The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program awards West Philadelphia artists 1 year of free studio space at 40th & Chestnut Sts. In exchange, residents share their talents within West Philadelphia by leading workshops, teaching classes, exhibiting, etc. Founded by artist Edward M. Epstein in 2003 and managed by Gina Renzi since 2008, we address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia, assist artists with career development, and make the 40th Street area a nexus for visual arts.
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:59pm
We'll alert ALL applicants by Friday June 26, 2015.
Thanks for your interest in the 40th Street
Artist-in-Residence Program. This letter describes the program and provides
information on the application process.
The mission of the
40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program is:
address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia by offering studios
rent-free, on a rotating basis, to visual artists who reside in/are strongly
affiliated with Philadelphia neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill River.
•To assist in the career growth of new
and emerging artists and those whose work has not been recognized in mainstream
•To enrich the 40th
Street area by placing artists here and allowing them to share their talents with
members of our community.
What you get and
what you give:
If accepted, you will be given a studio space at either 4007
Chestnut Street or 4013 Chestnut Street beginning September 1, 2015 and ending
August 15, 2016. You will be encouraged to use that time to develop your own
creative work. In exchange, you will be asked to share your talents with West
Philadelphia through a minimum of 40
hours of outreach service over the courseof
the residency. Examples of outreach projects include a public installation, a workshop,
or a class. You may work at a school, prison, hospital, nursing home, etc. Administrative
and modest financial support will be provided. In addition, all residents will
have opportunities to work together to plan group exhibitions.Monthly resident meetings (or
fewer/more when necessary) will facilitate this while creating opportunities to
foster community within the program. In addition to collaborating with your
fellow residents, a student intern and a part-time facilitator will help to
coordinate efforts, including outreach, gallery activities, publicity,
• You must be a new or emerging artist. This does not
necessarily mean that you are a recent college graduate (though it’s fine if
you are!). You can be any age, at any stage of life.
• You must be affiliated with West Philadelphia, meaning you
live, work, volunteer, or create art here.
• Full time students may not apply.
• Former 40th Street artists-in-residence may not apply.
• Groups may not
apply, though collaborative duos may apply. Our studios cannot accommodate more
than two artists at a time.
• Artists who have applied in the past and were not accepted
Our sites are not live-in facilities. The studios are
available at all times, but the buildings are shared; you must be considerate
of other tenants. The spaces can accommodate a variety of creative activities,
including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, photography,
puppetry, and fiber art. The studios are too small for dance. Ceilings in most
studios are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); rooms range from 150-300
square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others do not. The
studios are not furnished. The buildings have small back yards that may be used
for assembling larger works, or as a place to exhibit sculpture. The spaces
have ventilation, running water, and 120- volt AC outlets. However, the
facilities will not accommodate highly toxic chemicals, welding, or very
high-powered electrical equipment. Note also that within the spaces, there is
open access to different work areas; we count on residents to show respect for
others’ property and privacy.
On MLK day, current resident Althea Baird worked with local young people, adults, elders, and artists to create a powerful art demonstration entitled "Cosmic Soul Force". The project was youth led co-facilitated, with collaborators ART F//ACTION and Ash Richards.
In her own words, "We will write alone and together to create a speech that speaks to the freedom dream we are unfolding, to the destruction of the forces of oppression, and the transformation of power and spirit. This speech will be painted onto double sided signs for anybody that wants to roll to the protest."
Check out more about the project here. Video on Youtube here. Pictures below.
The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program 5th Annual Friends and Neighbors Exhibit
Exhibiting work from friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues of our residents
January 17 - February 7
SATURDAY JANUARY 17 • 6-9pm
Artist Talk at 7pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays Jan 24, 31, Feb 7 • 2-6pm
+ by appointment - email firstname.lastname@example.org
at AIRSPACE Gallery
4007 Chestnut ST, 1st FL • Philadelphia
Yemaya Gabriel was born in Philadelphia, PA in 2009. She is a visual artist and musician of both the violin and piano. Gabriel studied at the University City Arts League and has studied with Philadelphia-based artist Jacqueline Unanue. Gabriel is most interested in drawing and making objects out of clay, paper and other found materials.
My name is Carlos Gonzalez, and I am from Mexico. For the last three years, I have been drawing with charcoal. But I'm primarily a tattoo artist and have been living in the US for the past 17 years.
My name is Lisa Barkley, born and raised in West Philadelphia. I started taking an interest in art at an early age. My Aunt Inez showed me how to make all kinds of crafts from which I later developed a love of Mosaic Art. You can use buttons, pennies, gravel, just to name few, and make beautiful art. I started trying beans that come in all sorts of colors and eggshells which can be painted in many colors. Combined with my love of fashion I came up with the lovely pieces that you'll see at the show.
Emyluz Almodovar Ortiz
Emyluz Almodovar-Ortiz is currently a student at The Community College of Philadelphia. She is the Co-Facilitator/Intern at Art Factory.
Rachel Hoppenstein Rachel Hoppenstein
paints and draws in her home studio in West Philadelphia. Also a yoga
teacher and occupational therapist, her work explores forms in the human
body. She uses diverse media, including oils, acrylic, ink, pencil,
pastel, nail polish and other beauty products. She received her BA from
Brandeis University and a Certificate from Philadelphia Academy of Fine
A mother, artist, curator, and teacher, Lucy Pistilli's community work has focused on collaborating with mental health patients and children. Growing up in Philadelphia and studying art in post-industrial Kansas City, MO, she developed a fascination in the beauty of imperfection, humility, and humanism. She recently teamed with Brian Bazemore to found The Pedestrian Project, a collective that encourages artists to engage directly with under-represented communities through collaboration, actualizing philosophy that art should be accessible and not reserved for elitist populations. Pistilli collects discarded family photography and utilizes it as a primary subject matter in her work, finding definitive qualities in images people have weeded out and nostalgia in the captured moments of awkwardness of strangers. She has said: "I see life's greatest beauty in its simultaneous strangeness and familiarity, in the struggle to comprehend and connect and the unpredictable and ephemeral moments in which this is achieved."
Kaitlin Kylie Pomerantz
Kaitlin Pomerantz is an artist living in West Philadelphia. Using a variety of mediums, her work explores the relationship between humans and the environment, attempting to capture what a modern "nature" might look like and mean. Kaitlin facilitates the ongoing botanical arts project We The Weeds. She recently completed the RAIR residency at Revolution Recovery recycling plant in North Philadelphia. She is working towards her MFA at University of Pennsylvania.
Antonio Rojas Nazbalam Cascada del Jaguar
Soy Antonio Rojas, de la ciudad de Mexico ; el proposito de nazbalam arte y cultura es plasmar la riqueza que nos distingue reflejando asi la diversidad cultural, creativa de nuestros antepasados identificandonos en todo el mundo .y tratar de mantener viva nuestra cultura y nuestras raizes. I'm Antonio Rojas, from Mexico City; Nazbalam the purpose of art and culture is to capture the richness that distinguishes us so reflecting the cultural, creative diversity of our ancestors identifying ourselves worldwide, and trying to keep our culture and our roots alive.
Samarah Tahir was born in Philadelphia, PA in 2003. She is a writer and performance artist. Tahir studied at the Freedom Theater in Philadelphia from 2010 -2012 and Philadelphia’s Young Performers Art Camp from 2012 - present at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Tahir is most interested in writing short stories and performing in plays and dance shows.
Barbara graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1999, and then moved to NYC. She met success in shows at Figureworks and Get Real Art, but felt drawn to study classical painting in Florence, Italy. She lived there for one year studying drawing under Mario Pachioli. In 2004 she moved to Philadelphia, on a full scholarship, to study at Studio Incamminati with master painter Nelson Shanks. She left the atelier in 2005 to work on a series of large paintings. After travelling and painting extensively, Barbara has returned to Incamminati to finish the Professional Program. While studying, Barbara continues to show her work and take on commissions. Continuously challenging herself to find new expressions through painting and drawing and the combination of the two, Barbara has been working on all different types of approaches from gestural, alla prima to slowly developed realist painting. She currently paints plein air, figure paintings, portraits and combined paintings from life, photo and imagination. She also works on traced monotypes, a drawing technique used by many painters of the past including Gauguin and Degas. Barbara strives to merge intuitive feeling and gesture with a studied, trained or cerebral approach, but never too much of either. Being an artist, for Barbara, means not being afraid to create the ground she is about to step on, taking risks and following instinct.
Great affordable gift options for family and friends! Come check out the 40th Street AIR Holiday Art Sale, this Saturday and Sunday (the 13th and 14th) from 12 to 6 pm at the AIRSPACE Gallery, first floor of 4007 Chestnut Street. We'll have paintings, prints, sculptures, holiday cards, tinctures, crafts--you name it! Featuring work by our current residents Althea Baird, TenBroeck Cripps, Brujo de La Mancha, Aislinn Pentecost-Farren and Lorna Williams, as well as many guest artists.
AIR's very own director Gina Renzi will be participating in a panel "Spacemaking--Surveying New Residency Programs in Philadelphia," presented by Moore College of of Art and Design. The event is this Thursday, December 4th from 6:30-8:00, free and open to the public in Stewart Auditorium (20th Street and the Parkway).
Gina will be joined panel by Nancy Chen, Lillian Dunn, Lee Tusman, and moderator Dave Kyu. Attend to hear information and discussion on the past, present, and future of collaborative artwork and artist-in-residency programs all around the Philly community.