RU was able to provide me with a bubble in which I could create my most personal and intense work of my career. They gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do as a work of art, but in doing so, they gave me the right pointers in best achieving my goal. I am not writing this to be nice, but I have had the best time of my life at RU. Every lecture, every presentation, ever curator I have met is helping me have another vision of my work, another angle of my art. I am extremely happy with my two months there. I wish I had another month, but maybe that’s because I’m going to miss the people that were there.
This residency was a great and fulfilling experience. RU team is great and dedicated.
The 2 months residency at RU gave me back my focus and energy that a city like NY sometimes takes from you. It is such a nice feeling knowing RU is re there, on Court Street, working to help artists and their practice in such a unique and serious way.
The RU impact was big and important, it has changed the way I was thinking before. It has broadened my professional network not only in US but also in my home country, I had met very interesting Czech art professionals in NYC. Thanks to RU, I was able to work together on an exhibition project with Zachary Fabri, a fabulous NYC based artist. It was a great experience of creative collaboration.
I met my goal to change the way of thinking about art making in certain aspects, it made me realize the importance of being more open and communicative. On the whole it has advanced my career, the mesasures are hard to describe exactly, but its very complex and very positive.
RU’s assistance, knowledge and connection in arts empowered me to achieve what I wouldn’t be able to do and largely facilitate my workflow and decision-making.Please hang in there to help more artists achieve their goals. Your presence and existence in the art world is empowering and reassuring for the artists. Thank you for being there!
Thank you RU for your professional support and giving me the chance to create a great show with other RU artists. This was the most exciting part of my residency. As a result I learned how to collaborate with other artists and enjoyed this process very much. In addition each staff member at RU gave me useful suggestions that helped my practice evolve. The studio visits were also very valuable since they allowed me to share different points of view with a wide range of curators and art professionals.
Thanks to RU team and program I accomplished the main goal I set myself during my 3 months residency: creating a dialogue with other artists and curators while introducing my work to professionals from NY art scene. Through the intensive meetings accompanied by the possibility to show new work in the RU curated group exhibition, I managed to achieve those goals. This inspiring process has expended my artistic pathway to new mediums and was technically possible with support of the RU team.The high professional level, friendly and informal atmosphere, great location and personal interaction are the things making RU such an amazing experience.
RU is a unique residency to attend! The staff and the involved people and institutions are great. My stay helped a lot to develop new ideas and I also learned how to reflect and speak better about my art. I liked the balance of structured procedure and informal talks and meetings that enabled an organic and open experience. All the meetings at RU were very different and unique. The ones that helped me the most where those where there was a kind of a dialogue between the visitor and me. We searched together the essence of my work or discussed how I could work further on. The close contact to the staff and also the possibility and facilities RU was offering was amazing!
I found the two month period in Residency Unlimited to be an important moment of self-evaluation.
The discursive approach of the residency and the customized support for each individual resident gave me a chance to look deeper into the concepts that I’m
dealing with right now and the direction of my artistic practice in general. As a video maker, I found that RU has a professional and knowledgeable staff in that field, able to provide good assistance for production purposes. This residency also introduced me to many local and international art field professionals giving me a good overview of the local art scene in New York and a great set of contacts for the future.
The staff at RU couldn’t be kinder, more considerate or more effective in helping residents achieve their goals. Almost any issue you have they take care of, or try their best to resolve. And they come up with ideas for activities you hadn’t even considered and which open up new possibilities for your work. Thank you, RU staff, for all your attention, interest, and care!
At this particular moment in my trajectory, the RU residency has proved to be very important for me. This experience allowed me to receive full support as I investigated new ideas for production and research. But one month is definitely too short, so my plan is to return to this ‘little art factory’ in Brooklyn with its entirely dedicated RU-staff.
The support I received from RU is unparalleled in my career as an artist. They cared, invested and supported me in my practice, exhibitions and conversations with other curators. This experience was incredibly transformative. I am so very grateful to know these amazing people and am proud to have worked with this excellent organization!
A highly professional residency program with established curators and an environment that can gives the opportunity to expand and develop one’s work, ideas and network.
Every meeting I had at RU was valuable. I was able to share my work and thought process with a large range of professionals and have been incredibly lucky to have most of them positively respond to my work. Some have offered exhibition opportunities,others have started a dialogue with me about possible future events and opportunities.
One of the biggest pluses for me was the opportunity to discuss my work with art professionals. Additionally with the help of RU staff, I learned how to build my own web page and re design the pre-existing one. The field trips and the opportunities generated by this residency are also step stones in advancing my career.
RU had all the knowledge about the New York art scene that I needed. They helped me and advanced my career in many ways. They helped me expand and broaden my artistic work from the Scandinavian scene to worldwide in no time.
Maybe one of the most sensible thing I’ve done in my entire life,
a big THANK YOU to the RU team.
For artists it is of the biggest importance to travel and your work at the RU gives precisely these opportunities for artists. I can´t stress this enough; what you do at the RU is of great and I guess in many cases lasting importance in the development of new projects and works created by the artists that come by at the RU. Thank you very much for making this happen!!!
RU has been very supportive to my research project demands, and also in connecting me with different people such as curators, writers, artists, art critics, that have helped on the development of my current artistic project. Through the studio visits provided by Residency Unlimited I was able present my recent work and critically discuss the development of my artistic practice, with many different interesting people, and receive important feedback.
What I accomplished at RU surpassed all of my expectations. RU played a very valuable role organizing and planning most of my studio visits with artists I was interested in meeting. They introduced me to many interesting individuals within the framework of their wide ranging network. RU also supported me greatly by giving me completely free reign to execute the performance by Tove Storch as I found best. Through RU I had the opportunity to meet artists, curators, gallery directors and museum professionals that I would not have been able to meet otherwise. This is tremendously valuable for a curator coming from abroad who wants to expand their personal network.
I am very impressed by RU’s support. As a smaller residency, the RU team is able to prioritize valuable one-on-one engagement with each resident, which I find absolutely crucial, especially for young artists who are in New York for their first time. I felt extremely welcome and cared for on a professional level. Also the preparations prior to the residency were great. This is important I believe, because the clearer idea you have of what the purpose of the stay is for each resident, the more targeted your support can be. I felt that all the studio visits organized by RU were valuable and made sense in relation to the wishes I had mapped out. So I can only encourage RU to continue their existing line of work.
Thank you so much for giving me Everything Unlimited!
Thank you very much for everything you have done. To be part of RU was definitelly the best thing I have experienced in NY.
I have just completed a two month residency at RU and it has been a life changing experience for me not only giving me a very passionate and committed art community to engage with but also the technical support in realizing a sight specific video / sonic installation work as part of a group show with two other artists in residence. The network of professionals which RU are affiliated with have been very positive in responding to my art, giving me a wide understanding of the diversity of how the art world functions not only here in New York but internationally too. I have learned how to articulate the ideas behind my art practice to curators, established artists and organizations and also in public speaking. I have lived with a group of robotic installation artists in Redhook which has been a very interesting experience getting to know the local artistic community and seeing a different side to New York. To be immersed in a foreign environment has opened up other avenues in my art practice and it has given me a sense of freedom and confidence in pursuing art professionally.
Being able to address specific and varied creative projects, I was impressed to see that RU’s ‘dynamic residency’ model is perfectly adaptive to the needs of contemporary, post-medium and trans-disciplinary practices. RU brings together an interesting and active community of artists and curators which creates a stimulating creative environment. Nathalie’s knowledge of current practices and exhibitions was extremely valuable to my research project, as was the theoretical discussions and research recommendations by with Maud. Christine’s research assistance, Sebastien’s technical assistance and Boshko’s project feedback were also very valuable. I highly recommend RU for artists or curators seeking a dynamic and flexible residency experience.
During my too brief 2 months stay, my experience with RU was intense and interesting at many levels. With the help of the RU team, my main focus was to network and present my practice to targeted meetings with various established actors of the NYC art scene. Meetings took place at RU as well as in other locations , with many exciting and refreshing discussions. Critics, art historians, gallerists, curators, artists.. the RU web also extends to Europe.
I enoyed interacting with RU fellow artist. RU also helped translate French texts into English relating to specific works . The RU team understands the needs of an artist who comes to New York for the first time. I appreciate RU’s flexible approach which begins before the artist arrives and does not necessarily end when the residency is over. I continue to be part of RU’s wide community.
Working with Residency Unlimited was a great human and professional experience.
My exchange with RU started few months before I came to NYC to pursue my research project Missing Alina related to the exhibition Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone 1955-1973 at MoMA.
RU staff was above all constantly receptive to my work and its transformations inherent in the process. They were dynamic, generous, thought-provoking and their support was essential for me to carry out the project and go beyond. I had a lot of exciting encounters and discussions with curators and art professionnals that took place at the RU space and outside. Some of these meetings have led to new opportunities such as an exhibition proposal I am working on right now..
Now that the residency is over and I have returned to my own context I can really understand how enriching this experience was. First of all, the meetings generated by RU were very rewarding. Presenting my practice to others, looking at it and trying to understand it. The studio visits were different every time. It was great to get to know the New York art scene this way. See what is going on and how it works. Whereas I did not have a particular project in mind during this residency (I received financial support from the Brazilian Government and a private collector), this gave me freedom to just experience New York and the RU program. I learned much from this pulsing city just by being there. At the end of the program, RU invited me to create an installation of my work at the church as part of a collective exhibition. It was a valid experience to work inside this particular space.
It is important for me as an artist to leave my work zone for a while. Seeing the world and being a part of it. RU was a guide for me through this experience providing connections, knowledge, a geographical base, technical and networking support.
I honestly appreciate the work of the all RU team. You are always working to create opportunities and making connections.
I spent one month in a residency program jointly set up by Residency Unlimited and Visual AIDS in New York in February 2013. During this time, I had a chance to meet or be introduced to all thepivotal actors of aids activism and research. It was an immense satisfaction to get an opportunity to meet the artists and researchers I was writing about.
This precision and sharpness is what I found most valuable with Residency Unlimited. One month in New York is short, especially being there for the first time. Never before at an exchange program had I been guided so precisely to my goals. Every single meeting was notable; every single person I met provided valuable information, inputs and important contacts for my future research. Working with the Visual AIDS office was also great. Their archive is very interesting for my research as well as their thorough knowledge and experience on the subject. They were the best hosts I could have imagined. Always open for questions, ready to help, so I have gained during this month not just long term collaborators but friends also.
I started to work as project leader at the project “AIDS as a Global Media Event: An intercultural comparison of posters and their imagery” at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden. The project developed by DHMD is part of an International Museum Fellowship Program supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Goethe Institute.
The New York experience gave me an enormous advantage. This is why I asked for Residency Unlimited to be listed at the official web page of the project next to my biography.
My residency at RU left me with a strong sense of introduction to a certain nyc art scene conversation. This is mainly due to the Ru team effort to provide us with extensive update to what is possible to see/do/discuss. One of my goals with this residency was to exchange with professionals interested by art dealing with choreographic and sculptural preoccupations. I had the chance to meet some of the leading curators and thinkers of the field.
Ru is an exceptional structure, working in synchronization of each artist reality and projects. Their dynamic is both following the city flow and artists needs. Each member of the crew share is own particularity, building a brilliantly strong team. They are amazing.
As an art educator for 3 months at Residency Unlimited, my experience was very positive and differed from my usual work in art institutions where I design educational workshops related to the exhibition program. At RU, I had the chance to collaborate with local and international artists and take part in the realization of their projects, in particular with Heta Kuchka who worked with Alzheimer patients. At RU, my focus of research was the topic »collaboration«: What are the differences in the methods and aims employed by artists who engage people in their artistic projects and those of art educators? Thanks to RU’s strong network and connective abilities, I formed meaningful relations which continue after my stay. RU gave me the opportunity to present my research to the NewYork audiences at a public talk that I conduced with Joe Fusaro from Art21. Noteworthy is my interaction with the RU New York based artist Paul de Muro who made it possible for me to participate in a workshop with children from the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House after school program in Queensbridge (supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation). Overall I am struck by RU’s serious and honest interest in bringing people together.
Thanks so much to the RU staff who made of my time such an inspiring stay.
My experience of working with Residency Unlimited has been very satisfying. It has been a good learning experience to present my work to curators and critics. I could reflect on my work and in discussions I could sharpen my own statement as an artist.
Through the network of Residency Unlimited could easily find my way in New York to my personal interest and within the huge opportunities and artistic events that New York has to offer. Even they sensed in what kind if scene I would feel at home and they contacted me with an performance scene that inspired me a lot.
I could benefit of the great space that RU has and used the church for my investigation in performance. I used the height of the space for a new setup for my performance and I had a lot of technical support! I also learned some new technical tricks.
I really enjoyed the RU team and would highly recommend the Residency to other artist.
As a busy New York artist and teacher, the flexibility afforded by RU was very important. RU understands that artists exist in a state of flux and their needs change quickly. Between working in the studio, commuting, teaching, as well as having various odd jobs, things often get hectic. RU was very attentive to working with and around my schedule. At the time of my stay I would not of been able to work with a residency that had too rigid a structure. Opportunities are presented with attention towards practical needs and artistic goals. This is the kind of support that I find so helpful, and to be honest, too rare in the art world.
Being introduced to the diverse group of thinkers (artists, educators, facilitators, curators, historians, activists, etc) that comprise a Residency Unlimited residency not only opened up and expanded my own thinking about my work, but also exposed me to ideas and goals that exists in different parts of the world. For an artist existing in a global context the kind of discourse RU facilitates is invaluable. What I will miss most about the residency is the weekly conversations, both planned and coincidental, that I was able to have with the other residents, visitors, and staff.
While this testimonial feels like somewhat of a good bye, I feel very happy knowing that I am now part of the extended Residency Unlimited family and I look forward to keeping the conversations going. Even though the residency is over, I still have plans through and with the community fostered at RU. That is a testament to the amazing flexibility and dedication put forth by the RU team.
I worked on my latest video installation “Present” with the help of Residency Unlimited in the fall of 2012. RU offers tailored production assistance for each project with focus directly on the artist. Having followed RU’s working methods and activities for a long time I was confident I would be able to finish my project in the limited time I had. The staff and I had started planning my project already a year before my residency, and our collaboration became more frequent during the last six months. When I arrived everything was ready for me to get straight to work. I worked together with Shore Hill Senior Center in Brooklyn organized by RU and was given the opportunity to show my new work at The Abrons Arts Center. I would have never been able to execute my project without the help of RU knowing how difficult it is just to get content forms especially in a city like New York. My work process was easy because of the professional production-focused approach.
Residency Unlimited stands out from the other residency programs due to the logistical help they provide to artists for them to be able to complete their work. In addition RU has a vast network in the New York art scene as well as internationally. Being from Europe I consider studio visits with European curators -that I was also introduced to by RU in New York-an additional advantage for the future of my career after my return home. I’ve been back in Helsinki for 2 weeks and I’m already missing the warm atmosphere. I want to thank everyone at Residency Unlimited for making my experience so wonderfully productive.
Participating in the joint residency organized by Residency Unlimited and the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education was an incredible experience. For three months this fall I was able to undertake my most ambitious project to date within the structures of two dynamic organizations collaborating to provide unique personalized support. In weekly meetings with guest curators at RU’s space in Brooklyn I was able to share my project as it evolved, make valuable connections with both NY-based and international members of the art community, as well as hone necessary skills in articulating my growing artistic practice. RU staff connected me with a guest curator working on an exhibition at Casita Maria in Hunts Point that aligned perfectly with my project and provided added structure for community workshops and presentation of my work in the Bronx. Both organizations were generous, flexible and understanding of my schedule, which enabled me to take full advantage of the residency and its customized attention while maintaining my day-to-day responsibilities. As a New York native, I was able to broaden my exposure to a wider range of art and social justice oriented circles than I might have encountered on my own and build lasting relationships for continued involvement in the future. I would recommend the residency to any artist looking for an exciting, personalized opportunity to work collaboratively in a critical, supportive environment with an amazing community. I’m extremely grateful.
Through my scholarship from Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Germany, I was able to stay for six months in New York. I had no concept of what to expect from Residency Unlimited in the beginning, thinking my time there would just be a regular residency like I had experienced before. I was wrong, because it was much better than anything that happened in the past. The possibilities that RU came up with for me were so helpful, that after a very short time in this foreign city, I felt perfectly integrated in an art scene that suited me and my work a lot and made me feel comfortable with. I had weekly studio visits with really interesting curators and gallerists which shaped me in my way of presenting my works and what I was aiming for. RU chose beforehand what person would be good for me to get in touch with and honestly most of them suited me perfectly. Even collaborations became fruitful and so the connection with some of them still goes on and is growing further. Along this, I was able to have a monthlong solo show at Cuchifritos Gallery which gave me a challenging opportunity to engage with the city of New York in a very positive way. As I needed collaborators to fullfill my imagined show, I was able to find them along the curators i mentioned before. From my point of view this is also what made this show turn out really well.
I can only thank RU for the way in which they hosted and encouraged me, the possibilities that they offered were amazing. I wish I could return one day and miss them dearly in the meantime.
A residency at Residency Unlimited was a highly unique experience for my artistic practice to date and certainly an important step forward in my creative career.
I arrived in a new city, in New York City, with no contacts, little resources and just a suitcase full of twelve-disembodied Creatures and the plan to create an unusual interactive multimedia rock’n’roll show collaborating with people form the Bronx. I was not sure what to expect.
Residency Unlimited, however, quickly understood the nature of the project I wanted to undertake and went about finding ways to “make it happen” – whether connecting me with key industry people in New York relevant to my media arts practice, helping me find crucial resources or even personally running the sound and technical aspects for the showcases . I really felt that Nathalie, Sebastien and Boshko were like my creative family in New York, offering professional support and invaluable advice. One of the unique things about RU is that they really adjust and personally focus what they do to suit each artist – every project and every artist is different.
My artistic placement at the Casita Maria Arts and Education Center in the Bronx was also extremely beneficial to my project. Not only did it allow me to collaborate with a unique community in the Bronx –something integral to my work – but it also gave me a huge studio space (the school’s gymnasium) where I could create amplified sound, test projections and develop the project. The staff at Casita were also very supportive and excited for an international multimedia artist to be working in their midst. Creating a complex, cutting-edge multimedia work in a gymnasium in the Bronx was a somewhat surreal experience but moved the work forward tremendously.
The studio visits that RU organized were also very beneficial, cultivating an exchange of ideas, dialogues between artist and curator, networks, experiences.
I feel that, having completed the RU residency, my creative work has progressed considerably and my profile and creative connections in New York City have grown immeasurably. It feels like the beginning of a new and exciting stage in my career.
My time with Residency Unlimited exceeded all expectations. Their production support, thoughtful studio visits arranged with art-world professionals directly related to my work, and a community of wonderful people – fellow artists, curators and writers - were instrumental in moving my practice to an entirely new level.
RU’s connections within the New York and international art world is impressive. While at RU I met with curators and gallerists that range from Tel Aviv to NYC to Paris and to the Netherlands.
With RU’s support, I was able to realize a large-scale site specific installation and performance in Brooklyn, production of my first zine and also complete a large body of primary source research for an experimental work of theatre on which I am collaborating on with internationally acclaimed writer, performance artist and cultural icon of the New York Underground, Penny Arcade.
I would urge all artists who want to broaden their connections in the art world and deepen their studio practice to pursue a residency here.
As dancers and performance artists invited to be residents at RU, we were impressed with the organisation and the services provided by the residency as the staff was open to accommodate our needs being flexible, available and generous in allowing us to use their spaces in less conventional ways.
We were immediately touched by the premises of Residency Unlimited (ex church) as it offered us potential performance space and starting points for researches.
We were supported in many ways by the staff: there was always an enthusiastic response to our initiatives whether them being performance oriented or workshops that we asked for to develop our skills.
Throughout our stay we had a chance to meet several artists and curators with which we found good points of discussion and connections that will continue in the future.
We gave RU a description of the identity of our project, and they worked to find the most relevant links to the activities in NY we might have had interest for. They allowed freedom for us to connect with the artistic circuit.
We feel that we developed a relationship in which both sides, artist and organisation, work together to make the best of it.
Residency Unlimited creates a unique customized program for each artist.
Within this special and professional frame of work, I experienced an extremely fertile time in New York. During my 5 months residency, I was offered a solo show at the Rooster gallery (LES) in New York.
I met many curators and local art figures that gave me constructive advice about my work and helped me familiarize myself with the local art scene. I also used RU’s unusual large space to experiment and develop new works.
The RU team is highly professional, with a lot of ambition and willing to help and supply the needs of each artist – from a technical standpoint, informational , access to materials or people I wished to meet.
As a result of RU’s extraordinary program my artistic career has significant soared and I have been offered many new projects - and for that I am very grateful!
Residency Unlimited is in tune with the complex needs of artists. ‘Comprehensive support’ is an understatement, an artist sanctuary; RU moves boulders in supporting artists.
During my 8-month residency, RU has helped me develop an entirely new platform for my career. From providing access to unusually affordable studio space, to swiftly expanding my professional network, Residency Unlimited has accelerated the challenging learning curve of the New York art world. A double dose of support, the not-for-profit not only provided a major exhibition opportunity, but also help me in
establishing my teaching career. I was invited by RU to have a solo-show at LES’s Rooster Gallery. This gave me the fire to devote extra my time energy and emotion into my studio practice.
I was also invited to collaborate with Residency Unlimited’s Educational Outreach Program. My experience initiating the RU’s partnership program “Responding Through Art: Current Events in the Classroom propelled my creative focus into a new direction.
Thank you for investing in me, I’m truly indebted. I’m glad to be a ‘local’ artist so I don’t have to say good-by
One of the major characteristics and qualities of the program is the intimate and honest relationship between artists and the RU team. Artists feel free to create new works and have new ideas. They feel free to use the connections with the RU team at present and later in their artistic practice. RU makes smart and precise connections between artists and curators. They think about what you are doing, what is your work. There is a high professional level and nice people, so there is a balance between the professional plan/studio visits and more relaxed social gatherings.
RU was the best thing for me. I’ve never experienced anything that was better than Residency Unlimited!
I had very good feeling to be artist-in-residence at RU. The RU team is well organized and I received direct support when needed, which is not so often the case.
Through studio visits, field trips and artist talks, I understood things in different ways and I hope, it will help me for my practice in the future.
I met also amazing RU artists and I discovered with them some art institutions, galleries, studios and night life of NYC.
Your residency program is great and very professional!
I am proud to be a part of your program!
Tuguldur Yondonjamts, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), breifly recounts his experience as an artist in residence in NYC with Residency Unlimited
Residency Unlimited worked as a custom-made facilitator for the production of new work, and more importantly, as a sort of synergetic operator between the artist, his work and the art world allowing for the creation of art that could break the intrinsic rules while simultaneously being part of the game.
My Residency Unlimited experience was a very valuable one. I have been to many residency programs. However, this program definitely distinguishes itself. It provides so many great opportunities, such as meetings with curators, critics and artists; It is like a ladder to many artists for them to step up and reveal their talents. RU offers a very encouraging atmosphere. I am amazed by RU’s passion for the Art Industry. With all the work RU puts in, I never could have accomplished the things the way I had planned. “RU, I would like to thank you once again for such devoted service and very personal experience. May God bless you and keep you”.
My time with Residency Unlimited and Casita Maria was an incredibly valuable. I was provided with production support, excellent studio visits with art-world professionals who are directly related to my work, and a community of wonderful people – artists, curators and writers. Casita Maria itself was a fertile location for my work, and I am surprised and delighted by the project that I developed their with their steady support.
RU’s connection within the New York art world is impressive, and their relationships are usually strong bonds of friendship and professional admiration based on artistic merit. Their connection to the art world outside of New York is also huge – if not huger, and makes this an unusual and invaluable opportunity for artists from the US to connect across boarders.
I would urge all US-based artists who want to broaden their connections in the art world, and deepen their studio practice, to pursue a residency here.
Intelligence, Knowledge, Experience, Boldness, Consistency, Sense of Humor, Availability and Network …
… this is everything that an artist dreams of having at his side, permanently, for the execution, production, implementation, and dissemination of his work.
Yes, that happens in Residency Unlimited !
Our residency at Residency Unlimited was an exceptional experience, very stimulating and inspiring. The environment is highly professional with really amazing team working at RU. We appreciate the excellent facilities provided where we could engage in critical discussions and talks. We are very grateful that they provide us with an elaborative overview of the NY art scene, its mode of operation and valorization. We would specially emphasize their good will and help around the exhibition and the whole research.
Its been a privileged being at RU and we highly recommend it.
My experience of working with Residency Unlimited has proved being highly satisfying.
The staff capacity to put in common their knowledge of the art world, their various strengths and skills makes the program versatile and unique.
The unusual formula of the residency, which can be at first slightly unsettling, puts forward its vast network and expertise instead of focalizing on a physical location for the art making. This quickly proves being completely adequate and enjoyable; it gives you the impression that the city can be yours and makes it less intimidating. Contrarily to other former international residencies that left me disappointed in terms of networking, RU offers a structure that makes the encounter with NYC art world easy and fluid; it is perfectly adapted to the city.
More concretely, I was provided during my three months stay with frequent studio visits with professionals of the art world, with a complete availability of the staff to fulfill my needs – ranging from finding a suitable working place, organising exciting field trips, providing technical workshops to ameliorate my website, putting me in contact with relevant personalities, etc – and with the chance of exhibiting my work at the Abrons Art Center gallery space. The latter experience took place in a context of full support and professionalism by the RU staff. And what is as valuable as the residency, is the certitude that the ties that were forged during my stay extend beyond these three memorable months.
My RU experience was a very rewarding experience. Not only did the creative and vivid environment influence my work and make me move forward but what has remained with me is the feeling that the RU people are trusting and helping and inspiring people. This experience will continue and it doesn’t just end with the residency in it’s time and space frame. I found this very beautiful.
My RU/ Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education residency was the first residency of my art career. I was elated that it took place in the Bronx, the place where I was born, raised and lived. I wasn’t sure what to expect and really just thought that there would be a room I could work in and a chance to work with kids from my own neighborhood.
But there was so much more to my residency than I had ever expected. My weekly studio visits at the RU headquarters in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn were enlightening and informative and helped me to see my work from an outside perspective and gain exposure to curators that wouldn’t normally have known my work. The entire staff at RU are an amazing and diverse group of warm, generous and knowledgeable people. I had the help of a RU intern, Doreen St. John, who worked with me in my Bronx studio. I ambitiously took on a large scale sculpture made out of discarded women’s shoes for an upcoming exhibition at Hunter College. My RU and Casita Maria residency supplied me with 90% of those shoes, over 450 were needed and with the generous and continual support of this partnership, I attained my goal with minimal cost to me through donations.
As a NYC artist, the challenges to succeed always seem to outweigh the rewards. There are always opportunities that leave you wishing for more support, but my Residency Unlimited experience was rewarding, supportive and career changing. I have encouraged other fellow artists to apply to any program that RU is associated with. I am always happy to know that I am a part of the RU community of artists even after I am no longer in my residency. I look forward to all their amazing work and I hope to take part in another RU opportunity in the near future.
Through the guidance and genuine help from Residency Unlimited I was able to meet and discuss my work and the process like never before. I now understand why I do what I do. Invaluable as far as i am concerned.
I know that we are almost wrapping up my residency and would like to use the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful opportunity. I feel I have learned so much from it and still am learning. I had no idea how big the impact on my work will be. I see now how much as an artist the dialogue with another creative person is vital. Once again- THANK YOU!!!!