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View of entrance to the Yale University Art Gallery. Photo: Christopher Gardner
March 12, 2021

Yale University Art Gallery and Artspace New Haven Announce New Virtual Residency Program for Connecticut-Based Artists and Invite Proposals

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Program to provide artists from Connecticut with financial support, other resources, and a group exhibition

The Yale University Art Gallery announced today that it is partnering with Artspace New Haven to offer financial support and community to Connecticut-based artists via a new artist residency. A call for proposals for the 2021 Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist-in-Residence Program is open until Friday, April 30, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT. Complete details, including application instructions and eligibility requirements, can be found on the Gallery’s website at artgallery.yale.edu/DoranCTAIR.

This is the perfect moment for the Gallery to support Connecticut’s artistic community and to foster our role as a hub for dynamic collaborations with our New Haven neighbors,” says Heather Nolin, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programming, and Education at the Gallery. Lisa Dent, Executive Director of Artspace New Haven, agrees: “I am thrilled to collaborate with my colleagues to create a new opportunity for Connecticut artists after such a challenging year and look forward to providing space for the artists to share their work with the public.”

The residency supports up to five early to mid-career artists from Connecticut’s vibrant creative community. Practicing visual artists in all media whose primary residences and studios are in Connecticut—and especially those who are recent M.F.A. graduates from any accredited program—are encouraged to apply. Selected artists will receive a $15,000 award, along with other benefits, to participate in a yearlong virtual residency culminating in a group exhibition at Artspace New Haven in mid-2022. In collaboration with the Gallery and Artspace New Haven curatorial staff, the artists will participate in the curation and installation of the exhibition. Keely Orgeman, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Gallery, shared, “I am eager to learn about the artists’ ideas, develop these through conversation, and ultimately realize an exhibition that feels timely and true to their individual practices.”

The residency is funded by the Gallery’s Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence Fund, which has supported a wide range of distinguished artists for over two decades, including Janine Antoni (2003), Abelardo Morell (2008), Paula Wilson (2009), Carol Bove (2010), Kerry James Marshall (2011), R. H. Quaytman (2012), Chris “Daze” Ellis (2014), James Prosek (2018), and Will Wilson (2020), among others. “This exciting new partnership with Artspace New Haven is made possible thanks to Happy and Bob Doran and their continued enthusiasm for supporting living artists,” said Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J. Heinz II Director at the Gallery. “We are grateful for their encouragement as we try out this new model for the Gallery’s Doran Artist-in-Residence Program.”

Yale University Art Gallery

Founded in 1832, the Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. Today, it is a center for teaching, learning, and scholarship and a preeminent cultural asset for Yale University, the wider academic community, and the public. The museum collects, preserves, studies, and presents art in all media, from all regions of the globe and across time, with a collection numbering nearly 300,000 objects.

Yale University Art Gallery General Information

The Yale University Art Gallery is located at 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut. In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Gallery is closed to the public until further notice. For general information, please call 203.432.0600 or visit the website at artgallery.yale.edu.

Artspace New Haven

Artspace New Haven is a nonprofit organization championing the visual arts. Founded in 1987 by artists, we center community-building and education while providing a platform to present the work of visual artists. Artspace’s exhibition and commissioning programs encourage experimentation and civic discourse while fostering appreciation for the vital role artists play in improving our community.

Artspace New Haven General Information 

Artspace New Haven is located at 50 Orange Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00–6:00 pm. Free and open to the public. For general information, please call 203.772.2709 or visit the website at artspacenewhaven.org.