Posted on February 21st, 2011

Student Opportunities

Thomas Cole National Historic Site


The Cole Fellowship – 2011
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is now accepting applications for fellows to participate in the research and interpretation of the home and studio of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the first major art movement in the United States, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The site consists of Thomas Cole’s 1815 Federal-era brick home, his 1839 studio, and other historic structures on five landscaped acres with magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Each Cole Fellow is primarily engaged in interpreting the historic site for visitors, and also works closely with the Director, Education & Programs Coordinator and Visitor Center Manager to conduct primary research related to the interpretation of the site, update and maintain collection curatorial files, and create a significant paper or project based on her/his work at the historic site. Specific responsibilities for 2011 Cole Fellows will include leading tours, conducting visitor interviews, researching collection objects, and assisting with special events. A highlight of the Cole Fellowship program is the opportunity for behind-the scenes engagement with leading professionals at other institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, Lindenwald, Olana, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the sites of Historic New England, the museums of Cooperstown, and others. Housing at the historic site is provided free of rent, and in addition, Fellows are paid a stipend of $500 for the season to cover miscellaneous expenses. Fellows are responsible for utilities, food, and other living expenses. The Fellowship runs from June 1 through November 1, and participation for the entire five months is required.

The TCNHS seeks graduating college seniors, recently graduated college students or graduate students, or current graduate students with specific interests in history, art history, material culture, museum studies and/or museum education, with career goals to work within these fields
and network among future colleagues. Applicants should be self-motivated leaders and have strong organizational abilities.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Thomas Cole National Historic Site, PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414.

For further information, contact
Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465, ext. 5 or [email protected]. For general information about Thomas Cole National Historic Site, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events, please visit

Notes from the Chair

The American International University in London

While attending the CAA conference this February I had the pleasure of meeting Robert J. Wallis of Richmond: The American International University in London.

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Headquartered in London Richmond has a number of programs that might be of interest to the art history student such as “Studying Visual Culture in London.”  One can study there for an entire semester or attend the summer programs.  Please see their website: