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Virtual | Artist Residencies: Evolving Amid the Pandemic

February 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Art Omi Artist Residencies
2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Please join Ruth Adams (Art Omi – Ghent, NY), Toccarra Thomas (Joan Mitchell Center – New Orleans, LA), and Helen Toomer (Stoneleaf Retreat – Kingston, NY) for a panel to explore how artist residencies are evolving their services to artists during the pandemic through “virtual” residencies and other strategies. The panelists will share their experiences with adapting their programming and pivoting their usual approach amid Covid, as well as insights into ways the field may change long-term coming out of the pandemic.


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About the Speakers

Ruth Adams is Executive Director of Art Omi in Ghent, NY, where she provides leadership for the multi-faceted contemporary arts center’s 120-acre Sculpture and Architecture Park and Gallery, international artist residencies, public arts events, & education programming. Together with a Board of Trustees and Program Advisory Boards, Adams is dedicated to Art Omi’s vitality and sustainability, with a current focus on destination creation, exemplary visitor services, internationalism, equity, inclusivity, and programming excellence.


Toccarra A. H. Thomas is the Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. Thomas has previously served as the inaugural general manager of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY, as well as inaugural managing director of SPACE, a contemporary multidisciplinary art organization in Portland, ME. In her role at the Joan Mitchell Center, she directs the expansive artist residency program, develops public programming and special projects to support community engagement with the Center’s artist residents, and manages the day-to-day operations. Additionally, Thomas works closely with leadership at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York to develop artist-centered resources and programming.


Helen Toomer is Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT, an artists’ residency and connective space in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The residency is focused on supporting women artists and families. She is the Founder of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND and the Co-Founder of Art Mamas Alliance. Formerly, Toomer was Executive Director of Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) and Director of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, Collective Design Fair and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs. She lectures on art fairs and professional development at universities and arts organizations in the US and the UK. She was also an adjunct professor at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Toomer co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda in New York and graduated with Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Arts Institute of Bournemouth, England. She serves on the Board of AIRIE and Advisory Committees for ProjectArt, Foundwork and the Baxter St Camera Club of New York.

Thank you to Sarah McNaughton, NY Chapter Programs Committee Co-Chair, for organizing this program.


  1. Uta Bekaia (USA / Georgia) performance, courtesy of Art Omi
  2. Ruth Adams
  3. Toccarra Thomas
  4. Helen Toomer


February 18, 2021
2:00 pm
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