ART & SOCIAL
PRACTICE RESIDENCY
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ProjectArt’s Art & Social Practice Residency is in its inaugural year. Our year-long residency gives select socially-minded emerging artists studio space at libraries in exchange for their teaching ProjectArt classes at that same location, all the while compensating them monetarily.

Our model addresses several high-need demands:
+ Grants studio space to artists and allows them to advance their own practice
+ Employs artists and allows them to develop a teaching curriculum that is reflective of their artistic practice
+ Transforms libraries into living art laboratories where the community can witness and engage in the artist’s practice
+ Stimulates prolonged investment and deep roots in a community

Meet our 2016–2017 Artists in Residence

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Nancy Hernandez
Corona Library, Queens

Nancy Hernandez was born in Mexico and raised in Queens, New York. She is a family girl and loves her two dogs. Nancy’s parents nourished their Mexican traditions to all of their three children so they could identify with their culture. Being the youngest child gave her a lot of liberty to expand her creativity and explore new things. As a little girl, she drew on her sister’s textbooks and this is where her passion for art began. She pursued her passion by going to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school and graduating from Queens College with a B.A in Studio Art. Besides art, Nancy enjoys rowing, a sport she cherished with Row New York program for three years. Her other passion is traveling; she’s been to Paris, London, and Greece. Nancy was inspired to continue her path as an artist when she joined ProjectArt. Her biggest aspiration is to become an art teacher.

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Ana Maria Farina
Forest Hills Library, Queens

Ana Maria is a Brazilian artist and educator based in Brooklyn. She received her Master of Arts degree in Art and Art Education from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City and São Paulo, and she works as an arts educator in many different settings such as public libraries, nonprofits and museums. In her teaching philosophy she aims to develop students’ creativity, imagination, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills through each one of her lessons. Besides, she believes in aesthetic education as a key element for the development of the individual, essential for improvements in social and educational scenarios. Her practice is process-based; a yogini herself, she draws and paints as meditation, a spiritual act. Her work is mostly abstract and focused on the experience of creation; she uses textures, colors and movement to represent her thoughts, feelings and desires at the moment.

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Anthony Heinz May
Brownsville Library, Brooklyn

As a native Oregonian relocated to New York City, the relationships that humans hold with the natural environment have become the focus of Anthony Heinz May’s practice. Direct experience between the natural and artificial environments of where he grew up and where he now lives creates momentum behind many points of intersection in the development of his artwork. At the height of human intellect nature was the highest form of beauty, but modern ages have increasingly provided technology as possessing greater aesthetic. Heinz May is interested to expose overlap of these ideas, to question responsibility and accountability of my audience and peers.

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Elizabeth Tolson
Bushwick Library, Brooklyn

Elizabeth Tolson is an Expanded Media Artist and Educator whose work explores the boundaries of art, technology, and feminism. Through an alchemy of artistic skills honed during life and scholastic experiences, she brings important social issues front and center and generates real discussion. Challenging group norms through over-representation of societies gender flaws, she draws the audience in with her provocative work. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in New York Time’s T Magazine, Styleite, Make Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, and Adafruit. Exhibits include the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA; The Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series at The Philips Collection in Washington D.C.; Cuchifritos Gallery in New York City, and SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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Jasmine Anokye
Flatbush Library, Brooklyn

Jasmine Anokye (b.1991) is an emerging visual artist who received a BA in Studio Art and Political Science at CUNY Hunter College. As a first generation Ghanaian woman, raised in New York, Jasmine seeks to deconstruct sexuality, feminism and African culture. Her practice combines painting, collage, sculpture and mixed media. Color theory is the foundation of most of her works. She uses the visual effects of color combinations to enhance her viewer’s experience. Through basic principles such as movement, texture and contrast, she explores layers within her work; while incorporating the elements of art to create an absolute composition. Jasmine lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with her grey Tabby cat Figgaro.

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Yasmeen Abdallah
Red Hook Library, Brooklyn

Yasmeen Abdallah received her MFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 2015, and Bachelor Degrees in Art and Anthropology from University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2013. Abdallah is a visual artist and educator, focusing on aspects of ephemera of humanity and their subsequent materiality. Through her approach of understanding discarded objects as artifacts of the immediate present, these collected entities serve as samples of the complex world we inhabit; and are examined and altered into new forms that reference past histories, yet reflect distinctly new identities.

Her artistic practice references analogue modes of communication and labor in the midst of a digital world, and in highlighting the artist’s hand in the work, in conjunction with intuition, trial and error, and the power of choice; the new compositions of past detritus lead us into contemplative discussion regarding human positionality in relation to their anthropological and sociological places within our society.

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Giannina Gutierrez
Allerton Library, Bronx

Giannina Gutierrez is a New York City-based fine artist, muralist & teaching artist. She also works as an independent curator in local galleries around NYC. Giannina’s life is consumed by all that is art and thrives in working with youth and community. She has several years of developing and exploring new mediums and techniques in her work, and her more recent work explores the concept of repurposing materials to create works of art, the idea of “breathing new life” into discarded, broken and odd objects. Giannina’s work has been featured in many publications including The Village Voice and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to several galleries and murals through the Bronx, Puerto Rico, Miami, and New York City.

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Alana Roth and Isaac Scott
Grand Concourse Library, Bronx

Alana Roth and Isaac Scott are our team residents at Grand Concourse library; they will be working collaboratively and individually in the classroom and the studio.

Alana Roth has been drawing for her entire life. Alana has studied drawing at The New York Studio School, The Art Students’ League, The New York Academy of Art and on the subway, where she draws from life, with a very skinny pen. She earned a J.D. from Fordham University’s School of Law. She practices law as a criminal defense attorney for The Legal Aid Society. Alana lives in The Bronx, NY.

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Isaac Scott is a self-taught multimedia artist. He is currently the Arts and Communications Specialist at the Center for Justice at Columbia University, teaching young adults graphic design, while managing the center’s public outreach. His passion as an advocate for criminal-justice reform runs deep, as he is directly affected by the criminal justice system and its disenfranchising nature. Today Isaac is a leader in promoting criminal justice reform through the transformative power of the arts. Since Mr. Scott’s return to society, he has used his passion for the arts to accomplish goals that could not have been achieved without such a socially valued means of expression. Through his accomplishments as the Program Director for The Confined Arts, he is now in a position to assist those artists following behind him. He has made a name for himself within the art sector of the reentry field and holds a position with Columbia University, where he can use his creativity in many different ways to educate and promote change. In his most recent accomplishments, Isaac has been accepted to the Columbia University School of General Studies to complete his Undergraduate Degree.