New York based artists Laura Kaminsky (composer) and Rebecca Allan (visual artist) were in residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center for a multi-media residency entitled, The Inspiration Between Music and Art, April 27- 29, 2017.
The residency was held in conjunction with the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West traveling exhibition, on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center thru May 28, 2017. Writer, social activist, and arts aficionado, Mabel Dodge Luhan was renowned for her influence in building communities, supporting artists, and generating a voice for modern art forms. To pass on that spirit to emerging learners, Kaminsky and Allan’s residency was designed to forge creative exchanges between artists and students.
Kaminsky's scores address social and political issues, the natural environment and climate change, identity, AIDS, visual art concepts, and specific artists. Kaminsky is currently composer-in-residence at American Opera Projects and Professor at Large, and head of the composition program at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College/SUNY, where she served as dean from 2004-2008. She was also Artistic Director of Symphony Space in New York City until 2014. Previously she was chair of the music department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Artistic Director of the European Mozart Academy in Poland, and visiting faculty at the National Academy of Music in Ghana. In New York, she held the positions of Director of Music and Theatre Programs at The New School, Artistic Director of Town Hall, and Associate Director of Humanities at the 92nd Street Y. She has received grants, awards, and fellowships from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Opera America, Chamber Music America, BAM/The Kennedy Center De Vos Institute, Aaron Copland Fund, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, American Music Center, USArtists International, CEV ArtsLink International Partnerships, Likhachev-Russkiy Mir Foundation Cultural Fellowship, Kenan Institute for the Arts, Artist Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Bronx Arts Council, Arts Westchester, North Carolina Arts Council, Seattle Arts Commission, and Meet the Composter. She has received six ASCAP-Chamber Museum America Awards for Adventuresome Programming, a citation from the Office of the President of the Borough of Manhattan, the 2015 Polish Gold Cross of Merit, a decoration awarded by the President of Poland for exemplary public service or humanitarian work, as well as the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2010 Chopin Award. She has been a fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centrum Foundation, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and Millay Colony for the Arts, and, in 2016, the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. For more information about Laura Kaminsky and her music, visit http://www.laurakaminsky.com/
Rebecca Allan is known for her richly layered and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings. Her work investigates watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway, and is inspired by her interest in landscape ecology, botany, and geology.