As the rain pours here today it’s hard to imagine our beautifully dry and sunny summer just a few short months ago. As always, we’re incredibly proud to present the accomplished body of work by our students during Art on the farm, our intensive 25-day summer art program. There is an exceptional variety of work presented here, […]
Community update with Marissa Alper
Marissa was a student during our summer programme Art on the Farm in 2013 and is currently located in Richmond, Virginia where she is pursuing a BFA in Photography and Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marissa’s work explores her experience bridging the gap between adolescence and adulthood. While exploring this, she touches on different aspects of her personal life and her relationships with those around her.
Recently, Marissa’s work was featured in Lomo Women among many other online and print publications. We’re incredibly happy to see Marissa getting some recognition for her fantastic work and were delighted when she agreed to take a bit of time to answer a few of our questions.
Community update with Zsofia Schweger
Zsofia was one of our visiting artists for Art on the Farm in 2011 and taught painting alongside Rosie for the entire summer. She studied at Wellesley College before moving to London in 2013 where she attended the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating with an MA in 2015.
Zsofia was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 and has been supported by several generous prizes. These include the Jealous Prize, Griffin Art Prize, the Alice C. Cole Award, and the ‘One To Watch’ Award. Her first solo exhibition was held in 2016 at Griffin Gallery.
Zsofia was an exceptionally hard worker and woke up early every morning to paint before her teaching duties began. We had no doubts that she would do well and were thrilled to hear of her success. We’re grateful Zsofia has generously taken some time to answer a few of our questions.
Twenty cosy hand-knit MOG hats made from beautiful local wool to support our scholarship fund for Art on the Farm.
The second item in our little shop is a cosy hat knit by Rosie’s mother Mary. Referencing her initials, we have affectionately named them MOG hats. Mary literally knit 20 of these very special hats while sitting by the fire during the winter months.
Community update with Paul Gaffney
Paul Gaffney is one of four associate artists at Cow House Studios and participated in his first residency with us back in 2014. As an associate artist, Paul is a regular visitor to the farm and teaches during our summer program Art on the Farm. For the past number of years, he has been investigating different ways of experiencing and representing landscape. His research is focused on developing a meditative approach to landscape photography and explores how the act of image making can enable and disrupt a sense of connection with one’s surroundings.
Paul was recently selected for the Arts Council’s ‘Next Generation Bursary Award’ 2016-17. His books have been nominated for the Photobook Award at the International Photobook Festival Kassel (2013 & 2016), shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography, and selected for several ‘Best Photobooks of The Year’ lists. Gaffney’s work has also been presented as solo exhibitions at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (Luxembourg), Flowers Gallery (London), Gallery of Photography (Dublin), Belfast Exposed Gallery, Ffotogallery (Cardiff), Oliver Sears Gallery (Dublin) and in group shows and festivals in the US, UK, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, France and China. His images have been published internationally in print and online periodicals including American Suburb X, Harvard Design Review, Creative Review, The New Yorker, European Photography, DU Magazine, Katalog, PaperJam, Source, Photomonitor and Landscape Stories.
Paul recently took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Click through to read his answers.
If you have been to Cow House, then you know we love our tea so a mug seemed like the perfect way to launch our little shop. We will periodically offer limited edition beautiful things made by Irish craftspeople embellished with designs by our former resident artists.
Arran Street East is small Dublin based ceramic studio, we LOVED their mugs from the moment we laid eyes on them and you will too. This small batch is extra special because each one holds a little surprise when you lift your cup for a sip of tea or coffee. The drawings were specially designed by Woosung Lee, each mug is hand thrown and the drawings are hand stamped.
All proceeds go towards our scholarship fund. In other words, if we sell all these mugs, it will go towards funding a partial scholarship for a student to attend Art on the Farm. It’s a win-win; receive something beautiful and unique while helping to provide a special experience for a young artist.
As the leaves begin to fall and the weather turns blustery, it’s nice to take a moment to look back at the wonderful work that was produced this summer. In our tenth summer running our Summer Art Program, Art on the Farm, we introduced a New Media concentration to sit alongside bot Painting and Photography concentrations. […]
We are now more than half-way done with our first session and are happy to share a selection of photographs from an eventful two weeks. Highlights have included trips to Dublin where we saw several exhibitions including the fantastic As Above So Below at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. We were able to enjoy […]
We are delighted to announce our new associate artists (from left to right) Ann Maria Healy, Mathilde Ganancia, Sarah Tynan and Paul Gaffney who in their new roles will be teaching this summer during Art on the Farm. These four artists represent a diverse set of artistic practices ranging from painting to sculpture, installation, performance, video and photography. In their young careers, all have exhibited widely whilst receiving recognition for their exceptional work as recipients of numerous grants and awards. We look forward to working with them over the next few years and are certain they will have much to add to our educational and residency programming.
Community update with Haden Nicholl
Haden is one of our dearest friends. His painting, proclaiming “helping you to help you help you”, is among the first things our guests see when they arrive at Cow House. It has become something of a slogan for the studios. Rosie and Frank met Haden back in graduate school and have stayed close ever since. He was one of our first residency artists and came back two years in a row to teach during Art on the Farm where his sense of humour, intelligence and honesty won him favour with our students. Haden lives in his native Colorado and has been working on a long-term project to develop a home, studio and residency program remotely located in the Rocky Mountains.
Community update with Abigail Taubman
Abigail first attended Art on the Farm in 2010 and returned for two more summers before graduating from high school and heading off to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She returned as an intern for the summer of 2014 and again last year for How to Flatten a Mountain, our new residency in collaboration with PhotoIreland. We have had the privilege of watching Abigail grow as an artist and a person over the past seven years. Her return visits and our continuing friendship epitomise what we have tried to build here at Cow House Studios, a community of individuals who share our passion for the arts, our beautiful Irish countryside and the close relationships that emerge from time shared on the farm.
For the next month, Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese will be travelling in the United States visiting schools, attending summer program fairs, meeting with artists, students and families interested in our studios. We are more than happy to take the time to meet with people to discuss Art on the Farm, our summer program […]
We are now accepting applications for our new associate artist position!
Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland seeks four associate artists to assist in delivering its educational and residency programming throughout the calendar year. The successful candidates must be gifted, exhibiting artists, capable of and eager to teach young and aspirational students. Associate artists will develop challenging and innovative lesson plans alongside Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese and play a key role in mentoring young adults while encouraging artistic excellence. Additionally, associate artists will have the opportunity to avail of residency opportunities at Cow House Studios throughout the year and assist in the development and delivery of new residency and educational opportunities.
We are proud to showcase a selection of artwork made during our 2016 sessions of Art on the Farm. In this gallery, you will see five works from each of our students representing a wide variety of media. Black and white darkroom prints, charcoal drawings, watercolor and oil paintings sit alongside sculptural work, digital composites, videos […]
Cow House Studios will be featured on this weeks episode of Ear to the Ground, RTE’s weekly series that reports about Ireland’s rural, countryside and environmental issues. During our first session of Art on the Farm, presenter Helen Carroll visited the studios and spent the day speaking with Rosie and Frank, Sinead, Edel, Michael and Mary. The […]
Community update with Manya Fox
Manya is a photographer living in Los Angeles, California and currently works as Visitor Services Director at Hollyhock House, a historic home built by Frank Loyd Wright in 1922. She was a visiting artist for Art on the Farm in 2010 where she taught photography in the darkroom and made a wonderful new body of work. Manya received her Bachelors Degree from Bard College in 2008 and her MFA from UCLA School of Art in 2008.
Community update with Margot Yale
Margot attended our summer programme Art on the Farm in 2012. She is now in her final year at Princeton University studying art history. On a recent trip to Ireland, researching for her senior thesis, Margot took time out to visit us during our final session of 2016. She spoke with the students about her current research, her experiences at Princeton and sat in on our final critique. Margot generously agreed to answer a few of our questions to reflect upon how her experiences at Cow House Studios continue to shape her interests and professional pursuits.
Community update with Rachel MacFarlane
It has been just over a year since we last caught up with anyone from our fantastic community of artists. Rachel MacFarlane was a visiting artist for our programme Art on the Farm during the summer of 2012. She is an immensely talented painter, generous spirit and dedicated teacher. She will be completing her MFA in Painting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts this spring and holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design . Rachel is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, ON and her work has featured in several group and solo exhibitions in both North America and Europe.
You can read our conversation here…
It’s been a long wait, but we have just posted an exciting selection of artwork from our three 2014 sessions of Art on the Farm. Our primary focus during the summer is drawing, and students then specialise in either photography or painting, focusing on their particular interests, responding to their varied experience in Ireland. We […]
We are pleased to announce that Haden Nicholl and Jesse Kauppila have been selected as our visiting artists for the summer of 2015. Pictured above left Night Explosions, 2008, ink, watercolour, coloured pencil on paper, and above left I.O.P. I.E.D. (Inside Out Printer Improvised Explosive Device) Super Nova, 2013, chromogenic print. Originally from Colorado, Haden […]