The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (CEAM), in collaboration with Flagler College’s Department of Art & Design, recently received a $40,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to fund an artists-in-residence program over a two-year period. As part of the program, artists will work alongside the Flagler College and local community to create art that will foster diverse perspectives on St. Augustine.
To attract these perspectives, the residency will be open to artists and scholars in a range of fields who might integrate and collaborate between the areas of fine art and broader fields of inquiry, such as curatorial practice, performing arts and creative writing.
“This residency program builds on our success in spearheading a vibrant visiting artist program over the past several years, organizing collaborative and interdisciplinary exhibitions and fostering interdepartmental collaborations through our varied programs,” said CEAM director Julie Dickover. She co-wrote the grant with Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Chris Balaschak.
Initially, the CEAM Residency Program will be modest, inviting artists for a one to two-week minimum period. During that time, the residents will work on a project they have proposed with Flagler College students, participate and lead workshops on campus, and actively engage St. Augustine’s community. Their final product will result in a public display (exhibition, performance, lecture, etc.).
Two artists have been confirmed for the program.
Olivia Block is a Chicago-based artist. Block’s primary medium is sound, and her interest in site-specificity, enthnographic sound, architectural sound and found or archival materials from the 1950s to 1990s, make her a natural fit for the residency. She utilizes field recordings and found materials to create trans-disciplinary work that spans music, film and performance. Block is included in the exhibition “Sound,” to be on view at CEAM from Sept. 2 to Nov. 22. She will visit the campus from Oct. 23 to 28 to conduct a workshop on ethnographic sound and will give a performance, a multi-channel sound installation, which take place in the college's Rotunda. Block has performed and created site specific installations at venues throughout the United States and worldwide. Most recently, her work "Sonambiant Pavilion," utilizing sound recordings from Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sculptures in downtown Chicago, was commissioned by the Experimental Sound Studio and included in the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015.
Christine Sun Kim is a visual artist who uses performance and technology to explore her relationship with sound. Born without hearing, Sun Kim considers sound as a form of power: a cultural, political or social currency to which only hearing people have access. Through her work as a sound artist, she has chosen to be empowered rather than disempowered by this dynamic. Her projects and performances often require audience participation as she tries to convey her perspective of sound — the idea that sound is less about hearing, but something more tactile, interactive and physical. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions and as solo projects at such renowned institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of Art and at other venues worldwide.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has long supported CEAM events. To learn more about the organization, visit here.
Flagler College is a private, four-year comprehensive college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 31 majors, 36 minors and two pre-professional programs. Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark built in 1888 by railroad pioneer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu.