The Caumsett Foundation


David Almeida, Seascape #016, 2020, Found balloons, 16” X 20”


The Caumsett Foundation’s Artist in Residence Program (Caumsett AIR) was instituted in 2023 with the aim of connecting artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines to our park and community. Participants are required to hold an open studio, give a public talk, or create an installation while at Caumsett. These presentations play an important role in the Foundation’s annual programming. The Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve’s historic, environmental and ecological significance create a rich experience for our artists.

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Caumsett AIR Committee

David Almeida
Caumsett AIR Founder

David AlmeidaAlmeida is originally from Lisbon, Portugal. In 1998, he moved to London where his interest in photography began. He currently lives and works in New York. He has also lived in Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Amsterdam, Holland.

Almeida is the recipient of the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Artist Enhancement Grant, and the Artist Access Grant. In 2010 he was awarded the West Prize. Some of the venues that have exhibited Almeida’s work include the Heckscher Museum of Art, Mary Brogan Museum of Arts, the West Collection, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, and GEISAI Miami.

Almeida is the Founder of Caumsett AIR as well as the inaugural first artist, (May/June 2023). He currently sits on the History Committee of the Caumsett Foundation as well as the Caumsett AIR Committee and has photo-documented many of the Foundation’s improvement projects over the years.

Jessica Brassler
Committee Chairman and Foundation Liaison

Jessica BrasslerBrassler graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Art History and earned her Master’s in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NY. After taking her first job in Marfa, TX at Ballroom Marfa, Brassler returned to New York City to work for Vito Schnabel, Christie’s Auction House and most recently, several private collectors through her own venture, Oliver George Fine Art.

In Texas, Brassler also volunteered at the Chinati Foundation, which is well-known for its Artist in Residence program. When Almeida presented his vision for Caumsett AIR to the Caumsett Foundation Board, Brassler was excited to help bring the program to manifest. The committee was quickly formed and the team is thrilled to be hosting artists for a second year at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve.

Stephanie Fiumara Perry

Stephanie Fiumara PerryPerry lives and works as a ceramicist and painter in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Perry was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA. She began her ceramic work in 2014 at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia where she was an associate artist. Stephanie participated in several individual and group exhibitions (Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia, PA, Long Island, NY, etc.). She sells her work under the name CABINE in boutiques in California, New York and on 1st Dibs.

Perry is an avid explorer of Caumsett, interested in our collective relationship with the natural world. Also, a former Caumsett AIR program alum (September/October 2023), she focuses on the rhythm and narration between her artwork and the environment.

Susan Van Scoy, Ph.D

Susan Van Scoy, Ph.DVan Scoy is an Associate Professor of Art History at St. Joseph’s University, New York, where she has taught since 2015. She earned her B.A. at Tulane University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Stony Brook University.

Susan’s research interests include female photographers of the 1980’s, the history of photography, and public art and architecture. She is the author of The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry and has contributed to Landscape Painting Now. Her current research projects include the photo-documentation of Fire Island and Kenji Nakahashi’s drawings, paintings, and photo-conceptual work.

Van Scoy is currently curating a permanent installation of photographs taken by Neil Scholl, which will be on view in the Caumsett classrooms.

Gina J. Wouters

Gina J. WoutersWouters is President and CEO of Planting Fields Foundation, a not-for-profit that works in a public-private partnership with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, to steward Planting Fields, a 409-acre Olmsted Brothers-designed historic estate. Her focus is on the preservation and revitalization of historic sites, with an emphasis on estates from the Gilded Age and Country Place Era.

Prior to joining Planting Fields, Gina was Curator of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida, a National Historic Landmark, then Vice President of Museum Affairs and Chief Curator at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Her degrees include a B.F.A. in Photography and Art History from Barry University, an M.A. in Dutch Art in a European Context from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in her native country, the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in the UK.

She has curated numerous exhibitions as well as site-specific commissions from artists such as Mark Dion, David Brooks, Diana Al-Hadid, and others, and has published extensively on related subjects. Gina has lectured nationally and internationally including at ICOM, AAM, NPS, and CAA conferences and is an alumna of the 2015 Attingham Summer School.

Karli Wurzelbacher

Karli WurzelbacherWurzelbacher is the Chief Curator of The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York, where she has organized exhibitions on modern and contemporary American artists including Connie Fox, Wood Gaylor, Courtney M. Leonard, Richard Mayhew, Helen Torr, and Amanda Valdez.

She has worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Hunter College Art Galleries, and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. She has contributed to recent museum exhibition catalogues including Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017 (2018), Joan Mitchell (2020), Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature (2022), The World Outside: Louise Nevelson at Midcentury (2023), and George Grosz: The Stick Men (2023). She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware.