Current Exhibitions & Events


Curators: Kate Menconeri and Kathy Greenwood, Director, Art & Culture Program, Albany International Airport

Sat, Sept 29 – Mon, Feb, 25 

Albany International Airport Gallery, 3rd Fl

The Thomas Cole Site and the Albany International Airport present a new multidisciplinary exhibition that features 10 contemporary visual artists and 7 writers whose works explore our relationship to the natural world, and share common ground with Thomas Cole’s greatest written work, Essay on American Scenery. The gallery is open daily from 7 am to 11 pm.


Lisa Sanditz, Fumigation Tents, 2016, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70”, photograph courtesy the artist

The Art of Emily Cole

March 2- July 7, 2019

The first solo exhibition dedicated to Thomas Cole’s daughter, Emily Cole
revealing her exquisitely painted botanicals.


Emily Cole, Untitled, n.d., watercolor and pencil on paper, 7 5/16″ x 10 5/16″.

Guided Tour: The Women of Cedar Grove

Weekends in March

Explore the historic Main House on a new guided tour bringing to light the stories of five women who called the property, historically known as Cedar Grove, home.


Charles Herbert Moore. Cedar Grove. Oil on canvas, 1868.

Sunday Salon: Directionality in the Art of Thomas Cole: An Ecocritical Perspective

Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies, College of William & Mary, Co-curator of Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment at Princeton University

Sunday, March 3, 2 pm

Join Dr. Alan C. Braddock on an exploration of directionality of vision and movement in the art of Thomas Cole.

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2019 Cole Fellows Research Presentations

Friday, March 29, 5:30 pm

Join us in the New Studio for the Cole Fellows Class of 2019 Research Presentations. Topics include 19th century historical events informing new interactive exhibits, 19th century female artists, connections between Cole’s mineral collection and his art, and alternative methods of engagement with the arts and local teens.


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Main House and Old Studio

Through April, 2019

Explore Thomas Cole’s historic Main House with museum educators. The Main House includes The Parlors, technology-driven story telling installations, and Mind Upon Nature: Thomas Cole’s Creative Process, an exhibition featuring original works by Thomas Cole.


© Peter Aaron/OTTO

First Annual Scholars’ Dinner

The Century Association, NYC 

Monday, April 1, 2019 

An evening with the leading American art scholars of today and the emerging American art scholars of tomorrow.

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Asher B. Durand, Portrait of Thomas Cole, 1838. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday Salon: Catskill Creek and the Science of Landscape

Jeanne Haffner, Associate Curator of the exhibition Hudson Rising at the New-York Historical Society

Sunday, April 7, 2 pm

Join Dr. Haffner as she considers contemporary debates over the Anthropocene–the idea that humankind is a force of nature in itself–and Cole’s paintings of Catskill Creek from the 19th century.

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Reception and Book Launch

H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English, Vassar College

Thursday, April 18, 6 pm

1A E 77th St., NYC

A reception and talk with Professor Peck to celebrate the new exhibition book published by Cornell University Press.

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Thomas Cole’s Refrain:

The Paintings of Catskill Creek

Curator: H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English, Vassar College

May 4-Nov 3, 2019

A new exhibition revealing the deeper meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, considered for the first time as an integral series.


Thomas Cole, Catskill Creek, N.Y., 1845, Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 36″. New-York Historical Society.

Curator’s Talk: Thomas Cole’s Refrain

H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English, Vassar College

Sunday, May 19, 2 pm 

Lumberyard, Creekside Studio

Join exhibition curator Professor Peck for a discussion on our new exhibition Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek.

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Past Exhibitions


Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

Aug 14 – Nov 18, 2018

A contemporary art exhibition installed throughout the historic site as part of the ongoing series OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole. The exhibition grew out of conversations between the Cole Site curator Kate Menconeri, the artist Kiki Smith, and exhibiting artists.


Painting: Place (Place), 2017, Jackie Saccoccio. Oil and mica on Linen, 79 x 90 in. Courtesy of the artist and Van Doren Waxter,

Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance

Curators: Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art at Yale, Jennifer Raab, Associate Professor in the History of Art at Yale, Sophie Lynford, Ph.D. candidate at Yale and Nicholas Robbins, Ph.D. candidate at Yale

May 1 – Nov 4, 2018


Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

KIKI SMITH / “From the Creek”

Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

Aug 12 – Nov 19, 2017

 Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

“Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills”

Curator: Kevin J. Avery, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Apr 30 – Oct 29, 2017 

Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO


“Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect”

Curator: Annette Blaugrund, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Author and Curator, and former Director of the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts    

May 1 – Oct 30, 2016


JASON MIDDLEBROOK: “Nature Builds / We Cover”

Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

Aug 14 – Oct 30, 2016


“River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home”

Curators: Stephen Hannock, Contemporary Artist and Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College and Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail

May 3-Nov 1, 2015

Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO


Stanley Maltzman / “Thomas Cole’s Honey”

Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

July 26- Oct 2, 2014


“Master, Mentor, master – Thomas Cole & Frederic Church”

Curators: John Wilmerding, Ph.D., Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University and former Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art 

Apr 30 – Nov 2, 2014

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“Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England”

Curator: Annette Blaugrund, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Author and Curator, and former Director of the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts

May 1 – Nov 3, 2013

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“Worlds Between: Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot”

Curator: Katherine E. Manthorne, Ph.D., Professor of American and Latin American Art at the CUNY Graduate Center, and former Research Center Head at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  

Apr 29 – Oct 28, 2012

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“Remember the Ladies”

Curators: Nancy Siegel, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Towson University and Jennifer Krieger, Managing Partner of Hawthorne Fine Art and Academic Scholar  

May 2- Oct 31, 2010

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“River Views of the Hudson River School”

Curator: Nancy Siegal, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Towson University    

May 2- Oct 31, 2009

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“Thomas Cole’s Sketch Paintings: An Exploration of the Creative Process”

Curator: Elizabeth B. Jacks, Thomas Cole Site Executive Director

May 3 – Oct 26, 2008

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“Asher B. Durand: Intimate Observations”

Curator: Lee Vedder, Ph.D., Independent Curator and former Henry Luce  Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the New York Historical Society     

May 20 – Oct 28, 2007

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“Jasper Cropsey: Interpreting Nature”

Curator: Elizabeth Stevens, former Thomas Cole Site Curator    

May 7 – Oct 29, 2006

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“George Inness: Paintings”

Curator: Elizabeth Stevens, former Thomas Cole Site Curator    

May 1 – Oct 30, 2005

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