Deanna antony selected for ava a-i-r
Astoria Visual Arts is delighted to offer Deanna Antony of Seaside, Oregon, a rent- free studio as the newest AVA artist-in-residence. The studio is located in the Astoria Studio Collective, above Astoria Visual Arts at 372 10th Street. The residency will run November 1 to May 31.
Antony is a multi-disciplinary artist working in soft sculpture, painting, and drawing. Her work investigates identity and space by exploring palette, form, and playful expression. Over the last number of years she has been dissecting the history of painting and abstraction to the point of building the painting out into three dimensions. She uses found materials, specifically clothing, to communicate and evoke time and place, in direct relationship to the body.
Antony says of this opportunity, “The AVA residency [will] offer the opportunity to expand my dimensional and painted works further within a space, . . . the ability to connect with more artists in the area, offer great conversations, share technical tricks and, of course, offer stimulating and inspiring visual content. . . . My work helps me process the world around me. It offers a place to ponder and reflect. Having the space to create is vital to the work. These pieces need to breathe, and they need space to get there. Being near the ocean has opened up this space in me.”
As applicable, Antony will open her studio to the public during Astoria’s 2nd Saturday Art Walks when safety considerations allow.
Antony received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2016.
About the program
The AVA a-i-r Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and professional growth of local artists. One residency finalist will be chosen on the basis of merit by an independent selection panel of professionals in the arts and arts patrons. The selected artist will be provided with a studio in the Astoria Studio Collective building free of charge for the six-month residency period. Artists who have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply with an updated portfolio and statement reflecting updates and changes.
>>> General Information/How to Apply:
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 and promise of their work and proposal. (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 Art Walk at least twice during the residency. (This requirement is waived during the pandemic.)
Length of stay: Six-month-long residency.
Aid: Selected artists will be provided with a small studio in the Astoria Studio Collective building, 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)
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