Woodstock Love – Artist House
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Fundraising update: We did it! We purchased the house. Now are now getting it ready for residency season, which begins in May. We are rushing to get everything done, in time to hold an open house in celebration of our purchase. This is one of the biggest steps for CPW since launching the AIR program in 1999. Our thanks once more to all of you who have helped and continue to help!
CPW currently offers 6-8 artist residencies that are about four weeks each. Our AIR program is dedicated specifically to photographers and writers of color. There is no other program like it out there. With the new house we will be able to offer a more flexible format, with a future ability to add more residencies at various lengths. We will also build a visiting artist program that will be intentionally inclusive of all.
This house is absolutely perfect for artists: Two private bedrooms and a huge attic studio with large studio windows, high ceilings into the rafters, an abundance of work tables, an office and room for a lighting studio. The house is in walking distance to CPW, so artists will have easy 24/7 access to the Center and its facilities (darkroom, recently remodeled digital lab, classroom, library and more).
This is a gorgeous and quirky Woodstock house with a long artist history. Built in 1824, it was once the local general store, a blacksmith’s, home to one of the founders of WAAM, Frank Swift Chase, and home and studio to the renowned Mid-Hudson landscape painter Henry Mattson. Most recently, it belonged to an art collector, who beautifully restored it.
Securing a permanent home for our AIRs means we no longer have to fear availability or battle high rental rates during high season. Instead of spending time negotiating rental agreements, we can spend our resources and staff time on building better artist programs.
So far 111 artists have participated in the AIR program, which was launched in 1999. The artist house will allow us to reach hundreds more. Many AIRs have gone on to great success. Most recently, LaToya Ruby Frazier received the MacArthur Genius Award after already winning the Guggenheim fellowship, Deanna Lawson was selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, 2016 AIR Juan Giraldo was chosen by PDN Magazine as one of this year’s top 30 photographers to watch. Other artists of note include Xaviera Simmons, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Tommy Kha, William Cordova, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Noritaka Minami, and many more.
The Center for Photography at Woodstock is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization whose mission is to support artists working in photography and related media and engage audiences through offerings in which creation, discovery and learning are made possible.
For more information, see the PDF: http://www.cpw.org/media/CPW_Artist_House.pdf