This page is dedicated to official news and events directly associated with CATWALK Artist Residency.

Alice Wang - UCSB New Visiting Arts Faculty and former CATWALK residence will give a lecture at:

UCSB Arts Colloquium — Visiting Artist Lecture
November 14, 2013 at 5:00-6:50pm

UCSB Harold Frank Hall #1104

Alice Wang is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker. Working in sculpture, drawing, digital media, and experimental film, Alice explores various scientific, technological, and metaphysical systems to imagine new aesthetics forms. In the same way that mathematics can be used as a perceptual organ, art making for Alice is a method of invention and discovery of alternative temporalities. Materials, forms, genres, and ideas become malleable in her creative process, which allows for surprises and the unexpected to happen. Alice received her BSc from the University of Toronto, BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and MFA from New York University. Between 2012 to 2013, Alice was living and working in Paris through the support of the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation. She was recently a Villa Aurora Fellow in Berlin. Alice has exhibited at Immanence (Paris), The Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Cutlog Art Fair (New York), and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, among others. She will be having a solo exhibition at Galleri Detroit Stockholm in Sweden this fall. Alice currently teaches Photography and Critical Theory in the Art Department at UCSB.

Rip Van Winkle Bridge View

Framing the Viewshed: Groundswell

Sunday, September 22, 2013, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Olana State Historic Site 5720 Route 9G Hudson, NY 12534

The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM are pleased to announceFraming the Viewshed: Groundswell, a groundbreaking event, which features site-specific works in sound, text, installation, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana as an ambitious and early environmental work.

Installation, performance, and participation from: DJ SpookyPauline OliverosJapanthereteamrobbinschildsBobby PreviteMaximilian GoldfarbGreg FoxNadja Verena MarcinDavid KermaniArchie RandNancy ShaverBeth Schneck, and Cara Turett.

Olana’s 250-acre landscape was originally designed in response to its integral views— the “Olana Viewshed”— by Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. Groundswellaudiences will explore the property’s undiscovered roads and naturalistic scenes as they encounter each project site.

Cammisa Buerhaus

August Artist-in-Residence: Cammisa Buerhaus

Cammisa Buerhaus is a sculptor and transmission artist based in New York City. Her sonic, sculptural inventions machinate the production of sound, exploring the effect upon and the relation to our body experience. During her residency, Buerhaus will temporarily install multiple spring reverb sculptures on the Wave Farm Property. These sculptures will serve to amplify the two types of sound: Natural Sounds and Human Sound. Natural Sound will be sourced from the property, and will include natural weather systems, physical features of the land, and animal activity. Human Sound will be drawn from spoken texts, which will be informed by transmission and media art resource materials available in the Wave Farm Study Center Library.


NYS Media Arts Assistance

We are pleased to announce the FY2014 application calendar for The Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program administered by Wave Farm, for the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film. The Media Arts Assistance Fund supports electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State.

Media Artists Deadline: January 1
Grant awards for the distribution and exhibition of works in all genres of time-based and moving image media, including emergent technology, assist artists in making recently completed works available to public audiences, and advance artistic exploration and public engagement in the media arts. Artists may request funding support up to a maximum amount of $10,000.

Media Arts Organizations Deadlines:
October 1, January 1, April 1

Grant awards address capacity and technology needs in three areas: Organizational Development; Professional Development; and Convening. Funding enables media arts organizations to plan for sustainability and growth; the maximum grant award is $4,000.

Program guidelines as well as the online application portal will be available soon.

WGXC 90.7-FM

The following is a sample of the programming ahead this month. Please visit for a full Program Schedule.

Featured Remote Broadcast:

Bitches Brew
Live from Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY)
August 19, 2013, 8 p.m.,
The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte and featuring upstate New York musicians, will kick off a regular series of performances devoted to exploring Miles Davis’ eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.” 

Also Featured in August:

Cinema Terrorisme
August 3, 2013, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Tune in at 90.7-FM,,
Micah Moses’sCinema Terrorisme is an audio sigil using cut up methods and collage in order to distill the horror of modern existential malaise into substantiate energy mass.

August 5, 2013, 1 a.m.-2 a.m. Tune in at 90.7-FM,,
Manuel Cirauqui’s Symposium is a program about lectures and other related modes of critical discourse, presented within a framework of independent scholarship and theoretical experimentation.

Saturday Afternoon Show: Cammisa Buerhaus
August 10, 2013, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tune in at 90.7-FM,,
Wave Farm Artist-in-residence Cammisa Buerhaus speaks with host Tom Roe about her work, her residency project, and special playlist of influential works

The WGXC Program Schedule features programming produced by the residents of Greene and Columbia counties Sunday – Friday (6 a.m. – midnight.) Saturdays and late nights on WGXC are focused on Transmission Arts and Experimental Sounds. Programs are also available for on-demand access at the WGXC Archives.

Wave Farm Study Center 

Saturday Hours in Acra

Located at 5662 Route 23 Acra, NY 12405, Wave Farm is open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m July through October. Stop by to use the library, meet artists-in-residence, and explore artists’ transmission projects. Wave Farm continues to be open by appointment throughout the week; contact us to make arrangements.

Joel Griffith, Montgomery Street Trailer

oil on panel, 24″ x 32″

Contemporary artists who draw upon the landscapes and artists

of the Hudson River School, where America’s first art and environmental movements began.


Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Tim Davis, Sandy Gellis, Joel Griffith, Ruth Hardinger, Kysa Johnson, David La Spina, Alex McKay, Nadja Verena Marcin, Alan Michelson, Jason Middlebrook, Ben Ruggiero, Lisa Sanditz, Anne Katrin Spiess, Lauren Sansaricq, Susan Wides and Linda Weintraub.


On view, 24/7 in the 300 and 400 blocks of Catskill’s Main Street.

or pick up at the
GCCA Catskill Gallery
398 Main Street
Catskill NY
Rain or shine. You might want to bring an umbrella.





Residency property has been expanded with the addition of nine acres on the north end of the property. Long coveted for it’s sublime river views, Catslair will be used to house up to three longer term residencies focused on individual and collaborative projects investigating universal aspects of nature imbedded in Hudson Valley landscape and ecology.

Institute of Fine Arts, New York visits CATWALK

Purcell Palmer receives guest to CATWALK visiting from IFA Hudson Valley Pilgrimage - 10/27/12


Bombay on the Hudson

Ganesh Chaturi, the honoree of the soiree Magical evening at Purcell and Jim Palmer’s Catwalk




Recently, WGXC’s Galen Joseph-Hunter came by for a visit to catch up with Purcell Palmer, Director of CATWALK, Merry-Beth Noble Coordinator, and Hague Williams, Web/Media Designer to find out whats new with CATWALK for 2012 and their impressions of location as it pertains to visiting artists in the Catskill Region. Also Galen interviewed two of the artists in residence at the time Brooke Moyse and Wistar Watt Murray about their work and CATWALK!



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Purcell Palmer in Burma

Mrs. Purcell Palmer had the honor to meet with Burma’s, Aung San Suu Kyi
emerging as a new bright leader for the nation after years of political captivity.  Catwalk is honored to have our director meet with such distinguished international figures, and hope that the bridge of the arts continues to be built not only locally in Catskill but worldwide with artists, public leaders and the people who promote and enjoy the arts as an important part of contemporary culture.

GCCA is proud to announce Purcell Palmer as the 2012 Distinguished Service Award honoree.

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“Wall Street to Main Street” in Catskill


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Vanessa Bahmani, We Are the 99%, photographs of Occupy protesters, from "Wall Street to Main Street" in Catskill.

Vanessa Bahmani, We Are the 99%, photographs of Occupy protesters, from “Wall Street to Main Street” in Catskill.

WALL STREET TO MAIN STREET Call for Proposals/Entries Wall Street to Main Street is a collaborative art project linking Occupy Wall Street and the rest of America, via the small town of Catskill, NY. The Occupy Wall Street Movement (OWS) has focused its energy on the need for justice for the 99%. This project, Wall Street to Main Street, offers a platform for creative expression and dialogue focusing attention on an economically depressed community through inventive art exhibitions and cultural events. Invitation to submit Proposals/Entries: Open to all artists nationally and internationally, including Hudson Valley artists. Deadline for Proposals February 1 Notification to Artists February 7 Installations February 7‐March 15 Opening Reception March 17 Project dates March 17 ‐ May 31 The project goals of Wall Street to Main Street are: 1. To explore art as a way to understand the issues of the Occupy Movement with opportunities for education, communication, and a showcase of wildly creative artistic expressions; 2. To highlight the vanguard role of artists in this and past movements, as well as the role communities play in nurturing their vision; 3. To model a peaceful partnership between the cultural organizations, educational institutions, protesters, artists and the citizens who make up our communities; 4. To explore ideas in art works that call attention to real‐world economic problems, fundamental democratic processes, and an urgent need for systemic reform. People/Contacts‐ Presented by the Greene County Council on the Arts, this project is co‐organized by Occupy With Art, an affinity group of the OWS Arts and Culture Committee, Fawn Potash (Project Director, Masters on Main Street) and Geno Rodriquez (co‐founder/former Director of The Alternative Museum). Submit proposals to 518‐943‐3400. Exhibitions may include art work by/for/about the Occupy Movement in any media, utilizing interior space and/or windows. A dozen vacant storefronts are anticipated with additional display area in active shop windows. Exhibits may include traditional media, new media, light based works, sound, motion, text. There is no fee/rent, but interior exhibits require staffing and utility payments. A signed agreement is required promising to return the space to its original condition. Grant funding is pending to cover utility expenses, and a network is in process offering local hosts with overnight accommodations and gallery sitters. Events may include workshops, hands‐on activities, forums, panel discussions, tours, performance, radio broadcasts, story telling, projections and readings, cross‐pollinated subjects/genres combining political science/economics/art taking place in exhibition spaces or surrounding venues. Photo‐Documentary Exhibit Call for Entries: Curated by Geno Rodriguez, this exhibit serves as a descriptive introduction of the events of the global Occupy Movement as seen through the kaleidoscopic lens of contemporary photographers, as well as the portal leading to the dynamic array of exhibits and events taking place down Main Street. Area resources: Catskill’s Main Street is nestled between the Hudson River and the Catskill Creek with clear views of the Catskill Mountains at sunset. It offers several architecturally intact 19th century facades, a vaudeville‐era movie theater, two small pocket parks and a Community Center. There is a Carnegie Library nearby, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and a bridge leading to Hudson, NY. Catskill is at the center of a circle of educational institutions‐ Columbia‐Greene Community College (Hudson, NY), Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), Bard College (Annandale‐on‐Hudson, NY), and the State Universities of New York at Albany and New Paltz . Local radio station, WGXC 90.7‐FM ( broadcasts from Catskill’s Main Street on Wednesday afternoons and 24/7 from their Hudson and Acra studios. Audiences for this project range from sophisticated, intentional viewers to curious pedestrians. In the last year, Masters on Main Street exhibitors have discovered that scale, night lighting and a descriptive statement in the window are very important features to engage this diverse crowd. For Exhibit/Space/Event Proposals submit 1 page (max) project description and up to 10 low res jpegs with image list. For Photo Documentary Exhibit entries, submit up to 10 low res jpegs with image list to: Fawn Potash, Masters on Main Street, Project Director Attn: WS2MS Space Proposal and/or WS2MS Photo‐Doc Entries Greene County Council on the Arts 398 Main Street, PO Box 463 Catskill, NY 12414 Questions? Call Fawn Potash, Greene County Council on the Arts 518‐943‐3400. Round three of Masters on Main has opened with a great series of new works by area MFA Artists.  Key exhibitions include Catwalk Artist and Faculty at New Paltz, Rena Leinberger who was an Artist in Residence this year.  Her student group exhibition from SUNY New Paltz is a great installation to this year’s round three of M.O.M. and a must see! Press Links Below

Catwalk Achieves Historic Status!

The Moore-Howland Estate, now known as Catwalk, has been listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in July.  The property now owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer, is significant as an outstanding, intact example of a Hudson Valley Estate. Records dating back to 1684 document the history of the property. The original cottage of Hudson River School painter Charles Herbert Moore (1840 -1920) dates from 1866. In 1872 the cottage, then known as the Lodge, on 23 acres was sold to businessman Benjamin Howland from western New York State. In late 1900 the children of Benjamin Howland retained Katherine C. Budd to design a significant expansion of the building. Katherine C. Budd was the first female member of the New York chapter of the AIA and the fifth woman architect registered in the United States. The Moore-Howland Estate is especially important as a rare documented example of this important architect’s work. Later additions to the property also designed K. C. Budd include the famous tower were also  of historic interest to the registry.. The Howland children continued to reside in the house until 1954. The property has now grown to 60 acres and remains largely intact. With only few modifications Jim and Purcell Palmer, the owners since 2001 have lovingly restored the home to its former glory and focus now as the Catwalk Arts Residency. For more of this story, click on or type the URL below: to view the Daily Mail article about the historic property. Dailymail Article *****************************************

Catwalk History Presented in New York

In April CATWALK was invited to participate in presenting at the Cosmopolitan Club (New York) evening focused on discussion of historic Hudson Valley homes”. Full transcript of “The Seduction of Historic Homes” is attached The Seduction of Historic Homes *****************************************

Vassar College Art Gallery Exhibits Work Done at CATWALK

The exhibition on view from August 24 to September 9 will include selected work that was created this summer during the annual Catwalk Art Residency. The Catwalk Arts Residency was established in 2004 by James Palmer and Purcell Palmer ’62 at their historic residence in Greene County. This is the second year that Vassar graduates have participated. The Palmers envision this as a developing concept and intend for participating institutions to have wide latitude in developing the program in a manner that is meaningful for the participants and enhances the recognition of the excellence of the institutions involved. Below is link to the exhibition images posted to flicker. Exhibition Images



Wedding Under the Wedding Tree

Merry-Beth and Hague Williams crossed the threshold at CATWALK this summer. It was an amazing event and Merry-Beth and Hague, CATWALK alum, are  grateful to Jim and Purcell Palmer for inviting us to to get married at CATWALK.  A special day that many at the event will not soon forget. Below is a link to images taken by Dyana Valentine posted to flicker. More images to come…. Wedding Images