Feedback by past RU Residents on their experience during a RU residency.
Rashmi Viswanathan, NYC (Feb-Nov, 2017) – Curator
I vastly expanded the base of artists I work with, and was connected to organizations that have been important to both my curatorial and academic work. As an arts hub in my city it provided invaluable support. It connected me to arts institutions and arts professionals, offered a productive workspace, and organized exhibitions spaces and exhibition support.
I am now well situated among more experimental and international practices, and have access to international arts organizations with which I would like to work/ be associated.
JUJU U, South Korea (Feb-March, 2018)
The RU staff always did their best and successfully arranged meetings for me that I had requested . RU really tries to supports what artists want. It was really touching.
Anna Harsanyi, NYC (May-October, 2017)
I really appreciated the chance to meet so many interesting artists. Chen An-An, Chang Yunhan, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Farideh Sakhaeifar, Andras Blaszek, Barbora Kleinhempkova, Ryan Kuo, Ana Orlikowska, these are just a small few of the many wonderful artists who stick out in my memory.
Ana Montiel, Mexico (April-May, 2018)
Residency Unlimited is a true wonder. Their know-how, commitment, excellency and personalized support is one of a kind. My two months with them helped me grow and learn immensely!
Ginta Vasermane & Maciej Madracki (F.L.O.A.T.), Poland/Latvia/ Holland (March – April, 2018)
It is necessary to mention the importance of meeting the whole RU team and the fellow artists in residence. It gave us priceless opportunity to share time, work, various thoughts & ideas, experience with the group of amazing people from all over the world passionate and dedicated to the arts.
Katarína Hrušková, Slovakia/Germany (March-April, 2018)
RU is a team of lovely, aware, dedicated, professional people with open hearts and minds. During my two month residency I felt supported, challenged and stimulated.
Meriton Maloku, Kosovo (April-May, 2018)
The most valuable in my opinion during my residency were the RU crew , their energy and the experience they shared with me was amazing and pushed me in a good way. I feel much stronger as an artist in part because of all the great connections I made.
Christine Mills, Wales (May, 2018)
The RU staff’s attitude is so super positive, helpful and simply do everything to connect us, which is so valuable, and always makes the most of everything.
Alisha Wessler, NYC (Feb-April, 2018)
The structure of having many meetings pushed me to become better at talking about my work—something that I have always struggled with. It is absolutely amazing that the staff members at RU are able to get one-on-one meetings with incredible curators. The exhibition was another clear highlight of the residency—it was such a gift to be able to have a show in an amazing location in SoHo with the international artists of the residency.
Matej Knežević, Croatia (April-May, 2018)
The entire RU experience offered a platform which enabled me to: enter a state of introspection and launch a new project: 3 players missing that was entirely developed in and influenced by New York City context; develop new and solid friendships with a few other RU resident artists.
Ramyar Vala, Iran/NYC (Feb-April, 2018)
RU understood my needs, and plans well enough to help me establish myself in New York as a newcomer. People at RU were supportive and guide me to access the material of my work and connecting me to right people related to topics of my work.
Tiago de Abreu Pinto, Brazil/Spain (April 2018) – Curator
RU lived up to all my expectations since they fulfilled all my goals.
Carry on doing the same! You are a true art conduit.
Javier M. Rodríguez, Mexico (March – April, 2018)
There were several aspects that distinguished this residency that I found of great value including: with so many studio visits I was able to economize my presentations and develop more coherent statements. The program really allowed me to build a solid professional network and I made such good friends…not just in NY but abroad.
The RU staff is doing a great job in getting the residents closer with the NY art community.
Jianru Wu, China (Feb-March, 2018) – Curator
I met a lot of artists, writers, and directors from different institutions during my residency, the people from museums and institutions were very valuable in my future career, RU is very knowledgeable about building art connection. RU organized meetings for me over 3 times a week, help me to prepare the final presentation in their space, I am still been updated and connected to the persons that could potentially help my career when the residency finished.
Catarina de Oliveira, Portugal (Feb – April, 2018)
This residency allowed me to do the necessary research and gather the material that will that will inform my practice for years to come.
Tamika Guishard, NYC (Feb-April, 2018)
RU is a welcoming home base for any artist looking to see beyond “convention”. Being immersed amongst artists from various backgrounds and all working within different media forces you to stretch the boundaries of what is possible within your own medium.
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.