ARCAthens is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for visual artists to expand the discourse in the arts as well as in the local communities of Athens. Our mission is realized through an artist residency program that provides fully-funded live/work spaces that allow artists to be immersed in—and consequently respond to—the ongoing cultural renaissance taking place in Athens.
The residency program of ARCAthens is designed to support each selected fellow resident for a duration of three months in Athens—covering housing, food, and transportation costs. The program is organized into three sessions per year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. For each session, four fellows (three artists and one curator) will be selected to participate. At the end of each annual cycle, a total of twelve fellows will have completed our residency program.
During their residencies in Athens, participating fellows will have opportunities to meet and interact with Athenian artists, curators, dealers, and collectors. In addition, ARCAthens will arrange a program of exhibitions, lectures and community events, further encouraging the cross-pollination between artists and communities.
Allison M. Glenn is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she focuses on public art exhibitions and the Artist Residency program. Prior to working at Crystal Bridges, Glenn was the Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate for Prospect New Orleans’ international art triennial Prospect.4. Her writing has been featured in numerous exhibition publications, including those produced by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans, the California African American Museum, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has contributed to Hyperallergic, ART21 Magazine, Pelican Bomb’s Art Review, and Newcity, amongst others.
George Negroponte is Director Emeritus of The Drawing Center, where his involvement has spanned three decades. He was Co-Chairman of The Board (1997-2002) and was appointed the first President of the institution in 2002. Mr. Negroponte is a fundraising consultant to several non-profit organizations in NYC. He has taught painting and drawing at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and Princeton University. He has organized several shows and written on many contemporary artists. He studied art at Yale University with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey. Since 1980 he has had 18 one-person shows at numerous galleries: Brooke Alexander Gallery, John Good, Jason McCoy Inc., Kouros Gallery in New York City, and P37 and Skoufa Gallery in Athens, Greece. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion.
With 35 years of experience in the Non-Profit field, Clayton Campbell is working with ARCAthens on strategic planning and development. Between 1995-2010 Clayton was the Co-Executive Director of the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica where he organized over 300 artist residencies from 25 countries. He was the first Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in 2011 and is a former President of Res Artis and Trustee of the Alliance of Artist Communities. As founder of Clayton Campbell Consulting, he has designed and implemented residency programs for the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, the Cleveland Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, United States Artists, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Little Tokyo Service Center. He is an Evaluator for the Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA. In 2003 the French Government presented him with the distinction of Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters for his international work with art and culture.
A native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, Earnie hopes to be a curator in the future. In May 2018, Earnie graduated from Bronx Community College and is now attending Hunter College.
Cultural producer Chryssa Avrami has worked in numerous projects for theater, cinema, and television. Avrami was responsible for Public Relations at the Ministry of Culture and Sport for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She was a founding member of the Sinthesis Media Company organizing cultural events, social actions and educational programs through the production and public promotion of major events in Greece. Avrami is also producer and presenter at “Hellenic Public Radio Cosmosfm 91.5” in New York City.
Dr. Sozita Goudouna is an art theorist, curator and the author of “Beckett’s Breath: Anti-theatricality and the Visual Arts” published by Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernism released in the US by Oxford University Press. She is the artistic director of an arts and awareness project at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi under the auspices of March of Dimes and the United Nations and has curated a program for “The Parliament of Bodies” Documenta 14 Public Program. She taught at NYU as the first Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Performa New York, and holds a PhD from the University of London (Onassis Scholarship 2003-7) and has studied Philosophy, Theatre and Directing in London (BA, MA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) & Kings College London 1996-2000). She is a member of numerous cultural boards and was elected as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas.
Hakan Topal is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He co-founded xurban_collective (2000-12) and exhibited extensively in institutions such as the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; apexart, New York; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1; Platform, Istanbul, the 9th Gwangju Biennial and ICP Museum, New York. Topal represented Turkey in various international exhibitions including the 49th Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media and Art + Design at Purchase College, SUNY.
Jannis Varelas lives and works between Athens, Los Angeles and Vienna and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, and the Athens School of Fine Arts. Selected solo shows include: Gallery Krinzinger, Vienna, The Breeder, Athens, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, and Kunsthalle Athena, among others. He has exhibited in group shows in the DESTE Foundation, Benaki Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, the New Museum, Kunsthalle Wien, and the New Orleans Biennial Prospect 1, among others. His work can be found in the Saatchi Collection, London; the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Onassis Foundation Collection, New York and The Hort Family Collection, New York.
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ARC Athens Inc. is a New York charitable corporation, exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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