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Seeking Used Electronic Devices for Artist Residency Project

Artist Yikui (Coy) Gu is looking for participants for his BIPOC Artist Residency Project: "Celphies". The project seeks participants to offer used electronic devices and a selfie. The artist will paint portraits onto smartphones, tablets and laptops.

The Alfred Summer Arts BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Artist-in-Residence Program is held as part of the Alfred Summer Arts program in 2023, and offers artists opportunities to dive deeply into their artistic research and practice, and creative endeavors. Visiting artists Yikui (Coy) Gu and Lola Ayisha Ogbara will work as resident artists in the School of Art & Design studios in late June and July.

For his residency Gu is seeking participants  to  submit two things: selfies, and old or used electronic devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc) as the surface for the participant's portrait to be painted onto. The finished artwork will be included in an exhibit at Alfred University in late August/early September at the Cohen Gallery. After the exhibit the artwork can be returned back to the participant, or continue to be exhibited by the artist. Participant Registration

Yikui (Coy) Gu's residency will be from June 26-July 21. Born in 1983 in Nantong, China, Gu 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. Gu resides in Philadelphia and is 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.

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.

Gu and Lola Ayisha Ogbara will give a lecture on Tuesday, July 18 at 4:30pm in Binns-Merrill Hall Room 106 as a part of a series of daily  free summer arts programs offered to the public in late June and July.