Artist in Residency

Catwalk/Catslair Residency Program in Catskill, New York


The Hudson River Valley, with its effervescent green hills, river views, and quaint towns in proximity to metropolitan New York City inspired the renowned Hudson River School's generation of an original American art. The region still resonates with artists' colonies and historic sites including the Thomas Cole House and Studio just steps from the Catwalk residency; Olana, the Persian-inspired home of 19th-century landscape artist Frederic Church; and other significant sites for artists such as Art Omi, Dia: Beacon, Storm King, or Opus 40. Catwalk is a private residency begun in 2002 by Jim and Purcell Palmer; Mrs. Palmer lives on the premises in the restored home designed and built in 1864 by Hudson River School artist and scholar Charles Herbert Moore. Interaction with the host during the residency period is part of Catwalk's tradition.


This newly acquired 1980 residential complex is situated on a magnificent historic site of 70 acres on the Hudson River across from Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, America's first environmentalist and just north of Thomas Cole's home, Cedar Grove. Catslair residencies are available to artists, writers, and scholars in all media exploring subjects related to place, landscape, and environment investigating universal aspects of nature embedded in landscape and ecology.