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June 17, 2021

School of Art graduate semester residencies in Los Angeles and New York City

Syracuse University

Cady Spencer, Ayesha Rumi, Katlyn Brumfield.  Photo: Joanna Spitzner, 2019.

Katlyn Brumfield, Time and Place, 2021.

Ayesha Rumi, Untitled, 2021.

Maya Stern, Opposites Attract, 2021.

Daisy Wiley, Untitled, 2020.

Katie Virag, Desaturated Living Room, 2021.

The Syracuse University School of Art is pleased to announce the 2021 summer artists-in-residence participants for both the New York City Governor’s Island Residency and Turner Semester Residency in Los Angeles.

Each year the School of Art offers up to 12 residency opportunities in Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York City to current graduate students enrolled in the Studio Arts MFA Program. These semester-long residencies provide studio space, housing, travel, a resident faculty, as well as studio visits with local artist, writers, and curators. Extending the educational mission of the School of Art the semester residencies offer graduate students the opportunity to engage communities and audiences nationally and internationally through their creative work.

LA Turner Semester Residency
The Turner Semester Residency is a career development opportunity for graduate students designed specifically to develop and employ essential professional practices in the arts. Through the generosity of Syracuse University alumna Marilyn Turner, students are provided a studio at Angels Gate Cultural Center and a home in San Pedro, California, and are immersed into the creative culture and artist community of Los Angeles. The residency includes studio visits with LA-based artists and curators, a resident faculty member in LA, and exhibitions and other means of engagement throughout the city. This summer the following artists will be in residence.

Katlyn Brumfield is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores the personal dimensions of global eco-catastrophes. Her recent projects combine feminine craft traditions, drawing, sculpture, and bioregional materials to evoke place-based experiences of ecological grief. Through her creative research Brumfield has collaborated with scientific institutions and collections, conducted international field work with conservation biologists, and spearheaded curatorial projects around themes of ecology and extinction.

Daisy Wiley lives and works in upstate New York completing an MFA degree at Syracuse. The multidirectionality of Wiley’s life blends into her artistic praxis. She is directly involved with several Syracuse, New York–based organizations that focus on workers and tenants’ rights; is a working graphic designer, has worked with library special collections; and has toured as a guitarist with the Virginia-based punk band Middle Part, which has invested her in the DIY music scene ever since. All of these spheres bleed into her practice through research-intensive, data-driven, people’s movement-inspired projects.

Governor’s Island Summer Residency
The Governor’s Island Summer Residency provides graduates with the opportunity to work in the heart of New York City among leading cultural organizations. During the residency, students have the opportunity to respond to the history, environment, and architecture of Governor’s Island and the greater arts and cultural context of New York City. This summer’s artists in residence include:

Ayesha Rumi was born in Lahore, Pakistan and uses contemporary forms of image making to challenge narratives that have influenced identity in post-colonial societies. She has exhibited works in the United States, Germany, Pakistan, China, and Italy. She is currently a Graduate Research Fellow at Syracuse University.

Maya Stern was born and raised in Wakefield, Rhode Island. She has been the recipient of the 2020 Printmaking Today State of the Art Award, and her work has been collected by institutions nationally, including the Zuckerman Museum of Art, the Lake Effect Editions Archive, the Syracuse University Art Museum, and the Southern Graphics Council International Archives Collection.

Katie Virag earned a BFA in sculpture and a BS in psychology from Louisiana State University in 2013 and an MFA in studio arts from Syracuse University in 2021. Her work, which has been exhibited nationally, is concerned with the psychological antitheses of the mental state of dissociation—comfort vs. discomfort, safety vs. danger, and reality vs. non-reality. She currently splits her time between Buffalo, New York, where she has a studio at Buffalo Arts Studio and Syracuse.

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