Q and A with 2007 NYSRP Alum Marley Freeman

Post Card from Dallas, by Marley Freeman

Marley Freeman
Post Card from Dallas
acrylic on paper

AICAD/NYSRP: Marley, how has the NYSRP influenced your work and informed you as an artist?

Marley: The NYSRP enabled me to develop relationships and ideas I had been cultivating previously but I hadn’t yet had time to grow. I wanted to be in New York and the program allowed me to do this while working on my degree. The flexibility of the program was a great asset. The faculty encouraged us to participate in the New York art scene; it was amazing to have introductions to established artists as well as a peer group to explore with. Also, it was a NYSRP faculty member who pushed me to apply for grad school. She gave me excellent advice, I followed it, and gained admission to Bard’s MFA program the following year.

AICAD/NYSRP: How has the NYSRP helped you on your path to be the successful practicing artist you are today?

Marley: The NYSRP community has been so important. I frequently meet other alums that I did not overlap with but who I have known as practicing artists. The experience of being in New York and experiencing so much in such a short time with encouraging yet tough mentoring helped me tremendously. It is as if I have gained something to stand on and push against in my very active life just after NYSRP. The rigorous critique paired with the program’s flexibility encouraged me to take risks; this training became was very helpful later on.

AICAD/NYSRP: Can you share with us a recent and/or current exhibition or project?

Marley: I have a small solo show up at Kansas Gallery until June 22nd and a project at Court Square Gallery in LIC in the group show FABRIKA.

My website is www.ff-ff-ff-ff-ff.net. I post pictures of five paintings which change on a monthly basis so check back.

AICAD/NYSRP: Thanks Marley!