The Queens Museum
Queens Museum Studio Program is one of very few programs of its kind to be embedded within a US museum. In the Fall of 2013, an expansion doubling the Museum’s size included the construction of eight artist studios in the north wing. In designating permanent real estate as highly subsidized studios for the long-term development of new work onsite, and to creating a community of artists, the Queens Museum aims to support artists’ creative processes and professional development. Students in Social Practice Queens (part of Queens College MFA Program) also share a collaborative studio space in the Queens Museum’s studio wing.
For Spring and Summer 2018, the Museum is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Residency Unlimited, offering three artists who recently participated in Residency Unlimited’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant program, an opportunity to hold studio space at the Queens Museum for a period of six months. The artists were selected jointly by Residency Unlimited and Queens Museum staff for this opportunity. We welcome Dakota Gearhart, Ryan Kuo, and Farideh Sakhaeifar who join five of the Museum’s 2016-18 Studio Program members, Chris Bogia, Gloria Maximo, Ander Mikalson,Karolina Sobecka, and Alina Tenser. The 2016-18 artists were selected by curator Sarah Demeuse and artist Prem Krishnamurthy in dialogue with the Museum Studio Program staff.
Previous participants in the Studio Program include Nobutaka Aozaki, Juan Betancurth, Onyedika Chuke, Shahab Fotouhi, Galería Perdida, Mike Kenney, Caitlin Keogh, Filip Olzewski and Bunny Rogers, Jewyo Rhii, Caroline Woolard and Lika Volkova, Bryan Zanisnik, and Brian Zegeer.
Meet our Artists in Residence:
Dakota Gearhart uses video, photography, and installation to examine the built environment and how it is perceived through technology and mythology. Her work has been shown at national and international venues like The Bronx Museum of the Art, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and Taiyuan Normal University. She is a finalist for the Neddy Artist Award and has previously been awarded the Puffin Foundation Grant and an NEA Fellowship through Residency Unlimited. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and her BFA from Florida State University. Currently, she lives and works between Seattle, WA and Brooklyn, NY.
Farideh Sakhaeifar (b. 1985) is a New York-based artist born in Tehran, Iran. She received her MFA from Cornell University in 2011 and her BFA from Azad Art and Architecture University in Iran in 2008. Sakhaeifar’s work ranges from photography to installation and sculpture, and is usually related to her life experiences. She looks to past forms of ethnic, political, and cultural control in order to reflect upon new forms of expression that highlight the human struggle to establish autonomous forms of self-expression. Her work seeks to produce a translational understanding of the social and political struggles in which she has been involved either directly or indirectly. She was awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency in 2012-13 as well as the 2017 Bric Media Arts Fellowship. Her work has been widely covered including in ArtFuse and Hyperallergic.
Gloria Maximo lives and works in New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio. Her work has been shown at MoMA P.S.1, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Bridget Donahue Gallery, Haeler Echo, Wallspace Gallery, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, among other venues. She was a finalist for the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize for painting. She was a co-founding member of the artist collaborative Yemenwed.
Alina Tenser is a Ukrainian-born multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York. Tenser’s practice is deeply rooted in sculptural inquiry into dimension and form. Through this lens, she moves fluidly from sculpture to video to performance. Her work emphasizes the performative nature of objects and the formal potential of the body. Tenser received her BFA from School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tenser has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Most recently Tenser’s work was shown at Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY; and The Queens Museum, Queens, NY. Tenser received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and was a resident of Recess Sessions in 2012.
Ryan Kuo was born in Elkins, WV and is currently based in Queens. He received a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT in 2014. His work is often process-based and diagrammatic, utilizing techniques from video games, web design, motion graphics, and sampling. Among his current projects, Ryan is maintaining File, a hypertext work distributed by Left Gallery (Berlin) and inspired by agile process management; and building an artist’s book about aspirational workflows, File: A User’s Manual, modeled after software guides for power users. His works and writing have most recently appeared at Spike Art Quarterly (Berlin), Goldsmiths (London), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Cambridge, MA), Art Journal Open (NYC), Equity Gallery (NYC), MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA), Boston Cyberarts (Boston), Front/Space (Kansas City), and Minibar (Stockholm). He was a resident artist at Residency Unlimited (NYC) in 2017.
Karolina Sobecka is an artist and designer working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Karolina’s work has been shown internationally, including at the V&A, ZKM, National Art Museum of China, MoMA Film, Beall Center for Art + Technology, Zero1, ISEA, Marfa Dialogues, and Science Gallery. She has received multiple awards including from Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA, Princess Grace Foundation, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and Japan Media Arts Festival. Karolina is the founder of an art and design studio called Flightphase, has years of experience in the motion design industry, and has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and University of Washington.
Chris Bogia was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1977. He studied art at both New York University and Yale University, and has lived and worked in Astoria, New York for over 15 years. Bogia is the Director and co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first LGBTQ artist residency in the world, located in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, NY, as well as an instructor of sculpture at New York University. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition in Provincetown MA at Tim’s Used Books, Fiber Optics at Minus Space NYC. Bogia is the recipient of the 2015 Tiffany Foundation Grant. Other awards include the Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship and the Larry Kramer Initiative research grant for Lesbian and Gay studies.
Ander Mikalson is a Queens-based artist working in sound and performance. Select solo projects include “Three’s Company for Eight Performers,” Churner & Churner, NYC; “Score for Two Dinosaurs,” Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara and Queens Museum, Queens (all 2014); “Score for a Dinosaur,” Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia (2013); and “Score for a Cyclone,” Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2012).
The Studio Program at the Queens Museum is made possible by The Scherman Foundation's Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.