Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council recently selected two artists to receive international artist residencies in Dresden, Germany on behalf of GCAC’s Dresden Residency Program. The 2012 Dresden Residency Program recipients are Sue Cavanaugh and Jenny Fine.
“The International Committee was impressed by the exceptional proposals that Sue and Jenny submitted,” said Nicholas Hill, committee chair and GCAC board member. “Clearly, they will take full advantage of their time in Dresden to capitalize on the city’s cultural and historical resources as they develop their studio work.”
Cavanaugh specializes in dyeing and patterning fabric with stitch resist Shibori. She has adapted traditional dyeing processes and cites water, flowing and still, as a reference for her practice. Her work has been shown in international and national exhibitions and is included in public and private collections in Ohio, New Mexico, California, New York and Washington. Cavanaugh has won awards at the Shibori Cut Loose exhibition at the Textile Center in Minneapolis and is a two-time recipient of the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design. She also participated in an artist exchange at the International Shibori Symposium in Lyon and Paris. Cavanaugh lives and works in the Short North Arts District in Columbus, and is represented by the Circle Gallery in Columbus and the gráficas Gallery in Nantucket.
Fine received a BFA from the University of Alabama in 2006 and an MFA from The Ohio State University in 2010. Currently, she teaches as a photography lecturer in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, and works as a studio assistant at Ann Hamilton Studios and a gallery assistant for The Pizzuti Collection. She also taught English in Wuhan, China from 2001 to 2002 and worked at an orphanage in Nigeria in 2003. From 2006 to 2008, she taught as an elementary art specialist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Fine was awarded a National Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in 2006 as well as a Fergus Memorial Scholarship in 2009. She has shown her artwork in solo exhibitions and group shows throughout the United States.
GCAC, in conjunction with the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and the Fine Arts, has been providing Columbus artists the opportunity to experience a residency in Dresden since 1994. Recipients of GCAC’s Individual Artist Fellowships in Visual Arts and finalists from the current year’s applications for the Fellowships are eligible to apply for the Dresden Residency. There were nine applicants for the Residency in 2011. The artists will travel to Dresden sometime between March 1 and November 30, for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks and a maximum of twelve.
The Dresden Residency Program provides an extended period of time for the artist to concentrate on research and production so that his/her artwork benefits significantly. Various work and research facilities are made available to the artist. GCAC also supports the artist by providing living quarters, a monthly stipend, travel accommodations, and fosters a relationship between the artist and the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and Fine Arts. While in Dresden, the artist is expected to act as a representative for the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the city of Columbus.
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