Meet Oolite Arts’ new visual and film arts residents at Resident Night on February 10
January 6, 2022 (MIAMI) – Oolite Arts reinforces its commitment to supporting Miami-based visual artists with the selection of its 2022 Studio residence and Cinematographic arts residency recipients. These essential programs provide exceptional visual artists with workspace, funding, professional development and other resources in addition to connecting them with opportunities to showcase their work and engage with the community. The public can meet the 14 new and old visual artists and one film artist at a resident party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, which will coincide with the artist’s opening Roscoè B. Thické IIIfirst solo exhibition of Oolite Arts.
First established by the late Ellie Schneiderman in 1984 as ArtCenter / South Florida to provide affordable workspaces for Miami visual artists, Oolite Arts’ rich history now spans nearly four decades and features programs that elevate local artists in a variety of mediums. Over the coming year, Oolite Arts will provide new opportunities for visual and film artists, in addition to an arts program for neighborhood youth and adults in its new arts complex, slated to open in 2023.
“We are proud to fulfill Ellie’s legacy by continuing to support talented artists in our community and provide them with the tools necessary to help them thrive, including our prestigious residency programs,” said Dennis Scholl, President and CEO of Oolite Arts. “It is remarkable to witness the evolution of these artists which unfolds during their residencies. I can’t wait to see their works come to life in our studios.
This year, 14 Miami-based visual artists working in various disciplines are continuing or have been newly selected for the two-year Studio residency program, which offers up to 600 square feet of studio space at the Oolite Arts location in Miami Beach, opportunities to network with other renowned artists and curators, exhibit their work and more. The artists were selected by an independent jury including Amy Galpin, Meaghan Kent, Leilani Lynch and Larry Ossei-Mensah.
The 8 new Residents of Studio 2022 are:
Rose-Marie Cromwell is a photographer whose work explores the effects of globalization on our intimate lives and the thin space between the political and the spiritual. His first book, El Libro Supremo de la Suerte, was published in 2018 and was named one of the “25 Best Photo Books of 2018” by TIME Magazine.
Caroline cueva is an interdisciplinary artist of Peruvian origin who works in sculpture, performance and 2D artwork. Her work examines identity, ancestry and displacement through personal narrative, history and the transcendent.
Co-residents Reverend Houston R. Cypress & Jeans Sarmiento has formed the Love The Everglades movement and will function as a “Concierge for the Everglades Action,” providing the community with resources and access to connect with the Greater Everglades. In the studio, Sarmiento will experiment by creating prototypes of his sustainable water towers and other functional sculptures inspired by bio-mimicry. Reverend Cypress will collaborate on documenting queer ecological knowledge through a series of textual works, photographs and videos.
Friday is a multidisciplinary artist who creates large-scale works, incorporating a chalk and blackboard aesthetic, that criticize pop culture and mass media for the recurring messages they present to audiences regarding black bodies.
Reginald O’Neal creates oil paintings that reflect the intricacy of the African American experience in her hometown of Overtown. He bases his paintings on original photographs, which reveal personal and community stories of domestic violence, marginalization, loss and beauty.
Edison Peñafiel was born in Ecuador and works with site-specific, immersive video and multimedia installations that create surreal echoes of our world. Informed by his own life, Peñafiel centers the migrant as a subject.
Ema ri (they / them) is an identified, Cuban-American, Miami-based queer artist. The artist’s work is procedural, layered and expressive in nature and, in many ways, a reflection of the artist. Rather than communicating with words or using a visual narrative to illustrate a story or a moment in time, the artist’s work presents materials that are often seen in the home and in the workplace.
The 6 returning residents of Studio 2022 are:
Jen clay creates elaborate and whimsical installations and performances, which present non-human forms that speak to audiences through audio or stitched messages to make fear, anxiety and uncertainty accessible.
Yanira Collado is a conceptual artist who harnesses veiling techniques within abstraction to protect visual vestiges of modes of resistance and difference. In her work, she uses reclaimed literary texts and textiles, as well as a variety of building materials, including wood, concrete, masonry brick, iron, and drywall.
Marc Fleuridor is a Haitian-American artist, who explores his personal history in his background and familiar experiences through painting, quilting, collage and pattern making.
Felice GrodinHis work combines the real and the virtual through experimental and transdisciplinary projects that reframe the familiar and confront the strange. With a background in architecture, his exhibition Felice Grodin: Invasive species (2018-present) at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), became the first exhibition of contemporary art only in augmented reality (AR) in the United States.
Elliot Mansa has developed an assemblage practice that references materials found in roadside memorials, applying ritualistic practices and an aesthetic to religious and vernacular sculptural traditions from West Africa, the Caribbean and South.
Roscoè B. Thické III is a photographer, visual artist and community advocate born and raised in Miami Gardens. His work centers on the resilience of the mind, the affliction of memory and the art of “seeing”. Thické will begin his first solo exhibition, ORDER MY STEPS: There are no answers here, continue, at Oolite Arts from February 10 to May 15, 2022.
The 2022 Cinematographic Arts Resident is:
Greko Sklavounos, a Miami-based artist and filmmaker, has been shortlisted for the Cinematographic arts residency. Sklavounos received a BFA in Film from Florida State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. His work addresses memory and mythology at the personal, cultural and transgenerational levels. During his residency at Oolite Arts, Sklavounos, of Greek and Mexican descent, will develop a film about a man who must face nature after his grandfather introduced himself to him as a spirit. Sklavounos was chosen by a national jury of film experts including Zia Anger, Andrew Hevia, Jason Jeffers, Diana Peralta and Naima Ramos-Chapman.
“I am delighted to be working with Oolite Arts and look forward to pushing the limits of opportunity in a film inspired by the landscape – the magic of the earth and how it transforms a man’s inner world,” said Sklavounos.
This residency is just one aspect of Oolite Arts’ Cinematic Arts program which aims to strengthen Miami’s growing independent film community. Now in its fourth year, the initiative gives a filmmaker up to $ 50,000 to create a micro-budget narrative feature film, with a producer to oversee the project and shared studio space for production. The residency also includes masterclasses, workshops, film screenings and other unique opportunities.
Visit oolitearts.org to learn more about the Studio residence and Cinematographic arts residency programs.
Residents’ night at Oolite Arts
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida
Thursday February 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
About Oolite Arts
Oolite Arts helps Miami-based artists advance their careers and inspires the cultural community to engage in their work. Founded in 1984, Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing visual artists with the studio space, exhibition opportunities, and financial support they need to experience, grow and enrich the city. Through its educational programming, Oolite Arts helps Miamiians learn about contemporary art and develop their own artistic skills.
Oolite Arts exhibitions and programs are made possible through support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Council of Cultural Affairs; Miami-Dade County Mayor and County Council of Commissioners; the mayor of Miami Beach and city commissioners; Florida State, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Funding Arts Network and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit oolitearts.org. Follow @oolitearts on social media.