48 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963


The mission of The Church is to foster creativity on the East End and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village.


Poised to open in fall 2020, The Church is an artist residency, exhibition space and innovative center with a wifi-enabled public garden in the heart of the village of Sag Harbor. The Church's operating organization is Edge and Center, so named to reflect the way the creative process embraces the outer edge of possibilities to arrive at a work's realized core. 


Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik have led this project since their purchase of the empty building over two years ago. With Executive Director Sara Cochran and the Board of Directors, our goal is to inspire creativity in the communities of the East End and its worldly visitors. Championing new and traditional technologies through collaboration, education and outreach, The Church strives to be an asset for the community in all its richness and heterogeneity. 



  • 6-8 series of artist residencies annually for between 2-4 young and established artists

  • 3-4 exhibitions annually

  • 1 annual Creativity Conference

  • Year-round series of events for diverse audiences that include artist talks, scholarly lectures, performances, demonstrations, classes, readings, discussions, community events, dinners, artist presentation of work, slow art meditations, and school programs, all in collaboration with local and national partners

Legal status: 

The Church is the cultural organization and name animating the building at 48 Madison Street. Edge and Center, Inc. is the legal not-for-profit entity operating it, a 501(c)3 registered with the IRS and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.


Total Budget (projected): $1.2 million annually. The Church is being built by Fischl and Gornik, and donations to Edge and Center, Inc. will be used for programming and operations, rather than for construction.

The Church will be run by the Executive Director, a Managing Director, Media Director, staff, and volunteers, guided by the Founders and a Board of 15 Directors. Staff will grow as needed, and residents will be chosen by professional recommenders.

For more information, please contact Director Sara Cochran at


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