A Contemporary Arts Campus that is Singular in Vision

the project

Erected in the mid 1800s, the Foreland buildings were first mills that produced uniforms for Union Soldiers during the Civil War. After sitting dormant for decades, the three historic buildings that comprise Foreland have been reimagined as a mecca for the contemporary art world.

Our 85,000 square foot campus includes contemporary art galleries, studios, food and beverage programs, special projects, and events, situated on the bank of Catskill Creek in the Hudson River Valley.

Foreland participates in a long history of artist-run, artist-occupied industrial buildings. In this spirit, the campus uniquely serves 21st-century arts and artists through modern, progressive programming within historically-inspired, functionalist grounds.


Stef Halmos

The founder

It seems inevitable that artist Stef Halmos would find her way to pioneer new working methods and spaces for her community. Watching her peers face the difficulties of finding adequate and affordable workspace in New York City, she embarked on a grand-scale project to unite a vibrant community of artists and craftsmen under one roof. After exploring countless New York City structures, Stef, mentored by her dad Steve, set her sights upstate.

Stef is an artist in her own right, working mostly in sculpture and photography, and keeps a studio in the Foreland Front Building. She lives around the corner from the Foreland Campus with her wife and young son, and she wholeheartedly believes in a 'labor of love'.


Halmos brought on architect Emily Jockel, Project Architect of David Bers Architecture, to reimagine a historic waterfront mill, now the Flagship building of the Campus. David Bers' practice brought to the project 25 years of experience in creating responsive art spaces for prominent artists, galleries, collectors, curators, and art dealers.

Liam Turkle Architect, a full-service firm based in Hudson, NY, was selected to collaborate on the Book House and Front buildings. Today, each of these buildings is once again flooded by daylight, exposing interior austerity that is as monumental as it is intimate.