Current AIRspace Residents

The Abrons Arts Center is thrilled to announce the 2015-16 AIRspace Award Recipients.

Daniel Bejar
Doreen Garner
Joshua Lubin-Levy (Curator)
Maria Rapicavoli
George Terry
Jaimie Warren

In 1980 Abrons Arts Center inaugurated it's artist workspace program - AIRspace, with a mission to provide free workspace to emerging artists who showed exceptional promise and a dedication to experimentation and community. Since then the program has grown into one of the most sought after residencies in the country and has developed a reputation for helping to jumpstart the careers of some of the most important voices in the contemporary art world.

This year's residency recipients were chosen by guest panelists Rujeko Hockley (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum) and former AIRspace Alumni artist Hugh Hayden, along with Abrons Artistic Director Jay Wegman and Abrons Director of Exhibitions and AIRspace Jonathan Durham. The application pool was extremely competitive and revealed a wealth of talented artists in need of vital workspace and support. Abrons staff and guest panelists were encouraged by the energy and breadth of ideas demonstrated within the applications we reviewed and would like to express our sincere gratitude to all artists and curators who applied.

Daniel Bejar

Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York City. He was recently an Artist-in-Residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program on Governors Island, NY (2014), and The Center For Photography at Woodstock, NY (2014). He was also a (2011-12) resident of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL (2013), and SOMA, Mexico City D.F. (2011). Bejar is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (NY, NY), Franklin Furnace (Brooklyn, NY) , and the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant (NY, NY). Bejar’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; El Museo Del Barrio, NY; SITE Santa Fe, NM; Georgia State University, GA; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. He received a B.F.A. from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL, and an M.F.A. from the State University of New York, New Paltz.  [website]

Doreen Garner

Doreen Garner is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Philadelphia, PA. Her solo exhibitions include "SHINY RED PUMPING" Vox Populi Gallery Philadelphia (2015) and "Abjection", Rhode Island College Bannister Gallery, Providence, RI (2014). Her group exhibitions include "Pussy Don't Fail Me Now" Cindy Rucker Gallery NY (2015), "Young and Loving" S12 Gallery Bergen Norway (2015), and "New Work" Urban Glass Gallery NY (2015). Garner has recently completed a residency at LMCC 2014-15 Workspace Program, NY (2015)  and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2014). She is also a recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (2014) Skowhegan/RISD Matching Fellowship Award, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (2014) and The Wood Institute Fellowship Research Grant, Philadelphia College of Physicians (2013). Garner holds a B.F.A. in Glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and M.F.A. in Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. [website]

Joshua Lubin-Levy

Joshua Lubin-Levy is a Brooklyn-based writer, scholar and dramaturg who works at the intersections of contemporary choreography and queer materialism. His public programs include Fred Herko: A Crash Course, Performance Studies NYU (2014); Ephemera As Evidence, commissioned by Visual AIDS, La MaMa Galleria (2014); Living Labor: Marxism & Performance Studies, Performance Studies NYU (2014). As a dramaturg, he has worked with a range of artists including Dean Moss, Julie Tolentino, Richard Move, Vaginal Davis and Jack Ferver.  His residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency on Governors Island (2015), a multi-year collaboration with the Norwegian Theater Academy (2012 – 2015) and GuestHaus Residency, Los Angeles (2014).  He is a doctoral candidate in the department of Performance Studies (NYU) and in the finishing stages of his dissertation "Uncollectible: Jack Smith and Performing the 'Hatred of Capitalism'" which centers on the artist, performer and filmmaker Jack Smith, looking at the intersection of dematerialization and collection defying arts practices that emerges within postwar American art.  He is the Public Program Coordinate for Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, and the co-founder (with Alan Ruiz and Aliza Shvarts) of Lumpen: a journal of queer materialism.

Maria Rapicavoli

Maria Rapicavoli was born in Catania (Italy) and lives and works in New York. She received herB.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania and her M.A. from Goldsmiths University of London.  She was a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2012. She was a 2014 resident at the International Study and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn and a 2013 resident at the Lower  Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency Program in NY. She was granted the NCTM e l’arte award (2013) and the DE.MO/Movin’UP grant (2011) in Italy. In 2008 she won the Renaissance Prize Award at the Italian Cultural Institute in London and in 2004 she achieved a Postgraduate award in Arts and Humanities by AHRB in London. She has exhibited in several group shows including at Whitechapel Gallery, London; ISCP, Brooklyn; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Guest Projects, London; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Riso, Museum for Contemporary Art, Palermo, Italy; Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Sala Rekalde Bilbao; Italian Cultural Institute London; The LAB San Francisco. [website]

George Terry

George Terry was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Terry is an interdisciplinary artist interested in materials, video, sound, and curating. He uses materials as diverse as his own body, cast plaster, machinery, green screen video, and manufactured fog to create explorations of alter ego and self. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, the Harriet W. Sheridan Center Collegiate Teaching Certificate from Brown University, and has been granted residencies including Skowhegan in Maine, Harold Arts in Ohio, The Studios of Key West in Florida, and an upcoming stay at Vermont Studio Center. His work has been exhibited at The Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, ORO Gallery at GIBCA in Gothenburg, The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, NewInsight at ArtChicago, Cave in Detroit, The Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, GrizzlyGrizzly in Philadelphia, ADA Gallery in Richmond, Lu Magnus in New York, and Dan Graham in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. [website]

Jaimie Warren

Jaimie Warren was born in 1980 in Waukesha, Wisconsin and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is co-creator and co-director of the community-engaged traveling collective Whoop Dee Doo. Recent solo exhibitions of Warren’s work have been presented at The Hole in New York, San Francisco Camerawork in California, Higher Pictures in New York and the Kennedy Museum in Ohio. Warren is a 2015 fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts, she is the recipient of the 2014 Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer, and she is the subject of a 2008 monograph published by Aperture. Warren is a new featured artist in ART21's documentary series "New York Close Up", with the first film focused on Whoop Dee Doo’s large-scale collaboration with the Urban Youth Theater Ensemble at Abrons Arts Center. [website | website]

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