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Our History

 

Founded in 1995 by local artists in Kingston, NY, ASK today has grown to become a not-for-profit, 501-C-3, membership organization with over 300 members. Among ASK members you will find many talented, highly respected professional artists, as well as emerging artists and supporters of the arts.

 

In 2005, ASK acquired the building at 97 Broadway in Kingston and has been renovating it for use as its new headquarters, exhibition space and multi-arts center.

 

In the Summer of 2015 we finished the renovation of the second floor of the building. Please see our Great Room page for more details.

 

Our Mission

 

The Arts Society of Kingston's (ASK) mission is to enrich the quality of life by bringing artistic experiences to the communities of Kingston, Ulster and Dutchess Counties and the Mid-Hudson Valley. ASK   provides a rich and vibrant range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related events in its multi-arts facility.

Our Membership

 

Visual Arts

 

ASK provides opportunities to promote their work through group and solo exhibitions at ASK: during the year, ASK hosts 10-12 members' shows in one of its galleries at its headquarters at 97 Broadway near the Rondout in Kingston, as well as shows of featured artists at the same location and off-premises shows elsewhere in the area. ASK's ground floor is handicapped accessible.

 

Each year the juried exhibitions have gained in reputation for their excellence and stature. Works displayed have included painting, ceramics, fiber, video, jewelry, sculpture, drawing, furniture, architectural renderings, and photography.

 

ASK has hosted shows by Kingston High School and elementary schools student artists, as well as shows by Bard, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster artists. ASK also regularly invites neighboring arts groups from the region to show at ASK; invited groups have included Saugerties, Tivoli, Phoenicia, and the Lace Mill Factory.

 

Performing Arts

 

ASK is home to many performances including plays, musicals, dance, acoustic open mics, music performances, poetry readings and much more.

RETURN TO TOP

1995 The Arts Society of Kingston is founded by a group of local artists, including Katharine L. McKenna, Chris Gonyea, Hendrik Dijk and Catherine Callahan. These four artists each took a director's office and put $5.00 into the treasury for a grand total of $20, vowing to create and develop an artist networking organization in Kingston, NY.

2005 ASK purchases the Police Academy building, built in 1927. The first floor includes two galleries, the spacious Main Gallery, suitable for large group shows or major solo shows, and the Members' Lounge Gallery, a more intimate space, designed also as a place for members to gather, relax, and chat with other artists and art lovers.

 

1996 ASK produces the first Kingston Sculpture Biennial and the first Kingston Artist Studio Tour.

2006 ASK hires its first Executive Director, Vindora Wixom.

2010 ASK completes the new outdoor staircase and fire escape.

2013 ASK begins to renovate the Great Room for the Arts on the second floor.

2002 ASK starts the international Art Exchange "The Rhine-Hudson Bridge." 18 German artists are invited to show their art in Kingston in 4 galleries, as well as at the German Consulate in NYC.

 

A year later, ASK brought the works of 25 of its members to Cologne, Germany for exhibition in three galleries.

2004 ASK conceives of and publicizes the First Saturday art crawl in Kingston, NY.

2003 ASK redesigns its logo.

2004 ASK coordinates the Tanks Project in the Rondout, Kingston.

2007 ASK publishes the Gallery Guide of Kingston, as well as ARTWORKS, a publication about galleries and artists in the community.

2013 ASK relaunches the website and introduces an update to the logo.

2007 ASK receives $52,000 grant from NYSCA. A year later ASK hires a NYSCSA consultant to help define ASK governance, mission statement and by-laws.

2012 ASK gives out its first ASKAR Award at its annual Gala.