Before I returned to NYC after a nearly ten-year hiatus teaching at Eastern Connecticut State University, Austin Thomas generously invited me to do a one-week residency at the original Bushwick Pocket Utopia in January 2009. The experience, which led to a longer residency the following summer, changed the way I thought about my work, expanded my community, and led to numerous exhibition opportunities. Over the years, I have participated in other DIY artist residency programs, including Peter Dudek’s Bascom Lodge project, Helen Chellin’s Red Cinder Creativity Center, and Simon Draper’s Habitat for Artists. With these experiences in mind, I’ve recently introduced a modest artist residency program at Two Coats HQ in DUMBO. The residency program’s goal is simply to provide a space where artists not based in the NYC area can have studio visits with curators, other
artists, and gallerists.
My first resident artist, Erin Wiersma (pictured at top), arrived yesterday from Kansas, where she is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. In the next week, Wiersma has many studio visits lined up, before she hops on a plane and heads to another residency in France. If you run into her around town, please give her a warm welcome!
Erin Wiersma: What’s left of our lives (2014)
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