The Nature Conservancy in New York is pleased to announce the selected artists for the 2023 Andy Warhol Visual Arts Program. Jeremy Dennis of Southampton will be the artist in residence, leading a photography workshop during his residency in November. Isadora Capraro (Southampton and New York City), Mor Keshet (Huntington), and Lora Lomuscio (Shelter Island) are the other selected artists who will each lead art-making workshops this fall on the East End The Warhol Visual Artists Program is an annual artist call and series of art-making workshops tapping into nature as a source for inspiration and creation. The program is based out of the Andy Warhol Preserve, an ocean-front nature preserve located on Long Island’s Montauk peninsula, donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation in 1992.
“The interrelationship of art and science is on full view at the Andy Warhol Preserve, and in so many other habitats where the magic and science of nature is permitted to coexist with our modern world,” said Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York. “When we allow ourselves a moment to experience the beauty of nature, we are reminded of why it is so important to combat the urgent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. We are honored to host Jeremy Dennis, Isadora Capraro, Mor Keshet, and Lora Lomuscio this fall as they share their artistic practice and, as always, incredibly excited to see what attendees create.”
About the Artists:
Jeremy Dennis is a contemporary fine art photographer and a tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY. In his work, he explores indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation. Dennis holds an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, and a BA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University, NY. He currently lives and works in Southampton, New York on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.
Isadora Capraro lives and works between NYC and Southampton. Capraro studied Fine Arts at University Manuel Belgrano, Buenos Aires. In 2020 she participated in the Artist Takeover Residency at The Southampton Arts Center. Her works combine her interest in color theory and underwater habitats. Her workshop will extend this interest to participants, who will use ocean and the nature as the muse for works in charcoal and pastels.
Lora Lomuscio is a Shelter Island based ceramic artist. Inspired by nature, her functional ceramic works often feature textured surfaces and layered applications of glaze. Lomuscio has a BA in Art History from Vassar College and a MID in Design from Pratt Institute. A Shelter Island native, Lora has been involved in art and education on the East End of Long Island for over fifteen years. She will lead a family-friendly workshop in which objects gathered from nature are used to form impressions on clay.
Mor Keshet is a New York based creative arts therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of trauma, intergenerational dynamics, relational intelligence, narcissistic abuse, social justice and consciousness development. Working to develop the field of EcoArt Therapy, Mor is driven to help mend the fractured attachment between humans and the rest of the natural world. Her workshop will cultivate a greater sense of wellbeing and connection to oneself and the environment through guided meditation, discussion, and EcoArt phototherapy. In addition to her work as an art Therapist, Mor is an ardent nature photographer.
Program information and registration pages will go live on nature.org in August (TBD). The Andy Warhol Preserve is open to hikers year-round, from sunrise to sunset and free to visit. Part of a 2,400-acre protected area in Montauk, the preserve’s strategic location in the Atlantic flyway makes it an important feeding ground and stop-over site for neo-tropical, migrating birds. The preserve is also home to some rare animals, including the eastern newt, spotted turtle, blue spotted salamander, eastern hognose snake, and the bog copper (butterfly). Other species found there include shadbush, big tooth aspen, American holly, bayberry, red maple, black cherry, beech, yarrow and blue-eyed grass. To learn more about the Andy Warhol Preserve and The Nature Conservancy, visit nature.org/newyork.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 70 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.