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YRAC Artist in Residence Program



Artist in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence Program offers an opportunity for York Region based artists to further develop their professional practice and gain exposure in the arts and culture sector. Artists spend three months working in a host space with access to a dedicated work space and resources. Open to artists of varying levels and disciplines, this program provides an opportunity for artists to build their portfolio in a professional atmosphere and can help gain exposure to potential partners, media channels, and patrons of the arts. This is a unique opportunity for York Region artists to gain the resources and accessibility to improve their professional work while simultaneously contributing to a creative York Region. 

Artists in Residence Program Goals:

  • Create a new work of art inspired by the space & community of the host organization

  • Engage the community in which the artist will be hosted

  • Provide an opportunity for York Region artists to build their portfolio

  • Provide resources and exposure to support artists in York Region 

  • Contribute to the creation of a vibrant York Region

The current 2019 Artists in Residence are being hosted by the Kortright Centre for Conservation and the Lake St. George Field Centre. Artists receive a budget of $2500 and a work space for the duration of the residency. 

The current Artists in Residence are Leonora Buskin, Nancy Falconi, and Joanna Huang. 

About the Artists: 

Leonora Buskin is an emerging young artist and an Ontario certified arts educator based in the City of Vaughan. As part of her professional development, Leonora has been experimenting with a mixed media approach that involves the integration of botanical specimens into her paintings, photographs, and stained glass works. Pressed botanical arrangements have become a symbol for memory in her work, particularly the preservation of a moment in time. Leonora graduated with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from York University in 2017, and will be graduating from MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management Certificate Program this year.

Leonora's Upcoming Workshops: 
Plein Air Workshop at the Kortright Centre for Conservation - August 21, 2019
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For Nancy Falconi photography is a reunion with a long lost love that dates back to the photos she would take of her three younger sisters as a child. Her career has always been about relationships first as a Human Resources Professional in the corporate world. Then returning to her passion for photography, capturing images of her subjects that are at once evocative, emotional, and dynamic. Her strength lies in the ability to capture the essence of a moment or a being in an instant. Her images and mixed media artwork have been widely published, collected & exhibited in editorial/advertising campaigns and galleries.

Nancy's Upcoming Workshops: 
Photography as Meditation at the Kortright Centre for Conservation - Saturday August 17 & Saturday September 28, 2019, 9am - 12pm
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Joanne Rich is an artist with a focus on sustainability, in which her backyard has become the source for her materials. Branches are used to form the skeleton for her lanterns, and plants used for papermaking are grown for their fibers. Joanne has won first place at Whitchurch-Stouffville Art in the Park. She has also won first place in 3D art from the South Simcoe Arts Council. Today with support from the Ontario Arts Council, she continues to teach papermaking and lantern making skills to students throughout Ontario.

Joanne's Upcoming Workshops: 
Floating Concert, Passages at Dusk at Lake St George -  September 14, 2019, 5-7:30pm
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These artists will be in residence from now until September 2019. Look back in the Spring of 2020 for applications for next years' cohort. 

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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