Executive director CAROLINA PORRAS
Carolina Porras is excited to be director after joining Elsewhere Studios as Program Manager in 2017. She was a resident two years in a row, summer of 2013-14 and being a resident facilitated pivotal experiences that not only challenged and expanded her artistic practice, but was central in shifting the direction of her life. After Carolina left Elsewhere as a resident, she was inspired to continue pursuing different roles that helped promote art within communities. The profound effects of this can be seen within the co-creation of Piney Wood Atlas, a country-wide artist residency research project conceptualized with another former Elsewhere resident. Carolina brings her extensive knowledge of artist residencies as well as a special enthusiasm for Elsewhere and Paonia. She is 2018-19 recipient of Alliance of Artist Communities Diversity + Leadership Fellowship.
"I believe artist residencies are essential in creating a supportive and fertile environment for artists to transcend to new levels in their work, facilitating growth and gaining new perspectives not only for the artist but also the surrounding community.”
Galen is originally from Asheville, North Carolina and first moved to the North Fork Valley in 2016. She has a Bachelors degree in History and Visual Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and is starting a low-residency Masters degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College in the fall. Her passions include sustainable agriculture, outdoor recreation, printmaking, watercolor painting, and social justice. She has a wide variety of experience working in nonprofits, on farms, and in the hospitality industry. She currently resides in Crawford and is excited to serve as the AmeriCorps VISTA member for both Elsewhere Studios and The Learning Council. Her primary goals include organizational capacity building to spur creative economic and cultural development in the North Fork community.
Henry Kunkel is an artist now working in Paonia, Colorado. Recently, he has shown work in the “inner Spaces/ Outer Limits” exhibition at UMASS Dartmouth juried by The Institute of Contemporary Art. This year he had the privilege to attend Elsewhere Studios Artist residency and prior to that, he was invited to return to the ArtHub artist residency in Kingman, AZ for a third session to work again with Arizona Works; to teach at risk teen’s mural painting commissioned by Mojave County community services. Kunkel also had the honor to assist Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s “spaces of hope” mural on the Rose Kennedy Greenway building in Boston which the Americans for the Arts voted one of the best public artworks in the United States for 2018. Kunkel was awarded the Massachusetts cultural grant at the end of 2016 and again in 2019. Kunkel also has been awarded the Drop Forge and Tool residency in Hudson, New York and the Pilotenkueche residency in Leipzig, Germany. He holds a B.F.A from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he graduated in 2012.
Henry has been volunteering with Elsewhere Studios since his residency’s conclusion in December of 2018 and we are excited to announce his official position.