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(additional details about the 2015 call to artists will be announced shortly)

Exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Sunday September 20, 2015

Work Due: September 1, 2015 / PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTION GUIDELINES before submitting work

WHAT: In the 19th-century, painters including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Sandford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, and many others who were part of the art movement now known as the Hudson River School, created sublime landscape images throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Today, artists continue to create work that is inspired and informed by their experience in the very same landscapes. In 2005 the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, in partnership with Olana, and numerous other organizations, launched the Hudson River School Art Trail, a series of hiking and driving trails that lead visitors to the places that inspired great landscape paintings of the 19th century. In June 2012 the Trail was greatly expanded, more than doubling its original size. In addition, the Trail maps, images, and in-depth cultural content were converted to a digital format, made available for free online and optimized for mobile devices.

To celebrate the Art Trail and the many artists who continue to be inspired by these landscapes, all artists are again invited to visit one or more of the 22 sites on the Hudson River School Art Trail, and to create and submit an original postcard-sized painting or drawing that is based on one of the iconic sites. A complete list of eligible Trail sites, from views of the Hudson River to the magnificent Kaaterskill Falls to the Mohonk “Gunks”, is below. 

EXHIBITION + GUIDELINES: Artists are invited to participate in the third annual exhibition and sale “Postcards from the Trail 2014” that will take place at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on September 28, 2014.


Original Paintings and/or drawings that depict a view from one of the 22 sites on the Hudson River School Art Trail. See list of sites below; more details are available at


  • A complimentary 5x7” canvas panel is available for pick-up at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Visitor’s Center. Artists may also use their own canvas / materials, but entries must be at least 5x7” but no larger than 8x10”. (This maximum size includes image area and margin and borders.) Entries must be made on provided canvas, your own canvas, stiff board, or paper mounted on board.
  • All works must be unframed and will be displayed either with hooks or wires attached directly to back. In the footsteps of Thomas Cole, all artworks must be original and unique paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor) or drawings, made on location.

+ Please Note: to be included in the exhibit, work must fall within the required size range, depict a site from the Art Trail, and be delivered with a completed entry form on or before the due date of September 6, 2014.

download and print guidelines

downloand and print required entry form


DELIVER ARTWORK + completed ENTRY FORM no later than September 1 to:

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Visitor Center, Attn: Postcards from the Trail

218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 / Hours: Wed-Sun, 10am to 4pm.

OR MAIL to: Thomas Cole Historic Site, Attn: Postcards from the Trail, PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414

QUESTIONS? Call: 518.943.7465 or Email:


  1. View of Catskills from Thomas Cole Historic Site
  2. View of Hudson River from Olana
  3. Catskill Creek (Catskill, NY)
  4. Kaaterskill Clove (near Haines Falls, NY)
  5. Kaaterskill Falls (near Haines Falls, NY)
  6. North-South Lake (North-South Lake Campground)
  7. Sunset Rock (North-South Lake Campground)
  8. Catskill Mountain House (North-South Lake Campground)
  9. View of Hudson River from City of Hudson.
  10. Albany from the East Side of the River (from Crailo Historic Site)
  11. Hudson River from Hasbrouk Park (Kingston, NY)
  12. View across Lake Mohonk (near Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz)
  13. Eagle Cliff near Artists' Rock (near Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz)
  14. Shawangunk Mountains from Sky Top (near Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz)
  15. View of Hudson River from Vanderbilt Mansion (Hyde Park, NY)
  16. View of Hudson River from Croton Point State Park (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  17. View from Jasper Cropsey’s home (Hastings on Hudson, NY) (by appointment only)
  18. View of Connecticut River from Mt. Holyoke, South Hadley, Massachusetts
  19. Echo Lake at Franconia Notch in the White Mountains, Franconia, NH
  20. Crawford Notch in the White Mountains, White Mountain National Forest, NH