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Wassaic Project

Wassaic, NY

"The Wassaic project was a labor of love for developers Tony Zunio, Richard Berry, along with artists Bowie Zunio, Eve Biddle, and Elan Bogarin, who together stepped in and restored Maxon Mills. On the verge of being torn down, they transformed the 1940s mill into a seven-floor 8,000 square foot art exhibition space hosting three or more exhibitions per year."

Karen Klopp


"Feeling cultural? Pop into the Hamlet of Wassaic, where Wassaic Project has transformed old mill town into a vibrant and bustling artists’ community. With ever changing exhibits by artist-in-residence at Maxon Mills, your eyes and mind will be opened by the vast array of styles and subjects presented."


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Notes from the website:
The Wassaic Project is an artist-run arts organization located in Wassaic, New York. Currently it consists of a year-round competitive residency program and summer arts programming which culminate in a large, free summer festival (usually in August) which is in its ninth year. The organization makes use of restored historic buildings in the hamlet of Wassaic, including Maxon Mills and Luther Barn. Maxon Mills, a seven-story former wood crib grain elevator, has been converted into exhibition, office, and studio spaces, including Art NEST, a free drop-in creative space for kids. Luther Barn is home to artist-in-residence studios and the old cattle auction ring is used as a film exhibition space during the summer festival. The organization currently offers year-round programming as well as an education program focused onsite and at the Webutuck consolidated school district serving the Towns of Amenia and Northeast. The Wassaic Project is currently run by three Co-Directors: Eve Biddle, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, and Bowie Barnett-Zunino.