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 Art Residency is putting plans into place to open from August to October 2020, so that we may welcome our creative community to Catwalk during some of the most spectacular months of the year.  We anticipate that calls for applications will be through our partner academic institutions that choose to participate.

The health situation is fluid, and so must be our planning.  Please check back for more information.  You may find health and safety information here. 

Purcell Palmer, Founder
Kathleen Heins, Interim Executive Director