ARCAthens’ mission is to provide opportunity and support to Visual Artists, Curators, and Scholars to further their research to focus on bridging international dialogue, cooperation, and understanding.
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in Athens, Greece, and the Bronx, New York —thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning.
ARCAthens offers creative platforms for the lively exchange of ideas, values, and the expression of our humanity. We join all the voices denouncing racism, injustice, and inequality; and commit to these values in our programs, our organization’s structure, and our workplace environment.
Our Mission is realized through our programs:
Our ARCAthens Virtual Residency provides financial and institutional support to promote our Fellows and encourage a new dialogue through our multiple digital platforms. Our Fellows are selected through nomination and invitation.
(Due to Covid 19, the following two programs are currently being rescheduled for 2021)
Our Visual Art and Curatorial Residency Fellowships provide fully-funded live/work spaces that allow artists, curators, and scholars to be immersed in—and consequently respond to—the ongoing cultural renaissance taking place in Athens. Our Fellows are selected through nomination and invitation. An open application process is under consideration, please check back for further information.
Our ARCAthens Residency at EPI is a partnership with Lafayette College extending opportunities to our Fellows for a printmaking residency at the Experimental Printmaking Institute. Fellowships are awarded on an invitational basis.
Coming in 2020- 2021
Our ARCAthens Mentorship Program provides targeted care, guidance, and opportunities to emerging artists, curators, and scholars.
Our NYC/BX Research Fellowship provides Greek scholars, visual artists, and curators the fully-funded live/work opportunity to be immersed in the cultural capital of the world, New York City, in our headquarters in the Bronx.
Alicia Glekas Everett is an attorney in New York City. She leads the business affairs team for the literary agents at William Morris Endeavor (WME), advising agents on intellectual property matters and contract negotiations on behalf of WME’s clients. Prior, Everett was Acting Associate General Counsel for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Corporate Transactions Counsel at NBC, where she handled corporate legal matters for NBC News and the NBC-affiliated television stations. Everett began her legal career as a corporate lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Everett graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was on the American Criminal Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in French Literature from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar. She grew up in Washington, DC, where her extended Greek-American family still resides. Everett is passionate about all areas of the arts.
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.
Nina Embiricos is the founder of Olympia Productions that specializes in brand development, management, marketing, and special event planning. Educated at Paris La Sorbonne, l’Ecole du Louvre and UCLA, Nina’s love for art began at a young age. Through her extensive work experience in art and design galleries and institutions like Sotheby’s, Pierre Cornette De Saint Cyr, and Friedman Benda Gallery, Nina continues to be immersed in the arts and has authored articles in international art magazines. Nina has a deep love for, and connection with Greece where she visits yearly and supports the Cycladic Museum as a Young Patron. Nina is also passionate about pastoral living and yogic philosophy.
Alexia Valentina Sheinman is the Director of Branding and Communications at Pembrooke & Ives, and also the founder of her own interior design practice, Alexia Valentina LLC. Her passion for the arts has led to her involvement in both Concert Artists Guild and Storm King Art Center, and she is a co-founder of Roadmaps Festival, an annual artistic, humanitarian and cultural event that explores a current crisis through film, music, performance and discussion. Alexia was born and raised in New York to a Greek-Cypriot mother and a British father. She studied in Greece, the United Kingdom and New York, graduating with a BSc in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Bristol and an MFA in Interior Design from Parsons The New School for Design. Alexia currently lives in downtown Manhattan and is working on a hotel development in Greece.
Hume R. Steyer is a partner at Seward & Kissel LLP and the head of the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Charitable Organizations Group. He has practiced law since 1978. Hume is a member of the boards of the Lucretius Foundation, the Open Space Institute, Storm King Art Center, and the Black Rock Forest Preserve where he is currently the co-Chair of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.
Yerassimos Yannopoulos is leading the tax practice of Zepos & Yannopoulos in Athens, Greece. He focuses on tax planning for multi-national personal, active business and investment activities, with a particular emphasis on tax structuring for Greek and non-Greek business owners and investors. He has lectured at the Athens School of Economics on International Tax Law (Post-Graduate program on Taxation) from 2003 to 2011 and is recognized “Leading Individual” by Chambers & Partners Europe and by Legal 500 EMEA. Yerassimos has served on the Greek Advisory Board of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and also serves on the Board of the Benaki Museum, Athens.
A visual artist and museum educator with an academic background in archaeology, Iris has worked at the Tate Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Acropolis Museum and the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. Since 2009 she has also taught art history on-site for U.S. university study-abroad programs in Athens. She was a founding member and co-director of the artist-run non-profit Lo and Behold, a platform for contemporary art activities in Greece and abroad.
Eleni has studied Cultural Management at Hellenic Open University. Her master’s thesis is on artist residencies specializing in the Athenian context. She has been involved in various cultural projects since 2015 and has collaborated with cultural institutions such as Neon Organization, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, and documenta14. Eleni currently lives and works in Athens.
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.
Yorgo Alexopoulos creates time-based media artworks, paintings, and installations. He has presented solo exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, Cristin Tierney, New York, and most recently at the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. Permanent public installations include in the Langham Hotel, Chicago, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe for IBM, the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s lobby in Las Vegas (both commissioned by Art Production Fund); and in the sky-lobby of the Norman Foster-designed Bow Building in Calgary, Canada. Based in Los Angeles, Alexopoulos is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spends his time between Los Angeles, New York, and Athens.
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 a curator, adjunct professor at CUNY and the author of “Beckett’s Breath,” published by Edinburgh University Press released in the US by Oxford University Press. She is head of operations at Raymond Pettibon Studio and she is producing a multi-media project on Raymond Pettibon at the New Museum for Performa Biennial Consortium 2019. Sozita has taught at New York University as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial fellow at Performa NY and has curated projects for Documenta 14, Onassis Foundation NYC, EMST among other institutions and museums. She served as the director of the European funded Art Residency in Athens and curated solo exhibitions by Lynda Benglis, Martin Creed, Santiago Sierra, Marina Abramovic among other artists. She holds a PhD from the University of London and has studied Visual Arts, Philosophy, Theatre, Directing in London [BA, MA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) & Kings College London]. She was elected as Treasurer of the Board of Directors at International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas and as Member of the Board of Directors at the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute Unesco.
Anthony D. Meyers brings over 20 years of expertise in grants management, program management and evaluation, fund development, advocacy, and audience development. He is currently an Arts Program Specialist with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and has served as an arts administrator for a number of nonprofit cultural organizations across the New York tri-state area. He started Leading ChangeMakers in 2018, a social venture that utilizes education and interventions to achieve racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership and establish a more inclusive cultural sector. Anthony is currently completing an M.S. degree in Organizational Change Management and post-masters Certificate in Leadership and Change at The New School.
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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