Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
The Davidoff Art Initiative Studios in Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

February 2015

The Davidoff International Art Residency in collaboration with the Altos de Chavón School of Design opened. It is a major step for the Davidoff Art Initiative and the aim to provide greater international recognition for the cultural community in the Dominican Republic.

Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana

In February artists, curators, writers and supporters of the Art Initiative had the pleasure to experience the art and culture of the Caribbean region during a weekend.

The weekend began with a tour of the fields and Davidoff facilities near Santiago, where the guests enjoyed an exclusive introduction into the production from the crop to the final product.

At Altos de Chavón School of Design’s Chavón Gallery, Rector of the School Stephen Kaplan led a tour of the current exhibition, Synergy: Artists in Residence and Students, a celebration of the arrival of the first five Davidoff Art Initiative artists in residence. The exhibition documents the history of Altos de Chavón’s long-established Artist in Residence Program, and underscores the influence of AIRs on the students of the school.

Among other events, the weekend included: a tour of the School’s facilities; Open Studios of the new studios in Altos de Chavón, with international artists in residence Alia Farid, Nuria Montiel, Cathleen Mooses, Mathilde Rosier and Soledad Salamé; and a final stop in Santo Domingo.

The program was designed to bring critical attention to the arts and artists of the Caribbean and Dominican Republic, and to celebrate the groundbreaking presence of the Davidoff Art Initiative in the region.

The collaborating organizations intend the Davidoff Weekend to become an important annual event for those interested in the arts, culture and history of the Caribbean to gather together, network with each other, and immerse themselves in the arts and culture of the region.

Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Eduardo Lima-Martinez, Central Romana Vice President of Administration; Leo Matos, Administrative Vice President of Central Romana Corporation; Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO and Member of the Board, Oettinger Davidoff AG; Dominique Bluhdorn, Founder of Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation; and Claudio Silvestri, Chairman and CEO of Premier Resorts & Hotels. Davidoff Art Weekend 2015. Photo by Alfredo Esteban.
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Stephen Kaplan, Secretary of Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation and Rector of Altos de Chavón School of Design. Davidoff Art Weekend 2015. Photo by Alfredo Esteban.
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Artists Nuria Montiel, Cathleen Mooses, Soledad Salamé, CEO and Member of the Board of Oettinger Davidoff AG, Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, artists Mathilde Rosier, and Alia Farid.
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Artist Alia Farid in her studio
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Artist Cathleen Mooses in her studio
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Artist Soledad Salame in her studio
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Artist Nuria Montiel in her studio
Inauguration of the new art studios at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana
Artist Mathilde Rosier in her studio