AVA a-i-r program
Printmaker Stirling Gorsuch Selected for AVA Artist Residency
Winter-Spring 2018 term
Astoria Visual Arts is delighted to welcome artist Stirling Gorsuch to work in its studio at 80 11th Street in Astoria, rent-free, as part of the AVA artist-in- residence program. The residency runs from January 1 through April 30, 2018.
Gorsuch, whose work is widely known regionally, has worked almost exclusively in the realm of printmaking the last six years, including mixed media, combining prints with drawings, paintings and collage. He plans to use the AVA a-i- r studio to work on larger-scale paintings. The planned pieces will be done on rag paper and panel using oil paint. The format size will be 18” x 24” and larger. Gorsuch will be working across media as well (monotype and painting, linocut and watercolor, for example).
“A residency with AVA is an opportunity for me to expand on themes and ideas in my work, which I otherwise wouldn’t be able to produce,” wrote Gorsuch in his residency application. “I’ve always shared print studios, but have never had the luxury of a space to spread out my work, or the ability to rotate pieces around without needing to store them at the end of a painting session.”
Stirling Gorsuch’s current work is driven by a general curiosity about how the natural world develops over time. From memories and drawings, he depicts certain places he has visited as starting points to build on. He focuses intently on these particular locales, contemplating their history, while also re-discovering them through the creative process.
“As I spend more time revisiting these places, I become more enamored with their complex natural history, and the rich visual experience accompanying them,” he explains. “In consideration for new images, I’m searching for a story in the landscape that I can accentuate through visual means. Signs of geological activity, or indications of how weather has shaped the land are examples of what fascinate me as an observer.”
During Astoria’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk in February, Gorsuch will be showcasing both completed works and works-in- progress.
The AVA a-i-r program is supported by membership dues and contributions from supporters of Astoria Visual Arts,
and by the generosity of:
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About the program
The AVA a-i-r Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and professional growth of local artists. Residency finalists are chosen on the basis of merit by an independent selection panel of professionals in the arts and arts patrons. The selected artists are provided with a studio in the Astoria Downtown Historic District free of charge for a four-month residency period. Artists who have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply with an updated portfolio and statement reflecting updates and changes.
The disciplines, and what to submit:
Eligibility: Local artists, at least 18 years of age and living within the greater Astoria area, will be judged on the quality of the their work and professional promise. (AVA a-i-r does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.)
Requirements: While no exhibition, publication or performance is required of the selected artist, community responsibility includes weekend open studio events during Astoria's Second Saturday ArtWalk at least twice during the four-month residency.
Length of stay: Four-month-long residencies.
Aid: Selected artists will be provided with a small studio in the Astoria Downtown Historic District, free of charge. Some additional financial help with art supplies and drink/food vouchers may be provided.
Call for artists will be by local media, web posting and social media.
Selection committee: An independent panel of working artists and supporters will serve as the selection committee.
Residency extensions: Current a-i-r artists are eligible to extend their residencies into the next residency cycle. However, in order to extend their residency, the current resident artists must submit a new application in which they make the case, through narrative and documentation, that they used the residency well to date, but need more time to bring project(s) to completion or, at least, closer to completion. Note that an application for extension does not guarantee selection. The process remains competitive.
Include in your application:
Website (if available)
An essay of no more than 250 words.
Please answer within the essay: "What are your goals for this residency?" and "How might the residency help your creative pursuits?"
Work samples (as noted above)
Email submission materials and more information to:
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