MAD ANNOUNCES SPRING 2017 ARTIST STUDIOS PROGRAM RESIDENTS AND VAN LIER FELLOW
NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2017) – The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Spring session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists, all of whom will be assigned open studio space in the Museum from February through May, are Lucia Cuba, Camille Hoffman, Ariel Jackson, Adam Ledford, Yoshiyuki Minami, Rachel Rader, and Lauren Skelly Bailey. Hoffman will be the Museum’s Van Lier Fellow.
An initiative launched by the MAD Education Department in 2008, the Artist Studios Program selects six emerging artists and designers, and assigns each a day of the week to work in one of the Museum’s sixth-floor open studios for a four-month period. The studios are accessible to the public, and visitors to MAD are invited to observe and interact with the artists at work. In 2016, the Museum introduced the Van Lier Fellowship as an addition to the program. The fellowship, funded by the New York Community Trust, provides a talented, culturally underrepresented rising artist with financial support and a dedicated studio at MAD for full-time use.
An innovative model of engagement, the Artist Studios Program has served more than 130 emerging and midcareer artists and designers. The artists welcome dialogue, making themselves available to discuss their work and craft; visitors to the studios are encouraged to inquire about their processes, materials, and concepts. This unusual course of communication is a remarkable opportunity for artists and visitors alike.
“The artists chosen for this session all have very investigatory practices. They rigorously explore materials, patterns, social conflicts, and complex histories,” said Carli Beseau, Manager of Artist Studios and Docent Programs at MAD. “I think visitors will find their conversations with the artists to be engaging and unexpected.”
Additionally, residents and fellows have the opportunity to host one MADmakes workshop during their residency cycle. MADmakes is a drop-in, hands-on educational series that invites visitors to learn the artists’ own methods and test their skills at art making and creative production. The series engages visitors in various techniques and ideas, facilitating greater understanding and appreciation of workmanship. Great for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and interests, MADmakes workshops are free with Museum admission. They will take place as follows:
Thursday, February 16, 6 pm – Lauren Skelly Bailey Thursday, March 9, 6 pm – Lucia Cuba
Thursday, April 13, 6 pm – Adam Ledford
Thursday, May 11, 6 pm – Camille Hoffman and Ariel Jackson
The Artist Studios Pecha Kucha Talk and Closing Reception will take place Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:30 pm.
The Spring 2017 Artist Studios Residents and Van Lier Fellow were selected from over 350 applicants by the Artist Studios Selection Committee, made up of Museum staff members and outside professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design.