Wave Pool Announces Artists in Residence for 2017 ‘Art Space Is Your Space’ Program

Wave Pool is pleased to announce the artists in residence for the 2017 Art Space Is Your Space program. Natasha Croes, sound artist from Aruba will be joining us for the month of May and Detroit-based social practice artist Whitney Sage will be staying at Wave Pool in July. 

Image courtesy of Natusha Croes

Image courtesy of Natusha Croes

Wave Pool is excited to host our first performance artist in residence by welcoming Natusha Croes in May 2017. Croes is a performance artist from Aruba with an affinity for creating music in an unconventional manner. During her time in Cincinnati she will pursue her interest in the spaces we create in order to interact and relate or reflect. She will spend her time organizing workshops and exchange sessions that unfold the possibility of transmuting objects into instruments. She has been involved in immersive theatre and would like to continue exploring the lines in between performative spaces and creating worlds to undergo or evoke an experience. In her own words, “I’m always trying to recognize a space around me as performative or playful. During these last few years I have been trying to incite a playground thru the installations and spaces I have set up. Most of the performances I have done so far required an involvement. I’m mostly developing works that begs for a dialogue.” 

Prayer Flags for Detroit), Whitney Sage, 2014, Flags installed in Detroit, Michigan

Prayer Flags for Detroit), Whitney Sage, 2014, Flags installed in Detroit, Michigan

In July 2017 Wave Pool will welcome Whitney Sage, a socially engaged artist from Detroit, Michigan. During her residency Sage will be focusing on the problems and dreams of Cincinnati residents. She, along with residents through a series of workshops, will then illustrate the dreams and struggles on community-sourced found and donated fabric that will then be transformed into public sculpture in a style reminiscent of Tibetan prayer flags. The flags will be hung around the city on sites that are identified as needing luck and protection. The goal of this project, for Sage, is to “reinsert people within the storyline of a city, while also showing the quiet, but strong DIY optimism and activism that exemplifies small but significant acts done by everyday people who work to better their cities everyday.”  

The Art Space Is Your Space program awards sponsored residencies to local, national, and international artists. Residencies from 2-6 weeks include flexible live/work studio space, a month long exhibition in our gallery (when appropriate), opportunities for artistic community engagement and programming, and a small travel/living stipend. Residents become part of the dynamic artistic community of Camp Washington and are asked to engage the community in at least one public workshop, program, or performance during their stay. Projects are to be artist developed and in line with their work. The program emphasizes two-way engagement, offering exceptional arts experiences to Wave Pool’s local community and unique benefits and exhibition opportunities to the artists in residence. The artists were selected from a pool of applicants who responded to the open call in Fall 2016. Applications were reviewed by the Creative Review Committee, a jury consisting of local arts professionals Denise Burge, Joe Gorman, Andy Marko, Steven Matijcio, Chase Melendez, and Maria Seda-Reeder.

Art Space is Your Space is funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.