Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is thrilled to expand its Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program from two emerging artists per year, to four. Beginning this month, Artspace will include additional studio space, providing chosen artists a free six-month studio space with 24-hour access.
Resident artists are selected in their early professional careers, twice a year from a regional pool of applicants. The primary focus of the program is to provide time for independent work in a supportive, thriving, artistic environment, but artists will also contribute to Artspace’s educational programs and tours, and give a presentation to the public during their residency.
“Artspace is the perfect environment to encourage emerging artists,” said Executive Director Mary Poole. “We strive to provide a place for the community to grow and not only inspire themselves, but those around them. We believe adding two additional opportunities for regional emerging artists will encourage that.”
Artspace welcomes Tanya Casteel and Julia Clift as the Resident artists chosen for the latter part of 2011. Casteel, a ceramicist, will work in Studio 215 and Clift, a painter, will work in Studio 215A, through early January, 2012. Both residency studios are located on the second floor of Artspace.
While in residence, Casteel plans to continue her exploration of hand built stoneware, porcelain vessels and wall pieces. Casteel mixes her own glazes and employs a number of techniques and stamps to embellish the surface of her works. Casteel relocated to Raleigh in 2009. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from the University of Southern Maine, both based in Portland, Maine.
While at Artspace, Clift will continue to work in oil, building upon her recent series of paintings exploring the figure and contemporary architecture. Clift recently moved to Carrboro, NC, after spending the past seven months in France, studying at the studio of internationally-known painter Odd Nerdrum. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting, with a minor in English literature from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 100 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.
For information on the opportunity available in the Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program, current exhibits and programs, or how to become a tenant studio artist, call Artspace at 919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org).