Clara Chapin Hess
COMPLIMENTA (I)is an arts organization formed with hospitality as a functioning
principle. Host and guest (i.e. COMPLIMENTA and artist, artist and public, public and COMPLIMENTA)
exist in a reciprocal dynamic of mutual participation. This ethos cultivates an environment where
artists can gather in collaboration with the local and larger public, engaging in a conversation that
is both generous and rigorous in it’s approach. The primary site of COMPLIMENTA is the Manse, a
property in the Town of Enfield, outside of Ithaca NY. The Manse serves as a project space, artists’
residency, gallery, home, farm, and grounds for the annual, large-scale, 3 day exhibition, also called
COMPLIMENTA. COMPLIMENTA hosts what we consider to be some of the most currently relevant artists, writers,
performers and musicians, from the local area and abroad. Presentation of participants’ work facilitates an
interaction where the limits of cultural communication can be pressed, and what proliferates celebrated.
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