About IICAT

The International Institute of Contemporary Art and Theory is an arts organization
founded on the belief that international representation is key to fostering a relevant and informed dialogue about art, design, and theory. To further this mission, IICAT supports a publication on the arts, an international Artist-In-Residency opportunity , and a gallery in partnership with the Archive Space Project.

The Seaside Residency program overlooks the Black Sea in the charming, coastal town of Mangalia, Romania. The residency hosts international scholars, professionals, and students who are interested in art theory, art history, and art making in order to foster critical dialogue, professional networking, and a focused studio practice for participants.


IICAT's gallery in Mangalia, Romania operates in partnership with the Archive Space Project , a nomadic curatorial project that exhibited in the Crane Archive Space Gallery in the Crane Arts Building (Philadelphia, PA) between 2007 to 2016 that now exhibits worldwide. The Archive Space Project remains dedicated to fostering a collaborative relationship between artist and curator, and to provide international exposure to emerging artists and curators.


IICAT has also developed a comprehensive, innovative art education program for K-5 that focuses on IICAT's core mission: deepening a global conversation. 




We are...

Ingrid Pimsner  (founder and director) is an arts writer and painter. She received her MA in Critical Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA in Fine Arts and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Sofie Hodara is a Boston-based artist, designer, and educator, with expertise in painting, printmaking, graphic design, and media studies. She is an artist at Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA and a professor of graphic design at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.


Annie Daley is a multi-media artist who currently lives and works in Vermont and interested in photography, performance, sculpture, puppetry, and more. She is also an arts educator and is the founder of the Archive Space Gallery.


Andrei Ionut is philosophy graduate and a 3D artist working and living in Bucharest.


Monica Morris is an artist interested in contemporary rituals. She is also a curator. 

Past Artists-in-Residence, Visiting Artists, Artist-Fellows:  Zinnia Naqvi (Canada), Essi Ojanperä  (Finland), Benjamin Saint-Maxwell (France), Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine), Nicu Ilfoveanu (Romania), Monica Morris (USA)