A Contemporary Arts Campus that is Singular in Vision

the project

Located in Catskill, NY along the banks of the tidal Catskill Creek, the buildings of Foreland were erected in the mid-1800s as mills producing uniforms for Union Soldiers during the Civil War. After sitting dormant for decades, the three historic structures that comprise the Foreland Development have been reimagined as a mecca for the contemporary art world.

Our 85,000 square foot campus includes contemporary art galleries, artist studios, food and beverage programs, a collective workspace, special projects, and private events. Set amidst a backdrop of mountains and rivers, Foreland was developed with an appreciation for the intersect of making and being.

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.

We humbly recognize that the Catskills are ancestral territory for the Muhheaconneok (or Mohican) people, who are the indigenous peoples of the land on which our buildings stand.

A STRONGLY DIVERSIFIED, MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE, CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT PROJECT. THIS IS AN ARTS COMPLEX BUILT BY ARTISTS.

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.

Gazing at what would become the Flagship Building from across Catskill Creek, Stef saw it as a magnificent cliff perched against the water...better known as a "foreland". After four years of work, including significant structural stabilization, the three structures have been saved and developed with a new model of art world in mind: one of economic sustainability, moxie, and a shifting paradigm towards the success of art and artists.

Beyond acting as Founder & Executive Director, Stef makes sculptures and photographs 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'.

Architecture

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.