Forest Hills Library, Queens
Alice Sparkly Kat is a queer, PoC astrologer/artist/curator with a focus on decolonizing astrology. They use astrology to re-chart a history of the subconscious, redefine the body in world, and reimagine history as collective memory. Their lectures and workshops, writing, and other astrological work has appeared at Hauser and Wirth, The Laundromat Project, Mayday Space, gal-dem, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, POWRPLNT, and other venues/publications. They’re friendly, located in Bushwick, and available for readings in person or by phone at www.alicesparklykat.com!
Brownsville Library, Brooklyn
Growing up in the rural countryside of Oregon I became familiar with nature at a very young age. Living in New York City as an emerging artist, I find the compass of human grids compromising the very acquisition of my original life experience. Coupled together with the advent of modern technology, it is my interpretation that humans have lost their intuitive sense of direction all the while replacing natural being with an artificial existence. My intentions as an artist are to reveal this troubling state of arrest by creating objects concerning relationships between nature, humans and technology.
Crown Heights Library, Brooklyn
Elia Khalaf is a Lebanese-born migratory bird and artist whose work and publications deal with issues of public amnesia and the construction of identity. Elia is invested in creating a narrative where the writing of imagined fiction is coupled with an archival process that anchors it in “reality.” His practice revolves around socially-engaged community art. Khalaf’s most recent project and Miami Awesome Foundation grantee, Made-Up Memories, fosters social situations where participants relate to each other’s new fictions in a way not possible through imposed reality.
Peninsula Library, Queens
Ellie Murphy was born in Illinois and grew up in Lindsborg, Kansas. She earned a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Ellie has exhibited her work in New York and across the country and is in collections including the State of Minnesota and The Foundation Center. She recently completed a residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park and St. Thomas Aquinas College and is working on an outdoor piece for Summit, New Jersey and a solo show at The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery at Bethany College. You can view her work online at http://ellie-murphy.com.
“I like exploring the relationship between personal and cultural nostalgia in subject matter, material and method. My work straddles the childhood/adulthood line while questioning the fine art/traditional craft form border. My art also combines references to doll hair, crafts, folk motifs and Americana from my 1970’s childhood in Kansas. I see interdependence between the multiplicities of cultures in our world and make sculpture as a way of recognizing and playing with the unintended and humorous connections between them.”
Flatbush Library, Brooklyn
Through different media such as photography, sculpture, installation and drawing, Ilaria Ortensi’s work investigates how the construction and representation of space influence our contemporary imaginary. She uses both documentation and fiction to create images that viewers are encouraged to question. Recent works have investigated iconic residential urban sites (Windows, 2014), and ideas implied in the creation of virtual space (Variations, 2015).
Ortensi’s work has been featured in New York in exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, Fisher Landau Center for Art and Judith Charle Gallery. Born in Italy, she received her MFA from Columbia University and is currently part of the Hercules Art/Studio Program in New York City. As one of the Artist that are part of Project Art, Ortensi will be teaching at the Flatbush branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, in the hope to inspire young people finding original and creative ways of expression.
New Lots Library, Brooklyn
Jourdain Jongwon Lee is a sculptural artist who uses salvaged metals and woods as found object. He finds inspiration in the adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. While participating in the ARPNY residency program from 2013-2014, he received an award from the mayor of Jersey City, as an artist who served the community. Recently, the Lee has held the position of director at an art gallery Space776 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In 2017 he was accepted to the ProjectArt residency program in Brooklyn, NY. He would like to expand his idea and communicate with local people in the library.
Stone Avenue Library, Brooklyn
Leah Danze is an artist and educator who is currently a MA candidate in the NYU art therapy program. Her work explores the pains and beauties of transformation as well as the desire for human connection. She has collaborated with poets, painters, and musicians from Colombia, Mexico, and the United States and is excited for the collaborations to come.
Leah has previously worked with communities who have suffered state terror, violence, and human rights violations. She believes that art has the potential to foster empathy and bring people closer to oneself as well as to others.
Windsor Park Library, Queens
Mariella Suarez is a professional visual artist and educator from Lima, Peru. She has a BFA from Pontifical Catholic University (PUCP) in painting. Her passion is to develop her artistic skills and share this knowledge with different communities in NYC, where she has lived since 2004. Mariella studied painting, printmaking and mix-media at the University of the Arts Philadelphia, Fashion Institute of Technology and Art Student League of New York. She received the prize of Art & Holography Research at PUCP (2002), and received the Helena Rubinstein Foundation Scholarship NYC (2015-2016). Currently she is working towards her Masters Degree in Art Therapy at Hofstra University NYC (2017-2019). Mariella Suarez’s work is frequently exhibited in Peru and the United States of America. Her recent collective art shows were at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) 2016, the Noguchi Museum New York (2016) and Flushing Town Hall New York (2016).
Glen Oaks Library, Queens
Meg Petrillo is an illustrator from New York who works as a library page at Queens Library, Glen Oaks. She has been studying and working as an illustrator for about 5 years. She has displayed art at The Set NYC and Queens Library. She wants to share her excitement for art and storytelling with anyone who will listen. During her residency she will work on illustrating a picture book about birds.
Cypress Hills Library, Brooklyn
Nari Kim is a visual artist. Her works often uses sculpture methods to create
absolute non-hierarchical situations. She frequently repurposes objects within a
female-centered context. Nari was born in South Korea. She lives and works in
Nari has exhibited her works at diverse venues, including b[x] gallery, Space 776
(Brooklyn), Trans-Pecos (Brooklyn), Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, the
Industry City Distillery (Brooklyn), Art Mora Gallery (NYC), W. R. Grace Building
(NYC), Koban Project Space (Baltimore), Hannam-dong Ggooll (Seoul), Common
Center (Seoul) and many others. She has created community engagement projects
with LGBT communities in Korea, as well as Koban, an art community in Baltimore.
She received her BFA in sculpture from Hong lk University in Korea (2009). In 2014,
she received an MFA Scholarship grant from the AHL foundation in New York. In the
spring of 2015, she received her MFA from Hunter College in New York. Her work
has been written about in Bushwick Daily (March 2016) and Hyperallergic magazine
Queens Central Library, Queens
Pedro Felipe Vintimilla is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City for the past 13 years. He is currently an MFA candidate from Queens College-CUNY, with a concentration in Social Practice. He has shaped his career as an Arts Educator and Creative Director, collaborating with artists, institutions, and communities. Through this experience, he has found that his artistic process must be balanced between personal projects and community engaged activities, to generate conversations of identity and social justice. ProjectArt and this residency at Queens Central Library allows him to have direct contact with a diverse community. His current formal practice focuses on a dialogue between printmaking and ceramics, but also experimenting with other creative outlets through writing and performance.
Red Hook Library, Brooklyn
Samantha CC is a performance artist, curator, filmmaker, videographer and vocalist living and working in New York City. Her work often uses mythological tropes to connect lived experience in a black woman’s body to the divine. In particular, her performance practice often manifests as an alchemical exercise, moving from pain to peace. Since 2016 since has been curating a performance and video series, along with a zine called The Great BE, or Great Black Expanse. The goal of the project is to center work by artists from the African Diaspora whose work defies the confines that the art world likes to place around black artists. Samantha has performed at spaces such as Secret Project Robot, The Glove, Outpost Artist Resources, Pioneer Works, The Knockdown Center, Wild Project, and Otion Front Studios to name a few. Her work during the ProjectArt residency will deal with water and its cultural, spiritual and environmental associations.
Bushwick Library, Brooklyn
Will Wheeler is an artist based in NYC. He earned an MFA in Sculpture from Yale in 2017 and a BA in Philosophy from Vassar in 2014. His work incorporates objects, performance, and interactive technology.