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’s 2021 season will run from May 18th to October 2nd.  We encourage all MFA alumni, faculty and staff of Vassar College, NYU Tisch and Columbia University School of the Arts to watch for RFPs from their institutions


Purcell Palmer, Founder
Kathleen Heins, Interim Executive Director