I have recently received some beautiful images of the paintings that will be coming to us in May as part of our 2011 exhibition, Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedman’s Son. Duncanson was the first African-American landscape painter to gain international renown, and his work is magnificent. It is especially significant that this exhibition will bring the work of this ground-breaking artist to the home of Thomas Cole, as Cole was a major influence on Duncanson. The exhibition is curated by Joseph D. Ketner, the Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art and the Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston. He is the author of the definitive book about the artist, The Emergence of the African- American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson 1821-1872. The catalogue for this exhibition will contain an essay by Mr. Ketner including new information on the artist and color illustrations of many new paintings discovered over the past fifteen years. We will post more of the images on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ThomasColeHistoricSite.