ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Grand Central Art Center has worked over the past few years to move away from a more traditional residency approach—one with set dates, expectations of concrete outcomes, and the limitations of institutional walls. In many residency situations, artists can find themselves restrained by the confines to a specific space, cuffed by an original proposal submitted long ago, or ushered toward filling a mandate set by the institution. As a result, such institutional restrictions often impede rather than support the creative process.

The completion of a successful residency with artist Jules Rochielle that began in 2012 greatly influenced our institutional thinking and strategies as we sought to move the program in a different direction. The pressures of predetermined proposals and timelines were alleviated in favor of ongoing site visits and substantial stays, which allow for greater focus to be placed on research, exploration, openness, and discoveries

GCAC residencies set out on explorations driven by questions, instead of concrete expectations, one with no set agenda other than supporting their artistic process.

This is the approach GCAC continues to strive for in our residencies, driven by the belief that true creative process should be fluid and porous, not confined or restricted by limitations and preconceived notions placed upon it from the onset. Process should be allowed to roam freely, allowing for exchange, discovery, and influence to occur organically. To quote recent artist-in-residence, Paul Ramírez Jonas, engaging “to get to know a place rather than escape.” With this institutional philosophy centering and connecting in place, GCAC will continue to experiment with and refine the residency approach, inviting artists to build relationships, understanding, and respect toward undertaking new forms of cultural production in community.


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Eugenie Goldschmeding
Bale Creek Allen
Alessandro Fornaci
Frank Martinangeli
Cathy Ward and Eric Wright
Claire Gavronsky and Rosemarie Shakinovsky
Tania Mouraund
Rico Eastman and Chrissie Orr
Alan Sondheim
Greg Drasler
Manuel Pardo
Kit Kube
Rosemary Feit Covey
Joe Diebes
Paul Laffoley
William T. Wiley and Mary Hull Webster
Emil Hrvatin
Franklin Rosero
Robert Pettena
Charles Krafft
Camille Utterback and Adam Chapman
Liza Phillips
Vedett Franco Angeloni
Anaida Hernández
James Rouvelle
Elizabeth Turk
Kirara Kawachi
Bill Burns
Deborah Ascheim
Federico D’Orazio
Freeman Lau
 

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