Feedback by past RU Residents on their experience during a RU residency.
Kyung-jin Kim (April -June 2019)
I had truly a great experience at RU: to discuss, develop and present my ongoing practice. It was a fulfilling experience to be able to exchange ideas and look into my work from many different perspectives. And most of all, RU’s multinational art network has greatly expanded my horizon.
Iara Pimenta (May -June 2019)
Being a curator-in-residence at RU was a transformative experience. During my residency, I had studio visits with various artists, met influential curators, and was in contact with institutions that broadened my perspectives in art production and dissemination. RU staff was attentive and supportive, helping me to establish relevant connections that certainly will resonate in future projects. I am grateful for the whole experience, especially for the opportunity to curate a show that was organized by the residency and featured works of talented and thought-provoking artists.
Zita Schüpferling (February -June 2019)
To dive into such a variety of different views on art and art practices through the multitude of meetings with art professionals and the exchange with the other artists and curators in residence was not just a unique experience, but also led to actual collaborations… a very huge thanks to RU!
Chantal Feitosa (April -June 2019)
RU has a strong commitment to supporting emerging artists and curators in a way that feels highly refreshing and nurturing. I really valued the program’s interest in fostering meaningful connections between arts professionals who are still shaping their careers in New York. The constant exchange of ideas with a diverse range of individuals and organizations helped me to begin navigating a professional art practice very early in my career.
Angélica Maria Millán Lozano (April – June 2019)
As a new artist in the city, RU was instrumental in my introduction to the art scene in NY. I don’t think I would have had an exhibition in NY this soon if it wasn’t for RU. Having that exhibition as a goal pushed me to create a strong discipline and studio practice within my day-to-day schedule where I balanced both work and studio time. With all the connections from RU, I stepped into a stronger community and gained the understanding of how artists function in the city, these are things that have strengthened my networks and have already advanced my artistic career.
Nathalia Lavigne (May 2019)
During my curatorial residency at RU, I had the opportunity to extend my artistic network with artists, curators, and organizations through their vast international contacts, most of them that I wouldn’t have reached without RU’s mediation. It is a kind of experience that still reverberates for a long time afterward, especially because I had the opportunity to dive into a diversity of artistic practices.
Ana Kuzmanić (April – May 2019)
I met more than 50 individuals and visited around 50 institutions and organizations and it would be hard to select just a few of them. Everything was valuable. Even things I didn’t like helped me to understand things more globally and to position myself more precisely in the art context.
Paula Dunlop (March – May 2019)
The RU program is a significant opportunity to meet, share and connect with like minds, and experience a special kind of camaraderie. It’s wonderful to see, hear and celebrate what is special about other artists’ practices, while also discovering what is special about your own.
Mikhailo Deyak, Ukraine (March-April, 2019)
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of such a beautiful residence. I got a great experience and a lot of acquaintances that influenced my work. I look at my work in a completely different way and this is very good.
Remijon Pronja, Albania (October – November, 2018)
With very little expectation, I ended up broadening my outlook and changed the way I view the life around me back in Albania. Even now, months later, I am still reflecting on every conversation and following up on all the contacts I made.
Shay Arick, Israel/NYC (Feb – April, 2019)
I wanted to thank you wholeheartedly for making the residency at Residency Unlimited so successful.
I enjoyed meeting with the different studio visitors, getting to know the other amazing residents, and participating at the exhibition in Red Hook, CADAF, and all the other significant events. Thank you for the warm atmosphere, and the attention for all the small details which made this a fantastic experience for me.
Lauren Berkowitz, Australia (March – April, 2019)
RU is a stimulating and exciting program for networking and connecting with the arts community in New York.
Osman Can Yerebakan, New York (Feb – April, 2019) – curator
During my curatorial residency, I practiced my skills as a listener to engage in dialogue with artists and explain their work. The residency allowed me to meet great artists and other art professionals while preparing a group show of RU artists titled Contingencies.
Heesoo Agnes Kim, South Korea (Feb – April, 2019)
RU artists and staffs were the most valuable influence during my stay. Feeling supported from by every member of RU was HUGE.
Birgit Pelzmann, Austria (October – November, 2018) – curator
Through RU’s extensive national and international contacts and the constant and warm support from the RU Team, I was able to deepen my curatorial practice and grow my professional network substantially. The connections I made with the community of artists and curators were inspiring and will hopefully lead to wonderful collaborations in the future. Keep doing the great work that you do 🙂 It is highly appreciated.
Meggy Rustamova, Belgium (August – November, 2018)
RU helped me meet my goals, develop my practice and advance my career by organizing studio visits, at times on request. With the collected information and accumulated experience my artworks will have more depth and larger global awareness.
Emilie Régnier, Canada/Senegal (September – November, 2018)
My experience at RU, was life changing, I felt supported in going beyond my traditional practice to explore unknown territories. I couldn’t be more grateful for the time I had the chance to spend there.
Oneika Russell, Jamaica (September – November, 2018)
The RU staff is there to support you in achieving your goals. There is no shortage of activity and engagement provided and there is always production help and general or specific advice that can be given as the staff are so well connected and knowledgable about the NY art scene. The weekly studio visits were a great offering to help expand how I think about my practice and connect me to art professionals.
Shimrit Lee, NYC (September – November, 2018) – Curator
RU fostered an artistic community where I felt both supported and intellectually stimulated. Through the residency, I forged an extensive professional network as well as lasting friendships with artists and curators with whom I hope to collaborate in the future. Thank you!
Fatma Shanan, Israel (May-August, Oct-Nov, 2018)
This program was definitely a pivotal moment in my artistic career. RU allowed me to deepen my research and exposed me to new realms of critical thinking alongside, to establish valuable professional connections and show my work in New York.
I highly appreciate that RU continues to offer support after my residency has ended, such as referring me to connections and events I might be interested in.
Tomás Cunha Ferreira, Portugal (July-October, 2018)
I can only say I wish I could extend my time at RU. My 3 months stay was great, and I can only wonder what one could accomplish if there was more time to be spent working in such good
I feel lucky to have new perspectives for my work in the future.
Julie Leidner, USA (May – August, 2018)
The curated exhibition where my work was featured with three other RU artists helped develop my practice and advance my career in a small but significant way.
Kairon Liu, Taiwan (May-Sept, 2018)
It was a life changing experience. The support that RU provides and the networks I built were way beyond my expectations. Thank you RU!
Danni Shen, NYC (April – June, 2018) – curator
The residency was a once in a lifetime opportunity which furthered my hands-on professional experience in independent research, curatorial practice and global/institutional networks.