The Queens Museum has chosen the recipients of its inaugural studio program, which will provide artists with subsidized studio space for one year. The nine recipients—Juan Betancurth, Onyedika Chuke, Shahab Fotouhi, Caitlin Keogh, Mike Kenney, Filip Olzeweski and Bunny Rogers, Jewyo Rhii and Caroline Woolard—were chosen from a pool of roughly 400 applicants vying for eight new studios that range from 200 to 550 square feet in size. Though one year in the studios is guaranteed, artists may be able to extend their tenure to two years.
“This first group reflects a diversity of approaches and backgrounds that will bring a fantastic energy to our new space,” said the Queens Museum’s executive director, Tom Finkelpearl, in a news release. “We’re excited to see the work that emerges and the dialogues that ensue. There is nothing like having real, live artists in the building at all times.” The group of artists was selected by a jury composed of Regine Basha, a guest curator who chaired the selection process; Mr. Finkelpearl; Curator Larissa Harris; Prerana Reddy, director of public events; Jason Yoon, director of education; Chuck Close Rome Prize-winning artist Daniel Bozhkov; and Anthony Huberman, director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Artists will move into their new studios on Aug. 1. They will be open to the public during the museum’s post-expansion reopening weekend in October.