The New York Academy of Art Summer Undergraduate Residency Program was a unique combination of classes + residency + professional development. Me and my fellow residents came from all corners of the country and from various parts of the world to attend the Academy’s accelerated MFA four week classes, participate in artist studio visits, museum and gallery excursions, create presentations of our work, and each utilize a private studio space within the Academy’s facilities.
Being in an environment of constant artistic exposure and making in one of the world’s largest artistic hubs was an extraordinary experience. With that, I didn’t have any other responsibilities in terms of other classes, work, leadership positions, and so forth, as per usual at university. Thus, I was able to create a semester’s worth of painting (six pieces) in a month’s time and make meaningful connections with my fellow residents, Academy family, and members of the New York art community.
I want to extend a very appreciative thank you to James Madison University’s Honors College, The College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Office of Research and Scholarship for their generous support.