Masters on Main StreetMasters on Main Street (MOMS) is an innovative art program started in January of 2011 by the Catskill Arts Initiative to help attract creative community and new investment to Catskill’s Main Street. This storefront exhibition series began as a showcase for students and recent alumni from the top studio art programs around the country with participation from over 200 artists and over 20 colleges and universities. MOMS collaborated with nationwide artists from the Occupy Movement presenting Wall Street to Main Street, a groundbreaking expo with over 75 exhibits, performances, workshops and events. A collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts exhibited its upstate MARK fellowship winners and offered a free portfolio review to the community for midcareer artists to meet gallerists and museum professionals. The summer 2013 exhibit Eastern Standard: Indirect Lines to the Hudson River School included noted artists from New York’s metropolitan and upstate communities who hold shared interests in the region’s environment, development, wildness and the sublime.
Each round of storefront exhibits features a Walking Salon led by a trio of artists, curators and bon vivants as well as artist designed events. Exhibitions are available to the public 24/7 through a self guided walking tour of four blocks, though some spaces are best seen at night or in the daytime.Masters on Main Street has sponsored three annual Catskill Film and Video Festivals, with works selected each year by different guest curators and has served as community sponsor for the inaugural performance of the Hudson Valley Dance Festival.
THIS PROJECT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE CATSKILL ARTS INITIATIVE, CATSKILL’S VILLAGE LEADERSHIP, MERCHANTS, BUILDING OWNERS, ARTISTS, NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE CATSKILL A VIBRANT CULTURAL DESTINATION. THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART WITH FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS WITH THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE.