This lively discussion will focus on the many types of residency, travel and retreat programs for artists, as well as the importance allocating time for each stage of the creative process, and strategies for applying to residencies.
Regine Basha – Residency Manager, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Lisa Hoffman – Executive Director, Alliance for Artist Communities, Providence, RI
Charlene Quantz-Wold – Manager Administration, Visual + Digital Arts l Walter Phillips Gallery Banff Centre, Canada
Elka Rifkin – Director, Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY
Deadline to RSVP is 12pm on Wednesday 11/16.
Regine Basha has been curating, consulting, producing, writing and educating since her career began in 1993. In 1996 she graduated from the first year of the Center For Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She has worked in both non-profit institutions as well as with private galleries and public civic spaces in cities such as Montreal, Austin, Istanbul and in the past decade in New York, her current home. She is co-founder of the contemporary art platform Fluent~Collaborative based in Austin and has produced large-scale artist commissions and public engagements such as The Marfa Sessions(2008) andWhen You Cut Into The Present The Future Leaks Out at the Old Bronx Courthouse (2015). As an educator she has worked with the Masters programs at Columbia University, RISD, CCS and Parsons. As a guest visitor to countless residency programs across the country she has consulted the launch of residency programs at Arthouse (now The Contemporary Austin), Artpace, Queens Museum Studio Program, Galveston Artist Residency, The Shandanken Project, and Denniston Hill, NY. Regine has most recently accepted the position of Residency Manager at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. Her projects and essays may be found on Bashaprojects.com
Lisa Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities based in Providence, RI. She joined the Alliance after serving as the Associate Director of the McColl Center of Art + Innovation, where she oversaw programs and strategic initiatives, community engagement, and the flagship Environmental Program at McColl Center. Prior to McColl Center, she served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum, and held positions as a science educator and mentor with the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Maryland Public Schools. Honored for her dedication in connecting children and families to the natural world, she is also committed to place-based education, the improvement of schools in marginalized communities and research in creative placemaking. The recipient of Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, Lisa has served on the board of North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers, North Carolina Play Alliance, and regularly participates as a speaker at various community and national events including National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture. Currently she serves on boards for the Jazz Arts Initiative and Lakewood Trolley, and is a former board member of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Most recently she was appointed by President Obama to be a Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Holding an MS degree in Biology and a BS degree in Botany from Howard University in Washington, DC, Hoffman is dedicated to social practice and the convergence of art and science as a vehicle to improve lives and effect systemic change.
Charlene Quantz-Wold – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is the largest residency-based arts centre in Canada where artists come to experiment, to develop, and to share innovative new work with the support of technical staff who are experts in their field. Programs are offered to artists of all disciplines in the beautiful mountain environment of Banff National Park. Charlene Quantz-Wold is the Director of Program Administration overseeing artist participant services, arts programming budgets and reporting, and the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives. Previously she was the Manager Operations for Visual, Digital and Media Arts, responsible for departmental strategic planning, budgets and essential equipment capital planning for Walter Phillips Gallery and Creative Residency Programs. She has been actively involved in the Calgary artist-run centre community serving for five years on the Board of Directors at TRUCK Contemporary Art including a one-year term as Board President. She chaired the Banff Culture Walk committee bringing public and commercial stakeholders together to create a series of culture based events and promoting the town as a cultural destination, and is a founding member of the Reel Time Film Series that brings independent film to the community. Previous to her time in Banff, she was the Curatorial Assistant at the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary.
Elka Rifkin, Watermill Center Director, holds a BFA and MS in Educational Technology. The bulk of her career has been in the arts and administration, working first as an arts educator and facilitator of interdisciplinary education, then heading schools, as well as creating and facilitating innovative international educational programs. Elka has been involved with the Watermill Center since 2000, when it was still under construction and only open five weeks each year for the International Summer Program. She worked first as a volunteer, then as Head of the Education Committee for the Community Board. In September of 2006, she began as the full-time Director when the Center first opened its doors to artists in residence, holding that position for two years. After her departure, she remained a close friend of Watermill Center, running the Community Board and volunteering during the Residency and Summer Programs. In April 2016, Rifkin returned to the Watermiill Center as its Director.