ArtCrawl Harlem Selects Artist For 2023 Artist Residency Program On The Island

April 26, 2023

ArtCrawl Harlem, a Harlem-based non-profit arts organization will host the 4th season of their “Boundaries and Connection” Artist Residency Program.

The residency takes place on Governor’s Island from May 5th through November 5, 2023, at 406b Colonels Row.

Three NYC area visual artists with residency programs and one literary artist residency. The artists in residence will be (left to right) Daquane Cherry, Courtney Minor, and Martryce Roach.  Dallas, TX based writer Missy Burton will be ArtCrawl Harlem’s inaugural Literary Artist in Residence being awarded a month-long residency. Each visual artist will receive a 3-month residency, free daytime studio space, a stipend, mentoring, and a month-long group exhibition in October featuring their residency artwork.  The theme of ArtCrawl Harlem 2023 Residency Program is “Boombox” an ode to the movement of sound, storytelling, and the celebration of Hip Hop 50. “The ability to provide studio, exhibit and performance space to artists of varying genres will be impactful on the careers of these artists and the community members they will share their crafts with throughout the season on Governors Island” Ulysses Williams, ArtCrawl Harlem, Executive Director shared.

The ArtCrawl Harlem House will feature special art installations and exhibits by NYC based visual artists throughout the season:  

Award-winning Fiber Artist, Cat Schmitz will present “Three Little Birds” an installation that reflects on the memories we make, the music that follows us, and the grief we carry. Schmitz explores the bittersweet relationship she had with her wild and crazy uncle, who filled her young world with wonder, adventure, kindness, and creativity- all while watching him struggle with his own demons and addictions.


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Award-winning, self-taught Fiber and installation Artist, Theda Sandiford will exhibit “Boombox: For Venus & Serena” and four-part, multi-disciplinary salon series about identity through the lens of Hip Hop culture co-facilitated by Deborah Oster Pannell a multi-disciplinary culture producer.

Quilter, Williams Daniels will present “Tagged” an installation that represents the intersection of textile art and graffiti. The project includes several textile works in a graffiti style inspired by the story of New Orleans, Louisiana native and Houston, Texas resident Victor “Munik” Montano, a street art activist caught in the crosshairs of creative expression and the law. It is a critique of society and the mixed messaging around the simultaneous glorification and villainization of graffiti artists and its often life-altering consequences.

Former ArtCrawl Harlem Artist in Residence and mixed media artist, Erica Morales will curate a Pride Month Portraiture Exhibit from June 16- July 2, 2023. The exhibit will explore the stories of LGBTQX people of color through the lens of family and love within the community. The goal is to celebrate the many different forms of family that LGBTQX people of color have created for themselves. Featured artists are Tafy LaPlanche, Ruben Natal San Miguel and Darian Stewart.   

In celebration of 50 years of Hip Hop, ArtCrawl Harlem is collaborating with DJ Likquid who will produce“Banjee BoomBox Hip Hop 50” featuring performances by LGBTQ Hip Hip artists Byr’nt and Baron the Artist.

Non-profit arts, culture, and environmental programs within Governors Island historical homes on Nolan Park and Colonels Row welcome the public to art exhibits, open studios, art talks, and special programming, Friday thru Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm beginning May 5, 2023, through November 5, 2023

For additional information and a calendar of events, please visit: www.artcrawlharlem.org 

Governors Island is accessible by ferry. Visit www.govisland.org/ferry for schedules, tickets, and more information.

ACH 2023 Artists in Residence

Daquane Cherry, Visual Artist in Residence

DaQuane Cherry is a self-taught artist of 7 years.  He moved to New York City as the age of 19 to pursue his career as an artist.  Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Cherry experienced a history of trauma and family challenges.  He expresses his point of view through triumph, therapy and emotional movement.  His work creates space for wonderful memories that were born through challenges and unsure circumstances.

Courtney Minor, Visual Artist in Residence:

Courtney Minor is a self-taught mixed media collage fine artist and designer who spent most of her life researching people and how they express themselves.  Her work explores alternate worlds and physicality. Courtney puts those worlds into physical form via collage whether with abstract figures, graffiti-style motifs or a combination of both. She then translates those into original artworks, fine art prints, home and personal goods. 

Martryce Roach, Visual Artist in Residence

Martryce Roach is a visual artist from New Brunswick, NJ.  She first introduced her work in 2014 at The House of Art in her hometown.  Martryce incorporates elements of music, education, geometric shapes, and environment to construct art stories that speak to the human experience, particularly as it relates to African American culture.

Martryce earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and Africana Studies and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Working with people, resolving problems, advocating for change, fighting against injustice, teaching coping skills, and inspiring resilience have shaped a lot of the context for this artist’s work.   

Missy Burton, Literary Artist in Residence

Missy Burton is an award-winning photographer and the author of “I Am Woman: Ode to the Female Essence.”  She creates expressive imagery that consistently explores the past, present and future effects of social influence regarding human rights.  Burton and her husband, Gregg Young are the Co-Founders of Msanii HOUS, a digital platform designed to facilitate the discovery and acquisition of contemporary art.

While in residency, Burton will work on her new book entitled “Big Mama.”  This book was inspired by Burton’s maternal grandmother, paternal grandmother, and maternal great-grandmother. She intends to write a fiction and non-fiction story that features her photography which will explore who these powerful matriarchs were before they became mothers.

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