Zelený Les Artist Residency offered site-responsive artists time and space to cultivate their creativity in a beautiful and secluded environment from 2011-2016. Zelený Les (Czech for “Green Woods”) is a precious land legacy steeped in the history and lore of the scenic Catskill region. Providing solitude and supportive community in a retreat-like atmosphere since, the residency’s mission was to serve as both incubator and land grant for artists to examine the historical, cultural, environmental and personal dimensions of a 19th century farming homestead.
Zelený Les is the former home of Antonín Tutter (1920-2001) and his wife Adele (1932-2007) now stewarded by their descendants. Catherine Tutter, a Boston-based intermedia artist, served as residency director and host. View a video about the residency by Zelený Les artist Sarah Butler Peck: