“Art in the Catskills” is a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional project highlighting the work of artists and arts organizations with a connection to the Catskill Mountains (Upstate New York), and the surrounding area. American art was born in the Catskills: Hudson River School of Painting, founded by Thomas Cole in 1825, is considered the first authentic American art movement. Artists working in the tradition of the Hudson River School continue to be active in the area today. In addition, a new wave of creatives moving from Brooklyn and other parts of the world enrich our region’s artistic milieu even further. That deserves consideration and documentation.
“Art in the Catskills” documents the vibrant artistic life in the region, generates increased online presence and enhanced discoverability via search engines, and amplifies the visibility of artists and arts organizations active in the region. Our core readership is formed primarily by artists, art collectors, curators, dealers, and cultural institutions interested in having a conversation about art.
Our book “How Art is Made: In the Catskills” is a collection of interviews with some of the world’s most accomplished artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains, New York. Five painters and illustrators, two ceramicists and printmakers, one sculptor, one weaver, and one writer discuss what inspires and moves them, what draws them to their medium of choice, what materials they use, how they approach a new artistic project, how they deal with setbacks, and how they celebrate success. Nine are formally trained at prestigious art schools; one is self-taught. What they all have in common is a rigorous studio practice, discipline, and the desire and curiosity to learn new things, and share them with the world.