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MR-249674-16

Ypsilanti District Library (Ypsilanti, MI 48197-9752)
John Connaghan (Project Director: November 2015 to present)

NEH on the Road: Wild Land

A mix of programs to appeal to the broadest range of potential attendees, including lectures, reading/discussions, film discussions, and off-site tours in support of the NEH On the Road traveling exhibit, Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting. Topics and ideas we hope to explore include Romanticism and Naturalism in American art and literature, the tools and techniques of the landscape painter, celebration of the local landscape, and environmental stewardship. We hope visitors to the exhibition and its programs will develop an appreciation of the art of Cole and artists who celebrate the landscape, as well as develop a sense of Cole's and his contemporaries' place in the story of America. We hope to increase the awareness of our local landscape -- the Huron River -- as a source of artistic expression and encourage this expression in our community.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 6/30/2016


GI-230744-15

Thomas Cole Historic House (Catskill, NY 12414-1027)
Elizabeth Bond Jacks (Project Director: January 2015 to present)

A Guest in the Home

Implementation of a new permanent exhibition on the first floor of artist Thomas Cole’s house Cedar Grove, an immersive multimedia experience, resources on the website, and in-house AV programs.

To implement a new interpretive exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site that will engage visitors more deeply with the humanities themes that are raised by the life, art and writings of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), the seminal 19th-century artist who is considered the founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, the nation's first major art movement. The project is based on extensive research and uses imaginative formats in order to engage broader audiences than have traditionally attended historic house museums. This project continues ten years of interpretation at the TCNHS focusing on Cole's creative process--from sketching outdoors in nature to composition and execution in the studio. The proposed new exhibition will go deeper, exploring the personal and societal influences on Cole's art-making, providing the context for understanding how these images came to profoundly shape American attitudes towards nature and landscape.

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$460,000 (approved)
$460,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 8/31/2017


GE-50843-14

Thomas Cole Historic House (Catskill, NY 12414-1027)
Elizabeth Bond Jacks (Project Director: August 2013 to present)

Thomas Cole Historic Site Interpretation

Planning for a multimedia reinterpretation of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the home and studio of the founder of the 19th-century Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

The TCNHS seeks a planning grant in order to reinvent the interpretation of the home and studios of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), the seminal 19th-century artist who is considered the founder of the Hudson River School, the nation's first major art movement. Being aware of the challenges facing historic house museums today, the TCNHS seeks to apply the creativity and interactivity that we have seen in other fields and use it in the context of a 19th-century environment, communicate the humanities themes more fully and explicitly with the help of technology, and establish a working model for other historic houses to consider. Visitors increasingly desire and expect to participate rather than silently receive information, but currently they are separated from the story both physically and symbolically by velvet ropes. The proposed exhibition elements will be designed to attract new audiences and bring them new insights into America's cultural history and its relevance to the present.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 4/30/2015


MR-50221-14

Park City Historical Society and Museum (Park City, UT 84060-5153)
Sandra C. Morrison (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

NEH on the Road: Wild Land

Create humanities programs supplementing the exhibition "Wild Land, Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting" for tourist and local audiences. Programs may include lectures and panel discussions that connect our audience to Park City stories. These regular and informal gatherings will be designed to appeal to those who experienced the town???s recent history and newcomers wishing to learn more and connect to the community.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 9/30/2014


MR-50205-13

Clymer Museum of Art (Ellensburg, WA 98926)
Mia King Merendino (Project Director: May 2013 to September 2013)
T.J. Norris (Project Director: October 2013 to December 2013)
Edna Madsen (Project Director: December 2013 to present)

NEH on the Road: Wild Land

The purpose of bringing the Thomas Cole Exhibition to Ellensburg, Washington, is to help our community understand how our views of environment have been developed through the painters of the Hudson River Valley School. We are centrally located within the state, surrounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west, and within a day's drive to the east, the Rocky Mountains. The Columbia River, with its incredible geological history changed by the historic Missoula Flood is close to us as well. this exhibit emphasizes the early recognition of the importance of environment and the need to respect the land on which we live and to preserve its beauty for generations to come. Through the beautiful paintings of Thomas Cole, we will encourage groups of students of various ages to recognize that as early as 1800, there was a need to promote preservation of our natural resources.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2013 – 1/31/2014


MR-50157-12

St. Bonaventure University (St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-9800)
Evelyn Jones Penman (Project Director: May 2012 to present)

NEH on the Road: Wild Land

Ancillary public humanities programs to accompany the NEH on the Road: Wild Land traveling exhibition.

The museum requests a $1,000 grant to help support the cost of public humanities programming when it hosts the traveling exhibition, "Wild Lands: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting".

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2012 – 10/31/2012


MR-50158-12

Keene State College (Keene, NH 03435-0001)
Maureen Ahern (Project Director: May 2012 to present)

NEH on the Road: Wild Land

Ancillary public humanities programs to accompany the NEH on the Road: Wild Land traveling exhibition.

Keene State College is honored to host the Thomas Cole Wild Land traveling exhibition. Thomas Cole was a significant influence on the artists of the region, especially those from the 19th century Dublin Art colony. Since the early 1800???s, the area around Mount Monadnock, which is in nearby Dublin NH, was a Mecca for artists, writers and other intellectuals. The Monadnock region has a long tradition of landscape painting and the appreciation of the natural world, which continues to this day. This programming grant will allow us to provide supplemental programming to highlight the exhibit and deepen its impact.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2012 – 10/31/2012


GE-50491-11

Thomas Cole Historic House (Catskill, NY 12414-1027)
Elizabeth Bond Jacks (Project Director: January 2011 to present)

Hudson River School Art Trail

Planning for online and handheld interpretive formats that will allow visitors to make on-site comparisons between paintings by Thomas Cole and the actual landscapes from which he worked.

The project is to develop a new interpretive framework for exploring a formative period in America’s cultural history through the artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and the art movement that he launched, now known as the Hudson River School. The framework consists of a central online database of images, texts and media files that feed into several user-friendly tools including a website and a geolocation-sensitive application for smart phones and other hand-held devices. This technology enables the public to take interpretive material out into the landscapes where the 19th-century artists found their inspiration. The project is a collaboration between several Hudson River School-related historic sites and institutions, and it aims to deepen public understanding of this influential chapter in American history in a way that can not be accomplished in a museum or at a desk – but can only be felt and absorbed while standing in the midst of a landscape.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$48,000 (approved)
$48,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 9/30/2012


BR-50027-07

Thomas Cole Historic House (Catskill, NY 12414-1027)
Elizabeth Bond Jacks (Project Director: January 2007 to present)

Permanent Interpretive Exhibition at the Home and Studio of Thomas Cole, Founder of the Hudson River School of Art

Implementation of a permanent interpretation of Thomas Cole's studio, including a film, docent tours, a web site, multimedia stations, publications, and public and educational programs exploring how Cole worked and his contribution to American art.

The project will establish a new permanent exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, delivered through a range of elements ? an audiovisual presentation, interpretive panels, thematic displays of collection objects, interactive computer stations, printed educational materials, docent tours, and public programs ? that bring audiences new insights into America's cultural history through the seminal nineteenth-century artist Thomas Cole, who is considered the founder of the Hudson River School of art. The exhibition will focus on Cole's creative process, and will enable the visitor to experience it first hand, from hikes to the views in the nearby Catskill Mountains to a visit to the studio where the compositions came together. The exhibition will advance the public's knowledge of the origins of an art movement that dominated American visual arts between 1825 and 1875 -- a movement that formulated several of the underlying themes that still define America's cultural identity.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Interpreting America's Historic Places: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$320,900 (approved)
$320,900 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2007 – 4/30/2010


BP-50025-06

Thomas Cole Historic House (Catskill, NY 12414-1027)
Elizabeth Bond Jacks (Project Director: September 2005 to present)

Planning an Interpretive Exhibition Probing the Creative Process of Thomas Cole, Founder of the Hudson River School of Art

Planning for a site-wide interpretation of painter Thomas Cole's house and studio with emphasis on his art-making.

The Thomas Cole Site is planning a new permanent exhibition encompassing an audiovisual presentation, interpretive panels, collection objects, printed materials, docent tours, and related public programs – that bring new insights into America's cultural history through the nineteenth-century artist Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of art. The exhibition will specifically address Cole’s art-making process that began with sketching in the nearby Catskill Mountains and that was completed in his studio, and the significant role his appreciation and interpretation of the American landscape had in shaping an emerging national identity.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Historic Places: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2006 – 8/31/2007


GM-50437-05

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

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.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 4/30/2006


GM-50163-04

Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO 64108-1914)
Lin Nelson-Mayson (Project Director: September 2003 to May 2005)
Mary K. McCabe (Project Director: May 2005 to present)

Mid-America Arts Alliance to NEH on the Road

Reconfiguration of four NEH-funded exhibitions into smaller versions and managing all the logistical details of their travel to smaller museums over three years.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$4,883,077 (approved)
$4,883,077 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2003 – 6/30/2012

Funding details:
Original grant (2004) $0
Supplement (2006) $1,499,384
Supplement (2008) $2,383,693