NYSRP students represent a wide diversity of personalities, backgrounds, education and skills, which produce a strong bonding (and lifetime friendships) in an environment resembling a community of artists.
The New York Studio Residency Program is a hybrid of structure and flexibility, which results in a meaningful experience and bonding within a diverse community of young artists. The contact with their peers and other artists who are active professionally creates a community that is location-based as well as informational.
The New York Studio Residency Program is a transitional space for a community of peers that provides both support and the taste of independent living as artists in the world beyond academia. The work in the exhibition has a freshness and authenticity that reflects this formula of challenge and support. Although the medium, style, and content of the work is individual, the show as a whole is an important indicator of how young artists are experiencing the world as expressed in their artwork.
Students find their own living accommodations and often share accommodations or reside in private student housing. Numerous art events taking place in the city are posted so that students new to New York can take advantage of them. The ’24/7′ environment of New York City becomes an extension of the studio.
The students are partners in this experience in that they decide on the work they make, share in the daily use and care of the space, and learn about each other and how to live as an artist in New York City. The semester ends with a one-night exhibition of their work and a closing celebration with music and refreshments, attended by a large public consisting of family and the friends they made during the semester, artists, critics, collectors, and former alumni of the program. The students decide on a show title, design the exhibition and announcement card, and install the work in the show, facilitated by the director and the studio manager.
Contributed by Daria Dorosh, Ph.D. from New Directions for Art Education in PATTERNING: The Informatics of Art and Fashion, 2007.