The CATWALK Institute is a private operating foundation that manages the activities of the CATWALK Art Residency which subsequently acquired CATSLAIR for longer term residencies focused on aspects of the landscape.  Both Catwalk and Catslair are invitation only artist residency programs initially established in 2004 by James and Purcell Palmer at the Palmer’s residence known as Catwalk in Catskill, New York.  The mission of the CATWALK Institute is to establish Catwalk as a special retreat for art making, collaborative projects and scholarly discourse in a visually stimulating part of the country that has historically provided and continues to provide significant inspiration to artists, cultural historians, writers, and scholars.  The Palmers envisioned this as a developing concept and intend for institutions involved through the residency programs to have wide latitude in developing the artist colony in a manner that is meaningful for the participants and enhances the recognition of the excellence of the participating institutions.


Catwalk Institute, like the rest of NY state, is on pause due to the current pandemic.  We wish everyone the very best in these uncertain times, and look forward to being in touch virtually.  Both in these difficult days and at the happy moment when we are able to reopen, we look to artists to help us shape and share how we make sense of our world.  It will be an honor to share the next stage of the journey with you. 
                                                               Purcell Palmer, Founder
                                                               Kathleen Heins, Interim Executive Director
                                                               March 25, 2020