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NXTHVN welcomes the latest round of artists and curators

"The cruel splendor" by study colleague Edgar Serrano.

“The Cruel Radiance” by study colleague Edgar Serrano.

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Through a curriculum focused on mentoring, professional development, and skills training, fellows can cultivate their individual practices in a collaborative and community-driven context during the 10-month program.

“Our scholarship welcomes applicants from all over the world, with or without formal art training or a degree in art,” said Kalia Brooks, director of programs and exhibitions at NXTHVN.

Each artist or scholar will have 24-hour access to a private studio space, between 500-824 square feet in the NXTHVN building, and will receive a salary of $ 35,000 for the scholarship year. Curator fellows receive a dedicated office and resource library for the duration of the scholarship year and receive $ 45,000.

Brooks said NXTHVN seeks consistency and a distinct vision when examining its candidates.

“We are looking for artists and curators who have a distinctive vision and express a passion for the arts that is in line with NXTHVN’s ethos of being accessible to ordinary people, disruptive to conventional art learning environments and interventionist in art historical discourse. “, he has declared.

"Take a step forward" by study colleague Donal Guevara.

“Step Up” by study colleague Donal Guevara.

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For Guevara of St. Louis, Mo., being named NXTHVN Fellow means an opportunity for his practice to evolve into one that is far more collaborative and community-based.


“Art will not be the only goal and I think it will be a good thing,” he said. “It’s so exciting to be part of a cohort and mentor / apprenticeship where they all share the common goal of doing evil work that is dedicated to creating a more equal world. It is thanks to this community of creative minds that I am looking forward to coming to New Haven, to learn and grow. But also, when I think about my next trip with NXTHVN, the first sensations that come to my mind are rainbows and sunshine with a hint of jazz and some coffee. “

Currently, Guevara’s work focuses on the idea of ​​the glitch body, drawing on Russell’s Legacy book “Glitch Feminism” and thinking of the glitch as a social enterprise.

“I think my art has become a water-like reflection of my life and my relationship with the world,” said Guevara. “The flaw and contradiction in the work is me, even if the work does not directly concern me as an individual. My upbringing was a bit of a whirlwind with conflicting cultures and families during a time in America when there was a painful silence on many issues openly discussed today, such as the complexity of a mixed family unit in a built social structure. on built racial hierarchies. And now, in my thirties, I’ve had time to find a sense of place and I think it’s in this tug-of-war, or push and pull, where my works reside. “

The program aims to provide fellows with the resources, knowledge and tools they need to advance their careers, both artistically and from a practical and business perspective.

"Pillars of the black water" of study colleague Modupeola Fadugba.

“Black Water Pillars” by study colleague Modupeola Fadugba.

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“Being a member of NXTHVN means having access to knowledge of the art world that is often not taught in traditional arts education: business acumen, pricing work, personal marketing, browsing gallery representation and much more,” he said. Brooks said. “It is also an opportunity for fellows to focus on growing their practice into a structured, yet flexible program. They receive mentoring and critical feedback on their work from the NXTHVN team, as well as from established artists and professionals of the arts. “

The curators and fellows of the artist / studio work closely together throughout the program, enabling them to understand how these professional relationships can unfold once the scholarship is completed.

“For artists, it’s an opportunity to learn how to communicate their work and vision to a curator and make sure they are portrayed accurately,” Brooks said. “For curators, they learn to navigate various personalities and working styles and work with the curatorial team in a world-class gallery for the show culminating at the closing of the scholarship.”

As part of the program, each fellow will mentor an apprentice from a local high school, providing students with practical studio instruction and curatorial practices, something Guevara said he was very excited about and eager to start.

The scholarship program culminates in a group exhibition in a prominent gallery, placing the fellows in the art world. Cohort 4 scholarship dates are August 22 to May 31, 2023.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the salary amounts each fellow receives.

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