It's official! I have been awarded an Artist Residency by The Arts Center of Yates County Artist in Resident Program at their Sunny Point Location in upstate New York from June 30th to July 10th. This residency supports artists and enhances their creativity by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and interaction in the beautiful Finger Lakes side setting. Artists are provided with a 10 day stay in a cottage by the lake in addition to studio space all at no cost to the artist! They seek individuals whose work reflects innovative thinking, a depth of creative exploration and the potential for significant future accomplishments. I am honored to have been selected and look forward to using the beautiful surroundings to jump start my next body of work ! Thank you ACYC!
Follow Up Post Residency:
The residency has passed and I have had time to reflect on its significance to me and my work. This was my first 10 day residency. I wasn't sure what to expect, how productive I would be able to be, or even what to bring with me. It turns out my fears were unnecessary and the experience went above and beyond my expectations. My first element of appreciation is from the fact that this residency was provided at NO COST to the artist. This is nearly unheard of these days and it honestly allowed me to enjoy the experience more than I could ever have with a big payment hanging over my shoulders. The space they provided was secluded and private enough to make it feel like I was on my own and that it was truly mine without feeling like I was overly isolated. It was directly on the lake so I could work on the screened in porch all day while listening to the sounds of the water and watch some water ski wipe outs for entertainment. They provided a wonderful sense of belonging with a pot luck dinner with all the board members where I was able to give a presentation about my work and what I had been up to. I was able to get about 6 works in progress, which I am extremely grateful for because I have been traveling so much that it has made it easier to be productive in the studio with a few things already started. I already miss the view, the barn, the people and the productivity. Here are some images that reflect my experience at YCAC SunnyPoint.