Imagine Visual Arts

The United States has provided a huge source of inspiration and visual stimulation for Irish artists, with American design an exceptionally strong influence. American cities in particular expand our experience of the urban, evoking the exotic, unfamiliar and distant. 

But it’s not just a source of raw material, a quarry to be raided. There is also now an intensity of connections at institutional and curatorial level: residencies and exchanges at venues such as PS1 and PointB NY provide artistic development opportunities, art fairs provide extensive audiences and access to American collectors, and perhaps most importantly, the substantial US art press provide vital information and access to critical discourse, writing and reviews.

America continues to be a font of provocation and influence for Irish artists today. Imagine Ireland includes exhibitions of major new work by leading Irish artists across the generations, including many who have lived and worked in the US and whose frame of reference embraces both cultures.

Past Events

Culture Ireland

  • Over 1,000 Irish theatre-makers, musicians, singers, writers, dancers, visual artists, film-makers and more, presented their work to audiences from Alabama to Wyoming, in venues from…

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  • Dates: January 01 – December 31

Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film

  • Annual Hollywood event which honors the contribution of the Irish to film. “Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film” has become the fun, casual Irish…

  • Location: CA
  • Dates: February 24 – February 24

The Craic Festival

  • The CRAIC festival is the only festival of its kind in North America. It combines the best of Irish contemporary music and film over a…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: March 09 – March 12

Ireland America: The Ties That Bind

  • Ireland’s cultural influence in the United States has been greater than other small western European nations.  Irish songs, tunes, dances, plays, and dramatic roles have…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: March 14 – August 13

‘This is Ireland’ – a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in music, film and poetry

  • A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in music, film and poetry, with special guests Roma Downey and Pierce Brosnan, this will be a whistle stop tour…

  • Location: CA
  • Dates: March 17 – March 17

The Irish Volunteer

  • Songs and history of the Irish in the American Civil War presented by historian/musician David Kincaid.

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: March 26 – March 26

If it wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews

  • New York University’s Professor of Music and Irish Studies, Mick Moloney, presents an engrossing, entertaining, and insightful examination of a time when vaudeville and Tin…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: April 11 – April 11

Ned Harrigan and the Irish Roots of Broadway

  • Musician/folklorist/musicologist Mick Moloney’s tribute to Harrigan through story and song, salutes Harrigan’s importance in the growth of American musical and theatrical culture.

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: April 16 – April 16

A Celebration of Irish Culture…

  • An evening of poetry, music and readings featuring the world premiere of a commissioned work by poet/composer Paul Muldoon, presented in collaboration with the Poetry…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: April 18 – April 18

Selections from Victor Herbert’s Eileen

  • Performance by members of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: April 23 – April 23

Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Gala

  • Irish actor and Cultural Ambassador to Ireland, Gabriel Byrne, will host the Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) Annual Gala.  Together with Tourism Ireland and Culture…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: April 26 – April 26

BIORHYTHM: music and the body

  • What makes you dance? Why does a minor chord sound sad? Is there a formula for the perfect hit? BIORHYTHM, an interactive exhibition produced by…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: June 02 – August 06

Hughie O’Donoghue

  • As part of The Road that Teaches, a conversation series to complement the exhibition Pilgrimage and Faith, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam every Wednesday at the…

  • Location: NY
  • Dates: July 20 – July 20

Irish Fair of Minnesota

  • Irish Fair has fabulous entertainment each year including Irish step dancers, well-known Irish musicians, traditional Irish sports, and much more. 2011 acts include Altan, High…

  • Location: MN
  • Dates: August 12 – August 14

Irish Architecture Now

  • Two groups of three Irish architects each will travel to several U.S. cities. In each city, the architects will participate in symposia, briefly presenting key…

  • Location: CA, IL, MA, NY, PA
  • Dates: September 26 – November 11


  • 2011 Program Theme – Imagine Ireland/Imagine Irish America: Advancing the Arts and Preserving the Traditions

    Liz Carroll – Martin Hayes…

  • Location: IL
  • Dates: November 11 – November 13