Created eight years ago, the Emmanuel College Artists in Residence (ECAR) program provides time, space and support for established and emerging artists to develop their work.
According to Chantal Harris, art studio manager and administrative director of ECAR, this year's group was selected from some 200 artists who applied for the program. The artists, who are typically selected in the areas of ceramics, photography, printmaking and social justice, are provided with on-campus housing and access to Emmanuel's art studios, plus a stipend for supplies and travel.
At the end of their eight-week residency, on August 9, the artists will display the works they created over the summer at an on-campus exhibition. In addition, they will donate one work of art to the College's collection. Harris said that, to date, 44 works of art produced by ECAR program artists have been donated to Emmanuel. During the school year, the artists will be invited back to Emmanuel to lecture and provide instruction.
According to Harris, "ECAR connects Emmanuel with a vibrant art community, bringing artists from across the globe to enrich the art department program. The work that is donated to the college is directly integrated into courses taught by the art department allowing students to study a contemporary artist and have a chance to reach out and connect with that person during their visit on campus. Through these lectures and demonstrations, students are experimenting with new techniques and concepts as introduced by the visiting artists."
This year's artists in residence are:
Benjamin Hoste - A non-fiction, documentary photographer based in New York, Hoste's photographs have been featured in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine and others. His work is held in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Colin McMullan - McMullan studied Linguistics, Russian and Sculpture at Brandeis University and earned an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Connecticut. He creates "active, cooperative, public work often utilizing vehicles, play, conversation, publications and food."
Jackie Brown - a sculpture installation artist, Brown works to create "immersive environments that invite viewers into imagined biological systems." She holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.