In the five years since the Vytlacil Campus Artist-in-Residency Program began, more than 100 artists from around the country and from more than dozen nations have enjoyed a residency's at "Vyt," including 40 residents in ourmost recent year. The links on this page offer profiles, testimony and work from Vyt resident alumni.
RESIDENT PROFILE: MACAULAY CAMPBELL
Mr. Campbell earned an Art Students League scholarship to attend Vyt Air during the 2008-2009 year. A student of sculptors Seiji Saito and Gary Sussman at the League and a graduate of the Northwest College of Art, Mr. Campbell has earned awards and scholarships from the Art Students League and Audubon Artists, Inc. In New York, his work has been exhibited the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea and solo exhibits at 500 Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center. He is currently pursuing a masters degree at NYU's ITP program where he is incorporating his vast sculpting experience with new technologies and materials. http://www.macaulaycampbell.com
RESIDENT PROFILE: OLGA KITT
An artist from the Bronx, New York, Ms. Kitt studied with Hans Hofmann in the 1950s. In recent years, she has worked in a graffiti style, “undeniably a Bronx expression...as native as rap music” she says. Her work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Ms. Kitt says “the salient features of graffiti style are speed of execution, a message quickly grasped by a moving observer, an indelible media, acceptance of impermanence, and a joyful attitude” The New York Times in 2007 praised Ms. Kitt's “canny rendering of Van Gogh's Starry Night as a Graffiti and her Picasso redux, Demoiselles Da Bronx." Her work at Vyt AIR in the summer of 2009 forwarded Ms. Kitt’s determination to connect graffiti to more classical art forms and thereby to further its legitimization as a fine art genre.
RESIDENT PROFILE: Daisuke Kiyomiya
Japanese sculptor, Mr. Kiyomiya was one of the first Vytlacil residents in the Summer of 2007. He earned the 2009 National Sculpture Society’s Alex J. Ettle Grant for a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work, and the Izumi Nishi Special Memorial Award in the first International Medallic Sculpture Competition for Emerging Artists (2006). He has exhibited at the Consulate General of Japan and the Salmagundi Club in New York, and at the Finn Gallery at the Greenwich (CT) Library. In his application to Vytlacil Mr. Kiyomiya wrote, “Almost every day I come up with an idea for the next project. If I receive the residency grant I would be able to concentrate on developing my art in a more original way without the worry of money, time, and space.”
RESIDENT PROFILE: GALINA MANIKOVA
An international artist living in Norway, Ms. Manikova was a Vytlacil Campus resident in May 2008 at the age of 55. She has studied or had residencies in Japan, the Netherlands, China, Germany, France, England, Israel, and the former Soviet Union, and has exhibited in solo or group shows in eight nations. Her commissioned work includes sculptures and installations for the blind in Jerusalem. Her “unforgettable experience at Vytlacil” produced an exhibit there entitled, Connecting wall New York, with photographic portraits of local people juxtaposed with their wishes as expressed to Ms. Manikova in interviews. Ms. Manikova later incorporated spring photographs taken at Vytlacil into work at SNØSKULPTUR HOVDEN 2009, an ice sculpture project in the mountains of southern Norway in January 2009 is shown here.
“What has been special about this particular part of the walls project is the fact that people in the USA were different from people from other places,” Manikova writes in the legacy internet rendition of her Vytlacil work (http://www.galina.no). “Everybody who I asked to pose for a portrait would get suspicious and scared, even when I tried to identify myself and explain what I was doing. If I finally managed to talk them into it, they would not give me their honest wishes, but just say something nice, like caring about the planet and the world.” http://www.galina.no/
RESIDENT PROFILE: YOKO SUETSUGU
Ms. Suetsugu was born and raised in Fukushima in northern Japan and moved to New York City in 1998. After college graduation, she entered the Art Students League of New York where she studied with Bruce Dorfman, mainly in the realm of combined media. Following her Summer 2007 Vytlacil residency, Ms. Suetsugu earned her first solo show at the Ouchi Gallery in downtown Brooklyn. She has half a dozen other New York City group shows to her credit. Her grants and scholarships include the Suki Kurjian Memorial Scholarship. She went to Vyt AIR in part "to search for the possibilities between light and shadow, translucent surfaces, and metal and welded works.” http://www.zankandmarsllc.com/agency/artists/YokoSugetsugu01.html