The two year long interaction/documentation project titled Civic Women, kicked off at  the ArtMill Barn Gallery July 29, 2018.  It is part of a larger co-operation with other art + farmers across Europe, including Spain, France, and Italy. 

Participating Artists include:

Elaine Buckholtz (USA)

Adonis Volanakis (Greece)

Bahar Behbahani (Iran/USA)

Susanne Cockrell (USA)

Sarah K. Khan (Pakistani-American)

Meeta Mastani (India)

GE Patterson (USA)

Mine Ovacik  (Turkey) 

Sonya Clark (USA)


Lydia Matthews is a curator, writer, educator, artist and cultural activist who works closely with visual artists, designers, traditional artisans, musicians, dancers, multidisciplinary scholars, students and local residents to envision and realize cultural projects that address challenging aspects within people's everyday lives. Her essays appear in numerous journals and exhibition catalogs internationally. Commissioned by Fulbright, Open Society Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, CEC Artslink, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Emre Senan Foundation and the US Embassy, her participatory curatorial projects in New York, the Post-Soviet region, Turkey and Southern Europe span exhibitions, urban arts festivals, and multidisciplinary pedagogical exchanges addressing ecological and social sustainability. She currently serves as Professor in Visual Culture/Fine Arts and the Founding Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City.