Posted in February, 2013

Student Opportunities

Thomas Cole Internship Opportunity


The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) will select one to two interns for the spring, summer and/or fall semester.
Selected candidates will gain experience in several areas of museum management and art historical research by participation in:
Research and interpretation of the home and studio of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), now widely considered to be the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting, the first major art movement in the United States.
Leading tours of the historic house and grounds
Professional Development: interns will have the opportunity to work closely with staff on day-to-day activities involved in running a not-for-profit historic house and/or a special project taking shape during the semester.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site consists of Thomas Cole’s c. 1815 Federal-era brick home, his 1839 studio, and other historic structures on five landscaped acres with magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Interns are provided the chance to work closely with the education, collections, and exhibition staff on various projects. Pending the season this includes  exhibition installation, archive and collection inventory, conducting tours and programs, daily office operations, research related to the collections, and full engagement in interpretive programming.  Interns also observe and participate in a variety of staff meetings to learn the structural, strategic, and operational decisions at play in an historic house museum.
Internships are unpaid, though many candidates arrange credit through their respective school.  Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for the agreed-upon duration of the internship, which typically lasts three months but can be flexible.
Qualifications: The TCNHS seeks self-motivated undergraduate students and recent graduates who have expressed a commitment to careers in a history or art museum, exhibition and collection management,  and/ or  museum education. A background, passion for, or study of history, art history, material culture, decorative arts, museum studies and/or museum education are ideal. Applicants should have strong organizational abilities, an affinity for public speaking, and computer skills, including Microsoft scanning and image software.
How to Apply:  Send a cover letter describing your interests and goals along with a complete resume to:
Melissa Gavilanes, Director of Education, [email protected] or via mail attn: Melissa Gavilanes, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414. For further information or questions please email above or by phone call T: 518-943-7465 x 5.   For general information about Thomas Cole National Historic Site, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events, please visit


Vitrine Exhibition: Album Covers by David Stone Martin for Mary Lou Williams

Illustrator David Stone created album covers
for Pianist and Composer Mary Lou Williams

Although their brief love affair ended, they maintained
a life long connection. She helped him get his start as
an illustrator of record albums– the field in which
he made his fame and fortune and he in turn created
some of his most memorable record covers for her.

View the online catalogue:

Vitrine Exhibition in Charles P. Stevenson Library
Opening Reception, February 13th, 5:00-6:30 pm


Bard Students Sponsor Hurricane Relief Art Benefit

Dear Bardians,

Two months ago we ventured out to The Rockaways with a team of young artists, curators, documentarians and anthropologists. We witnessed the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy firsthand, and immediately committed ourselves to aiding its victims.

Hurricane Sandy will come to be the second or third most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. As you are well aware, many of our neighboring communities are suffering. We have seen unprecedented damage to our city’s infrastructure and the homes and businesses of our fellow New Yorkers. Entire communities were washed away and thousands were left homeless and without power. Such a disaster requires the support of those able and willing to help.

We are calling out for your support at our Hurricane Relief Art Benefit to take place at China Chalet on Saturday, February 16th.  Each member of our team works within the wide array of non-profit art organizations in New York City, giving us the essential experience to make this event a success. The one bright spot of Hurricane Sandy is that it presents an opportunity to build a cross-disciplinary network of solidarity. The art benefit will feature a range of donated works of various media from a host of emerging young artists, and will be in the form of a silent auction. We believe that tragedies can bring us closer together when we work to a common purpose.

All money raised will be donated directly to The Occupy Sandy Relief Effort. Your donation will be instrumental in either providing support to individuals in urgent need (Emergency Fund), reconstructing community infrastructure (Recovery Projects Fund), or facilitating the long-term, self-determined, rehabilitation of affected communities (Participatory Fund).  Further, Occupy Sandy has taken care to assure that the relief effort be as ecologically sustainable as possible.

If you would like to be recognized as patron of the China Chalet Art Benefit we urge you to donate to our cause or match the money we raise through art sales and entrance fees. To donate through PayPal visit our website with all the information about the show:

If you have any questions regarding the details of the benefit, or would simply like to share your thoughts, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposition. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you!

Warm wishes,

Lolita Cros, Shelby Jackson,

Sofia Geld, Rebeca Hunt