Russian Residency

by Thomas Cummins

in art, travel

I‘ve been accepted to the NCCA Art Residency in Kronstadt, Russia. Below is some info I’ve gathered together about Kronstadt and the National Center for Contemporary Art.

National Center for Contemporary Art new art museum in Moscow, Russia by


National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA)

The National Center for Contemporary Art was created in Moscow in 1992, at a moment when contemporary art in Russia was barely receiving the minimum support. Today, the NCCA is the leading state institution specializing in contemporary art being a museum, research organization, and even oversees some of Russia’s officials entries to the Venice Biennale. The National Center for Contemporary Art functions primarily with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The NCCA is currently working towards building a new $100 million museum in Basmanny Market by 2015 which can be seen in the images below.

National Center for Contemporary Art new art museum in Moscow, Russia

National Center for Contemporary Art new art museum in Moscow, Russia overhead view


NCCA St. Petersburg

At present NCCA is a network institution with its branches in the major cultural centers of Russia such as Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, & Kaliningrad. The first of these satellites was established in St. Petersburg in 1995. This branch jointly with the Hermitage Museum conducts an exhibition and educational programs to present Actual Art in St. Petersburg and to promoting the Artist in Residence International Exchange Program, a residency established for Russian and foreign artists and curators in Kronshtadt. The fellowship aims to promote contemporary art in Russia and support contemporary art projects.



The town of Kronstadt is located on Kotlin Island 18 miles from St. Petersburg in the Finnish Gulf. A dam connects the island with the mainland. Founded by Peter the Great in 1704, Kronstadt is one of Russia’s most famous marine fortresses and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The NCCA Art Residency is located in the very center of the town, in a quiet picturesque location near the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

Elden Stalnaker

Today, I viewed again several wonderful pieces of art that you found out there in light and dark, where most of us only see what the material eye beholds, you seem to have tapped into a most special universe of light, color, form, and purpose, and then we are allowed to see what you have worked endless hours creating, and beholding these from within your consicousness, which is most special.

Sharing this is also a great work of art! Elden Stalnaker, San Antonio, Texas

Roberto Pachecano

My wife, Carole Wiley Faseler Pachecano, owns a painting by Elden Stalnaker, a San Antonio artist. The painting was a gift to my wife by her aunt, now deceased. Carole’s aunt was 90. She asked my wife if she wanted anything from her estate. My wife said, “only that beautiful painting on the wall.”

Elden Stalnaker

Thomas, it is great to see what you are doing and sharing while on your visit and study of art in Russia.

I am always impressed by your understanding of light in your great photograpy.

It is always like the first day of creation somewhere!


Thomas Cummins

Thanks Elden! Russia has been amazing so far.

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