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.  

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.

Online ticket sales for the February Salon are now closed. Please purchase tickets at the door starting at 1:30 pm.


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, Oxbow II, For Frank Moore and Dan Hodermarsky (MASS MoCA #207), private collection

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

Opening May 3, 2015

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 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 works by Thomas Cole and Frederic Church from the permanent collections. A fully-illustrated companion book will be published by The Artist Book Foundation and will include entries by Rosenfeld on all the artists and works, and reflections by such preeminent writers and historians as Maurice Berger, Ken Burns, Adam Gopnik, and Marvin Heiferman. The works in the exhibition represent a wide range of styles and a broad diversity of artists, but the artists all have a connection to the region that Cole and Church helped ignite as a hot-bed of innovative contemporary American art: from Greater New York City to Lake George and from Niagara Falls to Massachusetts. The exhibition reflects the co-curators’ choice of art and artists to participate in that continuing conversation.

Visit the official exibition website.

See the full press release.


Members' Preview: Saturday May 2

Public Opening: Sunday May 3

Curator's lecture: Sunday May 17, 2 pm 

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. The companion book and public programs are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition and the accompanying book have been generously supported by Caroline and Tiger Williams.


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)


Download the hike guidelines here.

After you have read the guidelines, sign up for a hike.


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


Regular tours of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site begin on Wednesday April 29, 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.