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2021 / 2022 Project Space Artists-in-Residence

Announcing Visual Studies Workshop 2021 / 2022 Project Space Artists-in-Residence

From left to right: Rebecca Aloisio, Ambarien Alqadar, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Ligia Bouton, Samantha Box, Granville Carroll, Lili Chin, Maya Ciarrocchi, Kelli Connell and Natalie Krick, Duke and Battersby, India Johnson, Işık Kaya and Thomas Georg Blank, Salome Kokoladze, Jodie Mack, Bárbara Oettinger, Ahndraya Parlato, Jenn Poggi and Josh Meltzer, Rashaad Parker, Kelly Sears, Savannah Wood

Visual Studies Workshop announced today the 24 artists awarded upcoming September 2021 – September 2022 Project Space Artist Residencies. The Artists-in-Residence, including 4 collaborations, were selected from over 100 applicants by a team of VSW curators, a former Artist-in-Residence, and an outside curator. 

The Project Space residency program at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY is a studio workspace for artists working in photography, book art, film, and media art. The residency program provides artists the opportunity to experiment with new work or new display strategies, and to have discussions with critics, curators, graduate students, and the community-at-large about works-in-progress. Selected artists receive a stipend, housing, and 4 weeks in a dedicated Project Space studio at VSW, where they will have access to bookbinding and digital printing studios, a photo darkroom and screen printing lab, and the Nathan Lyons Research Center library and collections.

Selected Artists

Rebecca Aloisio

Ambarien Alqadar

Keliy Anderson-Staley

Ligia Bouton

Samantha Box

Granville Carroll

Lili Chin

Maya Ciarrocchi

Kelli Connell and Natalie Krick

Duke and Battersby 

India Johnson 

Işık Kaya and Thomas Georg Blank

Salome Kokoladze 

Jodie Mack 

Bárbara Oettinger

Ahndraya Parlato

Jenn Poggi and Josh Meltzer

Rashaad Parker

Kelly Sears

Savannah Wood

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VSW Project Space Residencies are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Max and Marian Farash Foundation; and Joy of Giving Something.




VSW Awarded Recordings at Risk Grant

Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) is pleased to announce our project, Towards a Democratic Medium: Video Activism and Community Television in the 1970’s-Preserving the Portable Channel Tapes has received a $36,950 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), a program made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This CLIR grant will enable the digitization and online access of two hundred open reel video tapes from the Portable Channel collection.

Portable Channel (1971-1987) was founded in Rochester by feminist filmmaker and disability rights activist Bonnie Sherr Klein. Klein, along with other independent media activists in the Rochester region, created Portable Channel to support community access to video equipment, provide training, and produce programs with an emphasis on community activism, documentary and independent filmmaking. Portable Channel also assisted underrepresented populations in Rochester with producing programs that addressed issues and interests important to their communities. Under Klein’s leadership (1971- 1975) Portable Channel developed a relationship with the public television station WXXI-TV, which gave the group a monthly slot that aired their program titled HOMEMADE TV. The programs varied in format and content but were united in the goal to expand television’s possibilities. A selection from the archive is available to watch on the VSW website

About VSW:
Visual Studies Workshop was founded in 1969 by photographer and curator Nathan Lyons (1930–2016). VSW’s mission is to support makers and interpreters of images through exhibitions, publications, education and research collections. Visit for more information.

About CLIR:
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information:

Contact Tara Merenda Nelson, Curator of Moving Image Collections