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Artist Residency Roundtable

Artist Residency Roundtable

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Location: Chelsea, Manahattan

The Artist Residency Roundtable is organized by Audra Wolowiec and Yuka Otani as a part of Studio Fuse’s ongoing mission to foster dialog and to share resources among artists. Guest artists will discuss their personal and professional experiences at various residency programs in New York City and across the country from LMCC, Socrates Sculpture Park, Skowhegan, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, MacDowell, Yaddo and Djaressi, to name a few. Artists will present their work and an open, roundtable discussion will follow. A comprehensive list of available resources online and in print, for national and international artist residencies, will accompany the discussion.

Participating Artists:

Laura Braciale –
Rachel Frank –
James Huang –
Stephanie Lempert –
Christopher Robbins –
Yuka Otani –

Yuka Otani at Chashama North

Stephanie Lempert at Socrates Sculpture Park

Rachel Frank at Sculpture Space

Laura Braciale at LMCC Studio

Christopher Robbins at Art Farm, Nebraska

James Huang at Yaddo


Residencies /Artist Opportunities:

* Alliance of Artists Communities –

* NYFA Source –

* Res Artis –

* Trans Artists –

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* Residency Unlimited –

* Art Deadline List –

* Nuture Art Calendar –

* The Arts Council of Lapland (AiR programs in northern areas of Finland, Norway, and Sweden)

* AIR_J (AiR programs in Japan) –

* Alternative Spaces / Opportunities by Region: “Phonebook” by Green Lantern Press (purchase online for $15)

Other great resources to look at:

* College Art Association (online search + ‘standard guidelines’ resource for cv, etc) –

* NYFA Learning (tips for grant writing and project proposals etc.) –

* Foundation Center (grants for individuals) –


On application:

-How did you hear about this program?

-Did you propose what you were going to do? How specific was your proposal?

-Did you know anyone? Did you have a prior personal connection with a resident / instructor / board member?

-If you submitted a proposal, was it site-specific to the program?

-What kind of resources do you use to search for residency programs?

-How often do you send applications? How many residency applications have you done so far?

-Did you get into the program in one shot, or did you apply more than once?

Pros and cons:

-What were individual residency programs like? Was it productive?

-Were you content with the accommodation / work space / facilities provided?

-What kind of supports (separate live/work spaces, stipend etc.) did you have from the program?

-Were you required to pay or work?

-How long was the residency? Was it a desirable length for completing your project?

-Did you have a lot of interaction with fellow residents?

-Did the residency culminate in an exhibition?

-Was it difficult to transport your work home from the residency?

-Did you gain opportunities because of this residency? Was the residency professionally helpful?

-Did you start off with a lesser-known program to get into more well-known program?

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Yuka Otani – Studio Visit – November 18th, 2009

Yuka OtaniNovember 18th, 2009 (Bushwick)

“My work creates a membrane that shifts viewer’s perception in physical and cognitive spaces.Through the lenses of phenomenological and sociological studies, I explore clear materials; primarily glass, water, melted sugar, and light. Those materials are indeterminate and elusive. They are poised for change.”
—Yuka Otani

Yuka Otani

Brian Zegeer, Dustin Dennis

Brian Zegeer, Andrew Prazner, Rachel Frank, Niels Cosman

Jeanne Jo, Christopher Martin

Yuka Otani’s practice comes from a conceptual approach to the ideas of glass, reflection and impermanence. Her projects combine these ideas with social issues resulting in physical interactions with the ephemeral. Lately Yuka has taken a “not glass” approach to glass ideas and processes to expand her understanding and outlook. The projects that Yuka presented during her studio visit were a collection of glassware tumblers and flutes cast in hard sugar candy, photographs of blown sugar vessels as they deformed and dissolved, and a video that combined shots of Yuka blowing glass and sugar. During the visit Yuka invited all the participants to drink from the sugar glasses. Some glasses dissolved and sprung leaks while others stayed intact long enough to be eaten.The group discovered that the sugar-glasses will change over time depending on the atmospheric exponents in their exhibition space. The glassware may slump, become opaque, liquefy or become otherwise volatile. The group discussed the poetic, practical and conceptual implications of this volatility and what may be involved in the use or exhibition of the sugar-glass objects. The specific shapes of the glasses were also discussed in tandem with glass history and commodity as it pertains to art objects. Participants questioned whether the form should be more specific to the sugar material and function or whether generic forms are more appropriate so as to focus attention on the ideas behind the project.-Amanda Lechner

Discussion Links:

Otani 01

Otani 02

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