THE WASSAIC PROJECT PRESENTS FOURTH ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL Artist-Run Organization Offers Three Days of Free Art, Music, Dance and Film Events
Wassaic, NY – August 1, 2011 – The Wassaic Project, an artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization located in a renovated mill in the hamlet of Wassaic, New York,is pleased to announce the fourth iteration of the Wassaic Project Summer Festival, a free multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, and community from August 5-7, 2011. This year’s Festival—curated by guest jurors Eric Gleason, Risa Shoup, Ryan Frank, Nicholas Cohn and Wassaic Project co-directors Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino, and Jeff Barnett-Winsby –will bring together over 100 artists, 23 bands, poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings, and much more.
Housed in and around historic buildings in Wassaic, NY, The Wassaic Project’s annual Summer Festival aims to present art in a venue that challenges the white walls of traditional art spaces, focusing instead on site-sensitive installations and performances. As visitors climb through the vertical levels of the Project’s historic wooden mill-cum-exhibition space, they are able to explore the work of over 100 emerging contemporary artists, whose bold and intricate installations, paintings, sculptures and videos respond beautifully to the unique architecture that houses them. In 2010 over 4,000 festivalgoers shared in the three-day celebration. The 2011 Summer Festival, which promises to be even bigger, offers a unique weekend-long opportunity for the general public, as well as artists of all mediums, to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving arts community—free of cost.
This year, participating Visual Artists include: Ghost of a Dream, Lauren Adelman, Michael Aghy, Ben Bigelow, Lorne Blythe, Jade Boyd, Hannah Brenner-Leonard, Josh Bricker, The Bridge Club, Peter Brock, Benjamin Brown, Dana Bunker, Grant Cornett, Sena Clara Creston, Richard Deon, Danielle Durchslag, Ryan Frank, Joshua Frankel, Jamie Gaul, David Grainger, Jeila Gueramian,Sarah Hardesty, Gregory Hayes, Troy Herion, Janine Iversen, Kate Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Ben Judd, Hyeon Jung Kim, Henry Klimowicz, Matthew C. Lange, JaeWook Lee, Guillaume Legare, Valerie Magarian, Tom Mason, Shepard McCallum, Lori Merhige, Naomi Miller, Jackie Mock, Gala Narezo, Alee Peoples, Amy Podmore, Francis Rabkin, Steve Rossi, Lauren Ruth, Tomie Seo, Nicholas Shepard, Matthew Slats, Eliza Swann, Fabian Tabibian, Breanne Trammell, Clement Valla, Leigh Van Duzer, Brian Wane, Ian Warren, Christopher Wawrinofsky, James Weingrod, Audra Wolowiec, Angelo Womak, Michael Woody, Rick Wray, Angela Zammarelli, Mario Zecca,and more. The Music Lineup features over 20 bands, including Free Blood, Delicate Steve, Patrick Cleandenim, The Acrylics, Cuddle Magic, Bobby, Electric Junkyard Gamelan, Caged Animals, This Frontier Needs Heroes, and more. The Film Program, organized by the Wassaic Project’s Director of Film Programming Liliana Greenfield-Sanders and guest curators Rowan Riley, Joshua Frankel and Amy Basil,is comprised of over 20 short films from emerging filmmakers and two outdoor midnight movie screenings during the Festival. The line-up includes The Strange Ones (directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein), The Substitute (directed by Talya Lavie), Suu and Uchikawa (written and directed by Nathanael Carton), Ten Years from Now (written and directed by Jordan Schiele), and Little Horses (written by Levi Abrino and Wa ssaic alum Luke Matheny, directed by Levi Abrino), among others. The Dance Program, co-curated by Charmaine Warren (Harlem Stage, The Ailey School) and the Wassaic Project Dance Committee, features performances by an all-star cast that includes Malinda Ray Allen, Jamel Gaines (Creative Outlet Dance Theater), Vincent Hardy, Helen Heinaman (Viewpointe), Maré Hieronimus, Earl Moseley (Institute for the Arts), Becky Sellinger, and Antonia Urzua. The performances will embrace the unique structure and environment of the Maxon Mills as the dancers interact with the art installations and audiences on the expansive renovated deck adjacent to the mill.
ABOUT THE WASSAIC PROJECT
The Wassaic Project is an artist-run sustainable, multidisciplinary arts organization that focuses on community engagement and facilitates artists and participants to exhibit, discuss, and connect with art, each other, our unique site, and the surrounding community.
We seek to make connections between artists of all disciplines. We facilitate interaction and collaboration among artists and the public by utilizing our historic location to create new ways of working in the arts and to inspire new ways of seeing art. The Wassaic Project’s activities include an annual summer festival, a year-round artist residency, studio visits/critiques for artists involved with the organization by guest curators and visiting artists, artist workshops with community members, published catalogs, and fundraising exhibitions in Wassaic and New York City. Our programs intend to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries.
Maxon Mills and The Luther Barn are located within walking distance from Metro North’s Wassaic station. For schedules and fares, visit the MTA’s website at http://mta.info/index.html.
Visitors are invited to camp at the Wassaic Project on the Luther Barn field. Tickets for the entire weekend can be purchased online in advance for $40 or onsite during the Festival for $60. No camping equipment will be provided at the site. Please note that only gas camping stoves are permitted at the camping grounds.
For more information on the Wassaic Project’s Summer Festival and its year-round programming, visit www.wassaicproject.org.