Chatham planning board approves new Art Omi project
Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that the Chatham Planning Board on Nov. 10 approved the "Pavilions Project" developed by Art Omi in Ghent, a 190-acre site with permanent installations of artists' works. "The premise of the Pavilions Project is that many accomplished and highly distinguished artists would welcome the opportunity to create a legacy stand-alone exhibition of their work in a setting that they control and help design, but that is also part of a larger art center which provides cultural context, museological standards, and visitor services management," according to the project description. Up to 18 artists would create enclosed "pavilions" at the Chatham site that would serve as galleries for their works. Artists would design the structures, which could be up to 5,900 square feet and two stories tall. Art Omi would also build a visitor center and the nonprofit would maintain roads and grounds and split the cost of constructing the pavilions with the artists. Three artists and one collector have signed up so far: Alice Aycock, a New York City-based sculptor; Tadaaki Kuwayama and Rakuko Naito, married minimalists; and the collector Ariel Aisiks, who founded the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art. Art Omi will begin work on the site, off Route 66, in the spring. Read more about this story in the Times Union.