The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is a nonprofit organization cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists.
The Catskill Art Society is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 14-1544781).
CAS aspires to be a regional arts destination. Making use of our venue, the CAS Arts Center, we will deliver programming that is diverse, dynamic, and life-enriching. CAS promotes the visual and performing arts of, by, and for our communities, including world-class artists, local artists, and arts education.
CAS Arts Center
The Catskill Art Society is based in the CAS Arts Center, located in the lovely hamlet of Livingston Manor, NY. Our vibrant, newly expanded 4,500+ square foot multi-disciplinary facility with lots of natural light, loft-like ceilings, and beautiful natural bamboo flooring includes visual art galleries, a multi-purpose teaching studio, a clay studio, and an art library with digital learning resources. The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.
Founded by Charles F. Beck in 1971, the Catskill Art Society had humble beginnings in his Cooks Falls home as an increasingly popular gathering of artists and art lovers dedicated to developing and sharing their common interests. CAS incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1972 and moved to Hurleyville shortly afterward to share the newly dedicated Sullivan County Museum building with the Sullivan County Historical Society. When Beck passed away in 1974, the organization dedicated their art gallery space to his memory. CAS continued to present exhibitions and offer classes to the public there, while at the same time broadening its multi-disciplinary programming to include music, theatre, dance, and film. Over time, its growth drove CAS to seek a space of its own.
In 2007, CAS renovated a historic building in Livingston Manor, built as the Manor Theater cinema in 1929 and showing movies through the 1970's before seeing various uses as a general store and auction house. 2007 saw the grand opening of the CAS Arts Center, and since then, CAS purchased the building with the generous support of its enthusiastic membership. In 2012, one of the main galleries was named in memory of Cecily Fortescue, a longtime board member and beloved arts advocate. Now CAS looks forward to a new era as it seeks to renovate the upper floor into dedicated performance and exhibition spaces.
Board of Directors
David Barnes, President
Catharine DeNatale, Vice President
Leanne Stuhlmiller, Treasurer
Robyn Almquist, Secretary
Board of Advisers
Charles Angelo Irace
Bradley Diuguid grew up in Sullivan County and has led the Catskill Art Society as Executive Director since 2013, with a background in community development and education through the arts. He formerly served as the Manager of Education Programs for Waterwell, a collaborative theater company based in New York City, where he oversaw their intensive Drama training program in partnership with the Professional Performing Arts School. He also worked in arts administration and development at The Juilliard School, the American Repertory Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, and the Puppet Showplace Theatre. As an educator, he taught classes, directed and devised shows with companies like the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Premiere Stages, and the ETC School, among others. Bradley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Harvard University. He currently serves on the boards of the NACL Theatre and NYMACC.
Nancy Sadler was the curator and director at the Stray Cat Gallery in 2013 before joining CAS. Prior to her arrival to the Catskills, she was a corporate curator in Los Angeles and San Francisco for ten years. Her Sadler Fine Arts Gallery was located in Venice, CA from 1992 – 1996. Ms. Sadler has a B.A. from California State University, Northridge and a three-year certificate from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Patricia C. Jones