“Working in such an idyllic setting and being so directly connected to the day-to-day routines as well as the unpredictability of the natural world has provided rich and complex painting material.”
- Josette Urso, A & H Artist-In-Residence Spring 2013
About the Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Residency Program
Built in 1937, the A&H’s Maitland Art Center (originally named the Research Studio), offered renowned artists winter residencies to take part in an atmosphere of research and collaboration. The A&H honors this legacy with the implementation of a new artist residency program; the first formal, nationally competitive Residency program at the A&H since Smith’s fellowship program, which was funded by Mary Curtis Bok from 1938 through 1957.
Several residencies are offered throughout the year, with selected artists working and living at the Art Center one at a time for a period of three, six or nine weeks. The Artist-In-Residence lives in founder André Smith’s original residence and works in a studio on campus.
“Our Residency program celebrates the A&H’s Maitland Art Center’s history as a place where artists can live and work in an inspiring architectural environment replete with opportunities for collaboration and experimentation in art.” says Andrea Bailey Cox, Executive Director & CEO. “This program provides the chosen Artist-In-Residence a place to concentrate fully on their work within unique and beautiful surroundings. Artists-In-Action, students, instructors, and community members have opportunities to meet, engage with, and learn from these prominent, nationally acclaimed artists.”
The first artist chosen for the Artist-In-Residence program was Josette Urso, who was in residency from April 28 to June 2, 2013. Urso creates paintings, drawings and collages working directly and urgently in response to her environment.
Urso has shown widely in the United States and abroad in galleries, public institutions, and museums including the New York Public Library, the Drawing Center, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. She has had numerous grants including those from the NEA, Basil H. Alkazzi and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as the Camargo Foundation, Ucross and Yaddo. Recently, she was awarded a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Urso has vast experience with residencies both the United States and Europe, including: Loft Nota Bene/ Spain (2014, 2010,1996 and 1995), Yaddo/ NY (2009), Oberpfãlzer Künstlerhaus/Germany (2008 and 1993), Stock 20/ Taiwan (2006), American Artists Abroad: AIEP/ Cambodia (2004), Weir Farm Trust/ CT (2003), The Ballinglen Arts Foundation/ Ireland (2002 and 2000), Ucross Foundation/ Wyoming (1995), The Camargo Foundation/France (1991), Millay Colony/ NY (1990), and VCCA/VA (1990).
For more information on Artist-In-Residence Josette Urso, visit http://www.josetteurso.com/
Urso’s works will be on display at in the A&H’s Main Galleries in the exhibition:
Artist-In-Residence ONE: Josette Urso
October 11 – December 29, 2013
Opening Reception: October 11, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Image: Josette Urso: Blue Rhubarb
Rhode Island artist Leigh Tarentino will be in residence at the A&H December 30, 2013 through January 17, 2014. An Assistant Professor at Brown University, Tarentino creates paintings and works on paper and digital prints constructed from photographs of the built landscape.
Image: Leigh Tarentino: December 2