Steep Rock Arts


Steep Rock Arts Association is a program designed to provide emerging visual Artists and Curators with time, space and professional guidance to explore their work in a supportive, thriving, artistic environment.

Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international emerging artists. Applicants are evaluated by a panel that includes a variety of professionals in the art field. Those selected will be awarded an eight week Residency. Each artist will receive a $10,000 stipend to cover the cost of materials and transportation.


Steep Rock Arts is located on a 100-acre estate, surrounded by rolling hills, working farms and protected lands.

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Board of Trustees

  • Erika Klauer, President


    Erika Klauer is the President and Founder of Steep Rock Arts. She began the program in 2005. Erika also serves as a Trustee at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and is an active supporter of many not for profit art programs such as BOMB, the Whitney, the Drawing Center and others. She also works to support the Washington community, serving on the Board of the Washington Citizens's Scholarships and actively supporting environmental groups in the area as well.

    Erika is currently Managing Director at Jennison Associates, the investment firm in New York City. She specializes in technology research. She is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of alternative energy investment at universities and local high schools. Prior to joining Jennison in 2001, she was the Managing Director and Global Head of Semiconductors for Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. She graduated from Georgetown University.
  • Linda Norden

    Vice President

    Linda Norden, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Fogg Art Museum since 1998, also teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Ms. Norden has curated exhibitions on Ed Ruscha, Andreas Gursky and Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Wesly, and Tadashi Kawmata.

    Prior to moving to Boston, Ms. Norden was instrumental in the development of the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies in Art and Contemporary Culture, where she also taught art history and criticism. She received her undergraduate degree at Brown University and graduate degrees from Columbia University.
  • William von Mueffling

    Assistant Secretary

    William von Mueffling is the founder of Cantillon Capital Management, a global money management firm. Mr. von Mueffling was previously Managing Director of Lazard Asset Management, where he managed the Lazard European Opportunities and Lazard Worldwide Opportunities Portfolios, whose combined assets approximated $3 billion. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. von Mueffling was a European company analyst at Deutsche Bank where he was solely responsible for the entire European media sector. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business University and a BA from Columbia University, where he is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing, a premier knowledge center within Columbia Business School for the practice and theory of investing.

    Mr. von Mueffling is also the Treasurer of French American Culture Exchange ("FACE"), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting contemporary creative work in the context of French-American cultural and educational exchange. FACE administers programs and projects in dance, education, film, music, theater, and the visual arts. FACE is overseen by a a Board of Trustees and works in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
  • Dennis Kyte
    Dennis Kyte is a renowned artist, author, illustrator and designer who began as an art director for Leo Burnett Advertising Agency and CBS Television in Chicago, then to California to open his own firm, STARBUCK, the innovative soft luggage business. Regarded as a forward and trend inspiring fashion company, STARBUCK was featured by prestigious fashion retailers worldwide.

    Kyte currently runs his own design firm, Dennis Kyte Inc. His clients include Estee Lauder, The GAP, Whitney Communications, Fieldcrest, The International Herald Tribune, Stuart Weitzman, Towle Silver, Martha Stewart and Brunschwig et Fils who premiered his collection of designs for wallpaper and fabric which have been featured prominently it the press in the USA and Europe.

    He has written and illustrated several original children’s books including
    The Last Elegant Bear, To the Heart of a Bear and The Adventures of Puppy – A Gentleman Rabbit. He established the Last Elegant Bear Library program, donating complete libraries of children’s books to the pediatric departments of several leading American hospitals.

    Kyte’s drawings and watercolors have been exhibited worldwide. He published a collection of watercolors in the book, The Botanical Footwear of Dennis Kyte and his work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Brooklyn Museum and The New Orleans Museum of Art.

    Kyte currently lives in Washington, Connecticut where for the past several years he has joined Sotheby's International Realty and added architecture to his creative ventures, designing and overseeing construction of a number of prominent distinguished residential properties. His additional interests include that of developing his own personal art collection focusing on Art Brut, Naïve, Surrealist, Outsider and Contemporary art.
  • Marianne Boesky


    Marianne Boesky has more than twenty years of experience as an international contemporary art gallerist, collector, and artist advocate. She has established her eponymous gallery as one committed to ambitious and experimental work and to supporting artists at every stage of their development. Ms. Boesky has launched and nurtured the careers of such artists as Sarah Sze, Lisa Yuskavage, and Takashi Murakami, and today, her gallery's diverse roster features artists from across four continents. Among the many critically-acclaimed artists she represents are Sanford Biggers, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Diana Al-Hadid, Sue de Beer, Donald Moffett, Serge Alain Nitegeka, and the American postwar giant, Frank Stella. Over the last two years, Ms. Boesky has expanded her gallery's footprint in Chelsea, encompassing two adjacent spaces, and opened a new location in Aspen, Colorado, Boesky West. The gallery's physical growth exemplifies Ms. Boesky's innovative spirit, and has allowed her to mount every more exciting solo and group exhibitions and to engage with artists and creative producers from across a spectrum of fields. Ms. Boesky is also active in other branches of the art world: she was previously a long-time member of the selection committees for the annual Armory Show and Expo Chicago art fairs, and continues to serve on the Middlebury College Art Council, as well as the boards of the Steep Rock Residency and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Ms. Boesky holds BA in Art History from Middlebury College and a JD from Fordham Law School.
  • Sima Familant


    Ms. Familant brings 10 years of experience in the art field with a specialty in the contemporary arts and is the founder of Sima Familant: Private Curatorial and Advisory Services, a business focused on building private collections over a lifetime. Prior to this business, Ms. Familant received her MA in Post War and Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute in London and has worked in the gallery field since 1996 beginning in Washington, DC at Baumgartner Galleries. She relocated to New York to become the director of Greene Naftali Gallery where she curated two critically acclaimed group exhibitions. For the next four years, Ms. Familant was the Associate Director at Greenberg Von Doren Gallery on Fifth Avenue, where she was involved with artists' estates, post-war secondary market material, as well as developing the careers and profiles of the gallery's mid career and emerging artists.
  • Melissa Stewart
  • Hannah Buchan
  • Katherine Reid

Steep Rock Alumni

Eleanor Ray
Barnaby Furnas, a retrospective exhibition at Mine Hill Distillery
Clare Grill
Jess Dickinson
Mary Ramsden
Molly Surno
Wyatt Kahn
Svenja Deininger
Henry Taylor
Keltie Ferris
Benjamin Berlow
Josephine Halvorson
Volker Hueller
Saul Becker
Alex Olson
Ahmed Alsoudani
Vardo Caivano
Katharina Wulff
Yuko Murata
Demetrius Oliver
Marc Handelman
Nathalie Djurberg
Ernesto Caivano
Sophie von Hellermann
Barnaby Furnas
Cameron Martin
Francesca DiMattio
Wangechi Mutu

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Steep Rock Land Trust

Steep Rock Arts is not associated with Steep Rock Land Trust, but we encourage our artists and visitors to explore this important non-profit organization. Steep Rock Land Trust has more than 1750 acres in reservation, with many wonderful hiking trails along Washington CT's stunning river banks and hillsides. For more information, please visit