NYFA: How do you evaluate artist residency programs?
RF: I understand what a particular residency program is all about. I look at a residency as a mini-marathon. I arrive with a goal and focus on reaching it. The type of residency I choose to apply to matches my goal for developing a specific body of work. There are four categories that most residency programs fall into:
First, some programs provide free studio space and usually open studios to the public and occasional studio visits from curators, collectors etc, such as the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in DUMBO or LMCC studio residency programs. Art OMI, Skowhegan and the Vermont Studio Center add guest lectures, accommodations and dining to the above. These residency programs are fantastic for exposure, creating connections and establishing your practice and presence in your field.
— Glory Edim for NYFA Current