Feedback by past RU Residents on their experience during a RU residency.
Martina Vacheva, Bulgaria (Feb-March, 2018)
As a young artist from Eastern Europe with little exposure to this kind of art environment RU acted as a highly effective intermediary to develop future career possibilities for me in the USA and also internationally.
Unforgettable 2 glorious months with great steps forward !! Thanks RU for everything!!
Yours Martina Vacheva and the golden pinky
Joana P. R. Neves, UK/Portugal (Feb, 2018) – Curator
RU allowed me to immediately test my research findings with a sophisticated audience, a warm environment and a functional space.
They networked on my behalf and established a good basis to come back to New York with knowledge of the milieu and some very good contacts.
Naomi Okubo, Japan (June – Nov, 2017)
Spending time at RU was such a valuable experience and helped me develop my career and practice My work was featured in a two person exhibition with another Japanese artist (Kuniyasu Sakaizawa) organized by RU at Cuchfulitos Gallery. The exhibition was reviewed byThe New Yorker. That was huge for me.
Andreia Santana, Portugal (July-Nov, 2017)
My residency at RU helped me to get to know many interesting individuals through weekly studio visits and being in direct contact with important institutions and galleries in NYC. All the staff and interns are very helpful and friendly always trying what they can to get things done. I also feel well-supported to pursue future opportunities worldwide post residency.
Tessa Mars, Haiti (Sep-Nov, 2017)
I come back home full of new ideas, a budding professional network and the sense that this was the best introduction to the New York art scene I could have wished for.
I was also actively encouraged (offered the tools) to try different mediums and experiment, which was a much needed push to get out of my comfort zone.
Jelena Mijić, Serbia (Oct-Nov, 2017)
RU provided me with everything that I actually needed. Meetings and conversations with art professionals helped me to develop some of my ideas and encouraged me to think about my practice in more ambitious perspectives. I created a lot of valuable and long lasting connections among fellow residents and RU team members.
I admire the amount of work and energy that the RU team is able to perform in order to keep everything running perfectly. I also think that the flow and overall dynamics were pretty well thought through with a perfect balance between studio visits, field trips, public talks and events, inhouse presentations and casual gatherings. Keep up the good work!
Yoon Young Park, South Korea (November, 2017)
This is my second residency at RU, which continues to enrich my artistic journey. As in the past, RU provided me with valuable and priceless opportunities. I am deeply grateful to the highly devoted and committed RU staff.
Farideh Sakhaeifar, NYC (Sep-Nov, 2017)
Residency Unlimited has been a unique experience for me. Great programming and invaluable support either technically or conceptually. I really enjoyed every single studio visits provided by RU as well as meeting diverse group of artists from around the world.
RU staff are super organized and on top of everything. I loved that there was an answer for every question either technical or conceptual.
Daniel Mantilla, NYC (Aug-Sep, 2017)
The program was beyond of what I expected. My time at RU was crucial because it provided the atmosphere I needed to evaluate my practice and bring more focus and discipline to it. Each conversation provided me with possibilities for my practice and helped me revised the way I presented my work and to talk about it with more clarity.
Andras Blazsek, Hungary (Sep-Nov, 2017)
Through RU, I met many interesting and generous individuals through weekly studio visits, curated conversations and organized presentations with other artists. It was an unforgettable experience that I know will continue to impact my practice in the years to come.
Luciana Solano, Brazil/NYC (June – Nov, 2017) – Curator
My experience as curator in residency exceeded my expectations in a way I had to recalibrate my goals..
The atmosphere of collaboration made me feel that staff, artists and curators in residency were cohesively moving forward.
Eva Davidova, NYC (Aug-Oct, 2017)
The structure of the residency was outstanding. I received technical support, conceptual support, and human support. My interactions with the staff expanded from the very first meeting there on forward, The network I was introduced to is beyond what I’ve imagined, and only time will show the immense difference it made in my work and career.
Kristy Hughes, USA (Sep-Oct, 2017)
I came to the residency with the intention of better understanding NYC – which seemed like an untouchable force, that I would never feel comfortable in. I cannot believe how much this has changed in such little time as 6 wks. The scheduled meetings, field trips, and the resources that RU provided were the best way to navigate NYC.
Simon Hudolin, Slovenia (Sep-Oct, 2017)
The RU staff is great, open, helpful and very well organized. The RU program is constructed on a well thought out concept.
Their capacity to organize meetings with relevant art professionals provides an opportunity to get a constructive feedback and contacts for future ventures. The readiness of the team to cooperate post residency is also commendable and in line with their concept.
Carolina Paz, Brazil/NYC (Aug-Oct, 2017)
For me RU residency opened connections with very special individuals and the international contemporary art environment. It’s something that is very fresh and I’m still discovering the consequences of that experience.
I sincerely love you guys. I’m RU forever! Thank you for everything.
Andrew Nicholls, Australia (Aug-Sep, 2017)
My RU residency provided me with an invaluable introduction to the New York art scene, and a unique opportunity to scrutinize my practice, via their program of regular studio visits.
I found the RU studio visits particularly useful in helping me articulate my practice in a succinct way, and identify areas to focus on in the future. All of the curators I met with provided useful feedback. Despite the comparatively short duration of my residency, the RU staff have stayed in touch since I returned to Australia, and I feel well-supported to pursue future opportunities in New York City.
Ryan Kuo, USA (June-August, 2017)
Everyone in NYC, not only artists, struggles to find 1) space to operate and 2) attention on their work. It’s been very special to have these two resources managed and distributed by a dedicated team. In summary, I thought it was a great privilege to be a part of RU!
Dakota Gearhart, USA (July-August, 2017)
Overall, I’m very happy with my experience at RU, my only regret is that I could not stay forever. I’m grateful for the opportunities the RU NEA Fellowship provided for me and couldn’t have participated in the residency without it. I’m looking forward to attending RU events and staying in touch in the future. Thank you very much for the opportunity.
Anna Orlikowska, Poland/Holland (May-July, 2017)
Residency Unlimited is a greenhouse that an artist needs. So does the city. RU served for me an exchange platform and I’m thankful to all the bonds that have been created. It has been a very important time for my own practice.
Ai Makita, Japan (Feb-July, 2017)
The RU team is always close to the artists…it was a treasure in my life. Thank you, I will come back to New York in the near future.
Georg Petermichl, Austria (May-July, 2017)
I want to thank each and everyone of u for all the various things that you have been doing during my three months residency. For our talks, for help with the setup of the show, the communication around it, for getting me in touch with a very interesting part of the NYC art world.
Petra Poelzl, Germany (March-April 2017) – Curator
The main goal of my residency was it to create professional connections and expand my network in New York City – to meet artists, curators, art professionals. Two months is not a very long time, but with the great support of the fantastic RU team and their comprehensively established network, it all turned out well and I was able to broaden my professional network. I do hope to be back soon.
Željka Blakšić, NYC (March-May 2017)
Residency Unlimited is really a unique and a very special place. All RU team goes completely out of their way to help artists research and realize their projects no matter how complicated they seem.
João Marçal, Portugal (March-May 2017)
RU played an important role in my achievements during my stay in New York. Especially because of the network they develop and how close they are to the artists.