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  • Art centre Saksala ArtRadius is connected to different residencies and art community organizations around the world.

    In 2009 again the artist-in-residence program of art centre Saksala ArtRadius has been invited into the TransCultural Exchange Conference in Boston. Through a the contribution of HAUKIVUOREN ALUEJOHTOKUNTA it was possible to combine the trip with a tour through New England to visit different art centers.

    Art centre Saksala ArtRadius is also connected to different international artist community organizations like ResArtis, Trans Artists, Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation.

    During the stay in the USA in 2009 Marja de Jong has represented art centre Saksala ArtRadius during the conference of TransCultural exchange in Boston and has visited FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown MA to meet Margaret Murphy, the staff and some artists,

    and in Providence RI - Caitlin Strokosch of the Alliance of Artists Communities.

    Two other artists communities were also visited in Peterborough NH - MacDowell Colony, Marja de Jong has stayed and has had meetings with David Macy and met the staff and also different artists.

    In Johnson VT - Vermont Studio Center there was a meeting with George Pearlman, a presentation for the fellows, a visit of the art class in the primary school and studio visits.

    In New England the historical connection with Europe is still visible and it was very interesting to see the landscape, nature and people in this part of the USA.

    It was a great pleasure to visit during my tour through New England different artists communities.  I will thank Margaret Murphy (Fine Arts Work Center), David Macy (MacDowell Colony) and George Pearlman (Vermont Studio Center), and also Caitlin Strokosch (Alliance of Artists Communities) for their time, hospitality, interest and advices during my tour.  To get as the founder of Saksala ArtRadius an inside view in these organizations has created an extra dimension to the general information about these residencies but has also given a reflection on the own vision and view.

    It is interesting that these remarkable artists communities are situated in rural environs as a part of the philosophy of the founders of these places. All three are total different from the start. The atmosphere is the result of the location, philosophy, artists group and staff. 


    MacDowell Colony as the oldest residency (founded in 1906) in the USA has build 32 studios all over in the forest and fields. The studios are situated in a way the artists are isolated from each other. The studio is the place were the individual artist can concentrate, work, study, experiment without any pressure. During breakfast and dinner and also during communal activities and meetings the artists are together. Over 6000 artists during the 100 year were invited to stay.

    Vermont Studio Center  as the largest international artist-in-residence in the USA 

    Fine Arts Work Center initiated by famous artists and writers is an active community during winter and summer with a various program for young artists.


    The artist-in-residence program has got funding by:

    Arts Council Finland
    AllaprimA foundation the Netherlands
    AREFS taide ja kulttuuri ry

    Saksala ArtRadius

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