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The Impact of Artist Residencies | Artists' Voices

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Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000). Chabon serves as Chairman of the Board of The MacDowell Colony, where he was awarded his first residency in 1996. Caitlin Strokosch – Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities – recently spoke with Chabon about the impact residencies have had on his life and his work.

[ read an excerpt of their interview ]









Michael Chabon

“[At a residency] I am never not engaged in the imaginative work even when I’m not sitting at my keyboard, and that is such a magical, beautiful state to be in.” 

- Michael Chabon


Since 2001, eteam (Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger) traffic in transience. At the intersection of relational aesthetics, the Internet and land art, eteam coordinates collective happenings and conceptual transactions between the earthly plane and the realms of the interweb, often reconstructed in hypnotic video work, radio plays, or more recently novellas. Having been the recipient of a number of residencies, eteam contributed an essay on the impact of these opportunities on their work.

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“Even though we spent a lot of concentrated time working on the project we had planned to accomplish, we still had enough energy, inspiration, and fun to experiment with new thoughts and ideas.”

- eteam

Andrew Ginzel

Andrew Ginzel has created a diverse range of site-specific works throughout the world for museums, galleries, architectural spaces and performance. Often working in collaboration with artist Kristin Jones, large-scale works in Manhattan include Metronome on Union Square, and Oculus throughout the World Trade / Chambers Street Subway station, in the Kansas City and Tampa Airports and public buildings nationwide. Awards include the Rome Prize, the Bessie, three NEA grants, Pollock Krasner and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, Indo-American, NYSCA, NYFA and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships. Ginzel teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lives and works in New York City. Having been the recipient of a number of residencies, Ginzel contributed an essay on the impact of these opportunities on his work.

[ read the essay ]




Andrew Ginzel & Kristin Jones

“Something special happens in these places. Consider that it may be something unexpected. At times I come with an empty slate.... In other instances I come with deadlines. Always I come away with something beyond what I could have imagined.”

- Andrew Ginzel

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of Interpreter of Maladies (1999) - which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year, The Namesake (2003), and The Lowland (2013). In 1997, Lahiri was awarded a 7-month residency at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and contributed an essay to the Alliance of Artists Communities about that experience.

[ read the essay ]









Jhumpa Lahiri

“I left Provincetown forever changed, forever marked as a person. I left with the certainty that I am a writer, with a commitment to the creative life that I have never since questioned or doubted.”

- Jhumpa Lahiri

Michael White

Dr. Michael White is a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian, and musical educator. He was awarded the first composer residency at A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans and his subsequent album, Dancing in the Sky, contains ten of the songs originally written at the Studio. Dr. White wrote an essay for the Alliance of Artists Communities about the role of the residency.

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Dr. Michael White

“By the residency’s end, I had taken a frighteningly intense soul-searching journey that led to a new spiritual consciousness, heightened musical awareness, and new levels of creativity - and nearly two-dozen original compositions.”

- Dr. Michael White

Art Rhode Island

In 2012, Rhode Island Public Television's "Art Rhode Island" filmed an episode dedicated to artist residencies, with host Martina Windels and guests Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, and artists Ellen Driscoll and Nancy Friese.

[ watch the episode ]

Ellen Driscoll

Ellen Driscoll

This project is funded in part by support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.