Announcing the 2014 exhibition

Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church 

on view through November 2, 2014   

It vividly evokes the personal and intellectual bond between the elder painter and the pupil who became one of the most celebrated artists of the mid-19th century.... An intimate representation of two artistic lives significantly entwined.   - The Wall Street Journal

We are pleased to announce the first exhibition to explore one of the most influential teacher-student relationships in the history of American art – that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his most celebrated student and successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900).  Church was first introduced to the Hudson Valley as an 18–year-old when he came to live and study with Cole at the property known as Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York, from 1844 to 1846.  With over 20 artworks on view, the exhibition offers a rare chance to see Church's early works from this formative period, alongside key examples of Cole's work from the same time. The exhibition is curated by John Wilmerding, the former Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art, with associate curator Kate Menconeri.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Eli Wilner & Co., the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Bank of Greene County, the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts, and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Preview a selection of paintings from the show.

Read the Press Release


Second Annual Holiday Gathering

Saturday December 13, 5 pm

Back by popular demand, our Holiday Gathering brings you all the 19th-century charm of the Thomas Cole house with warm cocktails and savory nibbles from 5 to 7 pm followed by a dinner at one of several special nearby homes where you will sit around the table with old friends and new acquaintances. The cocktail portion is an affordable $25 per person. Cocktails and dinner is $125. Seating is extremely limited at the dinners. Please call Sheri for availability: 518-943-7465 ext.4.


Guided Hikes on the Art Trail 

The Thomas Cole Historic Site is pleased to present a series of guided hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail, which brings you into the magnificent landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and other luminaries of 19th-century landscape painting. The schedule of hikes is below.

The package price per person is $17, or $15 for members, and includes the following components:

The guided hike/walk along the Hudson River School Art Trail with:

  • A copy of the Hudson River School Art Trail Guidebook, a 55-page book with full-color illustrations ($7.95 value)
  • A guided tour of the Thomas Cole Historic Site at the end of your hike ($10 value)

The 2014 Art Trail HIKE schedule is now finished.
Check back here soon for the 2015 schedule. 

The trails are also easy to navigate on your own. Pick up a guidebook from our visitor center or online shop or use the free mobile website:

Download the hike program information sheet.

After reading the information sheet, register for a hike.

We need more trail guides! Are you interested? Please call Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465 ext.5.

Hudson River School Art Trail hikes are made possible through the Carol T. Savage Art Trail Docent Program, named in honor of our late friend and former Board Chairman. 



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.