12 Artists-In-Residence Arrive at Morgan Conservatory
FOR PAPER ARTISTS, studio resources are often difficult to find. “There is an extremely limited number of artist residencies out there with access to papermaking equipment, which makes this residency program vital to survival of this artistic medium,” reflects Gallery & Artistic Opportunities Coordinator, Anna Tararova.
“Our residency program is unique because it provides artists the ability to utilize our print, book, and paper studios—all in one facility with full-time studio access,” says founder and Artistic Director, Tom Balbo.
Beginning in March and extending through October, the Morgan will host twelve artists-in-residence from a diverse spectrum of arts backgrounds to pursue projects that push the limits of our studios and the boundaries of paper arts. This year’s AIRs include one international Australia-based artist, ten national and two Cleveland-based artists.
The impact of artist residencies is two-fold. On the surface level, our program provides artists with resources for professional development, including equipment and assistance during an uninterrupted interval of time. On a deeper level, this program exists in a communal context where Resident Artists have the opportunity to connect with each other, interns, staff, and the larger community.
We believe that this program benefits all of those involved. “Our internship and artist residency programs overlap to provide young artists exposure to seasoned artists,” Balbo says. “The program also gives us a way to engage and educate the public about these art forms through artist talks, workshops and exhibitions featuring our AIRs,” Tararova adds. We hope that the connections that this program helps to create last for much longer than the residencies themselves.
Hosting a residency program focused on experimentation also allows us to broaden our knowledge of these art forms. “Last year, Lennart Lahuis from the Netherlands used our paper studio and intern assistance to create large-scale work, which he could not have created anywhere else,” explains Tararova. It has since been exhibited at the Fries Museum in the Netherlands.
This will be the second year, since the program’s application-based inception four years ago that we have received grant funding to supplement the cost of housing and supplies. “We are extremely grateful to the Windgate Foundation for providing funding for the AIR program,” Tararova says. “I’m hoping to find a way to develop more artist stipends in the coming years.”
Our 2019 Resident Artists include Christi Birchfield, April Bleakney, Winsome Jobling, Ann Marie Kennedy, Matt Liddle, Andrew Mancuso, Toby Millman, Ashley Pastore, Karen Revis, Taro Takizawa, and collaborative artists Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running.
To keep up with these artists and their projects, follow us on Facebook or Instagram @morganpaper. Dates for workshops and artist talks will be updated regularly on our website morganconservatory.org.
NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION | MARCH 29–APRIL 27
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, MARCH 29
Our 7th annual juried exhibition of paper art
A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN | MAY 3–JUNE 1
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, MAY 3
TRACES PAST | JUNE 7–JULY 20
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Ana Fernandez, Mary Mancusos, Nane Wenhammar, Maggie Denk-Leigh
SUMMER WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS EXHIBITION | JUNE 7-JULY 20
Reception 6–9pm Friday, June 7
*POP-UP WORKSHOP! LONGSTITCH LETTERING | 10AM–4PM APRIL 6 & 7
PAPERMAKING WITH INVASIVE PLANTS: THE KUDZU VINE | 10AM–4PM MAY 4 & 5
THE PROFESSIONAL SIDE OF ART MAKING: NUTS AND BOLTS | 9AM–12PM MAY 11
THE PROFESSIONAL SIDE OF ART MAKING: KNITTY GRITTY | 1PM–5PM MAY 11
JAPANESE PAPERMAKING |10AM–4PM MAY 18 & 19
REDUCTION BLOCK PRINTING | 10AM–4 PM MAY 18 & 19
PRESSURE PRINTING: A FLEXIBLE, EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH TO LETTERPRESS PRINTING | 10AM–4PM JUNE 1 & 2
DOT, DOT, DOT: HAND-DRAWN BATIK AND NATURAL DYES | 10AM–4PM JUNE 1 & 2
SPACE BETWEEN: SCULPTING WITH KOZO | 10AM–4PM JUNE 8 & 9
EX LIBRIS: BOOKPLATES AND HAND BOOKBINDING | 10AM–4PM JUNE 8 & 9
LIMP VELLUM BINDING | 10AM–4PM JUNE 15 & 16
PULP PAINTING & MONOPRINT FUSION: A COLLABORATION WITH ZYGOTE PRESS | 10AM–4:00 PM JUNE 15, 16 & 22
PAPERMAKING WITH LOCAL AND NATURAL FIBERS | 10AM–4PM JUNE 22 & 23
To view our full Summer Workshop schedule, register & for more details, please visit our website morganconservatory.org or call 216.361.9255.
The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation
1754 East 47th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103