Feedback by past RU Residents on their experience during a RU residency.
José Yaque, Cuba (Feb-March, 2017)
The most valuable is RU itself because everybody there is so kind and aware of artists needs during our entire stay. Organizing talks and promoting the dialog for each artist, likewise organizing meetings in the studio itself with collectors and curators and art lovers in general.
The experience was really interesting and fresh. I´m very grateful to have had such an amazing time.
Keren Benbenisty, NYC (Sept-Nov, 2016)
RU was a genuine and accurate collaborator in all means. Intellectually, conceptually, socially and strategically. During 3 months, I had a partner and a collaborator and was able to think of a larger project, outside my solitary work in the studio. The project will be accomplished in 2017 thanks to RU connections and support.
Liliya Lifanova, NYC (Sept – Nov, 2016)
RU residency was a truly bright experience for me as it substantially moved forward my art practice. Through a highly tailored and individual approach, RU introduced me to a wide array of local and international art professionals and fellow artists. This was crucial, as my demanding studio practice often leaves meetings on the bottom of my priority list. As a whole, I believe RU influenced my view of the art scene both locally and internationally and helped me define my vision for my current project and beyond.
Brett Swenson, NYC (Sept-Nov, 2016)
I actually think this program was particularly valuable to me as a non-represented New York based artist, and so I would like to continue seeing emerging local artists offered this opportunity in the future. I felt well supported by the RU staff during my residency, and consider the program to have been one of the better residency experiences I’ve had so far. I appreciate the direct approach of connecting artists with others they might not otherwise encounter.
Bruno Baptistelli, Brazil (Oct-Nov, 2016)
During the residency I had the possibility to talk about my work in a different context. It gave me a new point of view of my own production.
Jonas Weber Herrera, Germany (June-Nov, 2016)
RU was amazing regarding every question or need concerning life in NYC, production or contacts I wanted to make. Whatever I asked for or wanted to know was provided or answered fast, uncomplicated and very efficient.
Kai-chun Chiang, Taiwan (Aug-Nov, 2016)
The greatest thing with RU is the continued relationship. RU creates fantastic connections between the visiting artists and curators from all over the world. People will keep in touch even after their residency. Such a beautiful start.
Sean Wang, Taiwan (Aug – Dec, 2016)
RU is the dream opportunity for artists who want to build connections and enlarge their view of New York.
Shurui Li, China (Aug-Sept, 2016)
I met some interesting curators and gallerists who were able to let me know more about what is going on in the New York art scenes. I was also able to get started finding space for a mural project that I have had in mind for a while, and while it didn’t work out this time, it is something where connections are established and I can continue this project in the future.
Amanda Roderick & Bella Kerr, Swansea, Wales (Oct – Nov, 2016) – Curator
RU’s experience, expertise, advice, support and knowledge clearly has much respect around the City and we were very fortunate to have the connections we did through their hard work and efforts. We appreciate the support before, during and afterwards and hope to work with RU on many more projects in the future.
Thibault Brunet, France (Oct – Nov, 2016)
Two weeks ago, I came back from New York. I would like to thank you profusely for the opportunity you gave me working with such an amazing team. It was a really great moment for me, I worked a lot on my ongoing projects and met a lot of incredible people. I have no words to explain the pleasure it was to go to work there every day. I wish it wasn’t finished!
Nina Simonovic, Belgrade/France (Oct-Nov, 2016)
Despite the fact it was a short residency RU planned everything perfectly. I felt very supported and have gained confidence with my work.
Özgür Demirci, Turkey (August – September, 2016)
I have met so many art professionals, curators, critics and writers and I would say most of them were great. And their feedback will be very beneficial for the development process of future projects. I am thankful for RU’s unique support and friendship.
Ana Prata, Brazil (March-August, 2016)
RU organized an exhibition for me which was a very nice conclusion to my residency. As someone unfamiliar with New York, RU was my link to the city, to art professionals that I met each week and presented my practice to as well as to other artists.
Ivan Gaete, Chile/NYC (May – July, 2016)
RU’s platform offers a unique and provocative space to have meaningful exchanges with artists and art professionals from all over the world. Their brilliant team of professionals and allies are fully committed to honor and enhance the careers of their artists in residence. They are incredibly smart, diligent, vibrant and have wowed me at every turn, granting me access to opportunities i had yet to imagined. An unforgettable residency that has deepened the understanding of my practice and expanded my love for the arts community at large.
Dalia Baassiri, Lebanon, (June – July, 2016)
RU offered the most valuable gift; an incredible network in just 45 days! All the meetings were carefully customized. Visiting New York for the first was overwhelming, had it not been for RU’s guidance, I would have had a rough experience in the city.
Eugenia Delfini, Italy/NYC (July, 2016) – Curator
My residency was short but intense! RU gave me the opportunity to open a lot of connections with artists from all over the world as well as with the directors of New York based contemporary art institutions. An unforgettable experience that has positively impacted by curatorial practice and reinforced my research. I totally enjoyed it!
Ana Peñalba, Spain/NYC (May – July, 2016)
The duo-residency between RU and Casita Maria have positively influenced in my way to envision my next step as an Artist. Casita Maria was for me the land to “Act” and RU the space to “React”. At RU, the most valuable thing was the diversity of the studio visits. I had appointments with Art Gallery directors, non-profit institutions, art critics, young curators…and the artists I met from all over the world served as an essential source of inspiration.
Pouya Afshar, Tehran/ LA/ Cambridge, MA (May-July, 2016)
My goal was to create strong connections to the art scene in NY and RU provided them for me. I am very satisfied with RU’s approach and structure. The conversations about my approach to the project “MournBabyMourn” I was developing during my residency were very productive.
Ana Peñalba, Spain/ NYC (May – July, 2016)
RU residency was an unique experience that has reinforced who I am and who I want to become in many senses. Your reputation in the Art field is outstanding. And, after 3 months working close to your team, I understand why I deeply admire your commitment and professionalism and everything you do.
Graciela Cassel, Argentina/ NYC (Feb-July, 2016)
Residency Unlimited has fulfilled all my expectations and even more of the excellence I previewed. I had the opportunity to exhibit in two groups shows and also two two-person shows. I gained experience in presenting my work. The environment was super professional. Curators and artists felt comfortable and at ease.
Miri Chais, Los Angeles (May – July, 2016)
Everyone were very helpful and attentive to my needs, and I’m very grateful for their support. As mentioned before, the connections to museums and galleries was amazing, and not something one could create on one’s own.
Ingrid Eggen, Norway (May – July, 2016)
I found the RU team extremely dedicated and helpful. My only regret is that I wish I stayed longer…As a result I have developed stronger presentation skills of my work. Meeting with so many different art professionals has provided useful feedback and I have gained a greater sense pride regarding my work. I also made contact with a gallery in New York who has invited me to be part of a group show later this year.
Terike Haapoja, Finland (March-May, 2016)
I got many openings to institutions and people that will be helpful in the future. This is really because many of the studio visits were actually matched and not just random people. I also had valuable conversations with RU staff about how to proceed with career planning and networking here in the US. Meeting other residents was made easy and even if a personal studio space isn’t included, the RU space is very good for individual working. The staff is great, committed and professional.