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PEEKSKILL PROJECT IV
“Contemporary art can challenge, inspire, and inform. It shouldn’t be confined to just museums and galleries. By bringing art to where the people live their daily lives, we hope to connect with as wide an audience as possible”
Livia Straus, President and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art.
The Peekskill Project, a citywide site-specific exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary art, was launched in 2004 with the goal of bringing contemporary art out of the museum and into the community. The public arts festival presents a wide variety of painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video, and performance art by national and international artists selected by a juried committee of renowned curators. Work by over 100 artists were selected from an elite curatorial committee which are sited in storefronts, parks, and in vacant lofts and lots around our city.
The fourth annual Peekskill Project ’08, opens the weekend of September 13 – 14, 2008, featured fifty-five artists who concentrate on the dualistic nature of man’s relationship to the earth. This year’s exhibition focuses on indoor and outdoor site-specific works which use environmental and organic based materials in order to communicate this tumultuous marriage between humans and their habitat. Using Peekskill as a stage, artwork will be sited throughout the city. The project utilizes Peekskill’s waterfronts, Annsville Park, St. Mary’s, St. Peter’s Church of Cortlandt, Clemente, 3 & CO, The Hat Factory, Maxwell Fine Arts, and Peekskill’s historic commercial district, as well as the HVCCA. Selected works will be on display September 15th – November 23, 2008 by appointment only.
2008 Participating Artists:
Anna Adler, Emil Alzamora, Daniel Aquino, Elena Bajo, Karen Beall, Al Bersch & Leslie Grant, Gail Biederman, Jo Ann Brody, Ryan Brown, Charles Butterly, Stefano Cagol, Alana Celii & Grant Willing, Meng-Yeh Chou, Zachary Clement, Andrea Cote, Lorenz Estermann, Deborah Fisher, Asha Ganpat, Johannes Girardoni, Alexander Harrington & Alison Wermager, Joan Harmon, Sarah Haviland, Vandana Jain, Carla Rae Johnson, Marya Kazoun with Christian Minotto & Andrea Busetto, keegan & nick, Yael Kanarek, Christopher Lee Kennedy, Miwa Koizumi, Grace Knowlton, Cal Lane, Liz Magic Laser, Stephanie Lempert, Eva Mantell, Maslen & Mehra, Almagul Menlibayeva, Tony Moore, Joel Morrison, Angelo Musco, Michael Anthony Natiello, Gene Panczenko, Michael Petersen & Jade Townsend , Carolyn Salas & Adam Parker Smith, Rosalind Schneider, Ryan Schroeder, Gregg Segal, Pamela Phatismo Sunstrum, James Tatum, The Artist’s Collective, The Cathouse Associates, Ted Victoria, Aki Warren, Andrew Wilkinson, and Brian Wondergem.
2008 Participating Curators:
Ombretta Agro’Andruff, Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox from Gallery Aferro, Michael Foley from Foley Gallery, Priska Juschka from Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, Kelly Lindner from George Adams Gallery , Michael Anthony Natiello from Collaborative Concepts, Joyce Manalo from ArtForward, Thomas Werner from Parsons The New School of Design, and Livia Straus from the HVCCA.
The Peekskill Project ’08 was organized in association with the fifth annual Hudson Ferry-Go-Round, linking towns along the Hudson River with continuous ferries on September 14, 2008.
For further details please see: www.ferrygoround.com
The Peekskill Project ’08 was made possible with the support of the Westchester Arts Council. Additional support from the City of Peekskill, Ginsburg Development Corporation, Peekskill Business Improvement District, Peekskill Arts Council, Venice Projects, as well as local residents and businesses throughout the city. Special thanks to all the participating artists and curators.