2017 Residency Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      April 25, 2017

Media Contact: Yona Backer

yona@dennistonhill.org or 917-207-6628

Denniston Hill Announces Selection of Artists, Poets and Curators for 2017 Residencies and Clifford Owens as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Performance Artist Award

Hailing from three continents, this year’s diverse range of participants reflects Denniston Hill’s (DH) expanding commitment to supporting artists with the time and space to engage in new dialogues and create new work. Starting in May, we will welcome 11 visual and performance artists, 4 poets, 2 curators and an art historian to our 200-acre campus in the Catskills region of upstate New York. The 2017 cohort emphasizes the residency’s enduring commitment to experimentation and innovation across disciplinary boundaries, as well as to cultural exchange across geographic borders. The 2017 residents embody Denniston Hill’s dedication to supporting artists who challenge conventional understandings of gender, identity, and race while working tirelessly to bring attention to the critical issues of our time.

The year’s residents include acclaimed filmmaker and multimedia artist Cauleen Smith, whose work is currently on view in the Whitney Biennial; artist-activist, Kameelah Janan Rasheed; and performance artist Sacha Yanow, who is developing a new piece steeped in the history of the Catskills where her family spent their summers. Weaving together personal experience with broader queer and feminist social histories, Yanow’s work-in-progress will be presented to the public at the end of her residency. Also included in this year’s cohort are poet Natalie Diaz; Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston curator Valerie Cassel Oliver; and art historian Andrianna Campbell.

We are especially excited to announce that Clifford Owens is the recipient of Denniston Hill’s second Distinguished Performance Artist Award. As part of his award, he will lead Seminar: Denniston Hill: A Performance Art Seminar with Clifford Owens, our first residency within a residency. Conceived of as a performance art workshop for emerging performance artists, this initiative marks a milestone in Denniston Hill’s long-term commitment to alternative models for creative pedagogy and mentorship.

In collaboration with AFRICA’SOUT! Initiatives, we will also host a distinguished artist from Africa to be announced in early May.  This collaboration furthers our long commitment to LGBTQ advocacy.

This year we will host several group retreats including the Art and Law Program, a seminar-colloquium with a theoretical and philosophical focus on the effects of law and jurisprudence on cultural production and reception, and Badlands Unlimited, an innovative artist-led publisher of books by artists and writers founded by Paul Chan.

Read more about our partnerships here.

Selected by Denniston Hill’s board of directors and advisors, the residents join the organization’s eight-year history of award-winning and visionary artists who have conducted research and made new work at the 200-acre Catskills campus.

About the residents:           

Andrianna Campbell

Andy Robert

Autumn Knight

Cauleen Smith

Clifford Owens

Craig Teicher

Ivan Gaete

Jared Buckheister

Jose Araguz

Julia Phillips

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Morgan Parker

Natalie Diaz

Regine Basha

Rosa Barba

Sacha Yanow

Valerie Cassel Oliver 

Thank you to our supporters!

Call for performance-based artists: Seminar with Clifford Owens

Performance Art Seminar with Clifford Owens
Seminar: Denniston Hill is the second iteration of a conceptual, performance-based project by Clifford Owens that involves a workshop-residency within an artist-residency which was initiated in 2014 at Pioneer Works, a contemporary arts center located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The title of the project is its organizing structure; five intense days of performance art workshops led by Owens with a selected group of five participants that imagines a critical pedagogy of performance art. During the five-day workshop-residency, each participant will develop a new performance and, at the conclusion of the project, present it to the public. Previous Seminar participants include Amanda Alfieri, Melissa Calderon, Alexandria Eregbu, Ryan Hawk, Kris Grey, Noah Krell, Marko Markovic, Angeli Sion, Jenyu Wang, and Marisa Williamson.

Seminar: Denniston Hill is currently accepting applications from emerging performance-based artists. The workshop-residency includes shared rooms, one home-cooked meal per day, breakfast and lunch supplies, and a modest stipend for materials or travel. There is no fee to apply for or participate in the project.

The application window will be open from April 17 to May 19th and participants will be notified by June 16th.   

Denniston Hill’s remote location offers a contemplative and restorative environment in which to work. It also means that one needs a car to get around. Staff members make weekly trips to the grocery and supply stores: however, please note that if you would like more freedom to move around you will need to rent a car.  Seminar participants will be picked up if arriving by coach bus at the local bus terminal in Monticello, NY.

The Seminar runs July 17 - July 21, with a public performance on Saturday, July 22. 
Participants should be available from July 16-23.

You will need to create a Submittable account below and submit an application through Submittable.
Questions? info@dennistonhill.org