Social | August 16 #ArtistHotline Guest Chat: Residencies 101

Social | August 16 #ArtistHotline Guest Chat: Residencies 101

Artists of all disciplines: what do you do with the gifts of time and space?

On August 16, 2017, the monthly Artist Professional Development Day #ArtistHotline returns to Twitter from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM EST. As part of August’s all-day virtual forum on Twitter, we’ll host a “Residencies 101″ Guest Chat with sound artist Maria Chávez, Residency Program Manager at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Holly Kranker, and poet Sally Wen Mao, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST.

After you’ve done the legwork of determining which programs are a good fit, and then applying for those residencies, what comes next? Here are a few questions our three panelists may tackle:

  • Is it better to create and stick to a regimented schedule during a residency, or to remain flexible and open to inspiration?
  • Can you prepare for a residency, and, if so, how?
  • How do you know when to take a break, or work on a different project, during a residency?
  • How can you maintain momentum after you return to daily life?
  • If you can’t attend a residency due to financial or time constraints, how can you simulate a de facto residency where you are now?

On August 16, we’re hoping you’ll share your own residency-related insights and questions from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST using the hashtag #ArtistHotline via your Twitter account. And from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM EST, NYFA staff, partnering organizations, and individual artists will discuss a wide variety of artist professional development topics, from marketing and fundraising to studio protection and relationships with galleries, curators, and editors.

Guest Chat Bios


Maria Chávez was born in Lima, Peru and is based in New York City. Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist, and DJ. Accidents, coincidence, and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations, and other works with her improvised solo turntable performance practice. Chávez was chosen to be a composer fellow with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy, and is currently a research fellow with the Sound Practice Research Department of Goldsmith’s University of London and an arts fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She was an artist-in-residence with CEC Artslink in St. Petersburg, Russia, has presented sound installation and performance works for the Judd Foundation (Marfa, Texas), and presented a new sound piece for Every Time A Ear di Soun, a documenta 14 radio program, on air from April 8 to September 17, 2017.

Find Chávez tweeting @Chavezsayz.


Holly Kranker is a visual artist who investigates our universal sense of place, personal memory, and our efforts to suspend moments in time using a variety of media. Kranker joined the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2013 as the Residency Program Manager. In this capacity, she facilitates all activities related to the organization’s international Artist-in-Residence Program, including the application, selection, and scheduling for artists-in-residence and coordination of all residency public programs. She also serves as a liaison between artists and the local and regional community, providing a range of additional support services. Prior to joining the Bemis Center, Kranker was Studio Manager and Lead Assistant to renowned glass sculptor Therman Statom. 

Find Kranker tweeting @bemiscenter.


Sally Wen Mao is the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at The George Washington University. She is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014) and the forthcoming Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019). Her work has been published in The Best American Poetry 2013, A Public Space, Poetry, Tin House, Missouri Review, and others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Foundation, Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hedgebrook, and others. 

Find Mao tweeting @sallywenmao.

Inspired by the NYFA Source Hotline, #ArtistHotline is an initiative dedicated to creating an ongoing online conversation around the professional side of artistic practice. #ArtistHotline occurs on the third Wednesday of each month on Twitter. Our goal is to help artists discover the resources needed, online and off, to develop sustainable careers.

This initiative is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Images, from top: Roxa Smith (Fellow in Painting ‘12, Basil Alkazzi Artist-in-Residence), Pillow Hideaway, 2010; courtesy Maria Chávez, detail of photo by Pamela Smacking for Lust Auf Krems; courtesy Holly Kranker; courtesy Sally Wen Mao

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