The Creative Who Built A Vibrant Arts Campus In NY’s Hudson Valley


stef halmos portrait in office studio space


Frustrated by the quality of studio space in New York City, artist Stef Halmos saw an opportunity to develop her dream resource. She set her sights on three historic mills in the Hudson Valley, converting them into Foreland: a vibrant arts campus spanning galleries, studios, collective workspace, public programming and event spaces—all built to create agency for working artists.

It's a thrilling time of discovery in the art world. Luxe checks in with experts across the industry who are carving inroads for creatives and collectors. Meet Stef Halmos, Gardy St. Fleur, Chelsea Neman Nassib, Illa Gaunt, Humberto Moro and more.


Life-changing institution: The Noguchi Museum in Queens. It taught me how to sit quietly and take a long look.

Coming up: This spring, we’re hosting an event curated by Art Handler. I can’t reveal too much, only that it’s a multi-event experience not to be missed! We’re also slated to have a show by New York City’s Bortolami Gallery featuring the artist, Robert Bordo.

Design crush: Artist duo Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon.  I’ve never seen such high level of craft meet fearlessness and yet somehow remain functional. My wife and I own several of their pieces and admire them daily.

Fantasy acquisitions: Anything ever made by Carrie Mae Weems! If I could extend the spree, I’d buy a Carlton bookcase by Ettore Sottsass, a Cecily Brown painting, a Sam Moyer sculpture and a piece by this little-known artist named Sol LeWitt.

Dreaming big: I’d love to expand this concept, potentially in partnership with institutions. It’s also my hope that my team continue to spearhead consistent programming that’s accessible to people of every age, color and educational background.