a labor of love by artists and dreamers
Our founders and staff are painters, photographers, art historians, curators, salsa dancers, dreamers, makers, doers…with one vision: community.
The Residency program was the brainchild of two painters who met in New York as flatmates of a tiny, dark apartment and dreamed of bright, spacious studio spaces and a community of international artists sharing their ideas and experiences. Along the way, the two were fortunate enough to bring a creative but practical business mind and a brilliant art historian au courant with the Athenian art scene into the fold. Our current selection committee, which reviews applicants monthly, includes an American Artist-Historian and an Irish Artist-Curator.
Varvara Liakounakou, Co-Founder
Varvara Liakounakou was born in Athens, Greece. She received her diploma in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Her paintings are based on her drawings, which begin as doodlings, inspired by human nature. Her passion for Tango dancing shines through in her work, which has begun to incorporate performance and video. Varvara will be available as a point of contact in Athens, concerning all things related to the ASR studios, housing, artistic community and life in Athens.
Jenny Carolin, Co-Founder
Jenny Carolin received her Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Syracuse University, and her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Character development and role play in the pursuit of her practice have led her to dabble in the genres of cooking shows and country music, finding expression in painting, printmaking, performance and video. Jenny will be available via email, or personally from her studio in New York, to answer any questions concerning the application process as well as questions of logistics, concerns and comments regarding the residency.
Retos Kotsilinis, Co-Founder
Retos Kotsilinis has studied Production Engineering and Management at Technical University of Crete, as well as Business Administration (MBA) in Athens University of Economics and Business. He has also been active in the past as a producer in theater, through his company Träumen, and has taken part in several photography group exhibitions as an amateur photographer. Occasionally he deejays in bars and clubs in Athens. Retos is the business and financial director, he is also available to provide recommendations on food, drink and entertainment in Athens.
Elizabeth Plessa, Art Historian & Curator
Elizabeth Plessa received a BA in Visual and Performed Arts from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and a MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has served as Curator at the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens and Andros. She has also curated a significant number of solo and group exhibitions for major Greek museums, art foundations and galleries. Elizabeth Plessa will be conducting regular studio visits of the ASR artists-in-residence and following the development of their artistic practice while in Athens.