Residency Dates: June 25, 2023 - July 15, 2023
Application Deadline: April 02, 2023

Please note this is a themed residency titled Forums for Storytelling:

This ACA residency with visual artist Alteronce Gumby, interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia, and writer/curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will be an experience designed to unfurl the power of overlapping ideas, abstraction, the body, and materiality as forums for contemporary storytelling.

This three-week residency will feature dedicated time with each mentor and group sessions organized for the collective to build comradery, learn, and listen to each other.

During the residency, the mentors seek to unpack a series of questions, including:


-How can the human body connect to physical materials?

-How can the body be energized through engagement with the material world?

-How can one use their body and materials to tell a story about their identity?

-How can writing, painting, or dance be abstracted?

-How can the act of painting be a dance and performance within itself?

-How can movement work and performance be a form of writing?


Alteronce Gumby is an artist and local of New York City. His artistic practice includes painting, ceramics, installation, and performance. Gumby’s work has been exhibited at galleries such as Hauser & Wirth, Gladstone Gallery, and Camden Arts Centre. In his recent exhibition Cross Colours at Bode Projects in Berlin, the power of complementary colours is presented in works that reference colour exercises in Joseph Albert’s Interaction of Colour. Through Gumby’s fluorescent and chromatic spectrum of iridescent colour, the artist engages the viewer and expands the notions through which we perceive form and colour, the subjectivity on identity, the materiality on earth and in cosmic space.

Gumby graduated from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2016. He has won notable awards such as the Austrian American Foundation/ Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts and the Robert Reed Memorial Scholarship. Gumby has also participated in numerous international artist residencies such as the Rauschenberg Residency (2019), London Summer Intensive (2016), Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria (2015), 6Base (2016), and as the 2016 recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship at the Fondation des Étas-Unis in Paris. His work was featured in BOMB Magazine, Freize & Vogue publications. Gumby has also curated exhibitions such as To Dream Avante-Garde at Hammond Harkins Galleries and A Muffled Sound Under Water at Latchkey Gallery. Gumby has published his first monograph, Color Is A Beautiful Thing, with Charles Moffett & False Flag outlining six years of his painting practice from 2014 to 2020.

Residency Statement:

In this residency, we will be addressing painting as an object, an action, and an idea focused through the lens of abstraction. Our goal will be to examine the history of abstraction and the history of man as a vehicle to explore yourselves as individuals. All things will be considered as an artistic approach. We will often work in a theoretical space, guided by a sense of self that can only be understood through the process of doing. Weekly meetings will alternate between film screenings, readings, critiques, and studies in the field.
I’m looking for applicants who are passionate about abstraction and painting.

Application Requirements:

● CV

● Artist Statement

● 3-5 prior projects

● 250-word response: Why would you like to attend this residency?

● Summarize your project in one sentence


Residency Fee: Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)


Application closed January 15.


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