Summer Arts BIPOC Residency
Alfred Summer Arts BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Artist-in-Residence program provides artists with opportunities to dive deeply into their artistic research and practice, and creative endeavors within our School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division studios.
The goal of the residency is to provide a cross-cultural destination at Alfred University for early-career BIPOC artists to enhance social/racial justice or combat structures of white supremacy. This will serve artists who have been historically underserved and remove systematic barriers.
Artists who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color. We encourage artists who are practicing non-conventional, interdisciplinary art genres at the intersection of arts and racial/social justice. Artists will stay in the residency at least 4 days of a given week during the residency program.
June 26-July 21, 2023
Each residency lasts a minimum of 2 weeks and up to 4 weeks.
Yikui (Coy) Gu
June 26-July 21
Yikui (Coy) Gu was born in 1983 in Nantong, China and emigrated to the United States at the age of seven, growing up in Albany, NY. He has a BFA from Long Island University and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited his work nationally in New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, and St. Louis; and internationally in London, Berlin, and Siena, Italy. He has been an artist in residence at the School of Visual Arts, and has lectured at Tyler School of Art, Gettysburg College, and Fontbonne University. He has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, the Washington Post, KunstForum International, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Art Review, and the Yale Daily News. His work has appeared on the cover of the Lower East Side Review, and in Fresh Paint and Art Maze. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Siena Art Institute, Wheaton College, Camden County College, and numerous private collections. He resides in Philadelphia and teaches as Associate Professor of Art at the College of Southern Maryland. The bulk of his time is spent in the studio, where he is currently plotting his takeover of the international art world, while remaining mostly harmless.
Project Proposal: To produce a series of portraits of BIPOC subjects from the Alfred University and local community using smart devices of their own as the surface. These devices can be older models, no longer used, and ideally with cracked or damaged surfaces. The wear and tear of their devices would echo the lived experiences of my subjects, and become an integral part of the finished portrait/object.
Lola Ayisha Ogbara
Lola Ayisha Ogbara (b. 1991) is an artist, curator and writer from Chicago, Illinois. Her practice explores the multifaceted implications and ramifications of being in regards to the Black experience. Ogbara works with clay as a material in order to emphasize a necessary fragility which symbolizes an essential contradiction implicit in empowerments. Sculpture, sound, and installation art is the praxis of Ogbara's interdisciplinary practice. She holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Ogbara has exhibited in art spaces across the country including The Luminary, Hyde Park Art Center, Mindy Solomon Gallery, and Kavi Gupta Gallery. She also received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Multicultural Fellowship sponsored by the NCECA 52nd Annual Conference, the Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Residency at the University of Chicago, the Coney Family Fund Award from the Chicago Artists Coalition, and the Chicago DCASE Esteemed Artist Award. Ogbara is currently based in Chicago, Illinois.
Project Proposal: Throughout the course of Alfred University's BIPOC Artist-in-Residence program, I plan to engage the campus' large indoor ceramic kiln facilities to create a body of work incorporating large scale ceramic sculpture with the projection of sound and/or lithographic printing in mind. Particularly, I plan to expand upon The Black Haptic Consciousness, an ongoing interdisciplinary study of history, folklore, interconnectedness, matrilineage and the compulsion of haptic memory and embodied knowledge in clay practices.
Tatiana Florival / tatianaflorival.com / May 16th - June 12th
Tatiana Florival is a NYC-based artist-filmmaker. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Her work has been shown in galleries such as Kunstraum Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI. She has also screened her work in theaters such as the Bijou Theater in New Haven, CT.
Her work aims to investigate and at times propose explanations for natural phenomena, such as death, origin, and the connection between mind and body. She's interested in the observation, imitation, and interpretation of those natural patterns, and translating those observations into imagined landscapes, characters, and stories.
Clare Hu / clarehu.net / May 16th - June 5th
Haptic skips of woven textiles gone awry, the distortion of image dictated by the hand, and games of hide and seek, inform the use of weaving, mended imagery and installation, to examine false histories and notions of the South. By utilizing slow craft, Clare Hu dissects how Southern myths are acted and re-enacted in the stories and objects surrounding them, and particularly, the kinds of debris left behind.
Hu completed her BFA with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and has received additional training in textiles from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. Clare has shown widely in Chicago, IL at No Nation Gallery, Gallery No One, Dfbrl8r, and Sullivan Gallery, and has recently shown at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY and Dream Clinic Project Space in Columbus, OH. She is a recent Hambidge Center fellow, and a past resident at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn.
Adrian Aguilera / adrianaguilera.com / July 18th - August 7th
Born in Mexico's industrial capital of Monterrey. Aguilera immigrated as a young adult to the U.S. where he settled in Austin, Texas in late 2000's. He received his BFA (2004) from The Autonomous University of Nuevo León, México. Working with a variety of mediums that include sculpture, text-based work, print media, video public art, and installations, he researches the intrinsical essence that resides in objects. With an interest in scientific observation, cultural history, and social issues, Aguilera's work aboard our relationship with the physical and cultural spaces in which we (co)exist. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally at The Philbrook Museum, The Contemporary Austin, Artpace San Antonio, the Fusebox Festival, The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, The George Washington Carver Museum, and The Instituto Cultural de México in Paris, France. In addition to his practice he is an active member of the Austin-based contemporary arts collaborative Black Mountain Project. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Jacoub Reyes / @jacoubreyes / Jul 27th - Aug 10th
I am a printmaker and installation artist based out of Orlando, Florida. In my current practice, I find and make materials and tools as part of an experimental aspect in my process. I salvage and transform found wood as a reflection of how marginalized and oppressed communities have been cast aside throughout history. With these, I carve detailed large-scale allegorical woodcuts based on the acculturation of the Caribbean and the world at large. From the sides of forgotten buildings to interactive handmade structures, my installation work incorporates sound recordings, prints, and video elements that meld personal histories with global shifts. Through this method, I can prioritize bridging the gap that connects our present and past with the hope of preventing historic recurrences. My work, built from found objects, holds and preserves history that viewers can experience firsthand.
Sliding grants will be provided to cover travel, meals or supplies, based on the length of the residency:
- 2-week residency: $1,000
- 3-week residency: $1,500
- 4-week residency: $2,000
Payment is sent once the artist arrives on campus.
Housing: Complimentary, furnished 1 bedroom campus housing with full kitchen and laundry on site.
3300sq ft (2nd floor) or 2900sq ft (1st floor) studio space at the Cohen Center for the Arts on Main Street, or performing arts spaces at the Miller Performing Arts Center (including dance studio, practice rooms, costume shop, and theatre spaces) as appropriate to the applicants’ practice. Access to other studios on the Alfred University campus will be determined on a case by case basis.
There will be opportunity to exhibit or present in one of the galleries or performance spaces at Alfred University following the residency.
The application period for the Summer Arts 2023 BIPOC Residency has passed. Please check back later in the year for information on our 2024 BIPOC Residency. In the meantime, we invite you to join us this summer for four wonderful weeks of workshops here in Alfred!
- Rey Jeong - Professor of Practice & Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Generator
- Anthony Nguyen - Assistant Professor of Design
- Joey Quiñones - Assistant Professor in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies
- Will Wheeler - Assistant Professor in Sculpture/ Dimensional Studies
- Adero Willard - Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics
Artists may be asked to do an artist talk or lecture during the residency period.
All BIPOC Residency residents must be, or will be at the time of the residency program, fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated is defined as having received their final dose of the vaccine two weeks prior to the event date. Representatives must show proof of vaccination in order to enter any building on campus. All guests must follow the university’s safety protocols.
Selected artists may be required to take headshots for a temporary University ID card.