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Archie Bray Foundation

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The Archie Bray Foundation is located in Helena, Montana.  Though there is no on-site housing and costs for firing, the Foundation offers opportunities for residents to teach community classes, which pays in experience and financially.  There are also a variety of kilns so an artist could experiment with multiple firing techniques and the foundation also has its own supply store with 19 different types of clay.  There are also galleries in which the residents can sell their work.  The resident artists seem to be mainly working in clay sculpturally.

THe MAttress FActory

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This is an excellent space to work if you’re geared more towards installation-type pieces. However, there is a disclaimer: pieces must be site-specific. Finished pieces are exhibited at the end of the work period for 6 months, and then afterwards, it’s taken down and the studio space is returned to its original condition. The fun part about this place is that you set the amount of time that you’d like to work there…artists work anywhere from a couple of weeks to a a couple of months. (Apparently most artists are there for 3-4 weeks.) They provide you with professionals to help with the installation processes, such as carpenters, welders, plaster-workers, etc. They’ll also help you locate materials! So, here is the list of support provided by the Residency Program:

  • Air transportation to and from Pittsburgh
  • Housing, per diem and local transportation
  • All materials and equipment
  • Curatorial support to identify and secure all materials
  • Skilled and unskilled labor during the installation process
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Documentation
  • An opening reception to present the exhibition to the public
  • Honorarium

This is what the building looks like:


Also, (they say they’re not accepting applications right now, but here it is anyway) this is the application to apply for the residency.

Sanskriti Foundation

Monday, October 19th, 2009

  The Sanskriti Foundation is a seven-acre facility located in New Delhi, India.  The facility contains studio space, residency space, three museums, and a great deal of outdoor space for artists to utilize.  The foundation supports community interaction and provides a diverse, international environment for artists to live in. This would be a great opportunity not only for a artistic adventure but would also be a regional inquiry.

The Mattress Factory

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I am interested in the Mattress Factory because I might one day be living in Pittsburgh and I wanted something realistic. This however, is not the only reason why I am interested in their residency program. The residencies range from one week to two months and I wouldn’t have to make a commitment to be there longer than that. Also, it  they provided materials that would be hard to collect by one’s self such as  ” human hair” and awesome on site professionals such as carpenters that could help do tasks that I do not yet know how to do. Thirdly, the residency program seems all inclusive such as air fare etc.

Lastly, well renowned artists have exhibited here, artists such as Yayoi Kusama. I am inspired by her work because like her, I am drawn to mirrors, and  inspired by her story of how she lives by choice in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo. This  shows how much she is committed. ” All of her work has come from a waking vision in which she sat at a table covered with a floral tablecloth, in a room covered with floral wallpaper, and saw that her hands, too, were covered with flowers.”

Artist Residencies

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Hey its Zara here! Have Fun exploring these available Artist Residencies! Some of my favorites are the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramics Arts, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo and the American Academy in Rome. Pretty cool stuff!





Jess at Work

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
can we have more work space????????????

can we have more work space????????????

Teresita Fernandez:Drawn Waters (Borrowdale) at Lehman Maupin

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


Read her statement for Drawn Waters:

In Drawn Waters (Borrowdale), precision-machined, polished panels of graphite and massive fragments of the raw, mined material are assembled to create a large-scale sculpture of an undulating, dissolving waterfall. Alluding to Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of moving water as well as to Robert Smithson’s land pours, Fernández turns the idea of a drawing into tangible form, making a solid sculpture that is in effect a three-dimensional gestural graphite drawing, a line dragged through the gallery space. For Fernández, to assemble the sculpture is to engage in the act of drawing.

In her Nocturnal Series, Fernández creates works that are at once landscape painting, conventional drawing and sculptural relief. From afar these suggest dark, monochrome minimalist paintings. As viewers approach, the works slowly reveal detailed and lustrous romantic landscapes. Like a drawing over a drawing, the graphite–carved, polished, layered and drawn on–reflects light to depict luminous night scenes of oddly familiar but mysteriously displaced sites. In Passaic Pour Fernández again nods to Smithson; the iconic Great Falls of Passaic are reinvented as a grand nocturnal scene of an immense pour.

The surrounding white walls of the gallery become the ground for pieces such as Epic. Made of swarms of tens of thousands of small pieces of graphite attached to the wall, the lustrous, gem-like pieces cast what appear to be shadows that are actually soft graphite marks drawn directly on the wall. Object and process morph to become both the act of drawing and the finished mark, verb and noun. The entire dynamic composition recalls sweeping atmospheric clouds, grand natural phenomena or epic meteor events.

Read her bio:

Teresita Fernández was born in 1968 in Miami, Florida and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions internationally and abroad at sites including the New Museum of Contemporary, New York; the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Spain; the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia; Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy; the Witte de With in Rotterdam; and the Miami Art Museum, Florida. Fernández has completed numerous public commissions including one at the Louis Vuitton Maison in San Francisco, California and another at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, where her work Seattle Cloud Cover allows visitors to walk through a covered skyway while viewing the city’s skyline through tiny holes in multicolored glass. In January 2009, The Blanton Museum of Art unveiled Stacked Waters, a site-specific installation created for the cavernous entrance of the museum. Her new permanent commission Blind Blue Landscape opened in September 2009 at the renowned Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan. Also completed in September 2009 is Starfield, a large-scale commission for the new state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys Stadium. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards both in the U.S. and abroad, including the 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1999 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Her work is included in numerous major private collections as well as the permanent collections of t he St. Louis Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Miami Art Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Germany and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York. A solo exhibition of new and older works recently on view at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, will travel to the Blanton Museum of Art in Texas opening 1 November 2009. A new monograph edited by David Louis Norr with essays by Dave Hickey, Anne Stringfield and Gregory Volk published by JRP Ringier and the USF Contemporary Art Museum accompanies the exhibition. In early 2010, Fernández will begin a residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Japan Society

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Torii Ippo Torii IppoHonma Kazuaki Nagakura Ken’ichi

Established in 1907 the Japan Society is New York City’s single major producer of high quality content on Japan for an English-speaking audience. “The Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia”. Over the last few years Japanese artists have really pushed the boundaries in working with bamboo as a sculptural medium. Now on display at the Japan Society you can see New Bamboo the world’s first exhibition devoted solely to bamboo works. The exhibition features 23 innovators of all ages who have formed and shaped the bamboo in to beautiful works of art.

Professor Richard Johnson Paints Paint

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Considering Liquid

Richard Johnson, professor of fine arts at the University of New Orleans has become one of my favorite artists after seeing his new work in his self-titled exhibition “Considering Liquid” at the Cole Pratt Gallery. The work was somewhat inspired by Hurricane Katrina, after months of exuberant amounts of liquid flooding through the city. Johnson also stated in an interview “actually what I’m trying to do is paint paint in a way that’s more controlled than if I threw the paint”. Johnson’s paintings give the impression that the paint could fly off the canvas. The bold bright colors, combined with layers of paint to create the subtle color transitions, really give his splatter paintings a feel of pop-art which he has said was his intent. Johnson also mentioned that in the last seven years of painting he has always seen a dead-end in this work, and it wasn’t until he started creating the splatter paintings did he feel that it could really lead is work to a more interesting place. Not only has this new realm of painting inspired Johnson but it has made him happy to see a future in his work.


Friday, November 21st, 2008

Miquel Barcelo, a native from the Spanish Island of Majorca, recently completed his execution of the ceiling in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Chamber in the U.N. near Lake Geneva. Barcelo has turned the dome of the chamber in to a cave-like atmosphere complete with stalagtites of multiple colors. The project was meant to represent our known world with all its complexities, richness and diversity. His inspiration derived from a hot day in the Sahel region in Africa saying “I remember with the vividness of a mirage the image of the world dripping towards the sky”. The project was said to have used hundreds of tons of paint in order to complete it. Despite the beauty that the finished ceiling holds, the methods for completion have come in to play through controversy. Once it became better know that the price of the project took on a whopping 25.25 million dollars, U.N. authorities became rather coy. The large sum of money was given to Barcelo from a couple sources, one being the ONUART foundation, and the other contribution came from the Spanish government. “The Spanish Government’s contribution drew partly on its development aid budget which lead politicians to wonder whether the money could have been better spent helping the sick and hungry.” For me the project raises issues of how far an artist should go to get their ideas created, and more importantly if it is ever that necessary for that amount of money to be spent on the creation of something non-functional.