VISIONInspiring a deeper connection to the self and to the world through artistic pursuits, creative collaboration and cultural exchange in a captivating corner of Uruguay.
MISSIONCAMPO is a new creative colony that supports international artists and cross-cultural collaboration by providing residencies for committed visual, literary, musical, digital and culinary talents from around the globe in a unique rural setting in Uruguay.
CAMPO offers uninterrupted time and space for personal work and reflection, and serves as an incubator for creative thought, cultural exchange and community engagement.
CAMPO CANTEENwhere coffee + creativity intersect
CAMPO ARTFESTannual benefit dinner + art festival
Spanning the beautiful hamlet of Pueblo Garzon, CAMPO’s campus encompasses studios, residences and public spaces across the countryside as well as the village interior.
PUEBLO GARZON, URUGUAYNestled between South American giants Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is a quirky little country whose personality is both progressive and traditional. It is culturally sophisticated and economically stable. It has more cows than people, more sheep than tourists and enough space to get lost easily.
CAMPO is located in Pueblo Garzon, an up-and-coming town deep in gaucho country one hour from the glitzy resort town of Punta del Este and 30 minutes from the chic fishing village Jose Ignacio.
Until the 1950s, the town bustled around a wheat mill and had a railway running directly to Montevideo. Now it is a quiet pueblo of 200 residents, slowly growing with international denizens and fast becoming a hub of food, culture and wine. It is the home of celebrated chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant and hotel, as well as Bodega Garzon, Alejandro Bulgheroni’s new state-of-the-art winery and olive oil plantation. And now, the home of CAMPO.
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCEA chance for creatives to immerse themselves in the nature, culture, cooking and community of this inspiring haven, CAMPO AIR offers one-month residencies twice a year in the Uruguayan spring and fall for up to eight artists.
Artists are provided room, board, studio space and dinner five nights a week by the chef-in-residence. While there are no expectations, artists are encouraged to engage with the local community.
Currently, residencies are by invitation only.
BETS Musician, USA
Charlie Baker Craftsman, USA
Camilla Chamyan Chef, Uruguay
Maceo Eagle Illustrator, USA
Lucy Fradkin Visual Artist, USA
Maria Elena González Visual Artist + Sculptor, Cuba | USA
Cristina Ruiz Guiñazú Visual Artist, Argentina | France
Valery Ketenjian Chef, Uruguay | Mexico
Alejandro Pintado Visual Artist, Mexico
Arthur Simms Visual Artist, Jamaica | USA
As daylight hit the first day of 2016, I was drinking chai, intermittently peeking outside the kitchen window at the Uruguayan cows chomping on my grass. Cartoon-like clouds were smiling down on me, an American woman living on a ranch in Uruguay for the past seven years. In a few months, I would turn 50. I was living my dream.
My eyes scanned the beatific surroundings that inspired my photography, rejuvenated my writing and gave me permission to create and get to know myself. As I listened to the birds sing their summery reveille, I thought about Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant two blocks away and the nearby winery Bodega Garzon, which was listed in the New York Times’ top 50 places to go in 2016: Garzon, Uruguay, my hometown.
Things are happening around here, I thought, scanning my land on the edge of this quirky little village, a place that has been quietly bubbling with a sophisticated food and wine scene. And then, out of nowhere it hit me, served up like a New Year’s Resolution with a capital R: HELP PIONEER GARZON. BUILD AN ARTIST COMMUNITY. THE TIME IS NOW! And just like that, CAMPO was born.
I completed my first artist residency in Wyoming soon after that. On the first day, I stared at the blank walls of my studio paralyzed with fear and doubt. After I wondered, “What am I doing here?” I considered the gift I was about to receive – time and space to do nothing but create. I was so moved that I cried. My artistic self didn’t know anything about support; I came from a business-centric background where creative pursuits were really not an option. Support in the way of a focused residency, whose selection process was based on artistic excellence, was overwhelming and liberating. And so I worked like I’d never worked before, and by the last day of the final week, the walls of my studio were packed with images. A creative slice of me was unleashed.
I knew I had to build CAMPO and offer creative people an opportunity to be just that, creative. I pledged to create a nonprofit organization on 30 acres of my land to develop a place where art, writing and food ideas would flourish as well as inspire my community. I see CAMPO as a thriving must-go place for generations of creatives to come.
-- Heidi Lender, photographer, writer, creator
Yona Backer Cultural Producer + Strategic Advisor, Netherlands | USA
Patricia Betancur Visual Artist + Curator + Director of Exhibitions at CCE, Uruguay
Kathy Brew Artist/Filmaker + Curator + Educator Producer + Curator, USA
Omar Lopez-Chahoud Independent curator and Artistic Director of Untitled, Cuba | USA
Veronica Cordeiro Independent Curator + Writer + Artist, Brazil | Uruguay
Maria Elena Gonzalez Visual Artist + Sculptor, Cuba | USA
Fabiana Lopes Independent Curator, Brazil | USA
Francis Mallmann Chef + Restaurateur, Argentina | Uruguay
Sandra Hegedüs Founder of SAM Art Projects, Brazil | France
Ana Sokoloff Art Advisor, Colombia | USA
Heidi Lender Founder + Executive Director
Gabriela Ravier Director of Everything Else
Victoria Esquivel Canteen Jefe
Roberto Maiocchi Web guru
Quiver Design Group Graphic design gods
Melanie Simonich Word wizard
-Rafael Viñoly, Architect + Board member
Be a pioneer. Build CAMPO.On this raw and inspiring corner of the Uruguayan countryside, we are constructing cabins, artist studios,
an exhibition space, a clubhouse, a food lab and organic gardens. We’re purchasing old houses inside Pueblo Garzon and remodeling them into additional studios.
CAMPO is a certified American nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a Uruguayan branch that exists thanks to contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Gifts of any size make a huge difference in our dream of fostering creativity.
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