Artists Council

Mac Adams,  Banana Rat

Mac Adams, Banana Rat

Artists Council Charter

The Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) Artists Council is a group of professional mid-career and established visual, literary and performing artists local to the Catskill area acting as stewards and advocates for the organization’s curatorial pursuits in relation to exhibitions, education, programs, lectures and performances. Artist Council members will lend support and advocacy to CAS by donating their time and talent to key strategic planning and curatorial initiatives. Leaders in the field, the Artist Council fosters the promotion of artistic excellence, deepen connections with CAS’s core constituents, expand and diversify participation and sustain the organization for future generations.

·         Make introductions and suggestions for artists to participate in CAS exhibition schedule, building on council member’s network of contacts.
·         Advise and assist Executive Director with the development and implementation of exhibitions and related programming.
·         Promote outstanding artistic programming that serves our local community and elevates the organization’s regional and national profile as an arts destination.

·         Assist developing content and educational curriculum around exhibitions hosted at CAS Arts Center and beyond.
·         Engage visitors in learning experiences through art-making and lectures to enhance curiosity and interest in art exhibits on view.
·         Foster greater community participation in CAS Kids, allowing for meaningful exchange and fueling creativity and inspiration.

·         Develop and advise curriculum for lectures, performances, screenings and readings in conjunction with exhibitions on view.
·         Provide guidance and advise in artistic programs’ planning, and assist in the selection of proposals submitted in consideration for presentation.
·         Participate in artist-moderated panel discussions and lectures on a volunteer basis.
·         Liaise and advocate with peer institutions, galleries, artists and curators to cross-program content at CAS Art Center and annex spaces.  

Artists Council Members

Mac Adams
Mac Adams has had over 70 single exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Adams’ work is in 40 public museum collections: MoMA, NY, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Musee National D'Art Modern, Center Pompidou, Paris, France. He has completed over 14 Public Art Commissions nationally and internationally including The Korean War Memorial, Battery Park, NYC. Adams is presently a distinguished teaching professor at State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He has owned a house and studio in Kenoza Lake for thirty years.

Thurman Barker
Thurman Barker is a professional jazz drummer whose first professional experience began at age sixteen with Mighty Joe Young. Barker received his bachelor's at Empire State College, then studied at the American Conservatory of Music under Harold Jones and at Roosevelt University under Edward Parimba. He next served as an accompanist for Billy Eckstine, Bette Midler, and Marvin Gaye. He was house percussionist at the Schubert Theater in Chicago in the 1960s. In 1968 he joined Joseph Jarman's first ensemble, and soon after became a member of the AACM in its early days. Aside from Jarman, he played in the late 1960s and 1970s with Muhal Richard Abrams, Pheeroan akLaff, Anthony Braxton, Billy Bang, Henry Threadgill, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. He recorded and toured again with Braxton in 1978-80 and with Sam Rivers in 1979-80. In 1985 he played in a trio with Jarman and Rivers, and in 1987 he played marimba with Cecil Taylor. Since 1993 he has been an Associate Professor at Bard College.

Ellen Brooks
Ellen Brooks began her studies in sculpture and photography at the University of Wisconsin in Madison but completed her BA at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968. Brooks also earned her MA in 1970 and her MFA in 1971 from the same school. She began her career on the West Coast, and is associated with the Los Angeles-based art community of the late 1960s and ‘70s. In 1982 she moved to New York, where her practice has since been based. Her work is known for its boundary-pushing forays into sculpture, and for her use of screens and image altering pro-filmic photographic processes. She has shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Centre Pompidou, and has worked in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Whitney, the National Museum of American Art, the Getty Museum, and others. She owns a home in Livingston Manor.

Francis Cape
British sculptor, Francis Cape first experimented with wood carving in 1974 in York, England. He later received his BFA from City and Guilds of London Art School in 1982 and MFA  from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1991. The artist’s Utopian Benches (2011-4) exhibition toured extensively to Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside, PA; ICA, Portland, ME; Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Murray Guy, NY; SFAI, San Francisco, CA; Shaker Museum, Mount Lebanon, NY; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria. Cape’s installations have always argued that design and craft express belief. He and his wife have a home and studio in Narrowsburg.

Patterson Sims
Patterson Sims is the President of the Board of ICI. He has worked in the arts since 1969, and was Director at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey from 2001-2009. His distinguished career as a museum professional includes serving as Deputy Director for Education and Research Support at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Prior to this, he was Associate Director for Art and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art at the Seattle Art Museum between 1987 and 1996, and was the first curator designated to oversee the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he worked from 1976 to 1987. He began his career as Assistant Director of O.K. Harris Works of Art, in the then newly-developing arts district of Soho, in 1969. Sims has organized one-artist exhibitions of numerous artists including Ellsworth Kelly, John Storrs, Jan Matulka, Viola Frey, Fred Wilson, Claire Zeisler, Willie Cole, and Hedda Sterne. He was a co-curator of four Whitney Biennial exhibitions. 

Andy Waggoner
Andrew Waggoner was born in 1960 in New Orleans. He grew up there and in Minneapolis and Atlanta, and studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University.  Called “the gifted practitioner of a complex but dramatic and vividly colored style” by the New Yorker, his music has been commissioned and performed by the the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Saint Louis, Denver, Syracuse, and Winnipeg Symphonies; the Corigliano, Miro, and Villiers, and JACK Quartets; the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; the California EAR Unit; pianists Gloria Cheng and Molly Morkoski; violist Melia Watras; ‘cellist Robert Burkhart; the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic of Zlin, Czech Republic; Sequitur; the Empyrean Ensemble; Buglisi-Foreman Dance; Dinosaur Annex; CELLO; Flexible Music; Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music; Duo Cortona; Seattle Modern Orchestra; Tanglewood; Ekmeles; Ensemble Nordlys, of Denmark; and Ensemble Accroche Note, of France. He annually hosts the Weekend of Chamber Music festival at CAS.

Joni Wehrli
Joni Wehrli graduated from Middlebury College in 1977, where she studied painting with Haim Steinbach. She began her career during the 1980’s East Village art scene. Her work has been shown in galleries, alternative spaces and university museums in New York and throughout the East Coast. She lives in SoHo and Livingston Manor, and has been on the board of The Catskill Art Center for the last two years.

Bing Wright
Bing Wright was born in Seattle in 1958 and received a BA in Art History from Columbia University in New York. His work been shown in exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, White Columns in New York, the Queens Museum of Art in New York, and the Tang Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, among others. His work is in several public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase Bank, and Citigroup. Wright recently curated an exhibition of 1970s photography from the collection of the Washington Art Consortium. He has lived and worked in New York City and Lew Beach, NY for over 30 years.