|32 Letters to My Dentist- Nicolas Dumit Estevez|
As we mentioned in last Friday’s post, we’re dedicating these ‘Friday Insights’ to some of our favorite people; our Artists-in-Residence. We have two different Residency programs, and the wonderful thing about them is that they target two different levels of skills: the emerging contemporary artist with no experience in the book arts; and young artists who have already demonstrated a commitment to the book arts field. Today we’re highlighting two artists who’ve left us and forged very successful and diverse bodies of work, and we’re proud that we’ve been able to help that happen.
Our first Resident Insight is with Catarina Leitão, who was a Resident here in 2007. She has this to say about us and her experiences here:
“It impacted to my own art practice, not only in terms of the technical skills acquired, but also the conceptual growth that came with the experience… I continued to develop and research in the field of paper engineering, and… Since then I became engaged with different institutions and art book collectives. I gave many presentations and talks about my own works… Since then, I am highly requested to teach at different institutions in Portugal… It has been a rewarding experience for my personal art practice, and it is highly gratifying to be able to pass on to others the extraordinary knowledge that I was exposed to at first at the Center for Book Arts…The unexpected ramifications that flourished since my experience at the Center are only a sign of how important is its role within different fields of knowledge as well in the dissemination of book art.”
Here’s a closer look at some of her work that she mentions on our website:
|Uplift by Catarina Leitao|
|Drift by Catarina Leitao|
and here’s her website so you can see what she’s been up to recently (quite a lot, including winning a 2009 NYFA ellowship in the Printmaking/ Drawing/ Artist Books category!)
Our other Resident Insight is from Nicolas Dumit Estevez, who was in residence here in 2006.
“I believe that the work the Center is doing to promote traditional book making techniques, while inviting contemporary artists to push forward the concept of the book as a receptacle for the preservation and transmission of information is laudable… this is a one-of-a-kind residency in the City. It is at the Center where the most exciting and talented group of emerging and established artists are challenging, conceptualizing, and rewriting “the book” from the most varied artistic perspectives.”
(Nicolas was also was kind enough to give us a video interview this week for our crowdfunding campaign… more on that later!)
|For Art’s Sake|
Since working at the Center, Nicolas has also won a grant in 2009 from Printed Matter for the publication of his artist book Borderless There’s more information about his work here. And you can learn more about the two works he made at the Center, For Art’s Sake and 32 Letters to My Dentist through our collections site.
Our two Residencies are both year-long, offer stipends and a tuition waiver, as well as space, 24-hour access to all our facilities and a material budget. If you’re interested in applying for next year, you can find more information here: http://www.centerforbookarts.org/opportunities/
And remember…the Center for Book Arts has classes that are open to the public. See the whole schedule here: http://www.centerforbookarts.org/classes/
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