Artist Residency Program 2017-2018 PDF Print E-mail

Lucas Spivey, Maya Erdelyi and Ngoc-Tran Vu

Boston Center for the Arts Announces 2017–2018 Visual Arts Residents
Three local visual artists will receive workspace, staff and financial support to implement projects that include programs to maximize community engagement.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce that artists Lucas Spivey, Maya Erdelyi and Ngoc-Tran Vu have been selected as BCA 2017–2018 Visual Artist Residents. The BCA Visual Arts Residency Program is one of the only programs of its kind in Boston that focuses on artistic practices that foreground process and community engagement. This year’s artist residents amplify cultural and artistic voices through multi-disciplinary projects and include programming focused on artist-entrepreneurs, the refugee experience and immigrant stories. The selection of artists was made by an independent panel and was based on proposals that demonstrated unique and innovative artistic projects in combination with strong vision for community engagement. The 2017–2018 Visual Arts Residents are:

  • Summer 2017 Public Artist Resident Lucas Spivey, who will bring his Mobile Incubator to the BCA’s public plaza. An artfully retrofitted camper trailer, the Mobile Incubator is a site for dialogue around issues of art and entrepreneurship, and for amplifying creative voices from across a broad spectrum of practices.
  • Fall 2017 Visual Artist Resident Maya Erdelyi, who will develop Walk Cycle, exploring the use of public art strategies such as animated wheatpaste posters and projected images to convey the story of the journey of a refugee—Erdelyi’s grandmother—who escaped through the forests of Hungary during World War II.
  • Spring 2018 Visual Artist Resident Ngoc-Tran Vu, who will launch her Made Elsewhere project as both a tribute to refugee history and as a modern, political statement. Fascinated by the history of the Statue of Liberty, which was initially modeled on the design of an Arab woman, Vu will continue her work on a sculptural reinvention of this Arab Lady Liberty, and will produce a smaller-scale prototype for public viewing during BCA events.

These process-oriented residencies are intended to provide an environment where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas, while simultaneously engaging in vital public dialogue. In residencies that range from 13 to 15 weeks at Boston Center for the Arts’ vibrant South End Campus, each artist will receive full-time access to a studio space in the Artist Studios Building, support from an intern dedicated to their project and financial assistance.

Read the full press release here.



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