CATSKILL — If you think you’re a Thomas Cole expert, think again. In early April, the next generation of art scholars will reveal new ways to see the iconic 19th century landscape artist.
Students at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will present new research about Cole’s life and work at the “Cole Fellow Presentation” on Friday, April 6, at 5 p.m. in Catskill. The presentations are part of the Cole House’s annual fellowship, a one-year residential program for recent college graduates to uncover new avenues for understanding the Hudson River School painter, while at the same time helping the museum’s work. This year, four fellows will be presenting their projects on how to engage students in the classroom, two often-overlooked female artists in the Cole family, how and why Cole painted landscapes, and the story of the Cole House from home to historic museum.
“This year’s fellow are passionate, intelligent and creative,” writes Jennifer Greim, communications manager at the Cole House.
This is the first time the four fellows chose to continue their residency throughout the year, reflecting the site’s mission to be an education center with a full roster of activities, said board member Hudson Talbot.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will host the free presentation in the New Studio, at 218 Spring St. The Cole House hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year that illuminate Cole’s naturalist painting and philosophy, including lectures at the Sunday Salon series and the interactive Hudson River Art School Trail.
“The whole [Cole House] organization is gaining recognition in a much bigger way than it has before,” Talbot said. “The fellows see that and want to be part of that, and they’re contributing enormously to our growth and the body of knowledge we are gathering about Cole, the Hudson River School, and the birth of American art.”