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International Artist Residencies

Organizers: Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, Asian Cultural Council
Collaborator: La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Guest Speakers:
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Jay Brown, Founder of the Lijiang Studio in Yunnan Province
Cecily Cook, Director of Programs, Asian Cultural Council
Ping Chong, Artistic Director, Ping Chong + Company
Cui Qiao, President, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation
Jane DeBevoise, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive
David J. Diamond, Curator, La MaMa Umbria International Programs
Ursula Eagly, Dancer/Choreographer
Susan Hapgood, Executive Director, International Studio & Curatorial Program
Li Mu, Visual Artist
René Lorenceau, Former CEO, Swatch Art Peace Hotel
Jennifer Wen Ma, Visual Artist
Fito Segrera, Former Head of Research/Creation at the Chronus Art Center
Miho Walsh, Executive Director, Asian Cultural Council
Karen Wong, Deputy Director, New Museum
Mia Yoo, Artistic Director, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

The following is a transcript of the International Artist Residencies panel, co-hosted by the Asian Cultural Council, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club on October 12, 2018 as part of Creative China Festival 2018.  The hosting organizations share the belief that international cultural exchange is essential to fostering understanding and respect in the world. This immersive international exchange holds the potential for powerfully transformative experiences that benefit the individual artists involved, the communities in the exchange country, and the artists’ communities at home.

Focusing primarily on residency programs committed to the exchange of artists between China and the United States, International Artist Residencies gathered arts professionals who design and run residencies alongside artists who have participated in such programs for a three-panel discussion: Artist Residencies and Community Engagement, The Experience of the Residency, and After the Residency. Representatives from programs in China and the United States presented a range of residency models that employ varying strategies to facilitate community engagement, maintain alumni networks, and provide artists access to global artistic communities.

To build on the momentum of this panel, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and Asian Cultural Council have transcribed and edited the content of the panel. Beijing Contemporary Arts Foundation has compiled a list of artist residency programs and resources in the U.S. and China. 

* Please note that positions or titles noted at the time of the panel may have changed since the publication of this transcript. 

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