In “A Nude, Smoking a Cigar Walks into a Bar…,” Katy Diamond Hamer writes about the Davidoff Art Initiative’s International Residency at Altos de Chavon School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic. [The article features work (see above) by Dominican artist Polibio Díaz, who is participating at the International Studio Centers Program in Brooklyn.]
Two notable events that recently happened in New York, were quite different in experience but similar in philanthropic scope. The first was the announcement of the International Residency at Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic sponsored by the Davidoff Art Initiative.
The announcement, along with the first crop of artists, was made in Chelsea by Davidoff Chief Executive Officer Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard. Currently, a Dominican artist, Polibio Diaz, is participating at the International Studio Centers Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn and was also present on the occasion of the event.
While being one of the most well-known purveyors of fine cigars, the people behind Davidoff are also supporters of the arts and for the past several years have had a presence at Art Basel in Switzerland and Miami. The five artists chosen to participate in this brand new art residency include Alia Farid (Kuwait/Puerto Rico), Nuria Montiel (Mexico City, Mexico), Cathleen Mosses (Chicago, IL), Mathilde Rosier (Paris, France), and Soledad Salame (Santiago, Chile). The residency offers a diverse group of artists the opportunity to make site-specific work in the Dominican Republic, broadening his or her own cultural experience while also diversifying that of this Caribbean nation.