Resident Artist membership opportunities at the Art League of Long Island

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Resident Artists Members 2018-19 l to r: E. Craig Marcin, Adrienne Catanese, Andrea Manning (Art League of LI Program Coordinator & RA Coordinator), Angeli Zankel, Diane Ferraro, Simon Fenster. Not pictured: Beth Atkinson

For the second year, the Art League of Long Island’s Resident Artists Members Program offers Long Island-based visual and interdisciplinary artists the opportunity to develop their craft and become a leader in a creative community that has thrived for over 60 years.

In this competitive program, six artists will be selected from among applicants all across Long Island to serve a one-year residency. Selected resident artist members will utilize the Art League’s state-of-the-art studios and extensive offerings of classes to expand their horizons. This is a great opportunity for those artists who are interested in finding mentorship, learning a new artistic medium, and developing the skills and confidence to teach. The Artist Residency Membership will culminate in the opportunity to teach a one-day workshop that is open to the general public.

The Resident Artist membership includes 50 free hours of class time for each of the three semesters, opportunity to teach a one-day workshop in the summer of 2020 drawing on the education gained during the residency, unlimited use of open studios during scheduled open studio time (plus some additional hours), free admission to ticketed Art League events and lectures, access to the Lorraine Graves Grace Memorial Library of over 2,500 art books, and promotion of RA work on the Art League website and social media.

The Resident Artist Membership is a one-year membership to the Art League of Long Island that lasts from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The application period is open until March 31. There is a non-refundable application fee of $55, but those artists who are not selected will receive a one-year individual membership to the Art League. The cost of Artist Residency Membership for selected artists is $300.

Artists selected for the Resident Artist Members will be expected to take on a leadership role in community building at the Art League and integrate with the student body. Resident Artist members will be required to volunteer at the Art League for a minimum of six hours per month to monitor an open studio, assist with hanging an exhibit, or help out in the office, and while doing so learn valuable skills. Resident artists will also be expected to maintain a blog about their experiences as a Resident Artist Member, craft a workshop proposal and syllabus to teach the summer workshop and attend Resident Artist Membership meetings.

Applications may only be submitted online at www.smarterentry.com. Application details and direct link to smarter entry can be found at www.artleagueli.org.

Adrienne Catanese, Resident Artist Member 2018-2019 has this to say about her experience thus far: “The Resident Artist Program is a great fit for me; unlike traditional residencies designed around on-site-housing, this unique program is flexible enough to accommodate my busy schedule while I reside off-site. I have control over my class schedule as well as my studio time. My favorite aspects of the program are the many volunteering and networking opportunities; I have made so many connections with fellow artists, students, educators, and members of the Long Island arts scene. As a Resident Artist, I truly feel I am a part of the Art League community.”

Catanese’s workshop for the summer of 2019 is titled “Beyond the #selfie: Meaningful Smartphone Self-Portraiture.” This workshop will empower artists to use the cameras we carry with us always (smartphones) to create self-portraits with visual impact, personal significance, and lasting artistic value. The workshop is scheduled to take place on Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

E. Craig Marcin, Resident Artist Member 2018-19 has this to say: “As a Resident Artist, my inclusion into the Art League’s community has provided me a higher frequency of engagement with the arts in general. The RA program works to create social bonds with the administration, staff, teachers and students as we share our art and life’s experiences through reflection and dialogue, and the expression of common values and community.”

Marcin’s one-day workshop is titled “Using Your Smartphone For Creating and Editing Photos for Exhibition Submission.” It will cover typical requirements of submission photos including image size, pixels and file size and how to achieve them. The workshop is scheduled to take place June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Resident artist 2018-19 Beth Atkinson’s workshop titled “Exciting Hand Bound Book Structures,” will have workshop participants create a variety of hand bound books ranging from simple folds and constructions culminating with a more complicated book developed by well-known book artist Hedi Kyle. The workshop is scheduled to take place on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Resident artist 2018-19 Simon Fenster’s workshop titled “Managing Your Artist Life: Getting Better at Getting It Together” will coach artists in confidence building, time management, art/life balance, all explored through group and individual exercises. The workshop date and time is still to come.

The Art League of Long Island, located in Dix Hills, is a not-for-profit visual arts organization that offers classes and workshops for children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery hosts a dozen exhibits per year, featuring contemporary works by many local artists. For information about classes, exhibits, and events, call 631-462-5400 or visit www.artleagueli.net.

 

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