2018-2019 Artists in Residence

The ten-month Artist-in-Residence program for individual artists places specific emphasis on those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity and works to advance their artistic ambitions and opportunities. During this program, resident artists have access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space at or near the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, as well as access to the academic and research resources of the University.

2018-19 Artists-in-Residence. From left to right: Jarvis Boyland; Amina Ross; Brandon Breaux

Jarvis Boyland navigates intersections of black identity through portraiture. Based on photographic images that are reconfigured to create specific compositions, his paintings focus on queer men of color within intimate spaces, sensitively highlighting the nuances of these complex interpersonal relationships, identities, and locales. His goal is for his work to bridge communities; moreover, generations of people through pictorial and studio spaces. Jarvis received his BFA from the University of Memphis.

Brandon Breaux, a Chicago South Side resident, is a fine artist and multidisciplinary designer who’s creative experience is comprised of painting, video, print, and interactive media. Breaux’s work primarily focuses on providing representation of diverse narratives within the fine art space. Through exhibition, public art and using advertising as a medium, he encourages his audience to question the societal perceptions they may have of themselves and the value they place on their communities.

Amina Ross is an undisciplined creator. They work across mediums, shaping spaces that celebrate darkness, physicality, and love through language, video installations, sculpture, and curatorial engagements. Amina has exhibited work, spoken on panels and taught workshops at venues throughout the US. Amina’s intention within a media-centering practice is to engage sensuality and sense-perception as a way of  reclaiming the body.

Artist Residency programs are supported by Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, and The Joyce Foundation.