LEGALART SELECTS FIVE MIAMI CULTURAL PRODUCERS FOR ITS 2013 LOCAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Five local cultural producers have been selected to participate in the third year of Miami’s only live/work residency program, located in Downtown Miami. The selected participants—Felecia Carlisle, Domingo Castillo, Olivia Ramos, Amanda Sanfilippo, and Reed van Brunschot—will be part of the year-long program, starting February 2013.
As part of LegalArt’s Local Residency Program, each resident receives a 600 square-foot private studio and shares a common dining and lounge area, specifically designed to foster an open exchange of ideas and to develop new professional opportunities and collaborations. Residents also receive free access to educational and professional development programs created expressly for their individual needs and interests, legal counseling and referral services, and organized studio visits with leading experts in their fields. Participants’ experiences are further enhanced by a constant infusion of artists, writers, curators, and performers, among other creative professionals, partaking in LegalArt’s Visiting Residency Program. Every two-three months, LegalArt welcomes two national and international visiting residents, each charged with presenting research and projects relevant to the social and cultural context of Miami.
LegalArt’s Local Residency Program is the city’s first and only highly subsidized live/work facility for Miami artists. Launched in 2010, the residency program was established in response to the city’s limited inventory of affordable studio and residential space for artists. The Program is generously funded, in part, by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
To participate in the highly competitive Local Residency Program, individuals were invited through an open-call process to apply online via LegalArt’s website (www.legalartmiami.org). Applications were reviewed by a selection panel consisting of local and national artists and museum professionals. From the applicant pool, panelists identified ten finalists with which to conduct studio visits in order to meet the applicants and experience their work firsthand. Of the ten finalists, five were offered residencies for 2013. This year’s selection panel consisted of:
- Naomi Fisher, artist
- René Morales, Associate Curator, Miami Art Museum
- Brandi Reddick, Communications and Artists Manager, Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
- Chana Sheldon, Executive Director, Locust Projects, Miami
- Shannon Stratton, Executive & Creative Director, threewalls, Chicago
The 2013 LegalArt Local Residents are:
Felecia Carlisle: A native Floridian, Felecia Carlisle maintains a multidisciplinary studio art practice, incorporating video, photography, sculpture, and performance in order to investigate the complex relationship between real and virtual space. Her work has been exhibited in numerous national and international galleries, museums, and public spaces, including a recent solo exhibition at Dorsch Gallery, Miami, and group shows at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; Miami Art Museum; Dimensions Variable, Miami; and Sixth Street Container, Miami. Her work is also part of the Martin Z. Margulies Collection in Miami. Carlisle received an MFA from the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Domingo Castillo: A multidisciplinary artist focusing on site- and situation-specific performance, Domingo Castillo’s work highlights the importance of human experience, interaction, and communication. Through his performances he adopts various social and professional roles, testing the audience’s reaction to his subversion of standardized behavior. Castillo has received numerous awards, including the South Florida Consortium (2012), Miami New Times Mastermind Grants (2012), and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Artist Grant for Open Process (2011), and has led various workshops and lectures at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, and Florida International University, amongst others. He has also participated in residency programs at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ME; Banff Centre, Canada; SOMA, Mexico City; General Practice, Miami; and PipsWork, Providence, RI.
Olivia Ramos: Born in Havana, Cuba, Olivia Ramos’s creative practice is a cross-pollination of visual art and urban development. Through myriad visual language, Ramos maps historical and predictive information in order to identify practical solutions to urban density increase. Currently, Ramos is developing a data-imaging project for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, in collaboration with artist Nicolas Lobo. Ramos is a partner at neon ARCHITECTURE, which was recently selected by General Micro Grids to produce architectural concepts for sustainable art communities. Ramos holds a Masters degree in Real Estate Development + Urbanism from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She currently leads a studio class on sustainability and finance at Florida International University.
Amanda Sanfilippo: A writer and cultural producer focusing on contemporary art and institutions, Amanda Sanfilippo has been engaged in significant independent and professional exhibition projects, public programs, and lectures surrounding non-profit organizations since 2006. She has published over fifteen distinct pieces of writing on contemporary art, including an original book, catalogue essays, print and online articles, and reviews, and has realized over twenty exhibitions both independently and collaboratively. Having gained experience in major institutions such as Creative Time and the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City, and BCA Center in Burlington, Vermont, Sanfilippo currently develops exhibitions and programs at Locust Projects, Miami. She is the Miami correspondent for ArtSlant and a regular contributor to The Miami Rail. Sanfilippo completed her MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, in February 2012.
Reed van Brunschot: Reed van Brunschot employs sculpture, installation, performance, painting, and video to re-materialize every-day objects into unfamiliar states of being. Through subtle yet unexpected modifications to objects placed in transitional and public spaces, van Brunschot captures her audience with nostalgic reminders. Coming from a Peruvian and Dutch decent, her international experience has led her to develop a broad, multi-cultural understanding of visual language and culture. Van Brunschot holds a BFA from the Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam.
Images of the artists and their work are available upon request.
Based in downtown Miami, LegalArt is a non-profit arts organization known for its advocacy and innovative programs supporting today’s artists. Core initiatives include: SeminArt, providing free educational and professional development services to artists; LegalLink, an in-house legal advice and referral service for artists and arts organizations; and the Residency Program, which offers long-term live/work space for local artists and short-term residencies for visiting cultural producers. For more information, please visit us at www.legalartmiami.org.