Catskill, New York
The Hudson River Valley, with its effervescent green hills, river views, and quaint towns in proximity to metropolitan New York City inspired the renowned Hudson River School's generation of an original American art. The region still resonates with artists' colonies and historic sites including the Thomas Cole House and Studio just steps from the Catwalk residency; the nearby Olana, the Persian-inspired home of 19th century landscape artist Frederic Church that mirrors Catwalk's location across the river; and other significant sites for artists such as Art Omi, Dia: Beacon, Storm King, or Opus 40.
Two artists or writers are in residence at any one time, and hail from SAIC, Columbia University, or Vassar College. Each resident is provided an individual, furnished living space (kitchen included), and creative use of the extensive 65-acre grounds that border the scenic Hudson River. Meals are not served at the residency, although many local restaurants and grocery stores are located close by in the town of Catskill.
Catwalk is a private residency sponsored by the Palmers, who live on the premises in a restored home designed and built in 1864 by Hudson River School artist and scholar Charles Herbert Moore. Some interaction with the hosts during the residency period should be expected. The Palmers place emphasis on the quality of proposed plans and concrete art project ideas that can be realized at Catwalk during the residency, with a priority consideration for proposals that reflect an interest or understanding of the Hudson Valley area, or a creative connection to the Catwalk site.
No specific studio facilities are provided, although basic structures on the property can be adaptively used. Activities such as drawing, painting, photography, performance, site-specific works, film, video, research, and writing are encouraged.
Use of a personal car is highly recommended. From the Chicago area, Catskill is a 2-day drive, or a flight into Albany or New York City with a car rental. There is daily train service from NY to Hudson (5 miles from Catskill). The hosts request that residents arrive on a Tuesday before 5:00 p.m. and depart on Sunday evening.
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION: On or before Friday, March 1, 2013, please submit an application to SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account in SlideRoom before beginning an application. Please start well before the deadline, as no late applications will be accepted for any reason. Hard copy materials are not accepted. SAIC will underwrite the application fee; you will not be charged to apply.
The application has two sections. The first section has fill-in fields for basic employment information (name, hire date, 25-word proposal summary). The second section asks for a résumé, and a one-to-two-page proposal. Describe the project and its relevance to your practice, including the potential for completed works or outcomes. All materials in the second section must be combined into one PDF or Word document; only one file upload is available. Images may be included within the one-to-two-page proposal, but do not include a separate portfolio or supplemental materials.
PREFERRED CATWALK RESIDENCY DATES
Catwalk prefers three- to four-week residencies, and maintains a fairly flexible schedule. Dates below are preferred dates, and approved recipients may be able to schedule different dates with the Catwalk residency program. Additional dates, not sponsored or selected through SAIC, may also be available. Interested faculty should consult the Catwalk website for more information. Funding from SAIC is associated only with the two SAIC-sponsored residencies at Catwalk.
Applicants should indicate first preference for residency dates when submitting an application on SlideRoom.
Tuesday, May 21 to Sunday June 9
2012 Jesse Ball, Writing; James Kao, Painting and Drawing