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Thomas Cole Historic House (Catskill, NY 12414-1027)
Elizabeth Bond Jacks (Project Director: September 2004 to October 2006)

Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations
Public Programs

$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 4/30/2006

Introductory Interpretive Multimedia Exhibit for the Historic Home of 19th-Century Artist Thomas Cole

Consultation for a permanent interpretation of Thomas Cole's studio at Cedar Grove exploring Cole's art-making and its influence on the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is a central figure in the development of America's cultural identity, having founded its first indigenous art movement, known as the Hudson River School. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is seeking a grant to develop plans for an interpretive film or multi-media exhibit at the Site, specifically addressing Cole's art-making process. Taking advantage of the unique assets at the Site, including Cole's original home, studio, and art-making equipment; as well as its proximity to the home of his pupil Frederic Church and to their beautiful and well-preserved painting sites, the Site presents a unique opportunity to educate the public in a highly compelling manner about how these important artworks came to be.