The Scholars’ Dinner Digital Program

Monday, April 6, 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site cancelled the in-person Scholars’ Dinner previously scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Century Association in New York City. The health of all our supporters, partners, staff, fellows, and volunteers is our top priority.

The event’s purpose is to support and celebrate American art scholarship and we chose to persevere. We created this digital space to commemorate the work of scholars and acknowledge our generous supporters who care about and safeguard American art and landscape. Our goal is to provide a resource to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of this community. Scroll down to experience content that would have been presented at the event, including written remarks from the featured scholars, videos, and information on upcoming projects in American art.

Welcome Film

Featured Scholars

Scroll down to read their remarks. 


Morrison H. Heckscher

Curator Emeritus of the American Wing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Graham C. Boettcher

R. Hugh Daniel Director

Birmingham Museum in Art


Shannon Vittoria

Research Associate in the American Wing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


2020 Class of Cole Fellows

Anne Comer, Hampton Des Smith, Marissa Hamm, and Alex McCarty

Board of Trustees

Lisa Fox Martin, Chairman 

Marianne Lockwood, Vice-Chairman 

Warner Shook, Vice-Chairman 

Sara de Swardt, Treasurer 

Susan Ball, Secretary 

Asli Ay

Carrie Feder

Linda Gentalen

Elizabeth B. Jacks

Nina Matis

Anne J. Miller

Stephen Shadley

Hudson Talbott

Evelyn Trebilcock


National Council

Kevin J. Avery

Tim Barringer

Annette Blaugrund

Linda S. Ferber

Ella M. Foshay

Eleanor Jones Harvey

Ashton Hawkins

Patricia Junker

Elizabeth Kornhauser

Katherine Manthorne

Barbara Novak

Paul D. Schweizer

Nancy Siegel

John R. Stilgoe

Alan Wallach

Benefit Committee


Lisa Fox Martin

Nina Matis & Alan Gosule

Anne J. Miller & Stuart J. M. Breslow

Warner Foundation, Susan Warner



Michael N. Altman

David B. Forer

Richard & Ronay Menschel

Barbara & John R. Robinson

Lois & Arthur Stainman

Evelyn Trebilcock & Douglas Hammond

Barrie A. & Deedee Wigmore



Deborah Carmichael

Kristin Gamble

Jean D. Hamilton & Richard N. McCarthy

Sue Karayannides

Illiana van Meeteren & Terence Boylan

Elizabeth J. & Alfred Scott

Nina Szarkowski Jones & Adrian Jones



Louise Arias

Susan Ball & John Brigham

Annette Blaugrund

David Bury & Marianne Lockwood

Leslie & Jim Cowen

Linda S. Ferber

Debra J. Force

Carol & Myron Goldman

David & Laura Grey

James F. Guidera & Edward B. Parran

Marjorie & Gurnee Hart

Margaret K. Hofer

Mary Irish, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Meredith J. Kane & Richard T. Sharp

Diane Kamp

Alison L. Lankenau

Thomas A. McKay

Jessie K. & Robert Palmer

Jennifer Patton

Oscar S. & Mary Nan Pollock

Loring G. & Anne Pratt

Sarah & Craig Richardson

Louis M. Salerno, Questroyal Fine Art

Stephen Shadley

Warner Shook & Frank Swim

Kathleen M. Sloane

Sara & Tom de Swardt

Hudson Talbott & Jay Lesenger

Maynard & Kay Toll

Arete Warren

Eric P. Widing

Watch a video about the Cole Fellows Program

Save the Date for the Cole Fellows’ Research Presentations

Available online on Friday, May 15 

Join us for the Cole Fellows Class of 2020 Research Presentations that will be available to watch online on Friday, May 15. Research topics include using digital technology to teach American history using American art; Thomas Cole’s complex portrayal of Native Americans in his paintings; and life at the historic site after Cole’s death and how this informed his legacy.

Information on how to watch this event online will be posted at soon

Event Photography by Beth Schneck Photography

Event Design and Florals by Geoff Howell Studio 

Asher B. Durand, Portrait of Thomas Cole, 1838. Oil on Canvas, 30 1/4 x 25 in. Framed: 36 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Gift of Zenas Crane, 1917.

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

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

Jennifer GreimScholars’ Dinner