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' Opening: Saturday May 2, at Olana 4-6pm and at the Cole site 5-7 pm

See the exhibition before it opens to the public, meet the artists in the exhibition, and enjoy wine and light refreshments. Join now and receive a special invitation to the members' preview and reception at both the Thomas Cole Historic Site and Olana.


Curator's Talk: Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site are pleased to present a lecture by Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld in the Arts Center Theater of the Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, New York. The lecture, entitled "River Crossings", celebrates the opening of the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. The Columbia Greene Community College is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson.

Curators' Lecture - May 17

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 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


Save the Date:

2015 Summer Party

Saturday June 27, 7 pm

Cocktails, dinner, fireworks, dancing, all with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. Join us for this annual tradition to benefit the Thomas Cole Historic Site.


Community Day

Sunday September 20, 2015, 1-4 pm

Come one, come all to the 5th annual Community Day! From 1-4 pm, Thomas Cole's home and the galleries will be open free of charge, with activities for the whole family. Visitors can view the house, River Crossings exhibition, and see over 100 original artworks by more than 75 artists featured in the 4th annual exhibition and sale, "Postcards from the Trail". There will be live music, and refreshments will be served. 


Regular tours of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site begin on May 1, 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.