ArtCrawl Harlem
2022 Boundaries & Connections
Artists Residency Program

406B Colonels Row

May – October 2022

The ArtCrawl Harlem Boundaries & Connections residency house is located on the scenic setting of Governors Island, NYC. The program is ideal for artist who do not have access to functional studio space in which to work, exhibit and safely engage the community. Here, artists and curators in residence meet with ArtCrawl Harlem staff, conduct research, and produce work.

The theme of the 2022 Residency Program is “Boundaries & Connections. artists in residence are asked to ponder and consider the theme as it relates to creating a series of work from their personal perspective. It is left to the artist to interpret the theme as it related to them personally and professionally based upon your experiences, socio-political and economic issues, women’s rights, beauty, race relations, gender/sexual identity, climate control, education, healthcare, poverty, immigration, etc. 

ArtCrawl Harlem welcomes artists working in various visual arts mediums to apply. ArtCrawl Harlem is interested in the work of individual artists whose work is process-based and geared towards filling gaps in historical knowledge. Six artists have been selected by a jury of arts professionals to participate in the 2022 residency program

2022 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday
12Noon - 5:00PM

Daryl Myntia Daniels
Daniel Robin Clurman
Cj Priester
Michael Watson
Heather Williams
Jaleeca Yancy
ArtCrawl Harlem has awarded six NYC area artists residency programs. The artists in residence are (left to right) Daryl Myntia Daniels, Daniel Robin Clurman, Cj Priester, Michael Watson, Heather Williams and Jaleeca Yancy. Each artist will receive a 3-month residency, free daytime studio space, a stipend, mentoring and space to exhibit their existing and residency artwork. A group exhibition featuring their work is planned for November at a Heath Gallery in Harlem.
 
ArtCrawl Harlem along with other local arts and culture programs returns to Governors Island to offer programs and residencies within the historical homes on Nolan Park and Colonels Row as well as welcome the public in for art exhibits, open studios, art talks and more. Artists will also have access to Governors Island’s expansive landscapes as a resource, helping them to retreat and reflect on their practices. 

2022 PUBLIC & INTERACTIVE ARTISTS PROGRAMS

Theda Sandiford
"Free Your Mind" Installation

Thursday - Sunday
12Noon - 5:00PM

Award winning multimedia artist Theda Sandiford presents “Free Your Mind” and “Personal Baggage” Interactive Art Installations as part of ArtCrawl Harlem’s Boundaries & Connections Artist Residency House exhibitions at 406B Colonels Row, Governors Island, NYC from May 7, – August 1, 2022. On view for the public Thursday  through Sunday from 12noon to 5:00PM.
 
The installations are an opportunity for visitors to explore societal microaggressions and release their personal baggage by interacting with Theda’s emotional baggage carts. The “Emotional Baggage Carts” serve as vessels to dispose of racial trauma. – to separate oneself from these experiences – to grant access to grace. – to create new possibilities, free from the constraints of the past. The installation is an opportunity to let go of these experiences from one’s personal narrative. Each recovered shopping cart is woven with recycled rope, bottle caps, twine, paracord, fabric, LED lights, beads and zip ties.
 
“Free Your Mind” is a cascade of previously collected story ribbons tied to fishing nets draped upon the wall like a blanket. Visitors are invited to share written statements about experienced microaggression on a “story” ribbon which Theda Sandiford will weave into the “Free Your Mind” blanket. infusing the essence and yarn of each participant into the social fabric of a protective blanket. Theda Sandiford shares at “The weight of microaggressions within daily interactions underpins very real consequences in marginalized groups… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility. Each of these works represent the armor I weave to protect myself. I am looking to encourage dialog about implicit bias and stereotypes. My hope is to make the invisible, visible as a path towards a more inclusive culture. 

"Much Needed Love" Installation
by Cat Schmitz
June - August 2022

Thursday - Sunday
12Noon - 5:00pm

Fiber artist and award-winning designer Cat Schmitz will debut her “Much Needed Love” a public and interactive art installation on Governors Island as part of ArtCrawl Harlem’s 2022 Boundaries & Connections Residency House at 406B Colonels Row from June 1- July 17, 2022. Much needed love is an installation that explores courageous boundaries in the face of adversity and uncertainty. “The theme of boundaries and connections resonates within the series of art offering respite and color as we blossom into a world in search of connection and creativity. Visitors will be transported into an explosively colorful and vibrant room full of patterns across several media: rugs, quilts, a sculpture, and acrylic paintings.
 
Elements of installation and exhibit will include paintings, rugs, quilts and a cement sculpture. The public art component is a 5ft mountain sculpture which will be installed on the lawn of the residency house to greet visitors as they enter the “Much Needed Love” exhibit on the interior of the house. The sculptures, patterns and shapes within the series are particularly meaningful; The noodle evokes laughter and silliness, reminding us to be loose and playful. The ladder is inherently about finding your own ladder to climb and stop climbing someone else’s ladder. Clouds encourage a sense of wonderment and dreaming of what’s possible. The Dot is about comfort. It’s lumpy and uneven but it’s familiar and exists to let us take a pause, and breathe for a minute before diving off into the unknown.
 
“Three years ago I was sitting in a gray pantsuit wondering if this was it. Now I’m here pitching an installation for Governor’s Island. Now, I’m going for my own dreams on my terms. shares Cat Schmitz. ArtCrawl Harlem will host a “Much Needed Love” Artist Talk with Cat Schmitz on Saturday, June 4th at 1:00pm. Cat will share her inspiration, creative process and guide visitors through her installation. 

"PERSONAL BAGGAGE" INSTALLATION
by Theda Sandiford
May - Augusts 2022

"Donda Donda Deluxe"

The installation is an opportunity for visitors to release their personal baggage by interacting with my emotional baggage carts and the triggers attached to them. An invitation to touch and move the carts about the room will be posted to the wall. Visitors are also invited to share a written a statement about a microaggression they have experienced on a “story” ribbon and tie this ribbon onto the Free Your Mind net to release this story from their personal narrative. Free Your Mind is a cascade of previously collected story ribbons tied to fishing net draped upon the wall like a blanket. As people interact with the installation, moving the carts about the room, motion sensors will trigger a monotone recording of the story ribbons already collected as part of this project. The computerized voiced recording obscures the identity of the storyteller. Later, I will weave each of the story ribbons, infusing the essence and yarn of each participant into the social fabric of a protective blanket. This blanket with be the nucleus of a new emotional baggage cart which will be completed by close of the residency. Art should surprise and delight, my hope is people interact with my emotional baggage carts, confront themselves, release their own emotional baggage and find access to joy.

Special Programs

Filmmaker Heather Williams debuts
Short Film, "Safe Passage III"

BOUNDARIES & CONNECTIONS
2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE BIOS & WORK SAMPLES

Daniel Myntia Daniels

Daryl Myntia Daniels is a Visual Artist from Cincinnati, OH, based in the Bronx, NY. Her work primarily combines figuration and abstraction through a process of performance, documentation, and mark making techniques. Her background in gymnastics has inspired her to investigate layers of the human body with a special interest in movement and liberation throughout the African Diaspora. She received her BFA in Painting at Ohio University in 2013 and her MFA in Fine Arts in 2016 from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been shown in places like the Kennedy Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Hole Gallery, and the Untitled Space. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Sydenham Hospital: For the People By the People, a mural at Sydenham Hospital a part of the NYC Health and Hospitals Arts in Medicine Program (2021), sponsored by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Not Your Superwoman, a solo exhibit at Kente Royal Gallery in Harlem, NY(2021), and Black Excellence in Zone 15, a 640 Square Foot mural in Lincoln Heights, OH (2020).

Artwork – “Lean On Me” Acrylic and oil 60 X 48″

Residency: May – July 2022

Daniel Robin Clurman

Daniel Robin Clurman is a self taught Black – Jewish Queer artist working and living in both Brooklyn, New York, and the Hudson Valley area. He has  been in numerous group shows and his work is in many collections in America, Britain and Europe. Daniel make drawings of people he admires either from history or from social media. He is engaged in the images of people for either their contributions to social justice or for his attraction to them physically. Creating a drawing helps him to create a closeness with his subjects, and lessens the emotional isolation that happens in the digital age, especially during COVID. His process begins by researching a subject through images and imagining them as part of my visual world. Once he has decided on the subject he is going to draw, then energize the image with color. He uses mixed media on paper to flesh out and bring to life the photograph.

Artwork:  Marsha P. Johnson

Residency:  August – October 2022 

Jc Priester

Cj Priester is an African-American artist and educator born and raised in Brooklyn. She received a formal education in Fine Art and Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After earning her BA, she went on to get her MA in Special Education from Long Island University-Brooklyn. All the while, art remained at the forefront of her life. Her eccentric work blends aspects of abstraction and collage with Afrocentric realism. Her art speaks on themes of self-exploration, identity, and what it means to be a Black woman in America. Cj’s paintings are inspired by her life’s experiences, literature, nature, and Black history. These influences are found in the textures and patterns of her artwork. The titles of her paintings stem from poems she has written, striking lines from books she has read, or African proverbs. Priester’s paintings seek to answer questions surrounding the journey of life and love. Her recent paintings are centered around promoting self-love and uplifting her culture. She feels heavily influenced by the artists Minnie Evans, Mickalene Thomas, Faith Ringgold, El Anatsui, the poet Nayyirah Waheed, and the author Zora Neale Hurston. In the early stages of her career, she often debated about which story to tell. “As a Black woman in a predominately white school I felt lost, and that feeling being lost started to mess with my mind and confuse my mission. I knew I was in the right place because I wanted to pursue art, but I struggled to figure out what kind of art I wanted to make. I was becoming profoundly disenfranchised and unattached to the process of making art and began to mindlessly produce solely because I was in art school and didn’t want to waste my tuition. I was so determined to fit myself into the right classification of ‘artist’ that I neglected to tell the most important story. My own. It wasn’t until my junior year of undergrad that I began to develop an artistic identity that seemed fit for me. That year I went on a soul-searching journey. I began to ask my family about our history; about where our lineage traced to and by looking back I was able to have a clearer idea of who I was moving forward.” 

Artwork – “Windows” Digital Print 13 X19in

Residency: August – October 2022

Michael Watson

Michael Watson was born in Houston, TX but grew up traveling the country with his brother and mother. At age 10, he and his brother were placed with a family in Brooklyn. There were no programs and thier neighborhood was dangerous, all of the kids in the neighborhood choose to hang out at the Stone Avenue Public Library. The library was a fun and safe environment.  He loved surfing the web and printing out his favorite cartoon characters, this was back when printing was free and unlimited, and the MTA was still using tokens. One day an older woman came downstairs, her name was Ms. Dean, she told them there were free art classes being held upstairs at the Brownsville Heritage House. There Michael met one of the most important people in his life, Ron Lucas. Mr. Lucas trained Michael in watercolor and technical drawing until he was 20 years old. Mr. Lucas mentored and served as a father figure. From middle school up until college Ms. Dean and Mr. Lucas motivated him to pursue art. After graduating from FIT, Michael worked a variety of jobs in hopes of landing the creative job he desired. When he finally landed that job, he didn’t feel fulfilled. Then the pandemic hit, he took it as a sign and opened his own art gallery. He sought to provide a creative safe heaven and improve the opportunities of artists of color in NY. They in turn inspired him to create!

Artwork – “Portrait Study 2” Water Color 12 X 10 in

Residency: May – July 2022

Heather Williams

Heather Williams is an artist and an educator. She was born in St. Croix, raised in Brooklyn, NY. She recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts in New York and is a recipient of the Paula Rhodes memorial award for exceptional achievement in MFA Art Practice. Her short film, Safe Passage was screened on Governors Island in July 2021 and exhibited at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. With a background in Art Therapy and a Montessori Primary certification she has been teaching art and running workshops for a wide range of students and participants over the past ten years. Her work has been in many exhibitions and is in several private collections.

Artwork – “I Am Hearing You”  Acrylic on canvas 40  x 30

Residency: May -Juy 2022

Jaleeca Yancy

Jaleeca R. Yancy (b. 1990; Memphis, TN) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Memphis, Tennessee, based in New York, NY. She comes from a creative family of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs who exposed her to the world from a young age. Yancy is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, with a dual major in marketing and design. After working as an in-house designer for multiple startups, she decided to focus her energy on creating her art and design studio. She is innovative and unafraid to challenge tradition. Her art roots are in exploring imagination, experimentation, and sustainability practices. She enjoys developing aesthetically pleasing art that explores non-traditional materials and design processes. Yancy has exhibited her work in numerous shows, including Knowhere Art Gallery, The National Art Club, Calabar Gallery, Superchief Gallery, and Bronx Art Space.

Artwork – “A Note From A Friend, Take Up Space” 

Residency: August – October 2022

"BLACK BOX" INSTALLATION
by Michael Coppage
July 22, 2022

July - August 2022

Michael Coppage is a conceptual artist using an interdisciplinary, dialectical approach to address social issues surrounding race and language. Originally from Chicago, He has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 2007. Coppage earned a B.F.A in Sculpture from Memphis College of Art and an M.F.A in Studio Art from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Coppage is the two-time recipient of Artswave’s Truth and Reconciliation grant, Ohio Pretrial Justice grant, and received Awesome Foundation grants in New York and Philadelphia. He completed a TEDx Talk titled “Everybody’s Racist….and it’s O.K” and he gained international attention with his recent project “BLACK BOX” : a community impact project aimed at demystifying black men and creating authentic experiences that replaces bias and preconceived notions related to the term “Black” This series was exhibited around the country, Puerto Rico and at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 21c Museum Hotel, Medici Museum and the Ohio Arts Councils Riffe Gallery to name a few. Coppage has gained some attention recently with a body of work entitled “American+” after depicting white Americans as monkeys in his paintings. He has several collaborative pieces set for completion this year and also released a podcast on Spotify appropriately titled Black Box as part of his recent series.

2022 Residency Advisors

Saundra Alexis Heath
Rodney Love Jones

ArtCrawl Harlem 2020 - 2021 Artist Residency Program

Boundaries & Connections on Governors Island

ArtCrawl Harlem on Governors Island

ArtCrawl Harlem Boundaries & Connections
Residency House on Governors island

2021 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Michael Obele
Mario Joyce
Erica Morales

2020 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

LisaDuBois
Ricky Day
Demarcus McGaughey

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