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Queens Museum of Art announces studio program recipients for inaugural year in expanded space

The Queens Museum announces the studio program recipients for the inaugural year in the newly expanded museum opening in October 2013. The expansion includes eight new studios in the Queens Museum’s north wing. Artists applied for a subsidized studio at the museum, available for one year, with possible extension for a second year. In designating permanent real estate to the long-term development of new work on-site, as well as to creating a community of artists, the Queens Museum aims to support artists’ creative processes and professional development. The studios will open on August 1 to the artists and will be open to the public during the museum’s opening weekend in October.

Interior of Queens Museum. Image courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum.
Interior of Queens Museum. Image courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum.

The artists were selected by a jury comprised of guest curator Regine Basha, who chaired the selection process; Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum; Larissa Harris, Curator at the Queens Museum; Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum; Jason Yoon, Director of Education at the Queens Museum; Chuck Close Rome Prize-winning artist Daniel Bozhkov; and Anthony Huberman, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

On the importance of the studio program, Tom Finkelpearl remarked, “We believe that the Queens Museum’s new studio program allows us to serve artists and our communities in a new way. This first group reflects a diversity of approaches and backgrounds that will bring a fantastic energy to our new space. We’re excited to see the work that emerges and the dialogues that ensue. There is nothing like having real, live artists in the building at all times.”

2013 studio recipients:
Juan Betancurth is a Colombian-born artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. Exhibitions include Dirty Looks On Location, New York (2012); Sketchy Walk, New Museum (2012); On/Sincerity, Boston University College of Fine Arts (2012); For Faith, Pain or Pleasure, CCS Bard, Red Hook (2012); and El Museo del Barrio Biennial (2011).

Onyedika Chuke‘s practice is currently focused on an ongoing essay composition. The essay is titled “The Forever Museum,” in which the artist analyzes history/historiography of museum objects, and presents three-dimensional models (sculptures) based on the disjunctures between historical architecture, its politics, and the human body. He studied at Cooper Union (BFA, 2011).

Shahab Fotouhi (b. 1980, Yazd, Iran) currently lives and works in Tehran. His recent shows include Establishing Shot; Interior, Night – Exterior, day; without Antagonist and Extra, Azad Gallery, Tehran, (2013); Taipei Biennial 2010; Home Works 5, Beirut (2010); 4th Auckland Triennial (2010); and 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009).

Caitlin Keogh received an MFA from Bard College in 2011 and a BFA from Cooper Union in 2006. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at MoMA PS1, New York, and group presentations at Mu.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium, and Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland. She is represented by Leslie Fritz in New York.

Mike Kenney (b. 1981, Pennsylvania) received a BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Hunter College. He has taken part in a handful of group shows in Brooklyn, and participated last fall in The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s Peekskill Project V in Peekskill, NY with a project titled Fluviarchy.

Filip Olszewski and Bunny Rogers
Olszweski (b. 1984, Warsaw) received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Recent projects include public installation Sister Unn’s (Forest Hills, New York) and exhibition If I Die Young at 319 Scholes (Brooklyn, New York). Rogers (b. 1990, Houston) received her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Shades of berny (Appendix Project Space, Oregon) and If I Die Young (319 Scholes, Brooklyn).

Jewyo Rhii (b. 1971, Seoul) received her BFA from the E-wha University, Seoul, an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. Her recent one-person exhibitions include Wall To Talk To at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and NIGHT STUDIO, Itaewon, Seoul (2010). She was the recipient of the 2010 Yanghyun Prize Award.

Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. Making sculptures, furniture, events, and workshops, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange, forgotten histories, and plausible futures. By 2018, Woolard hopes to establish a community land trust with organizers, computer engineers, and artists who are dedicated to the commons.

Rhii and Woolard’s work will be presented at Queens Museum in 2014.

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