Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Cole Fellowship

Each year the Cole site selects three candidates to join the staff and participate in the research and interpretation of the work, home, and studio of Thomas Cole (1801 – 1848). Now in its 6th year, the 2015 Fellowship runs from June 3 – November 12, 2015 and includes housing and monthly stipend. Click here for more information and to apply.  


Sunday Salons 2015

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-25) (Sam's Point), 2012, oil on linen on panel, 30 x 40" / Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy Pace Gallery

Please join us for wine, cheese and mind-opening presentations once per month on Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $9 per person or $7 for members of either the Thomas Cole site or Olana. Tickets can be obtained in advance using the buttons below, or at the door. 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been presenting its annual Sunday Salon series for ten years, bringing today’s most creative thinkers to the home of Thomas Cole for lively conversations on topics relating to the Hudson River School of art. To begin our second decade, the 2015 schedule will focus on connections to the immediate present, in conjunction with an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, that opens in May 2015 at both the Thomas Cole site and Olana. The schedule below includes three artists from the show.  

January 11

Franklin Vagnone
Executive Director, Historic House Trust of New York City

What would our historic sites look like if we threw out the traditional historic house model and tried truly out-of-the-box thinking to engage visitors? Vagnone has consulted, lectured, and taught nationally and is seen as a thought leader in innovative management for historic sites. He is known for his international discussion group, The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums. On this historic occasion leading up to the opening of contemporary art exhibitions inside the homes and in the landscapes of the two 19th century artists, Cole and Church, Vagnone will speak about the ways in which contemporary art can enliven historic spaces.


February 15 
Thomas Nozkowski

Known for richly colored and improvisational abstract paintings, this Hudson Valley based artist paints from personal experience and like Thomas Cole, draws inspiration from walks in the woods. Nozkowski has had 70 one-person shows and his work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Morgan Library, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art among many others. The artist is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design and is a Guggenheim Fellow. He is Professor of Fine Art at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University.

Sunday Salon Lecture - February 15


March 15
Elyn Zimmerman

Elyn Zimmerman is widely regarded as one of today’s most important sculptors working in stone and is best known for her large scale, site-specific projects. Inspired by archeological sites in India in 1977, she began creating temporary outdoor works at places including the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY. Her public commissions are installed all over the world and include a fountain in New York City to memorialize the World Trade Center bombing. Zimmerman taught university level art classes from 1974 to 1986 in California and New York.

Sunday Salon Lecture - March 15


April 12
Stephen Hannock
Artist and co-curator, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

Called “the consummate landscape painter” and “a true American luminist,”  Stephen Hannock began his artistic career near the site of Thomas Cole’s famous 1836 painting, the Oxbow. Cole and Frederic Church have been a reference point for Hannock, whose use of the canvas as a storytelling medium and virtuosic use of light make him an heir to the artists of the Hudson River School. Join Hannock, co-curator of our upcoming exhibition, for a sneak preview of River Crossings, and an insider’s look at how contemporary artists continue to be inspired by both 19th-century American landscape painters, and the landscape they celebrated.

Sunday Salon Lecture - April 12

The 2015 Sunday Salons are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Announcing the 2015 ExhibitionStephen Hannock, Stephen Hannock, Oxbow II, For Frank Moore and Dan Hodermarsky (MASS MoCA #207)

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

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 with Jason Rosenfeld, PhD. Artists in the exhibition include Chuck Close, Gregory Crewdson, Lynn Davis, Don Gummer, Jerry Gretzinger, Valerie Hegarty, Angie Keefer, Stephen Hannock, Charles LeDray, Maya Lin, Elizabeth Murray, Thomas Nozkowski, Martin Puryear, Cindy Sherman, Sienna Shields, Kiki Smith, Joel Sternfeld, and Elyn Zimmerman. Opening May 2015.


Hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Visit the magnificent nearby views that are depicted in Thomas Cole's paintings. Our guided hikes are offered each year from June to October.

2015 GUIDED ART TRAIL HIKES / pre-registration is required:

JUNE 20 - Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)

JULY 18 – Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)

AUGUST 15- Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)      

SEPTEMBER 12- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)

SEPTEMBER 26- Sunset Rock and Catskill Mt House (moderate)                    

OCTOBER 3- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)

OCTOBER 17- Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)


During other times, you can pick up our guidebook or visit our free online guide at and visit on your own. To guide your journey we've created several suggested itineraries that can be accessed here: Suggested itineraries for the Hudson River School Art Trail


Tours of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site will begin again in Spring 2015. Grounds remain open daily throughout the year.


The Thomas Cole Historic Site is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. 

The Thomas Cole Site is a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.