Community update with SV Randall SV Randall was one of five artists invited to participate in our 2016 autumn residency The Centre for Dying on Stage. He is an interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture, photography and installation to examine the relationship between consumer, commodity, and transformation. His artist statement asserts that “Within a culture of feverish consumption and […]
Community update with Haden Nicholl
Haden is one of our dearest friends. His painting, proclaiming “helping you to help you help you”, is among the first things our guests see when they arrive at Cow House. It has become something of a slogan for the studios. Rosie and Frank met Haden back in graduate school and have stayed close ever since. He was one of our first residency artists and came back two years in a row to teach during Art on the Farm where his sense of humour, intelligence and honesty won him favour with our students. Haden lives in his native Colorado and has been working on a long-term project to develop a home, studio and residency program remotely located in the Rocky Mountains.
Community update with Abigail Taubman
Abigail first attended Art on the Farm in 2010 and returned for two more summers before graduating from high school and heading off to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She returned as an intern for the summer of 2014 and again last year for How to Flatten a Mountain, our new residency in collaboration with PhotoIreland. We have had the privilege of watching Abigail grow as an artist and a person over the past seven years. Her return visits and our continuing friendship epitomise what we have tried to build here at Cow House Studios, a community of individuals who share our passion for the arts, our beautiful Irish countryside and the close relationships that emerge from time shared on the farm.
Community update with Colin Matthes
Colin Matthes was one of four residency artists during our 2012 autumn residency. His practice includes painting, drawing, installation, zine and graphic production, and public art projects. Matthes has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Antwerp, Dublin, Houston, Seville, Ljubljana, Melbourne, and Berlin.
In addition to his residency at Cow House, he has participated in numerous other residencies including Hotel Pupik (Austria) and Werkkamp (Belgium). He won the Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2102 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging). In addition, Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, a network of twenty-six artists living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that runs a print collective, contributes graphics to social movements, and co-publishes books.
Colin has been extremely generous with is time, taking care in thoughtfully answering our questions. It has been our privilege to catch up and read about all that has happened since his time with us in Ireland four years ago.
Community update with Manya Fox
Manya is a photographer living in Los Angeles, California and currently works as Visitor Services Director at Hollyhock House, a historic home built by Frank Loyd Wright in 1922. She was a visiting artist for Art on the Farm in 2010 where she taught photography in the darkroom and made a wonderful new body of work. Manya received her Bachelors Degree from Bard College in 2008 and her MFA from UCLA School of Art in 2008.
Community update with Margot Yale
Margot attended our summer programme Art on the Farm in 2012. She is now in her final year at Princeton University studying art history. On a recent trip to Ireland, researching for her senior thesis, Margot took time out to visit us during our final session of 2016. She spoke with the students about her current research, her experiences at Princeton and sat in on our final critique. Margot generously agreed to answer a few of our questions to reflect upon how her experiences at Cow House Studios continue to shape her interests and professional pursuits.
Community update with Rachel MacFarlane
It has been just over a year since we last caught up with anyone from our fantastic community of artists. Rachel MacFarlane was a visiting artist for our programme Art on the Farm during the summer of 2012. She is an immensely talented painter, generous spirit and dedicated teacher. She will be completing her MFA in Painting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts this spring and holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design . Rachel is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, ON and her work has featured in several group and solo exhibitions in both North America and Europe.
You can read our conversation here…
Community update with William Rueck.
Billy participated in our 2009 Artist Residency. He is an artist and craftsman trained in traditional wood and metalworking. In 2005 he received a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his MFA in Applied Craft and Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2012. Most recently he participated in the roaming residency Cabin Time, and works for a design-build firm in Portland, Oregon called Orange Design. Billy took some time out to answer a few of our questions, and you can read them here.
Image credits Carson Davis Brown
Community update with Sophie Browner
Sophie was one of our first students for Art on the Farm during the summer of 2008. She was the youngest of the group, and will be graduating from college this year so it’s a sort of milestone for us. Even at that early stage Sophie was incorporating text into her art so it seems fitting that she has turned to writing in her studies at Bard College. Sophie has graciously taken time out of her busy senior year to answer a few of our questions. Read our conversation here..
Community update with Marc Horowitz
Marc participated in our 2012 Artist Residency. He is an artist, entertainer and educator living in Los Angeles. Marc graduated from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in May 2012. He has lectured at Yale, Berkeley, CalArts, Portland State, among many other universities and establishments. In November 2012, Marc did a TEDx talk in Lake Como, Italy. Recently Marc’s film “Moving” was an official selection of the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival, and he currently teaches at USC in the new media department.
You can read our conversation here…
Community update with Christin Boggs
Christin was a visiting artist for our programme Art on the Farm during the summer of 2011. She is an artist, photographer, educator, and sustainable food advocate. She holds a MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology  and a BFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University . Her photographs have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions and appeared in both online and print publications. Christin promotes sustainable food practices through photography and community development. She is currently residing in Helsinki, Finland, as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, documenting Finnish food culture.
Community update with Julie Lequin
Julie was a participant in our residency programme in 2009. Her work is multidisciplinary, including video, performance, watercolor, writing, props and costumes, as well as written lists, voiceovers and notes for scripts. Julie’s first book and DVD project was published in 2007 by 2nd Cannons Publications, and she has had numerous exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. Julie was the 2011 recipient of the Joseph S. Stauffer Award, and was also awarded fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts and from the California Community Foundation. In addition to her time at Cow House Studios she has participated in residencies at Yaddo, Art Omi, Macdowell Colony, and Les Recollets in Paris.
Community update with Madeleine Morris
Maddy was part of our first ever session of Art on the Farm in 2008. She is currently in her last semester studying painting and Italian at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In addition to her visual art practice she is a prolific musician and currently in the band Weiner Apocalypse. Maddy has graciously taken time out of her busy final semester to answer a few of our questions.
Community update with Julie O’Rourke
We have just updated our Community page to include Julie O’Rourke. Julie is an artist and designer living in Camden, Maine. She is currently a member of two Arts based collectives, Muwin and the Steel House as well as co-owner of WHEREDOYOUGOTO//Design Co. Julie was a visiting artist for Art on the Farm in 2010 where she taught drawing and painting, but also boosted morale on long bus rides with impromptu tunes played on the ukulele.
Community update with Peter Allen Hoffmann
New to our Cow House Studios community section is a brief Q&A with former residency artist Peter Allen Hoffmann. Peter is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2005, he graduated with an MFA from Hunter College. He’s exhibited in Ireland, Germany and throughout the US. In 2008 he was one of our first residency artists, and has remained a close friend. His most recent solo exhibition Outer Space ran from May 30 – July 6, 2013 at Freight + Volume in New York. You can read our conversation here.
Community update with Amy Weiss-Meyer
We have just updated our community page to include a Q&A session with 2009 Art on the Farm alumna Amy Weiss-Meyer. As a Sophomore, she was part of our second ever summer session. Now a student at Harvard University, Amy has stayed in touch with us over the years. Amy has represented Cow House Studios at several summer fairs and even came for a visit during the summer of 2013. She is currently editor for The Harvard Crimson blog Flyby. You can read our discussion here.
Community update with Jack Mernin
Jack was a student during Art on the Farm, 2009. He was entering senior year the following autumn, and made the decision to apply to art schools. Jack had his pick of schools, and decided to attend RISD where he studied painting. Now in his final year Jack kindly took the time to answer a few questions for us. Read our conversation here..
Community update with Laurie Lax
Laurie was a participant in our 2010 artist residency. She was born in Canterbury, UK 1987, and graduated in Fine Art from Bath School of Art & Design 2010. Based at BV Studios in Bristol, Laurie has exhibited nationally in London, Bristol, Chester and Dundee and internationally in Poland, Ireland and Germany. She co-founded multidisciplinary collective Sondryfolk, collaborative artist group DFW (Dowsing for Water) and is a current member of Spike Associates. You can read our conversation here…
Community update with Darragh Casey
Darragh was a visiting artist in the summer 0f 2009. Based in London, his practice continually seeks ways of challenging our habits, norms and routines. Originally from Cork, Darragh graduated from NCAD Dublin with a BA in Art & Design Education. After developing a practice as both an artist and educator he completed an MA Design (furniture) from Central St. Martin’s , London in 2012.
You can read our conversation here..