The Nature Conservancy established the 15-acre Andy Warhol Preserve in 1992 through a donation from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The preserve’s location in the Atlantic flyway makes it an important feeding ground and stop-over site for neotropical, migrating birds. It is an ecologically sensitive area that is not accessible to the public or routinely open to visitors.
The Visual Arts Program
Under an agreement with the Foundation, The Nature Conservancy sponsors annual visual arts programs at the Preserve. The Andy Warhol Visual Arts Committee plays an important role in organizing the workshops, providing a necessary link to the educational and artistic communities and ensuring top-quality instruction. The Committee, which meets annually, is comprised of artists and educators.
Landscape painting/drawing and photography workshops led by local artists.
A week-long artist-in-residence program, with Conservancy housing provided.
Classes and programs for local school children including multimedia poetry and photography classes, landscape painting classes, and sculpture classes on the beach.
Workshop with Cy Keener
Saturday, June 2 | 10AM - 1PM
An Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Digital Fabrication and Media at the University of Maryland, College Park, Cy Keener's work as an artist involves designing and deploying environmental sensors, and working with data they collect to create two and three-dimensional representations of environmental phenomena. He is currently on a team selected to propose ecological solutions to sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay area through an organization called Resilient By Design. Cy Keener holds a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford and Master of Architecture from Berkeley.
Workshop with Roy Staab
Thursday, June 7 | 9AM - 12PM
Roy Staab is an internationally known artist who has made a variety of sculptures through Europe, America and Japan. He projects life’s ephemera in his work and prefers the forces of nature to enhance and dismantle it. Staab's sculptures heighten our awareness of the process of nature and enable us to greater appreciate the moment of the art experience. Roy Staab holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and studied at the Layton School of Art.
Workshop with Grace Markman
Saturday, August 11 | 1 - 3PM
Family Fun Sculpture from Nature - Ages 7 and Up
Grace Markman has exhibited her paintings, drawings and collages for over twenty years in numerous group shows both upstate and in New York City. Her B.A. in Studio Art is from Fordham University and she holds an M.F.A. in painting from Bard College. In this workshop, participants will build sculptures from found materials as they gather their inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean. Sculpture creations will be photographed while students explore the theme of building up and wearing down in nature.
Workshop with Day Schildkret
Saturday, September 29 | 11AM - 2PM
Day Schildkret is internationally known for Morning Altars and has inspired tens of thousands of people of all ages from all over the world to forage, build and be awed with Earth Art. A spiritual practice that renews and redeems our relationship to nature, creativity and impermanence. Morning Altars is bringing ephemeral art to the collective human imagination.