The panelists who selected the 2016-2017 Studio Artists were: Larissa Harris, Curator, Queens Museum; Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Nat Trotman, Curator, Performance and Media, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Preliminary panelists were: Golnar Adili, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, Franziska Lamprecht (of eteam), Lori Nix, Chat Travieso, all former Smack Mellon Studio Artists.
Larissa Harris is a curator at the Queens Museum. For its expansion in Fall 2013 she organized Pedro Reyes’ The People's United Nations (pUN) and co-organized an exhibition on Andy Warhol's Thirteen Most Wanted Men, 1964, which was created for and then destroyed at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Currently, with critic Patti Phillips, she’s working on a survey of the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles for Fall 2016.
Amanda Hunt is Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Hunt curated Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon in Spring 2014, and was a curator at the non-profit space LA>Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, co-produced by LA>
Nat Trotman is Curator, Performance and Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. He has organized numerous exhibitions for the museum, including Blood Makes Noise in New York, James Turrell (co-organized with Carmen Giménez) in New York, Pawel Althamer: Almech in Berlin, Found in Translation in New York and Berlin, and Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance (co-organized with Jennifer Blessing) in New York and Bilbao. He is also closely involved in developing the Guggenheim’s collection of photography, video, and film, and in the museum’s performance programming. Trotman holds an M.Phil. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he focused on performance, photography, and time-based art, and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.
The studios are located in the lower level at 92 Plymouth Street. Duration of the program is June 1, 2016 - May 15, 2017.
The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. The program provides artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space accessible 24/7 and a $5,000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to three shared common areas: a state-of-the-art digital production lab; a fabrication shop; and a kitchen/lounge area. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the artists from over 700 applicants. Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studios events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities.
The Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Jerome Foundation, Gilbert Mackay Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., Select Equity Group Foundation, and Smack Mellon’s Members.
Smack Mellon programs are also made possible with generous support from The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Lambent Foundation, The O’Grady Foundation, Iorio Charitable Foundation, and Exploring The Arts.
Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.