Commentaries - March 2011

Make Art along the Neversink

Karen Rauter Sponsors Grant

The Neversink River in summer.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUMMER 2011: THE STREAM PROJECT: ART ALONG THE NEVERSINK RIVER

In partnership with the Roundout & Neversink Stream Management Program of the Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Wildcat Fellowship Program seeks projects of high artistic merit that relate to the Neversink River and its mountainous, forested surroundings.

The successful project will raise awareness of one or more of the following:

--Changing weather patterns that increase flows (winter and fall floods)
--Invasive plants that threaten forest health, water quality and fish habitat
--The value of the wilderness aesthetic (compared to the "tame" landscape)
--The beauty of log jams and gravel bars that move with high water
--Local history as it relates to the Neversink River

We offer a residency of two weeks with accommodation in a guest house, use of a small studio barn and a bicycle. We will provide appropriate publicity and a stipend of $1,000 to cover art supplies and living expenses such as for food suited to the artist's own preparation in the guest-house kitchen. For projects involving any of the construction trades, such as carpentry, a technical consultant is available.

Two-page proposals will be accepted and reviewed between now and February 15th, 2011. The selected fellowship recipient will be notified in early April, 2011.

Project Parameters

We particularly seek mixed-media works that are site-specific to the Neversink River, which runs from the Catskill Mountains to the Delaware River and is captured in a reservoir to become drinking water for New York City. The site will be selected in consultation with local landowners and/or municipalities.

The proposal will be for a work that:

--uses natural materials, though perhaps not exclusively
--raises consciousness of the significance and beauty of the environment and the importance of water quality and purity
--may be interactive
--does not harm the environment and is biodegradable yet leaves a presence at the site and in the community
--produces documentation that is suitable for exhibition off-site
--contains a community-building component that invites local participation

The artist is expected to be in residence the full two weeks, is responsible for transportation to and from Claryville, and must be available for a public presentation of the work at the installation site which will include a brief artist's talk with Q-and-A. The artist must also be available for the opening and closing of an exhibit of the documentation.

The artist is responsible for installation and take-down of this exhibit as well as for the creation of necessary signage and wall texts.

TO SUBMIT: Email the following by February 15, 2011 to Curator Patricia Eakins at fabulara@earthlink.net: (1) link to your website with images of your work, (2) two-page proposal, (3) project abstract of 100 words, (4) artist statement, (5) curriculum vitae. All documents must be MS Word documents or PDFs. No phone calls please.

Karen Rauter, Stream Program Coordinator
Rondout & Neversink Basins
Tel. 845-985-2581
catskillstreams.org

George Lichty's "Is Party Line, Comrade!" Series

Cold-War Cartooning

The "Is Party Line, Comrade!" series was selected for republication in the Conservative Book Club's Omnibus, volume 6 which included Elizabeth Bentley's Out of Bondage, Richard Weaver's Visions of Order, and Ludwig von Mises's The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality.

The signs in the cartoon read as follows: "Commisar of Music Culture (Peoples Div.)" [on the door]; "Musicians of the World arise! -- Make Sour Notes" [on the wall, middle]; "Capita[list] Be-bo[p] Must Go" [behind the middle poster]; "world No. 1 'Boogie' Man" [on wall, right, under sketch of portrait]. The caption: "Is symphony I am composing from glorious sounds of Soviet industry, comrade commisar... the din of hammers, the clash of machinery, the roar of frnaces, the groans of the populace..."