The Watermill Center, the interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities, has announced that Afua Ansong (Ghana),Andrina Smith (USA and Shinnecock Nation), Cleek Schrey (USA), Colectivo Zoológico (Chile and France), Emily Furr (USA), Jeffrey Perkins (USA), Judith Hertog (Netherlands), Laurie Lambrecht & Toni Ross (USA), Lynsey Peisinger (USA), Mallory Catlett / Restless NYC (USA), Matthew Craven(USA), Maya Watanabe & Agustina Munoz (Argentina and Peru), Mountain Time Arts (USA), Ni’Ja Whitson (USA), Raja Feather Kelly (USA), and Sasha Wortzel (USA) have been selected as the Center’s Artists-in-Residence for January – December 2019.
Each artist will spend two to six weeks at Watermill creating works that critically investigate, challenge and extend the existing norms of artistic practice.
The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program provides artists with the opportunity to utilize the Center’s art collection, library, archives, and grounds as a home and workshop to develop their work. Artists-in-Residence are chosen by a distinguished, international selection committee composed of artists, journalists, academics and other cultural leaders from across disciplines.
“When I first came to Watermill, I was delighted and surprised to find that it was a creative environment that encouraged artists to engage with a range of artistic mediums and projects,” says returning artist Lynsey Peisinger. “Many institutions, including schools, residencies and arts organizations, strive to make artists self-define and self-describe in a very linear and compartmentalized way. At Watermill I have never had the impression that I had to have a strict answer to the question ‘what kind of artist are you?’”
The Artist Residency Program begins on March 12, 2019 with Mallory Catlett / Restless NYC,Mountain Time Arts and Judith Hertog. Catlett will work on Nova Express, the final concert of a trilogy based of the works of William Burroughs, while Mountain Time Arts develop the libretto and set design for their site-specific opera, STANDBY SNOW: CHRONICLES OF A HEATWAVE, addressing historic and contemporary tensions generated by drought and fire in southwestern Montana. Hertog plans on developing several chapters of Circling Lhasa, a nonfiction account of her journey investigating the politics of Tibetan Buddhism and life in Tibet under Chinese communist regime.
THE WATERMILL CENTER’S ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Watermill Center Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Over the course of the program, up to twenty collectives or individual artists take up residence at The Watermill Center to create new works. During each residency, artists present their work to the public as part of In Process @ The Watermill Center. Past residents have presented work that was created and developed at The Watermill Center at festivals and venues including the New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Roulette, PS122, American Realness, Clocktower Gallery, Performa, Vienna’s Donaufestival, Kampnagel in Hamburg, CPR – Center for Performance Research and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, among others. To date, The Watermill Center has hosted over 640 residents.