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BIPOC Artist Residency

Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and Performing Arts Division announces first annual BIPOC Summer Resident artists.

Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and Performing Arts Division announces first annual BIPOC Summer Resident artists.

Arts at Alfred University’s 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. 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.

The selection committee met after the April first deadline to review the applications. The committee was comprised of Rey Jeong, Professor of Practice & Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Generator, Victoria Walton, MFA Candidate in Ceramic Art, Felicity Machado, MFA Candidate in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, Joann Quinones, Assistant Professor in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies.

The four residents selected are Tatiana Florival, Clare Hu, Adrian Aguilera and Jacoub Reyes. Each residency lasts between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Artists are provided with housing, generous studio space an exhibition in the early fall in one of the campus gallery spaces and a materials/travel stipend.

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.

Clare 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.

Born in Mexico’s industrial capital of Monterrey, Adrian 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, he has exhibited both nationally and internationally. 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 is a printmaker and installation artist based out of Orlando, Florida. Reyes hosts workshops independently in the community and is the founder of Temporary Stay Residency and Weekend Press. Reyes is a recipient of The Puffin Foundation, The Pew Collective Grant, Allies in Arts Grant, United States Artists Grant, Immerse Artist Grant, Awesome Grant, Southern Graphics International Grant, and J.R. Hopes Scholarship. His work is held in several public and private collections, including MassArt, Morgan Conservatory, UCF, Frontera Galeria Urbana, The City of Orlando's Public Art Collection, and Hoopsnake Press. He has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.