The Wildcat Fellowship Program awards a residency in the Catskill Mountains to one or more gifted emerging artists each year. The program gives urban artists a chance to experience art-making in a rural mountain setting of peace and beauty. It also provides young artists with a chance to connect to new audiences in the Catskills.
The fellowship consists of a stipend–in 2011, a thousand dollars, thanks to additional support from the Neversink/Rondout Stream Management Program–and a two-week residency, with housing in our guest house, Hummingbird Hill. The artist is also given some materials, technical assistance, a work-in-progress party and an opening reception for a month-long exhibition, typically at The Old Stone House, a nearby arts facility.
The Wildcat Fellowship Program is engaged in “guerilla philanthropy”—the creative giving of money, resources and time outside the institutional context of philanthropy. Some guerilla philanthropy has to do with random acts of kindness. Wildcat is an evolving grass-roots organization, committed to the arts and to emerging artists, creating itself with limited resources though improvisation and vision.
Peter Martin is the Director of the Wildcat Fellowship Program. He writes poetry and songs, and he facilitates art and performance events, including those of the Sunday Best Reading Series in Northern Manhattan. He also teaches social work in the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and volunteers with non-profits, helping to launch and manage social intervention programs. Before he became a social worker, Peter was President of Martin Construction, Inc.
Patricia Eakins is Curator of the Wildcat Fellowship Program. She is a fiction writer, the author of The Hungry Girls and Other Stories and The Marvelous Adventures of Pierre Baptiste (a novel) which won the NYU Press Prize for Fiction and the Capricorn Fiction Award of the Writer’s Voice. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Conjunctions, Fiction International, Sensitive Skin and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Aga Khan Prize. Eakins curates the Sunday Best Reading Series.