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Open Studio Weekend at Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation

http://www.artcritical.com/2013/05/03/marie-walsh-sharpe/

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program has been going strong since 1991. Each year 16 artists (ranging from emerging to more established) are selected for one year of free studio space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the Space Program’s relocation across the river to Brooklyn – for 17 years the studios were housed in Tribeca. This year is no exception to the eclectic mix of painters, sculptors, video, and performance artists.

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Summer in DUMBO: A Visit to the Sharpe Foundation

http://hyperallergic.com/28652/summer-in-dumbo-a-visit-to-the-sharpe-foundation/

In opposition to glitz and hype, the focus is not on exposure but on providing artists who couldn’t necessarily afford it enough space to make the work they want, something that is increasingly difficult in New York.

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A Day with The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program

http://www.brooklynrail.org/2007/11/artseen/a-day-with-the-marie-walsh-sharpe-founda

“This is a program created by artists, for artists,” Joyce Robinson says, “and not for artists who tell themselves that they’re all alone, but artists who are deeply interested in community.” Addressing the first official gathering of the 2007-08 season, Robinson is surrounded by seventeen sculptors, painters, and draftsmen who have recently been awarded free, non-residential studio space by The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program. Since 1991, the program has made annual awards to 250 American artists. This year, however, grantees face a major challenge: adjusting to a new workspace on Jay Street, Brooklyn. No longer will participants ease into the Lower Manhattan location that was home to the program for 16 years; this season, they join the rapidly growing DUMBO arts community.

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