Petronio Residency Center Director

Alyson Pou, artist, arts professional and advocate has been passionately committed to capacity and community building for individual artists throughout her career. Pou joined the staff of Creative Capital, a national organization that supports the work of innovative artists in 1999. While Director of Programs and Services, she created and implemented the Artist Services Program and oversaw the awards process for more than $12 million to 242 artists’ projects.  As Founding Director of the Professional Development Program, she designed and implemented an education model to provide business and life management skills for artists in all disciplines. Under her leadership, the program partnered with over 100 arts organizations nationwide to serve more than 15,000 artists in 700 communities. Prior to Creative Capital Pou was the Director of Programming and Public Relations at Creative Time Inc. where she worked with hundreds of artists to produce their public art projects for such programs as Art on the Beach, Art in the Anchorage and Art on 42ndStreet. Pou continues to maintain an active artistic practice. Her installations and performances, deeply rooted in storytelling and women’s history, make use of movement, text and objects to create an immersive visual and theatrical experience. Her work has been shown in New York by Artist Space, The New Museum, The Bronx Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Franklin Furnace, PS 122, Danspace Project at St. Marks, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Central Booking Gallery.