Sunrise (1847)Exhibition runs April 30-November 2, 2014 Catskill, N.Y. - The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce our 2014 exhibition: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church: Master Mentor Master. This never before presented exhibition tells the story of one of the most important 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 student - successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900). The exhibition will be on view from April 30 through November 2, 2014. Curator, John Wilmerding, Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University and former Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will present a talk at 2pm on Sunday May 18th to be followed by an opening reception from 3-5pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed exhibition catalogue with full-color illustrations of the artworks and an essay by Dr. Wilmerding about this influential two year period that first brought Church to the Hudson Valley. The Thomas Cole Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street, Catskill, New York.  For information visit http://www.thomascole.org/ or call 518-943-7465. Thomas Cole & Frederic Church: Master Mentor Master will be the first exhibition to explore this seminal moment in American art through the lens of the unique relationship between Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Their student-teacher arrangement grew into a life-long friendship between the two families, and later, the two historic sites that bridge the east and west sides of the Hudson River. Church, who evolved into one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century and later built Olana, was first introduced to the Hudson River 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. Church's paintings from this formative two-year period show the artist learning from Cole while developing his own emerging style and unparalleled mastery of landscape painting. A selection of very early works made by Church during his time as a student of Cole will be on view, including views of the landscapes that surround Cedar Grove and Olana. The Cole Site has also worked closely with curators and staff at the Olana State Historic Site on this special exhibition, and will present a unique selection of rarely shown oils on paper and sketches made by Church from the Olana collection. Accompanying the show will be an exhibition catalogue about the Cole-Church relationship, illustrated in full color, which will include the artworks in the show plus many additional paintings and drawings. Also included will be stories that bring the student-teacher relationship to life, including a description of the day that Cole first took Church to "Red Hill" where Church would return years later to build his castle, Olana. Wilmerding's essay will include quotes from Church about these formative years, including some late (1890s) letters by Church where, decades after his mentor has died, he continues to write about his abiding respect for Cole, comparing him to a Turner or Constable. About the Curator: John Wilmerding is the Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He has been a visiting curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, where he was former chairman of the board of trustees. He is currently a trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. President Obama appointed him to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. In 2013 he curated an exhibition about Frederic Church at the Olana State Historic Site, our sister institution directly across the Hudson River. Thomas Cole & Frederic Church: Master, Mentor, Master is the 11th annual presentation of 19th century landscape paintings at the Thomas Cole Site, an exhibition program that looks to foster discussion and understanding of the influence of Thomas Cole on American culture through a generation of artists known as the Hudson River School. Exhibitions and related programs enable visitors to see first-hand some of the magnificent examples of the style of painting that Cole is credited with launching, and to experience the paintings in a residential setting as they would have been experienced in the period in which they were made. About the Thomas Cole National Historic Site The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement. Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through educational programs that are relevant today. The Thomas Cole Historic House is an independent non-profit organization and an affiliate of the National Park Service. Directions:  The Thomas Cole Historic Site is located in the scenic Hudson River Valley, at 218 Spring Street in Catskill, New York. Located near the western entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, with easy access from the New York State Thruway exit 21 or Amtrak train service in Hudson, detailed directions and more information can be found at http://www.thomascole.org/ . Hours:  The main house, studio, and special exhibition gallery are open by guided tour Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, April 30 - November 2, 2014. Grounds are free and open to the public year-round. ### Caption for image: OL.1978.11 Sunrise 1847, oil on paper Frederic E. Church Courtesy Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY Contact: Kate Menconeri 518.943.7465 x2 / kmenconeri@thomascole.org Marcia Clark 845.528.6647 / marcia@shamelesspromotions.com