and that of 11 Contemporary Artists

Artworks are Sited Throughout the Historic Home and Studios Where Cole Founded America’s First Major Art Movement, the Hudson River School

The Exhibition Engages Contemporary Artists in a Visual Dialogue with Thomas Cole and Explores How Artists Use Light and Color in their Practice At The Intersection of Art and Science.

Exhibiting Artists Will Gather for a Reception at the Thomas Cole Site on August 25 from 4 to 6 PM

Spectrum is an exhibition of contemporary artworks installed throughout the historic home, studios, and grounds at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and is part of the ongoing series OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole. Click here for full press release.

July 24, 2018

The Hudson River School Art Trail Opens its 18th Site in the Hudson River Valley

The Latest Site is at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve in the Town of Hunter in Greene County.

Catskill, NY–July 24, 2018The Hudson River School Art Trail has opened its 18th site in the Hudson River Valley. The site is located at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve, 208 acres of pristine wilderness–open to the public for quiet enjoyment–with beautiful waterfalls and trails at the head of the rugged and scenic Platte Clove in the Town of Hunter in Greene County. Click here for full press release.

July 9, 2018

Acclaimed Performance Artist Tim Youd Begins his Second Week at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Retyping the 60th in his Nationwide 100 Novels Project

The 60th is James Salter’s Light Year’s-Set on the Banks of the Hudson River–And Part of Youd’s Hudson Valley Cycle, Which Will be the Basis for an Exhibition at Vassar College Next Month  

Catskill, NY–July 9, 2018–Acclaimed performance artist Tim Youd begins his second of two weeks at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site tomorrow. He is in the process of retyping 100 novels, from beginning to end, over a 10-year period, and he is now working on the 60th novel at the Cole Site, where he retyped from July 3-8 and will retype from July 10-13. Click here for full press release.

June 12, 2018

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Catskill Mountain Wild Launch a Series of Professionally Guided Hikes: the Hudson River School Art Trail Hikes 2018

The First Hike Will Take Place on Saturday, June 23

Catskill, NY–June 12, 2018–The The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Catskill Mountain Wild announced the launch of a series of professionally guided hikes: the Hudson River School Art Trail Hikes 2018. Click here for full press release.

May 21, 2018

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Will Offer Free Admission to its New Studio and New Exhibition from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 26, as Part of a village-wide celebration on Memorial Day Weekend

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it will participate in “What’s Up in Catskill”–the all-day celebration of shops, food, entertainment and cultural offerings taking place in Catskill on Saturday, May 26. The Thomas Cole Site, which will be open throughout the day for ticketed guided tours, will then offer free admission from 4:00 to 7:00 pm to its New Studio, the reconstructed building of Cole’s own design that houses the Site’s latest exhibition.Click here for full press release.

May 1, 2018

“Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” Opens at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Complementing the Thomas Cole Exhibition on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Created in Collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and Members of the Yale History of Art Department, the Exhibition Shares a Co-Curator with the Exhibition at the Met: Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor and Chair of the History of Art Department at Yale.

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 March 20, 2018

Governor Cuomo Announces Milestones for Hudson River Skywalk

Scenic Viewpoints Providing Unobstructed Views of Hudson River and Catskill Mountains are now complete. Announces the creation of the Hudson River Skywalk Region’ to help draw visitors to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. Click here for full press release.

March 15, 2018

Call For New Writing

How is the American landscape changing? Is there something you see, do, or experience now that you hope will be around for future generations? In honor of Thomas Cole’s Essay on American Scenery, The Thomas Cole National Historic site is calling for new writing on the topic of the changing landscape. Click here for full press release.

March 6, 2018

The 2018 Cole Fellow Presentations

Catskill, NY–The Thomas Cole national Historic Site announced today that on Friday, April 6 at 5pm the 2017-18 Cole Fellows will present new reasearch about Thomas Cole and the historic site where he lived and worked. Click here for full press release.

February 8, 2018

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces the Exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” – Created in Collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and Members of the Yale History of Art Department

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that the exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” will open on May 1 and run through November 4, 2018. Click here for full press release. 

2017 Season

December 11, 2017

Bicentennial Celebrations at the Thomas Cole Site will kick off with a lecture series presented in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University.

We are thrilled to announce the 200th year anniversary of Thomas Cole’s arrival in America.Thomas Cole (1801-8148) emigrated from Northern England in 1818 with his family at the age of 17. Cole went on to found America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting, which profoundly shaped this nation’s identity and addressed the prescient issues of preservation vs. development head on. Click here for full press release. 

September 27, 2017

Thomas Cole Site awarded $200,000 From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

We are pleased to announce that the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been awarded a 2017 Museums for America grant award of $200,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the Learning Experiences category to support an interactive multimedia installation on the second floor of Thomas Cole’s historic home. Click here for full press release. 

September 21, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Will Remain Open Longer this Fall, Extending a Season of Impressive Attendance Growth.

The growing interest in the Hudson River School is also evidenced by the opening of a major Thomas Cole exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in January 2018 traveling to the National Gallery in London. Click here for full press release. 

August 23, 2017

The First Ever Skywalk Arts Festival at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge will be Presented in Collaboration with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Olana State Historic Site on Sunday, September 24 from 1 to 4 pm.

Skywalk arts festival is presented by Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley in conjunction with the NYS Bridge Authority and celebrates the art of the Hudson Valley and the in-progress Skywalk pedestrian crossing at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge on the Hudson River. Click here for full press release.

August 16, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Opens a Unique Site-Specific Exhibition by Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Artist Kiki Smith

KIKI SMITH / From the Creek is now open at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. The opening reception was held on Saturday, August 12 and was attended by over 400 guests. Click here for full press release.

July 27, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces an OPEN CALL for ARTWORK for the 6th Annual Postcards OPEN CALL Exhibition: Picturing the Sublime

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site invites artists of all ages to submit new and original 5” x 7” works of art to the sixth annual postcards open call exhibition entitled Picturing the Sublime at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Click here for full press release.

July 20, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces a Unique Site-Specific Exhibition by Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Artist Kiki Smith

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith is creating a new multidisciplinary exhibition throughout the historic site where the groundbreaking American artist Thomas Cole lived and worked almost two centuries ago. Click here for full press release.

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.

rootPress Releases

News – Selected Highlights

 

2021

Summer’s Last Hummingbirds

Ralph Gardner Jr., October 9, 2021

With the exception of a few stragglers, hummingbirds have departed the Hudson Valley for their winter homes in southern Mexico and Central America. Most of those that remain can be spotted at an exhibition called “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” Read and listen to the full article here.

Cross Pollination and Creativity Along the Hudson River

Kate Menconeri and William L. Coleman, October 7, 2021

Cross Pollination … is an exploration of systems of pollination in both nature and ecology, as well as a metaphor for the interplay of art and science, and relationships among artists across generations. Read the full article here.

In the Hudson River Valley, Artists Navigate Ecology

Sarah Rose Sharp, October 5, 2021

There is a definite poignance to this exhibition, which pits the nascent awareness of human impact on wild spaces evident even in the 19th century to our present-day urgency around climate change and the need for meaningful revision of our relationship with consumption of natural resources. Read the full article here. 

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

Jason Rosenfeld, September 2021

Cross Pollination addresses an element of the work of the Hudson River School (or First New York School) and its present inheritors upstate (or Third New York School) … that is, the ecological emergency that humanity has brought on itself and now must face in our fraught Anthropocene, as intuited in the works of our 19th-century forebearers. … Read the full article here. 

Many Artists Began Painting Outside During the Pandemic—And They Might Never Go Back

Dodie Kazanjian, September 15, 2021

Shara Hughes and Austin Eddy also escaped the city, renting a house in the Catskills this spring. It was directly across the street from the historic home of Thomas Cole and a short walk across the bridge to Frederic Church’s estate Olana, on the opposite bank of the Hudson River. Eddy went specifically to investigate plein air painting—he brought a bike and a portable easel. … Read the full article here. 

Hummingbirds on the Hudson

August 16, 2021

Cross Pollination is an enterprising endeavor that makes for a thrilling visit to the region, filled with insights running back and forth between past and present…. Read the full article here.

Must-See Sculpture Park Shows

August 5, 2021

A round-up of this year’s best outdoor sculpture exhibitions…. Read the full article here.

Pollination, indeed: Past, present intertwine at Cole, Olana exhibit

William Jaeger, July 30, 2021

Have a hankering to see a show that is muscular, multi-faceted, and tightly integrated into our regional lore and landscape? Head to Catskill and Hudson for the double-edged “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church & Our Contemporary Moment.” … Read the full article here. 

 

Olana, Cole House continue successful partnership

Shrishti Mathew, July 28, 2021

The section of the Hudson River that flows between the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and The Olana Partnership in Hudson is wide, and some would say so are the barriers that divide some arts institutions. The tourism history of both historic homes that also serve as art exhibit spaces – as befits the spirits of the original occupants – has traveled widely diverse paths to arrive at the present.

But now here they are, finding shared goals and making their now-three collaborations with each other a fluid success…. Read the full article here. 

Discover what drew artists, writers and presidents to New York’s Hudson Valley

Debra Bruno, July 30, 2021

The region is rich in timeless scenery and American history, and as more downstate New Yorkers have moved to the area, all kinds of places to go and things to do have opened up or expanded: new restaurants, well-marked hiking trails, river cruises, art galleries and museums that celebrate the Hudson River School painters. … Read the full article here

The Art Angle Podcast: How Two Painters Helped Spark the Modern Conservation Movement

An exhibition traces the impact of Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Martin Johnson Heade on contemporary environmentalism.

The Art Angle Podcast with Andrew Goldstein, July 30, 2021

Right now there is a powerful, highly ambitious, and deeply relevant art show in New York that weaves together the histories of conservation and American art in a way most people haven’t seen before… on either side of the river are the historic homes of the famed Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church in New York’s Hudson River Skywalk Region. … Listen to the podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts

National Exhibition “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, And Our Contemporary Moment”

Joe Donahue, July 8, 2021

Olana and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site are collaborating on a major exhibition, titled “Cross Pollination: Heade Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment.” It addresses the continuing influence of the Hudson Valley on American art and the cross pollination that is taking place across centuries. … Listen to the full interview here

 

Q & A with Elizabeth B. Jacks

W.A. Demers, June 4, 2021

When the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that the Thomas Cole National Historic Site was among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service — one of just 15 museums nominated across the United States to be selected as a finalist for the award — the site’s executive director Elizabeth “Betsy” B. Jacks, was understandably elated. …. Read the full article here

37 Art Centers Every Hudson Valleyite Should Visit

May 5, 2021

The home and studio of Thomas Cole, founder of the renowned 19th-century Hudson River School of American painting, has been painstakingly preserved and refurbished. Also known as Cedar Grove, it’s now a National Historic Landmark with trails, gardens, and gorgeous views of the landscapes that Cole cherished and depicted in numerous paintings. …. Read the full article here

Off the Beaten Path: Spring Lights at Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Cassie Hudson, April 20, 2021

For 20 years the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been sharing the beauty of the painter’s home and studio with the community. This spring, people are welcome to enjoy a new community event called Spring Lights… Watch the full video here

Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill celebrates 20 years as finalist for national honor

Ariel Zangla, April 18, 2021

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has more than one reason to celebrate this year… Watch the full video here

As Thomas Cole house mission adapts, message stays the same

Tresca Weinstein, April 12, 2021

Created with 450 glowing orbs, the immersive installation conjures up a magical space filled with life and warmth. The sound score by composer Greg Hanson integrates Cole’s writings (as voiced by the actor Jamie Bell) and sets an emotional narrative that is reflected in the lighting design by Chris Bocchiaro and Megan Kinneen…a film by artist Brian Kenny, projected on the wall of the Old Studio… Read the full article here

2020

Traveling through time with Thomas Cole

Robert and Johanna Titus, October 16, 2020

We like to think that we are good citizens of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. Of course, we do a lot of writing hereabouts, but also, we belong to a number of our region’s historical, artistic, and conservation groups…. Read the full article here

Standing Where it Happened

By Barrymore Laurence Scherer, October 7, 2020

Museums may represent the final destination of an artwork, but the artist’s studio is its birthplace. Therefore, historic studios can offer an unparalleled experience of closeness to the creative act—even when visited digitally.

Among the most venerable in the U.S. is Cedar Grove in Catskill, N.Y., now revered as the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, home of the painter and founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting. …. Read the full article here

The Critics Notebook

By The Editors, September 4, 2020

The Pollinator Pavilion, at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site: Though the Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s interior remains closed to visitors, those passing through the Hudson Valley this autumn might want to stop by anyway to enjoy the open grounds…. Read the full article here

Thomas Cole Site Unveils Charging Station

By Sara Trafton, Columbia Greene Media, August 24, 2020

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced the installation of an electronic vehicle charging station, the first in Catskill. The charging station, which was made possible by a donation from local residents and environmentalists Sara and Tom de Swardt, features two charging ports and allows two vehicles to charge at the same time… Read the full article here

The Pollinator Pavilion Opens at the Thomas Cole Site

 August 7, 2020

This Friday, August 7, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York, unveils The Pollinator Pavilion, a new public artwork by internationally renowned artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood… Read the full article here

Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Peek Into MoMA’s Film Vault to the Parrish Reopening

By Artnet News, August 4, 2020

Husband and wife artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood have teamed up once again, this time on a new public artwork designed to attract hummingbirds—yes, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird can be found in New York—and other pollinators… Read the full article here

An Upstate art Installation let’s visitors commune with hummingbirds

By Howard Halle, July 31, 2020

We recommend making a weekend getaway to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY. There, you’ll find Pollinator Pavilion, an interactive outdoor art installation by artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, which is described as a “fantastical architectural setting that offers miraculous moments in which individuals can encounter hummingbirds”… Read the full article here

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The Hudson Valley and Northeast’s Museums Start Reopening

By Nicki Donohue, July 29, 2020

In Catskill, the Thomas Cole House’s interior remains closed to the public but guests can explore the estate grounds by reserving an “Outdoor Explore Kit,” which includes souvenirs, walking directions to Catskill Creek, and a guidebook… Read the full article here

En Plein Air: Artists’ Haunts Beckon As the World Reopens

By Laura Beach, June 23, 2020

Largely overshadowed by the visible frustration and fatigue of the past few months, creativity is on the rise. With everything from the museum blockbuster to the summer vacation season effectively upended, we are reassessing our engagement with the material world… Read the full article here

Redefining the “Sublime”: In the Footsteps of Thomas Cole

By Robert Titus, PhD, and Johanna Titus, May/June 2020

We are scientists: Robert is a geologist and Johanna is a biologist. Ours are the two leading sciences of the landscape. We are also resident’s of New York State’s Catskill Mountains… Read the full article here

New Book Explores Creative Homes and Spaces Where Art Was Made

By Charles Desmarais, April 27, 2020

What books have you chosen for quarantine reading? I would not have thought first of a travel guidebook. But a new one that arrived in the mail last week carried me across the U.S. on a tour so absorbing, I hardly noticed that the trip was made entirely by armchair…. Read the full article here

Earth Day 2070: A World Lost

Story and Photography by Pete Muller, April 2020

As New York’s Hudson Valley was cleared to make way for agriculture and feed a thriving tannery industry, the 19th-century painter Thomas Cole lamented the destruction of his beloved forests…Read the full article hereSee an excerpt here.

In 1845 Hudson River School Founder Thomas Cole Argued That ‘Art Rekindles the Soul.’ Read an Excerpt From His Stirring Lecture.

April 16, 2020

In 1845, three years before his death, the American painter Thomas Cole, who is widely regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, wrote a lecture on the value of art as a public and moral good. Art, he wrote…Read the full article here.

The Critic’s Notebook: Thomas Cole, Leonard Bernstein, the Yale Series of Younger Poets & more.

April 7, 2020

Lecture on Art, by Thomas Cole (Thomas Cole National Historic Site): The Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole’s visionary nature was on display…Read here.

 

Take Virtual Trip to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Get Immersed in American Landscape Painting

March 16, 2020

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York, offers an array of online programs covering the painter Thomas Cole, his period in America and…Read here.

 

Major Collaborative Exhibition to Open in May at Olana State Historic Site and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

February 28, 2020

Exhibit explores the theme of “cross pollination” in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment…Read here.

2019

Staring into the Soul of the Catskills Through a Pinhole

With his camera obscura, Shi Guorui reinterprets the landscapes of the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole. 

By Meredith Mendelsohn, October 24, 2019

Sometime last summer, a rectangular tent appeared in the woods off a trail in the Catskills…Read here.

The View That Launched American Art

Podcast hosted by Davis Dunavin, September 20, 2019

Two 19th century artists defined American landscape painting. Their art took them all over the world. But they always returned to the mountains and valleys around New York’s Hudson River….Listen here

Re-envisioning Cole’s Catskills

By Eleanor Gustafson, September 17, 2019

In 2014 destiny brought Guorui to Catskill, New York, where he was inspired by the Hudson valley light and landscapes that so inspired Cole.

This fall you can see his results in SHI GUORUI: Ab/Sense-Pre/Sense, opening at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on September 22. We spoke to Kate Menconeri, director of exhibitions and collections and curator at the site and curator of the exhibition….Read here

‘Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek’ Review: Elegies

By Barrymore Laurence Scherer, August 10, 2019

An exhibition of the English-born painter’s lesser-known Hudson Valley scenes evinces his love for natural beauty and sorrow over its devastation.
Although the English-born painter Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is widely regarded…Read here

No. 402: Cole’s Catskill Creek

Podcast hosted by Tyler Green, July 28, 2019

For the first time, the exhibition considers Cole’s paintings of Catskill Creek…Listen here

Timelessness in Works by Thomas Cole and Brice Marden

By Peter Schjeldahl, May 27, 2019

Two small shows in the Hudson Valley hint at long spiritual rhythms that are not lost, though they may be occluded, in the staccato frenzies of of our day.
Two sublime small shows that will last the summer in towns along the Hudson River remind me of something that art is good for. Read here

Thomas Cole up the Creek

By Bruce Weber, May/June 2019

Only a short walk from Thomas Cole’s house and studio in upstate New York winds a stretch of Catskill Creek that the painter would return to depict again and again…Read Here

Emily Cole’s Artwork takes Center Stage at Cole Historic Site

By Dave Lucas, March 8, 2019

An artist with deep roots in upstate New York is celebrated this month with the first exhibition of her work in over a century…Read Here

 

2018

 

Surveying the scenery at the Albany Airport Gallery

Artists and writers take cues from Thomas Cole’s defense of natural beauty in “Landmark” exhibition

By Amy Griffin, The Albany Times Union

Landscape art and environmentalism have long been linked. Artists who are inspired by nature tend to want to preserve it. Though the focus of the environmental movement has evolved since the 19th century–from preserving natural treasures to averting global catastrophe–appreciation of all that nature has to offer has been a common thread. Read Here.

 

 

On Exhibit: ‘Landmark’ Looks at Environment and Us

At airport, Thomas Cole Works Brought into Modern Context

By Indiana Nash, The Daily Gazette

“Landmark” is a fitting exhibition, not only because it’s informed and inspired by Thomas Cole but also because it’s at the Albany International  Airport, the lift-off point into sweeping aerial views of the Capital Region. Read Here.

Hudson Talbott’s New Book On Thomas Cole and The Birth of American Art

By Joe Donahue, WAMC

Artist and author, Hudson Talbott, join us now to tell us about his new book, “picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art.”
It is a fascinating look at artist Thomas Cole’s life and takes young readers from his humble beginnings to his development of a new painting style that became America’s first formal art movement: the Hudson River school of painting. Read Here.

 

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By Erica Chase-Salerno, Hudson Valley One

“All nature here is new to art. The mists were resting in the valley of the Hudson — the tops of mountains were visible on the other side — you might imagine them in another world. The fields in shadow were a most beautiful fresh green, the mountain side was brilliant though dark.”
–Thomas Cole

Discover the Thomas Cole National Historic Site
How did Englishman Thomas Cole catapult to the top of the 1800s US art game? The father of this new style of landscape painting, now known as the Hudson River School, had talent, skill and popularity. Read Here.

Where Canvases Leap to Life: Eight stop trail in the Catskills takes you to scenes that inspired artists

By Ben Yagoda, The Washington Post

My wife and I were standing on a bridge by the side of Route 23A, outside of Catskill, NY, a bit more than a hundred miles up the Hudson River from New York City. Read Here.

Hudson Talbott Illustrates Life of Thomas Cole

From Staff Reports, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art” is the latest book for children by Hudson Talbott.
The 32-page picture book takes readers on a journey through the life of Thomas Cole, father of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, America’s first major art movement. Read Here…

Albany International Airport and Thomas Cole Site Present New Exhibition

by Dave Lucas, WAMC

Albany International Airport’s Art & Culture Program and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill have partnered to present a new exhibition. Read Here…

 

Autumn At The Thomas Cole National Historic Site

by Joe Donahue, WAMC

The 2nd annual Hudson River Skywalk Arts Festival is on Sunday, September 30 at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Olana. Read Here…

 

 

 

How Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School Artists Helped Define a Nation

by Debra Bruno, The Washington Post

The Painters of the Hudson River School were grandiose, romantic, dramatic and brilliantly colorful. They also helped define the nation, championing wild America to a population that often saw nature as a thing to be feared and tamed, not celebrated. Read Here…

 

 

Thomas Cole’s Historic Home Inspires Contemporary Artists

by Antiques and the Arts Weekly

Catskill, N.Y.–A new contemporary art exhibition, “Spectrum,” has opened at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, revealing a visual dialogue about color between 11 contemporary artists and Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Read Here…

The Thomas Cole House, Olana, and Lyndhurst

by Jason Rosenfeld, The Brooklyn Rail

The Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance CEDAR GROVE: THE THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE-MAY1-NOVEMBER 4, 2018

Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana
OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE,HUDSON, NY-JUNE 17-NOVEMBER 25, 2018 Read Here…

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A Guide to Columbia and Greene Counties: Hudson and Catskill

by Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram

The county seats of Hudson and Catskill are dissimilar in many respects, but their residents are passionate about the possibilities for their towns. We speak to the movers and shakers in the two communities about what makes them tick. Read Here…

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6 Books to Read in September

by Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram

Historic estates, exotic birds, troubled immigrants, deranged loners, and parishes dealing with the tainted legacy of the Catholic Church make up our September list. Read Here…

 

The Artist Who Gave America Its First Signature Art Form

by Meredith Mendelson, Artsy

Early 19th-century America was a place of growing affluence. As wealth from agriculture and industry accumulated, New York’s moneyed classes hungered for cultural clout to add a luster of civility to the rugged face of the young republic. And as the urbanization of New York City intensified, city dwellers yearned for the picturesque. Read Here…

     

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The Thomas Cole House: A Kid-Friendly Historic Site in Catskill, NY

Catskill for Kids, Destinations

Blog by Kara Zauro

At the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, art, history, and nature converge. And it’s the kind of place that really lights up when inquisitive children arrive, so if your kids are interested in any of these subjects, definitely bring them along for a self-guided afternoon tour. Read Here…

 

Thomas Cole to Open Contemporary Art Exhibition with 11 Artists Responding to the Hudson River School Artist’s Work

by ArtFix Daily

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has announced a new contemporary art exhibition SPECTURUM, opening August 14, that brings together the work of 11 contemporary artists that will be installed throughout the 19th-century historic home, studios, and grounds of the artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) in Catskill, New York. Read Here…

 

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Novel In Performance

by Ralph Gardner JR, WAMC North-East Public Radio

I was unaware that when Hunter Thompson was a young writer he typed out “The Great Gatsby” and the “Sun Also Rises” to deconstruct how F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway achieved their effects and created their masterpieces. Read Here…

 

How Thomas Cole Learned the ABCs of Landscape Art

by Sammy Dalati, The Magazine Antiques

Even in such early work as The Clove, Catskills (1827) and View of Monte video, the Seat of Daniel Wadsworth, Esq. (1828), the facture and compositional strategies employed by Thomas Cole–a working-class boy from norther England, self-taught as an artist –demonstrated surprising conversance with European landscape paining of the time. Read Here…

A Guide to the Small Towns of Hudson Valley and the Catskills

by Amy Plitt, Curbed

You don’t have to get too far outside of New York City–30, maybe 40 miles–before the landscape changes. Dense urban areas and suburban strip malls grow fewer and farther between, and a more bucolic New York emerges. Read Here…

 

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire, National Gallery, Review: We long to see more of this great American landscape painting in full flight

by Michael Glover, The Independent

Too much familiar Constable and Turner, and not quite enough Cole and his American successors.

Now here’s a surprise. This exhibition of work by the landscape painter Thomas Cole, though described as a collaboration between two institutions, feels like a tariff-free American import. Read Here...

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Thomas Cole was the first to capture the vastness of the States

by Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times

“Can there be a country in the world better calculated than ours to exercise and to exalt the imagination…” asked De Witt Clinton in 1816. Read Here…

Make America Decay Again-Thomas Cole and Ed Ruscha Review

by Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

American art was invented by a young man from Lancashire who emigrated from Liverpool in 1818, and by 1825-still in his early 20s-was being hailed in New York as an “American genius.” There had, of course, been painters in America before Thomas Cole. Read Here… 

    

Hudson River Bridge Adds Interpretive Signs for Pedestrians

by Associated Press, Times Union

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) –
Pedestrians viewing the Hudson River from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge can now refer to a series of signs that include historical information.

The six signs were installed as part of the Hudson River Skywalk Project, which will connect the Thomas National Historic Site in Catskill with the Olana State Historic Site across the river. Read Here…

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Public Meeting Tonight On Skywalk Connecting Olana, Thomas Cole Sites

by Dave Lucas, Midday Magazine

The in-progress Skywalk project connecting two New York sites is the subject of public meeting tonight in Greene County.
Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the Hudson River Skywalk Region. A $14.6 million Skywalk will connect two landmark historic sites–Olana State Historic Site in Hudson and Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill. Read Here…

 

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Catskill Culture

by Geddy Sveikauskas, Hudson Valley One

This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the
hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the
twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms. Read Here…

 

Thomas Cole: A Conservative Conservationist

by Jennifer Kabat, The New York Review of Books

Every era gets its own Thomas Cole, the British-born, nineteenth century artist who ushered in a new age of American landscape painting. In the 1930s and 1940s, he was a precursor to artists like Grant Wood. Come the 1960s and 1970s, MoMA linked his brushwork to abstract expressionism. Read Here…

         

Understanding American art by Environmentalist art by looking across the pond

by Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

Even as Thomas Cole painted American landscapes, his mind often inhabited terrain across the Atlantic Ocean. The England-born father of the Hudson River School artistic movement drew inspiration from artists across the pond, including J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. Read Here…

 

Environmentalist art before there was an “environment”

by Y.F.

TWO centuries ago Thomas Cole Arrived on American shores, bringing with him from England a new landscape painting tradition perfect for the wild expanses of the new world. Cole also brought a zeal for warning about the perils that unchecked industry posed to the natural world, establishing one of painting’s first environmental critiques. “Atlantic Crossings”, an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that will travel to the National Gallery in London in June.Read Here…

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New Exhibition Opens at Thomas Cole National Historic Site

By Sparrow

“Thomas Cole invented the American sublime,” remarks Tim Barringer, an art history professor at Yale, speaking of the founder of the Hudson River School of art. Barringer is also co-curator of “picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance,” which opens on May 1 at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill. Read Here…

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Thomas Cole’s Majestic Wilderness and Dark Satanic Mills: A Feast at The Met Looks at the Founder of the Hudson River School and the Visionaries who Inspired Him

By R.C. Baker The Village Voice , April 2018

Thomas Cole, like us, lived in interesting times. Born in 1801, he grew up in an England disrupted by the industrial revolution and unsettled by the fervid passions of romanticism, where the poet and painter William Blake wrote of a “green and pleasant land” being overrun by “dark satanic mills.” Read Here…

Thomas Cole’s Sublime Art Opens At His National Historic Site May 1

By Antiques and the Arts Weekly , April 2018

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will open the exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” on May 1, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Thomas Cole’s arrival in America. Read Here…

Hudson Talbott Introduces Children To Thomas Cole

By Antiques and the Arts Weekly , April 2018

In an online version and softcover book (due to be published in September by Penguin Random House), author and illustrator Hudson Talbott introduces children to artist Thomas Cole, whose 200th anniversary of coming to America is being celebrated in 2018 with an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Read Here…

Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

By Joe Bucciero, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2018

“All nature here is new to art, no Tivolis, Ternis, Mont Blancs, Plinlimmons, hackneyed and worn by the daily pencils of hundreds; but primeval forests, virgin lakes and waterfalls.” So rhapsodized British-born painter Thomas Cole (1801-1848) on the appeal of the American landscape. Read Here…

An Online Story and Forthcoming Picture Book by Hudson Talbott Introduces 19th-Century Artist Thomas Cole to a New Generation

By Artfix Daily, March 2018.

Beloved children’s book author and illustrator Hudson Talbott has teamed up with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to present Thomas Cole’s story online for free to children of all ages.Read Here…

            

Scenic Viewpoints Added to NY Bridge’s Rebuilt Sidewalk

By Associated Press, The New York Times, March 2018.

HUDSON, N.Y.–Scenic viewpoints have been added to the rebuilt sidewalk on one of the New York state-operated bridges spanning the Hudson River between Albany and New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday three viewpoints, each 50 feet long by 10 feet wide, have been added along the mile-long sidewalk on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge linking Greene and Columbia counties…Read Here

          

Thomas Cole, American Moralist

Why this 19th-century master of the Hudson River landscape, who used his art to argue against industry’s assaults, is politically right for right now.

By Holland Cotter, The New York Times, March 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new show, “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings” is gorgeous, politically right for right now, and a lesson in the mutability of art history…Read here.

     

                   A New Way of Seeing Artist Thomas Cole

By Alexandra Wolfe, The Wall Street Journal, January 2018

The curators of a new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition might have titled it, “Everything you Knew About Thomas Cole.”

Cole is known as the father of the Hudson River School, a group of American artists who painted dramatic outdoor panoramas. But “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings” posits an artist with an international background and interests…Read Here.

   

“Thomas Cole’s Jouney: Atlantic Crossings’ Review: Hudson River School Headmaster

By Barrymore Laurence Scherer,The Wall Street Journal, January 2018

When, in 1848, the painter Thomas Cole suddenly died at age 47, his funeral oration was delivered by his celebrated friend William Cullen Bryant, the poet and journalist, who recalled the enthusiasm awakened by…pictures which carried the eye over scenes of wild grandeur peculiar to our country…and into the depths of skies…such as few but Cole could ever paint…Read Here

Thomas Cole: ravishing — and still resonant

By Ariella Budick, The Financial Times, Februrary 2018

Don’t be fooled by the ancient rivers and cloud-swathed peaks: Thomas Cole’s American landscapes are no more timeless than an “I’m With Her” button. He painted his visionary protests during the Andrew Jackson administration in the 1830s, and if they resonate with renewed vigour today, that’s partly because Jackson’s 21st-century admirer-in-chief inhabits the White House…Read Here

Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

By Jason Rosenfeld, The Brooklyn Rail, March 2018

In 2015 the painter Stephen Hannock and I curated “River Crossings” at Cedar Grove in Catskill, the home of Thomas Cole, and The Olana Partnership in Hudson, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, filling those loci of the evolution of American landscape painting with works by contemporary Hudson River Valley artists:…Read Here.  

‘Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance’ to Open in the Artist’s Studio

By Artfix Daily, February 8, 2018

(ArtfixDaily.com) To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Cole’s arrival from England in 1818, the Thomas Cole Site is partnering with the Yale Center for British Art to present the special exhibition Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance in Thomas Cole’s New Studio, in Catskill, NY…Read Here. 

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Voice for the Wilderness

By James D. Balestrieri, American Fine Art Magazine, January 2018

I spent my last birthday at Thomas Cole’s house and studio in Catskill, New York. The house, doubling as it did as his showroom – galleries as we know them did not exist in the United States much before the Civil War, and artists’ associations such as the National Academy of Design (which Cole had helped to found) only held annual exhibitions – was an architectural marvel in its humble way. …Read Here. 

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Sting and Thomas Cole: Artists on the Cutting Edge in their Own Times Meet in Spirit

By Dave Lucas, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, January 8, 2018

This year marks the 200th anniversary of influential artist Thomas Cole’s first visit to the United States. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are paying tribute  …Read Here. 

2017 

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Cedar Grove, Restored

By Michael J. Lewis, The New Criterion, December 2017

It is a perfectly natural impulse for us to wish the house of a cherished writer to illuminate his works. We are strangley pleased to visit the houses where Edgar Allen Poe boarded and find them cramped and forlorn. Or to discover that Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s house on the Hudson River, is a fantasy of a romantic Dutch cottage that might have loomed in one of his stories, mysterious in the moonlight…Our interest in a writer is what happens in his mind and not outside his window. Not so with the painter, for whom the house, and its site, can mean everything…Read Here. 

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‘Scenes of Solitude’ From the Hudson River School Artists

By John Hanc, The New York Times, October 23, 2017

…The show, which opened in July and will remain until 2019, has attracted visitors from as far away as Germany. Still, it can be seen as a sort of opening act for a much-anticipated exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings,” opening in January 2018. (A third major exhibit, at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, N.Y., will be staged in May, featuring works of the school from Yale University’s collection…Read Here.

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KIKI SMITH: From the Creek

By Steven Pestana, Brooklyn Rail, October 6, 2017

From August 12 – November 19, visitors enter the domestic bliss of Thomas Cole’s Federal style home and are immediately greeted with the sensibility of his 21st century Catskill neighbor, the multidisciplinary artist Kiki Smith….Read Here.

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Famous Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole takes global presence; Thomas Cole House celebrates with an extended season

By Anthony Fiducia, Columbia-Greene Media, September 26, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site leaders will extend the 2017 season to celebrate recent attendance growth and plan to have the fames artist as the subject of two major exhibitions. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the National Gallery in London….Read Here.

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Review Sanford Gifford in the Catskills at the Thomas Cole House

By Bruce Weber, The Magazine Antiques, September 6, 2017

Among members of the Hudson River School of painting, Sanford Gifford (1823-1880) has long been considered one of the most brilliant painters of light and air. His art is the subject of the intimate, beautifully curated exhibition Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills on view through October 29th….Read Here.

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Home Invasion

By Sparrow, Chronogram, September 1, 2017

“She’s very playful,” says Kate Menconeri, curator of Thomas Cole House. Menconeri is speaking of Kiki Smith, whose exhibition “From the Creek” will remain at the National Historic Site in Catskill until October 29. This is the second installment of “Open House,” a series in which contemporary artists react to the Cole homestead. Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of art, lived in the home until his death in 1848…..Read Here.

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Contemporary Art Steams up the Hudson

By Nancy Princenthal, The New York Times, August 25, 2017

This summer, a bounty of classic and modern artwork has made its way to venues dotted along the river valley….Read Here.

Kiki Smith solo exhibit opens at Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill

Hudson Valley One, August 10, 2017

The life’s work of German-born artist Kiki Smith has been celebrated by critics and audiences and shown in prestigious exhibition venues around the world since the 1980s….Read Here.

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My View: Local perseverance creates an economic engine

By Linda Gentalen, The Register-Star and Daily Mail, , July 29, 2017

The season opening of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site last month was stunning, unveiling two landmark exhibitions: “The Parlors” and “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills.” As a Board Member since 2005 of this historic site in Catskill, I couldn’t help but marvel….Read Here.

The Thomas Cole Site Project Marries Historic Restoration, New Technology

Antiques and The Arts Weekly, July 28, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site which opened for the season in early May, recently introduced its newly restored parlors in the 1815 home of Thomas Cole….Read Here.

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By Lynn Freehill-Maye, Time Out New York, June 27, 2017

The ruggedly beautiful Catskill Mountains have a multicentury history of creative inspiration and adventure. Washington Irving set “Rip Van Winkle” among their peaks, and Thomas Cole’s paintings of the area wound up radically changing how artists depict landscapes….Read Here.

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24 Hours in the Catskills: For art lovers, upstate New York offers plenty of options beyond the beaten path

By Alexis Soloski, Village Voice, May 30, 2017

Take the short, steep, mildly treacherous hike up to Kaaterskill Falls, and you’s find a rushing cataract that plunges 260 feet in two lacy drops. You’ll also see one of the most painted views of the nineteenth century, a favored subject of the Hudson River School, an art movement that ruled American visual culture for several decades…Read Here.

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Layer by layer, Conservator Thomas Cole

By Margaret Saliske, Poughkeepsie Journal, May 30, 2017

Even for those of us well-versed in the Hudson River School of painting, the first major art movement in America, the discovery was stunning. Hidden under a century of paint in the parlors of the 1815 home of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, are elaborately painted borders…Read Here.

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Backtracks in Time: Betsy Jacks

Hosted by Jack Sencabaugh, WGXC Radio, May 23, 2017

Betsy Jacks, executive director of the Thomas Cole House at Cedar Grove in the Village of Catskill, talks about how Cole came to Catskill, the history of the house and efforts to preserve it, and ongoing renovation projects…Listen Here. 

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The 7 Best Weekend Getaways for NYC-Based Art Lovers

By Elizabeth Fazarre, Architectural DigestMay 22, 2017

From Storm King to the birthplace of the Hudson River School, these cultural destinations are well worth the short journey from the city… Read Here. 

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Thomas Cole comes to life thanks to multimedia renovations at Cedar Grove in Catskill

By Lynn Woods, Hudson Valley One, May 18, 2017

Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY, features paintings by the 19th-century landscape painter Sanford Gifford, whose work was inspired by Thomas Cole. …Read entire article

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Sanford Gifford in the Catskills includes Walking-and-Driving Tour of Art Scenes

ARTFIXdaily, May 17, 2017

Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY, features paintings by the 19th-century landscape painter Sanford Gifford, whose work was inspired by Thomas Cole. …Read entire article

Guide to Hudson New York and Nearby Points of Interest

By Nicole Anderson, The Magazine Antiques, May 16, 2017

The English-born artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) tolerated no ill comparisons to his adopted home in upstate New York. As he wrote to a friend in 1842: “Must I tell you that neither the Alps nor the Apennines, no, nor even Aetna itself, have dimmed, in my eyes, the beauty of our own Catskills?”. …Read entire article

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Cole Historic Site Opens for the Season with New Exhibits

Hosted by Joe Donahue, The Round Table, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  

“The Parlors” is an immersive installation that combines technology and meticulous historic restoration of the two parlors of Cole’s 1815 Home, the rooms where America’s first major art movement was born. It features a stunning discovery revealed during the restoration: the earliest-known, interior decorative painting by an American artist…Listen Here. 

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Cole Historic Site Opens for the Season with New Exhibits

The New York Times, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is open for the season in the Hudson Valley with new exhibits. The Catskill attraction used to be the home of the painter who inspired the Hudson River School art movement in the 19th century…Read entire article

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OUR VIEW: Cole exhibit for the ages

Register-Star, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

Despite the threat to local arts posed by federal budget cuts sought for the National Endowment for the Arts, officials at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill forged ahead with their most ambitious exhibit to date…Read entire article

Thomas Cole National Historic Site opening on Tuesday in Catskill to feature restored parlors of 1815 home

By Freeman Staff, Daily Freeman, Sunday, April 30, 2017 

Despite the threat to local arts posed by federal budget cuts sought for the National Endowment for the Arts, officials at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill forged ahead with their most ambitious exhibit to date…Read entire article

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Historic Restoration at Thomas Cole Site; “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills” Opens Season

By Dave Lucas, Midday Magazine, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio,  Friday, April 28, 2017  

The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill is showing off its renovations this week. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas got a tour of the main home Thursday, experiencing both an “immersive installation” and the “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills” exhibit…Read entire article

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‘Darkness Visible’: Cole House previews historic exhibit

By Daniel Zuckerman, Catskill Daily Mail, Friday, April 28, 2017  

Members of the media were given a preview of the reopening of the main home at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill with an immersive installation and the exhibit “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills,” curated by Kevin Avery…Read entire article

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Thomas Cole & His Cedar Grove

Text by Jennifer Holz, Photos by George Holz, Upstate Diary, Thursday, April 27, 2017 

The air is buzzing at Cedar Grove, 19th-century landscape painter Thomas Cole’s country home in Catskill, NY, where historians recently uncovered century-old decorative artworks hidden beneath layers of paint …Read entire article

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Painting in the Footsteps of Thomas Cole

By Steven Weinberg, Hyperallergic, Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cole wanted you to stare off into the impending destruction of a landscape and ponder the sublime beauty of it all — which, man, I did…Read entire article

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Cedar Grove to reopen in May

By Jane Anderson, Hudson Valley Magazine, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A new multimedia installation at Thomas Cole’s homestead makes you feel like the artist himself is giving the tour…Read entire article

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Actor Jamie Bell Brings Cole to Life

By Daniel Zuckerman, Catskill Daily Mail, Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s new interactive exhibit is receiving a bit of star power with “Billy Elliot” star Jamie Bell supplying the voice of Cole for the exhibit, the site’s executive director said Thursday…Read entire article

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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

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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

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Lost art of Thomas Cole uncovered in his NY home

Associated Press, March 8, 2017 

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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

2016  

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

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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

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, CATSKILL, NY – Jan 22, 2016

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 

2015  

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 

By WNYT Staff, WNYT

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” 
IMBY.com- “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)
Explore-Hudson-Valley.com AP Story from Yahoo! News
Explore-Hudson-Valley.com 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”

2014

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

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/nyregion/an-exhibition-on-frederic-edwin-church-and-thomas-cole-in-catskill-ny.html?_r=0

Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/articles/art-review-master-mentor-master-thomas-cole-frederic-church-1402347440#printMode

Artfix: http://www.artfixdaily.com/calendar/print/7129-thomas-cole-and-frederic-church-master-mentor-master

The Daily Mail: http://www.thedailymail.net/news/article_ec71a1a4-e239-11e3-9aa2-001a4bcf887a.html

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/nyregion/events-in-westchester-for-june-8-14-2014.html?_r=0

iloveny: http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/2/Master-Mentor-Master-Thomas-Cole-Frederic-Church-Exhibition-Now-on-View/7748/#.U-OAo_ldVqU

Hudson Valley Magazine: http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/Calendar/index.php/name/Thomas-Cole-Historic-Site-presents-Thomas-Cole-Frederic-Church-Master-Mentor-Master/event/12154/

WAMC: http://wamc.org/post/master-mentor-master-thomas-cole-frederic-church-thomas-cole-historic-site

About Town: http://www.abouttown.us/index.php/events-calendar/details/5134-Master-Mentor-MasterThomas-Cole–Frederic-Church

Hudson Valley Mercantile: http://www.hvmercantile.com/tag/master-mentor-master/

Almanac: http://www.hudsonvalleyalmanacweekly.com/2014/05/16/colechurch-exhibit-opens-this-sunday-with-lecture-in-hudson-reception-in-catskill/

Chronogram: https://twitter.com/Chronogram/status/456443471490863105

Chronogram: http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/thomas-cole-and-frederic-church-master-mentor-master/Content?oid=2238891

http://www.zvents.com/catskill_ny/events/show/369643183-thomas-cole-frederic-church-master-mentor-master

Great Northern Catskills: http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/arts-culture/thomas-cole-national-historic-site

Art Museum Touring: http://www.artmuseumtouring.com/Thomas-Cole.html

Questroyal Fine Art: http://hrs-art.com/2014/02/thomas-cole-frederic-church-exhibition/

New York History Blog: http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2014/05/12/master-mentor-master-thomas-cole-and-frederic-church/

Coco Todo: http://www.cocotodo.com/event/12686

Questroyal Fine Art: http://www.veooz.com/photos/wH8mMJB.html

Daily Voice: http://rye.dailyvoice.com/events/classes-lectures/783908/thomas-cole-frederic-church-master-mentor-master

AFA News: http://www.afanews.com/home/item/2602-%E2%80%98master-mentor-master%E2%80%99-examines-teacher-student-relationship-between-thomas-cole-and-frederic-church

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

2009

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

2006

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)

2005

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

2004

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

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Join the Campaign for the New Studio

For over a decade, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been the place for inspiration and scholarship on the birth of America’s first major art movement. Through exhibitions, lectures, special events and tours of the historic buildings and grounds, the Hudson River School has been brought to life.

“I am now sitting in my New Studio which is about completed though the walls are not quite dry…”  

Thomas Cole, December 1846

At the heart of the organization are the 19th century spaces where Thomas Cole made history: the 1815 Main House, the 1839 Old Studio, and the gardens and views that surround them. One critical piece, however, had been missing for the last forty years – Thomas Cole’s New Studio.

Built in 1846 according to Thomas Cole’s own design, the building stood a few hundred yards from Cole’s home at Cedar Grove for 125 years. Tragically, it was torn down in 1973 after falling into disrepair. However, we joyfully announce that the New Studio has been rebuilt and constructed in May of 2016. We’ve raised 97% of our $1.6 million campaign goal. For a behind-the-scenes look into the reconstruction process visit Reconstructing Thomas Cole’s New Studio. 

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THANK YOU TO THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THE  NEW STUDIO CAMPAIGN

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the people who have already contributed to this historic campaign. This list is updated periodically; please do let us know if you see anything that needs correcting: info@thomascole.org.

$500,000 and up

Empire State Development/I LOVE NY

 

$100,000 to $499,000

Raymond Beecher

Lisa Fox Martin & Dick May

The May Family Foundation

 

$50,000 to $99,000

Kathy Klingenstein & Robert Miller

Nina Matis & Alan Gosule

Anne Miller & Stuart Breslow

Richard Sharp

 

$25,000 to $49,000

Robert Appel

Marianne Lockwood & David Bury

Betsy Scott & Alfred Scott

Warner Shook & Frank Swim

 

$10,000 to $24,000

Asli & Evren Ay

David Barnes &  Jill Taylor

The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.

Matthew & Maria Brown

The Enoch Foundation

Barry & Gloria Garfinkel

Michel Goldberg & Frances Spark

Hudson River Foundation

Johnnie Moore & Ashton Hawkins

Maynard & Kay Toll

Evelyn D. Trebilcock & Douglas Hammond

Alice Walton

 

$5,000 to $9,999

Peter Bakal

Valerie Balint & Brock Ganeles

Gary DiMauro Real Estate, Inc.

David & Mary Forer

Linda & Tom Gentalen

David & Laura Grey

Jean Hamilton & Richard McCarthy

Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation

James G. & Purcell Palmer Foundation

Loring G. & Anne Pratt

Questroyal Fine Art

Stephen Shadley

Peter Spears & Brian Swardstrom

Hudson Talbott & Jay Lesenger

Sybil & Richard Tannenbaum

Wyeth Foundation for American Art

 

$1,000 to $4,999

The Barker Welfare Foundation

Mark Caldwell & James O’Shea

Stephen & Jacqueline Dunn

Charles & Kristin Gamble Flood

Ginnie Gardiner & Jon Phillips

Thomas & Di-Anne Gibson

Hudson River Valley Greenway

Peter Jung

Meredith Kane

Martin & Veronica Kosich

Richard & Elizabeth Mason

Patti Matheney & Michael Schrom

Jane W. Nuhn Trust

Richard & Kimberly Rappleyea

Barbara Rivette

Nancy Ursprung

Wheelock Whitney & Sandro Cagnin

 

Up to $999

J. Winthrop Aldrich & Ms. Tracie Rozhon

Alexandra Anderson

Gilbert S. & Mary Ann Bagnell

Richard & Carleen Baright

Eric & Katherine Baumgartner

Gregg Berninger

Annette & Stanley Blaugrund

Peter Buffington

Nicholas Bulzacchelli

Robert & Joan Carl

Eileen Charbonneau & Edward C. Gullo

Eliza Childs

Owen Davidson & Mark Prezorski

Thomas DePietro & Dorothy Heyl

Gerald & Dian Fausel

Carrie Feder & Mr. Randall Evans

Marshall Field

Peter Finger

MaryEllen Gallagher

Theron & Lisa Gunderman

Barbara Hancock

Delmar D. Hendricks

Charles D. Hewett, Jr. & Charles E. Olbricht

Joseph & Mary Pesez Kames

Patricia & John Kay

Carol Kohan

Richard & Elizabeth Livingston

Kenneth W. & Janet Maddox

Ronnie McCue

Ellen McKeon

Ronald G. Peters & Johna Peachin

Janis Pforsich & Larry Gillaspie

Antonella Preve

Irwin & Susan Richman

Keith & Kathy Rubin

Philip & Bunny Savino

Alan Wallach

George Ward

Professor John Wilmerding

Zukowski-Diamond Foundation

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The Cole Fellowship Program

 

COLE FELLOWS Class of 2021

Announcement coming soon

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) has completed its application review for the Cole Fellowship Class of 2020-2021. We will soon be announcing our newest Class of Cole Fellows. 

Please check back in December of 2021 for information on applying to the Cole Fellows Class of 2022.

The Cole Fellowship is a one-year residential research and professional development program at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Each year four new Fellows are invited to join the site and participate in the research and interpretation of the work, home, and studios of the artist, Thomas Cole (1801–1848). Through a combination of research, seminars, and hands-on projects, Cole Fellows conduct significant primary research and gain professional museum experience.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first art movement. Cole’s profound influence on America’s cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through programs and exhibitions that are relevant today.

Through a combination of research, interpretation, and hands-on projects, Cole Fellows conduct significant research and gain professional museum experience. Selected candidates are provided the opportunity to:

  • Conduct in-depth research that leads to a major project and /or paper based on their work.
  • Attend an intensive one-week seminar with the leading Cole scholar and Professor, Dr. Alan Wallach.
  • Lead tours of the historic site, galleries, and have full engagement in interpretive programming.
  • Work closely with the Curator, and other TCNHS staff on projects that may include collection care and research, exhibition planning, educational programming, and special events.
  • Participate in various events and site-wide staff meetings to learn about the structural, strategic, and creative decisions involved in the day-to-day operations of a historic artists’ house museum.
  • Attend monthly field trips and site visits to museums and cultural venues; benefit from professional development opportunities including resume review and next step planning based on individual career goals.

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Words from a few of our Fellows:

The Cole Fellowship Program provides the space for recent graduates to join a supportive community that is incredibly invested in your professional growth within the museum and art history field. Your voice as a Fellow is heard in meaningful and substantial ways. 

Amanda Malmstrom, Cole Fellow 2018-2019

Working at the Cole site was an amazing opportunity because I was able to be a part of a wide variety of projects across disciplines—public programming, exhibition design, curation, and marketing. I got to design my own experience as I entered the Fellowship, following my own interests and influencing the creative direction of the museum. The professional development, mentorship, and site visits provided structure, but I felt free to explore my own passion for history and public engagement. Plus, I learned a ton about Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School directly from the experts and had the history at my fingertips everyday.

Leila Farrer, Cole Fellow 2016

It was an incredible experience, more than I thought it would be. I saw every level of museum management — other places only showed me one department. It allowed me to experience a museum as a whole. The professional development was great, with access to high-level people. It led directly to a job. 

John Kingsley, 2011 Cole Fellow

 

The Program Endowment that supports educational programs at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this the programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Volunteer Your Expertise

volunteers+on+steps-croppedThe Thomas Cole National Historic Site encourages you to learn more about our volunteer program! Our volunteers are wonderful people who contribute their time and skills for an array of enriching and vital aspects of our operation. The volunteer program offers a rich and fulfilling experience with special programs and events just for volunteers throughout the year. Become a Thomas Cole volunteer!

I love the friends I’ve met at the Thomas Cole House. It was a great way to get involved in the community. – Ethel

Recruitment is on-going

Now is the time to join the fun and fascinating group of people who give tours of the historic site, conduct programs for visiting children, or lead hikes into the beautiful surrounding landscape. All training is provided; no special knowledge or experience is required except a passion for learning. While some volunteers have a public role, others work behind the scenes. Applications are now being accepted for the following:

  • Docents to conduct tours of the house, studio, and gardens
  • School Program Docents to conduct programs for children
  • Art Trail Docents to lead groups on hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail
  • Gardeners to work on the new Kitchen Garden

All volunteers have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from some of the most prominent scholars in the field
  • Work in a beautiful and historic atmosphere
  • Share your love of art, history, and historic preservation
  • Attend educational programs such as Sunday Salons for free
  • Meet diverse visitors from all over the world
  • Visit other museums, historic sites, artists’ studios and galleries
  • Build long-lasting friendships

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free training and ongoing education and enrichment
  • Invitations to all Cedar Grove events, some of which are free to volunteers
  • Use of volunteer lending library
  • Free membership at the $50 level after 10 hours of recorded volunteering
  • Trips to museums, galleries and other destinations
  • Volunteer-led hikes along the Hudson River School Art Trail
  • Discount on merchandise in the Old Studio Bookstore
  • Volunteer thank-you parties
  • Academic credits for student interns

For more information please 518-943-7465 

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Seeking Volunteers to Lead School Programs

vertical-master-kids1Enjoy working with children? The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is currently seeking volunteer docents to lead school programs at the historic site for visiting school groups. Our School Programs Docents inspire young people with meaningful information about the life, relationships and works of the 19th-century artist Thomas Cole through hands-on activities that are designed for each grade level and subject area. Want to get involved? Please contact 518-943-7465 for more information.

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News Archive

January 2016  

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

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, CATSKILL, N.Y. — Jan 22, 2016

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 

September 2015  

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

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

July 2015  

Thomas Cole’s Art Studio to Be Recreated 
The New York Times
Eve M. Kahn

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 
WNYT

 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 
The Washington Post
Sarah Kaplan

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
The New York Times
Nate Schweber

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 

WNYT / WNYT Staff

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  

 VQR / Jean Dunbar

 

May – June 2015

‘River Crossings’ a Contemporary Art Exhibition at 2 Historic Sites of the Hudson River School 
The New York Times
Daniel Van Benthuysen

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
The Albany Times Union
Amy Biancolli

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” 
IMBY.com- “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)
Explore-Hudson-Valley.com AP Story from Yahoo! News
Explore-Hudson-Valley.com 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”

2014

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

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/nyregion/an-exhibition-on-frederic-edwin-church-and-thomas-cole-in-catskill-ny.html?_r=0

Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/articles/art-review-master-mentor-master-thomas-cole-frederic-church-1402347440#printMode

Artfix: http://www.artfixdaily.com/calendar/print/7129-thomas-cole-and-frederic-church-master-mentor-master

The Daily Mail: http://www.thedailymail.net/news/article_ec71a1a4-e239-11e3-9aa2-001a4bcf887a.html

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/nyregion/events-in-westchester-for-june-8-14-2014.html?_r=0

iloveny: http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/2/Master-Mentor-Master-Thomas-Cole-Frederic-Church-Exhibition-Now-on-View/7748/#.U-OAo_ldVqU

Hudson Valley Magazine: http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/Calendar/index.php/name/Thomas-Cole-Historic-Site-presents-Thomas-Cole-Frederic-Church-Master-Mentor-Master/event/12154/

WAMC: http://wamc.org/post/master-mentor-master-thomas-cole-frederic-church-thomas-cole-historic-site

About Town: http://www.abouttown.us/index.php/events-calendar/details/5134-Master-Mentor-MasterThomas-Cole–Frederic-Church

Hudson Valley Mercantile: http://www.hvmercantile.com/tag/master-mentor-master/

Almanac: http://www.hudsonvalleyalmanacweekly.com/2014/05/16/colechurch-exhibit-opens-this-sunday-with-lecture-in-hudson-reception-in-catskill/

Chronogram: https://twitter.com/Chronogram/status/456443471490863105

http://www.chronog ram.com/hudsonvalley/thomas-cole-and-frederic-church-master-mentor-master/Content?oid=2238891

http://www.zvents.com/catskill_ny/events/show/369643183-thomas-cole-frederic-church-master-mentor-master

http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/arts-culture/thomas-cole-national-historic-site

http://www.artmuseumtouring.com/Thomas-Cole.html

http://hrs-art.com/2014/02/thomas-cole-frederic-church-exhibition/

http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2014/05/12/master-mentor-master-thomas-cole-and-frederic-church/

http://www.cocotodo.com/event/12686

http://www.veooz.com/photos/wH8mMJB.html

http://rye.dailyvoice.com/events/classes-lectures/783908/thomas-cole-frederic-church-master-mentor-master

http://www.afanews.com/home/item/2602-%E2%80%98master-mentor-master%E2%80%99-examines-teacher-student-relationship-between-thomas-cole-and-frederic-church

 

June 2013

Albert Bierstadt’s Paintings Now at Thomas Cole Site
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
Annette Blaugrund

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
The Wall Street Journal
Ralph Gardner Jr.

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

People Are Talking About…
VOGUE Magazine
Jenna Lundin

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

April 2010

Women Artists of the Hudson River School
Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Jennifer Krieger

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

October 2009

Taking in the Views That Led to Great Art
The New York Times
Benjamin Genocchio

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

June 1, 2009

River Views of the Hudson River School
American Art Review
Elizabeth B. Jacks

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

 

July 26, 2006

A Natural Canvas
The Boston Globe
Patricia Harris and David Lyon

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)

 

June 19, 2005

The Hudson River School
The New York Times
Susan Catto

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…

 

January 21, 2005

Found underground
Daily Freeman
Bonnie Langston, Freeman staff

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…

 

September 19, 2004

Restored studio paints a life
Times Union
Timothy Cahill

“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…

 

September 12, 2004

Inside the artist’s studio: Cole’s work space being restored
Daily Freeman
Jonathan Ment, Freeman staff

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…

 

August 15, 2004

An American Virtuoso of Urgent visions
Times Union
Timothy Cahill, Staff writer

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

March 6, 2004

Cole’s 19th-century art studio getting a facelift
Daily Freeman
Fred Johnsen, Freeman staff

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…

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For Collectors

Do you own a Hudson River School painting?

If you own a special work of art, you are part of a long tradition of patrons and collectors that have supported artists and derived great pleasure from their masterworks. Here at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, we receive many inquiries from collectors about a wide range of topics that relate to their paintings; therefore, this section of our website is dedicated to the collector. It attempts to answer some of the most frequently-asked questions, and in the future we plan to provide a forum for sharing information among a community of individuals that share common interests.

For the frequently-asked questions section below, our thanks to Louis Salerno at Questroyal Fine Art for providing the expert advice. We invite you to explore the information and links that are listed below, and enjoy your work of art!

1. How can I confirm that my painting is a nineteenth-century original? 

The first thing to do when evaluating your work of art is to make sure it is, in fact, a painting and not a print.  Paintings and prints have become so similar with technology that sometimes a professional cannot immediately tell the difference between the two.  One way to see if you have a painting is to look for brushstrokes and verify that the composition does not consist of pixilated dots, which can indicate that the art is machine-made.  If you believe the painting is on canvas, then you might also check the back to judge the age of the work; a nineteenth-century canvas will typically look dark and quite aged, unless it has been restored.  Even with these tricks, your safest bet is to send an image to a trusted dealer or restorer to provide an initial evaluation of the work.

2011-Collectors-figure1Fig. 1  Prints and paintings can look very similar and it is necessary to look closely.  Here, the work on the right is an original painting, whereas the image on the left is a print.  Both are by Hudson River School artist Albert Bierstadt. Left: Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, 1869. Chromolithograph, 19 1/8 x 32 3/8 inches, published by Thomas McLean, London. The Collection of The Old Print Shop, New York, NY. Right: Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), Indian Encampment.  Oil on paper laid down on board7 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, signed lower right.  The Collection of Questroyal Fine Art, New York, NY.

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Fig. 2 One way to determine if you have a print or painting is by looking at the back.  This example shows what an aged, nineteenth-century canvas and stretcher (the wood support) look like.  Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, New York, NY.

 

2. How can I determine the artist who created my painting? Is it by Thomas Cole?

First, look for a signature, which can be in the form of initials, one initial, full name, first name, etc.  If you find one and can identify it, then you can assume that the work was painted by the artist. Signatures can be tested for authenticity under a blacklight; if the signature fluoresces, it could be a sign of in-paint, or an addition the original artist did not make.

Many unsigned paintings can be authentic, so if you feel that a painting has the stylistic hallmarks of an artist then you should show it to a gallery. For instance, Thomas Cole did not always sign his works. However, he is known for visible brushwork and sublime features in his landscapes including broken tree branches, rocky outcroppings, and dramatic atmospheres; moreover, his developed skies have dimension and are not flat.  He painted in a naturalistic style, so the pictured scenes tend to look life-like.  These types of hallmarks can be used to determine whether a work of art is by Cole.  You can learn more about artists’ stylistic trademarks by viewing their works in museums, looking in books, or online.

2011-Collectors-figure3Fig. 3 An example of Thomas Cole’s well-developed skies.  Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Lake Mohonk (detail), ca. 1846.  Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches.  The Collection of Questroyal Fine Art, New York, NY.

 

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Fig. 4 Cole was known for his dramatic portrayals of nature’s darker moments.  Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Imaginary Landscape with Towering Outcrop, ca. 1846–1847.  Oil on canvas, 18 ½ x 15 inches.  Private Collection.

3. I would like to learn more about the artist who made my painting.  What resources can I use?

A good place to start for American artists is Peter Falk’s Who Was Who in American Art?—this book gives a brief overview of thousands of artists. If the artist is well-known, you can also find a lot of information on gallery and museum websites and in scholarly books found at the local library or museum libraries. Going to museums and seeing other examples of the artist’s work can be very helpful, too.

Things get tough if there is not a lot of information available about your artist.  If books and online information are not available, then the best place to look is old newspapers.  These can list exhibitions, ads, and general articles that discuss your artist.  Newspapers from the nineteenth-century can be found on library database systems (such as Proquest Historical Newspapers) or as hardcopies in library or museum archives.

4. Do I need to have my painting authenticated? 

Authentications are important when you have a valuable work of art, but they can be costly.  Sometimes galleries and auction houses can provide unofficial authentications to give you an idea of who may have painted your work—this can help determine whether an official authentication is worth the effort.  It is important to note that museums typically cannot comment on the authenticity of a work due to company policies.

Catalogue raisonné committees also exist for select painters. These committees are comprised of either one or a number of experts who catalogue and authenticate all the known works of a particular artist. Catalogue raisonné groups can charge a fee for authentications, but some are free. You should try to determine whether there is a formal authentication committee for an artist if you believe you have one of their works.  There are currently catalogue raisonné committees for Ralph A. Blakelock, Frederic E. Church, Jasper F. Cropsey, Sanford R. Gifford, John F. Kensett and Thomas Moran to name a few.

5. How can I determine the value of my painting? 

One way to determine the value of your work of art is to consult a gallery or dealer.  You will need to find a gallery that specializes in the type of artwork you believe you have (for instance, you would not want to take a Hudson River School painting to a gallery that specializes in European art).  Dealers are conversant with the market often know the up-to-date value of paintings by certain artists.

If you want to do your own research or verify that a quoted value is fair, you can turn to online sources.  Artnet.com and Askart.com are just two websites that list innumerable auction records for American art.  You can purchase a day or month pass on these websites to access prices paid for works at auction. Browsing the records for a particular artist will give you an idea of what his/her paintings bring.  This is a good way to assess worth, but you must remember that there are determining factors not analyzed in these listings such as size, condition, and desirability of specific subject matter.

For information about appraisals and a list of appraisers, click here.

6. Speaking of subject matterdoes it affect my painting’s value? 

To be concise: yes! Identifiable and common subject matter often make a painting more valueable.  For example: Thomas Cole is revered for being the father of the Hudson River School and the artist who made American landscape painting popular.  For this reason, Cole’s depictions of the American wilderness are oftentimes more desired than his European works.  This directly affects the market value of his paintings—his American paintings are usually more costly than his European works.

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Fig. 5 Paintings like Landscape, Sunrise in the Clove tend to be more valuable to Thomas Cole collectors since it shows an American subject.  Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Landscape, Sunrise in the Clove. Oil on canvas, 5 ½ x 8 ½ in. Thomas Cole National Historic Site

 

 

7. What makes one painting more valuable than another when it comes to Hudson River School art? 

The importance of the artist is the key factor in the valuation of Hudson River School art. Artists who played a major part in popularizing landscape painting are the most sought after, as are painters with a uniquely individual style, such as Thomas Cole, Frederic E. Church, Asher B. Durand, Albert Bierstadt, Sanford R. Gifford, George Inness, John F. Kensett, Fitz Henry Lane, Martin J. Heade and Thomas Moran. The paintings of these artists are highly sought after by dealers, collectors and museums. The difference in value of two paintings by the same artist often comes down to subject matter, date, size, and condition.

8. Will art galleries be willing to assist me with my painting or should I contact a museum? 

Yes—it is actually best to go to an art gallery first and, if you get a sense that the painting is important and want a second opinion, then go to a museum.  It is more likely that galleries will be able to give you an idea of value as they evaluate the commercial price of paintings on a daily basis.  It is of paramount importance that you find a reputable dealer, though.  If you don’t, you could end up selling a $250,000 painting for $2,500.  My suggestion would be to pick up an art magazine such as Antiques & Fine Art, American Art Review, Art & Antiques, ARTnews, and The Magazine Antiques, look at gallery advertisements and search for information about some of the galleries online.

9. How do I know if I’m getting a fair price when selling through an auction house? What about selling to or through a dealer? 

At auction you receive the value of a painting at one specific moment in time, which is subject to the world economy and who attends the auction.  If two people who want the painting are present, then you’ll get a better price; however, if they aren’t there, you won’t. The advantage is that you are presenting your work to a broad audience and getting exactly what the market thinks of the painting at that moment.  One of the disadvantages is that the successful buyer has to pay the hammer price plus a buyer’s premium, which can be up to an additional 25%.  You are also at a disadvantage if you are the seller—you only receive the hammer price, not the buyer’s premium.  A 6–10% auction house commission is also deducted for selling the work.

If you consign to a dealer, you can set a net price and not be obligated to sell the work if that price isn’t matched or bettered. This way, you have more control over what you will receive in exchange for the painting. The only disadvantages are that you may have to wait a long time before the painting sells and give a commission to the dealer.  If you want to sell to a dealer then you should check their reputation and do your own homework.  You can also ask the dealer what the asking price will be for the painting if you sell it to him/her and decide if you think the profit margin is fair.

10. How can I determine who owned my painting before me?  Is this information important? 

Sometimes the previous ownership of a painting can’t be determined, but sometimes it can. The simplest way to start is to ask the person who sold the work to you for its provenance, or history of ownership. You can also check auction records to see if the painting was ever sold at auction.

Provenance can be an indication of quality and, therefore, increase value.  For example, the value of a work can be enhanced if noted collectors and/or museums previously owned it. This is due to the collectors’ or institutions’ reputation as connoisseurs, which projects a high degree of quality onto the painting.

While it is good to know a work’s provenance, it should be noted that many masterpieces and paintings of great value come with incomplete or limited information.  For this reason, collectors should consider this factor, but not allow the lack of recorded history to dissuade them from acquiring a painting of remarkable visual impact and quality.

11. How can I tell if my painting is in need of restoration? 

This is a hard question because it involves an individual’s own judgment.  Many nineteenth-century paintings can improve with restoration.  If you remove the painting from its frame and the edges under the frame are a different color, then that’s a sign that there is varnish discoloring or dirt.  If you like a painting, then you should show it to a reputable restorer who can do tests to see if it can be cleaned.

One thing to note is that it is not always necessary to restore a work and, in fact, many museums and dealers prefer that a painting not be altered before viewing it.  Also, if you feel it is necessary to obtain an opinion from a restorer, you should seek out the best. One way to determine if a restorer is reputable is to ask who they work with—if their clients include museums and prominent dealers, then this is a good sign.  You may even wish to contact one or more of their clients for a review of the restorer’s working methods. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to ask questions about a restorer’s techniques and why they think it is necessary to clean your painting.  Never forget that you can also always get a second opinion!

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Fig. 6 A before and after view of a restored Hudson River School painting.  William Trost Richards (1833–1905), Coastal Scene.  Oil on canvas28 1/8 x 48 1/8 inches, signed and dated (indistinctly) lower left. The Collection of Questroyal Fine Art, New York, NY.

Louis M. Salerno is the owner of Questroyal Fine Art in Manhattan.  Questroyal Fine Art specializes in important nineteenth- and twentieth-century American paintings including works from the Hudson River School, Tonalist, Impressionist, and Modernist movements. Louis has been an avid American art collector and dealer for more than twenty years. The gallery can be reached at 212-744-3586 or via email at gallery@questroyalfineart.com.

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