About

CATWALK Institute

Catwalk, established in 2004 by James & Purcell Palmer, was originally the home of Hudson River School painter, Charles Herbert Moore.  The 70 acre property is on the Hudson River directly across from Olana, home of Frederick Church and directly north of Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole’s home and art studio in Catskill New York.

The Palmers were drawn to the Hudson Valley by the rich art legacy of the region as well as the close proximity of this location to the contemporary art scene in New York City.  The potential for artistic collaboration between artists and genres in the Hudson River corridor is historic and world famous, and continues to be dynamic today.

A three-year search of the region finally lead them to CATWALK, an estate they felt was too wonderful to not share with others.  They founded the Catwalk Institute to support artists, arts organizations and creative programs.  The Institute has evolved from a simple art residency into a provocative dynamic organization that promotes and develops new programs aiming to influence the work made by creative practitioners of all types.  Catwalk institute includes both the art residency program Catwalk Art Residency and the newly added event and residence Catslair among its programs and interests.

CATWALK Art Residency

The mission of the Catwalk Art Residency is to establish Catwalk as a special retreat for art making.  Residents are selected by participating institutions that have been invited to be members of the Catwalk Advisory Committee.  Artists, writers and and creative practices of all types are considered for the residency through application processes at each institution.  Residents come to stay at the property from Spring through Fall in private living spaces with separate studio spaces available for use across the property. Full use of the grounds is encouraged along with exploration of the Catskill and Hudson area.  Projects that are collaborative or that connect to the region specifically are especially appropriate for selection.

CATWALK Catslair

Acquired in 2013, this property now connected to the Catwalk estate is all about landscape and view.  A coveted and secluded view of the Hudson River is the highlight feature of the building and surrounding grounds of Catslair.  Also a residence for artists, this property has been retro-fitted to house artists and scholars in work/live spaces along with ample room for group mingling relaxing or event gatherings.  Ideal for collaborative or multi-participant projects year-round, Catslair can easily accommodate the sabbatical or PhD scholar.  Candidates will be selected by an Advisory committee from the Catwalk Institute, with a focus on projects that test boundaries of conceptual creative practice.  Artists and Scholars who have their own institutional support or grant funding and who are able to stay for residency periods extending for as long as six months will be given priority along with subject matter that investigates universal aspects of nature imbedded in the Hudson Valley landscape and ecology.