History of the Program

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The NYSRP was founded in 1985 in the Tribeca artist neighborhood in lower Manhattan as an inspired initiative of Jeff Nesin, then an administrator and faculty at the School of Visual Arts, now Provost of the School of Visual Arts and former Chair of the New York Studio Residency Program Committee of AICAD. The Committee’s current Chair is President of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Jay Coogan (Spring 2014 – present). The NYSRP Program Committee’s previous Chair was Columbus College of Art and Design President, Denny Griffith (2009 – 2014).

From 1985 to 1991, the NYSRP was run by a predecessor organization, AICA, for the benefit of its ten member colleges. In the fall of 1992, AICAD and its (at that time) thirty member colleges took over the Program. In the spring of 2012, the NYSRP celebrated its’ 20th year under the direction of AICAD. AICAD Executive Director Deborah Obalil (2012 – present) provides administrative oversight and stewardship for the New York Studio Residency Program and is also a member of the AICAD/NYSRP Program Committee.

John Tomlinson, former Director of the NYSRP, led the Program from 1992 – 2013. Under John’s direction, the NYSRP hosted over 250 residents, many who have gone on to have successful careers. John continues to make art at his upstate residence in Barryville, NY, along side his life-long partner, artist and educator, Daria Dorosh. Both John and Daria continue to stay active in the art community and are regular participants at J. Morgan Puitt’s Mildred’s Lane Residency Program in Narrowsburg, NY. Daria is also a charter member of AIR Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Newly appointed Artistic Co-Director, William Powhida, a practicing artist and arts educator, was hired in 2014 to join recently promoted Administrative Co-Director Alan Lupiani, also a practicing artist and curator, to continue shaping the NYSRP’s unique standing as a premiere accredited art residency program in New York City.

NYSRP Artistic Co-Director William Powhida is an internationally acclaimed artist, activist, and educator. He has been invited as a visiting artist to member AICAD schools including Rhode Island School of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In addition to his numerous awards and participation in select artist residencies, Bill is a proven leader in the NYC art world. He has championed many efforts to engage the New York City art community, including the critically acclaimed open call group show #class @ Winkleman Gallery in 2010. Along with Co-Curator and Artist Jennifer Dalton, Bill has provided a paradigm shifting dimension related to the ideas of the panel discussion, social practice, and community engagement. Powhida also received international acclaim and a New York Times feature article in 2009 for his presentation of the seminal drawing, “Hooverville” at Art Basel Miami Beach. In collaboration with artist Jade Townsend, Powhida created the mural sized drawing as a critique the art world and it’s relationship to the market and art fair environments. Powhida will be incorporating his wealth of experience by leading the Critical Art Seminar at the AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program. Powhida received a B.F.A. in Painting with Honors from Syracuse University in 1998 and an M.F.A. Painting at Hunter College in 2002.

Powhida is currently represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City.

NYSRP Administrative Co-Director Alan Lupiani joined the NYSRP in 1997 as Studio Manager. Working with NYSRP Director John Tomlinson from 1997-2013, Lupiani oversaw the day to day operations of the NYSRP and provided both prudent business management and stewardship skills to ensure that the New York Studio Residency Program maintained a high standard for participating NYSRP residents. This earned Lupiani a promotion to Administrative Co-Director of the NYSRP in 2013. Lupiani has also maintained his artistic practice as a painter for the past 25 years, and more recently has taken on projects as an independent curator. Lupiani received his B.A. in Studio Art from Binghamton University in 1988 and and MBA in Arts Administration in 1991.

Artist/Educator Glenn Goldberg has been teaching studio practice at the NYSRP since 1993. Goldberg has taught art extensively in NYC and abroad for almost thirty years, and is currently on the faculties at Queens College, Parsons School of Art and Design, and Cooper Union. Goldberg’s work is in many private collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Goldberg’s paintings have received much critical attention including a 2013 review by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith for his solo art exhibition, “Other Places,” at Jason McCoy Gallery. Goldberg earned his B.A. Communications in the Arts and Sciences at Queens College CUNY in 1977 and an M.F.A. in Studio Art also at Queens College in 1981.

Goldberg in currently represented by Jason McCoy Gallery in New York City.

Art Critic/educator/writer Jan Avgikos has also been teaching the Contemporary Art Seminar at the NYSRP since 1993. Jan currently teaches graduate MFA seminars at New York University Graduate School of Art, Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts, and School of Visual Arts Graduate Program. In addition to teaching, Avgikos has written extensively as writer/contributing editor for Artforum, Art in America, Lacan Ink, Tema Celeste, Acme Journal, Flash Art and Parkett. Avgikos studied at the University of Paris The Sorbonne, Georgia State University, Atlanta (B.A., Magna Cum Laude) and Columbia University (M.A. Summa Cum Laude).

Previous Faculty at the NYSRP:

New York City based painter Judy Glantzman taught studio practice at the NYSRP from 1993 – 1999. Judy was instrumental in assisting former Director John Tomlinson to establish an itinerary and initial curriculum for the NYSRP. Judy suggested to John that the NYSRP establish the end of semester resident exhibition, a hallmark of the program still today. Glantzman was also a member of the “Next Iracibles” a group of artists who had a prominent effect in defining the Lower East Side art movement of the 1980’s. Glantzman’s career has spanned over five decades and she has received numerous awards including a Solomon R. Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. In addition, Judy has received reviews in the New York Times, New Yorker, Art News and many other prominent art publications. Glantzman received her B.F.A. in painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

is currently represented by Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York City.

Art Critic/Lecturer/Curator Dominique Nahas taught the Critical Art Seminar at the NYSRP from 1999 – 2014. Nahas has lectured at many institutions such as Yale University, Parsons School of Art and Design, Ringling College of Art and Design (AICAD), and Cranbrook. Nahas currently teaches in the MFA Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and has previously held curatorial positions including Chief Curator of the Everson Museum in Elmira, NY. Nahas received his MA in Art History from New York University in 1985, B.F.A. Painting/Sculpture from School of Visual Arts in 1980, and B. A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin/Madison in 1974.

Artist/Educator Pam Lins taught at the NYSRP from 1999 – 2015. Lins worked in collaboration with critique faculty Glenn Goldberg. Pam also currently teaches at The Cooper Union School of Art. She has also taught at Princeton, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and numerous other institutions. She received her BA in Photography from the University of Minnesota and earned her MFA at Hunter College. She has received awards from The Howard Foundation (2007) and the Pollack/Krasner Foundation. In addition, Lins was a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts. Lins also recently won the 2013-2014 Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and has selected to participate in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

is currently represented by Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York City.

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  • Roxanne Smith

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    I love how much energy the city has and how densely packed it is with creativity and inspiration. There’s always so much going on it would be impossible to do it all, but I really like that amount of opportunity, even if it is overwhelming at times. I feel like I have a better idea of what it would be like to be an independent artist working in New York after having participated in the program, and I am interested in coming back to New York after I graduate.