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Brief description of organisation

ARCAthens, Artist Residency Center Athens, is a New York 501(c)(3) whose mission is to bring international artists to Athens, Greece, through a fully supported program, in order to support the creation of art, as well as build cultural bridges and cross-polinate ideas and experiences through our dynamic outreach program.

The residency program of ARCAthens is designed to support each selected fellow resident for a duration of three months in Athens—covering housing, food, and transportation costs. The program is organized into three sessions per year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. For each session, four fellows (three artists and one curator) will be selected to participate. At the end of each annual cycle, a total of twelve fellows will have completed our residency program.

During their residencies in Athens, participating fellows will have opportunities to meet and interact with Athenian artists, curators, dealers, and collectors. In addition, ARCAthens will arrange a program of exhibitions, lectures and community events, further encouraging the cross-pollination between artists and communities.


We are planning to accept applications later in 2019 for our second round. As soon as we know, we will announce in our newsletter. To stay informed, please sign up.

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Brief description of residency program

We are elated to announce our Inaugural activity!

ARCAthens Pilot Program:SPRING 2019

ARCAthens Pilot Program is to be held in Athens from February 18 to March 31, 2019. This six-week residency module will not only activate our mission to support the arts and build international bridges, it will also provide an additional case study towards establishing our sustainable permanent model.

Key features of the Inaugural Pilot Program:

• Both Visual Art Fellow and Curatorial Fellow will each be provided with live-work accommodations, weekly stipends, travel expenses, and a $1,000 Fellowship - allowing them to immerse and create.

• ARCAthens’ focused and dynamic Outreach Program will provide our Fellows and the Athenian community the elective opportunity to connect through scheduled studio visits, institutional tours, and discussion groups. Additional outreach with the Athenian community will be cultivated through events and introductions. To start, on
February 19, 2019, our Introductory Welcome Event will be hosted by ATOPOS cvc, a non-profit, cultural organization in Athens.

• At the end of the program, the Fellows will participate in a panel discussion focusing on their work and experience.

We are very excited to activate our mission with two such promising and visionary Fellows: artist Cullen Washington Jr., and curator Larry Ossei-Mensah!


• Cullen Washington Jr., utilizes the grid to communicate humanity and interconnectedness. He describes his collage abstract paintings as non-representational fields of activity.

Washington has shown nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Saatchi Gallery London, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Academy of Arts and Letters, NY. Washington has been a resident at The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Charles Saatchi Gallery, Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, and the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana. Washington will be a 2018 resident at The Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans.


• Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has documented contemporary art happenings profiling some of the most dynamic creatives and visual artists working today—Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Meschac Gaba, Swizz Beatz and JR to name a few.

Ossei-Mensah cut his teeth in the marketing and advertising sector at Sony Music, ClearChannel, Fox TV, Carat Media, The World Economic Forum and Viacom. All of these experiences were the catalyst that informed his over-decade career as an independent curator before taking the helm as Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit in September 2018.

As a curator, Ossei-Mensah has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome, Italy—featuring a roster of critically acclaimed artists including Derrick Adams, Firelei Báez, ruby amanze, Hugo McCloud, Brendan Fernandes, Derek Fordjour, Peter Williams, as well as Allison Janae Hamilton’s work at MASS MoCA (co-curated with Susan Cross). Ossei-Mensah is a co-founder of the 501(c)(3) collective ARTNOIR. In 2017, he was the Critic-in-Residence at ART OMI in addition to serving as a member of MoMA’s Friends of Education and a mentor at the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Curatorial
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
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