The Monhegan Artists Residency Program is pleased to announce the three recipients of the 2014 fellowships. Multi-media artist, Victoria Statsenko, who graduates from the Maine College Art in May, will be the island resident from May 31st through July 4th. The second artist-teacher residency from July 5th through July 18th was awarded to printmaker Scott Minzy, an art instructor at Erskine Academy in South China, Maine. Falmouth painter, Jan ter Weele, will be in residence on the island from September 6th through October 10th.
The residency program is aimed at emerging visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program isto enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection and the jurors for the 2014 application process were photographer and installation artist Elizabeth Atterbury; photographer Bryan Graf, who teaches at the Maine College of Art; and Monhegan watercolor painter, Bruce Kornbluth.
This year marks the 25thanniversary of the Monhegan Residency program. Since its founding in 1989, the organization has sponsored the work 48 Maine artists including Marguerite Robichaux (1990), whose career was the subject of a retrospective at the Pucker Gallery in Boston in 2013; Joe Kievitt (1996) and Alina Gallo (2011), both of whom had work chosen for the 2013 Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial; and Cynthia Davis (2006), whose inventive “map-making” received critical praise last year in the pages of the Portland Press Herald during her solo exhibition at the Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick. This summer, the work of 34 former Monhegan Residency artists will be the focus of a special exhibition at Thos. Moser’s Freeport, Maine, showroom and gallery from June 19th through October 14th.