The ten-month Artist-in-Residence program for individual artists places specific emphasis on those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity and works to advance their artistic ambitions and opportunities. During this program, resident artists have access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space at or near the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, as well as access to the academic and research resources of the University.
2016-17 Artists-in-Residence. From left to right: Lauren Ash; Stephen Flemister; YAW
Lauren Ash is the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, a lifestyle brand focused on cultivating holistic wellness, inner beauty, and self empowerment for women of color. She is also a certified yoga instructor, wellness curator, and creative writer. She is passionate about building authentic and meaningful community amongst women of color, people of color more broadly, and creatives and inspiring all people to live by their intentions and chase after their curiosities with enthusiasm, faith, and vision.
Ash’s work has been published in Design*Sponge, Blavity, and she has recently been featured in Nylon, The Cut, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Elle.com. She is currently loving all things sports luxe, red wine, travel, and the monthly black joy centered day party she co-founded: Party Noire.
Join Lauren at the Arts Incubator every other Tuesday for Seva practice.
Stephen Flemister (born in Chicago, IL, 1977) is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, printmedia and new media, with practices invested in modes of portraiture, influences of digital culture and their common forms of application. Through objects, installations, and experimental studies, Flemister explores methods of visibility and fabricated realities, among social systems. Flemister received his BA in Interactive Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago and his MFA in the Low Residency Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works have been shown at Hyde Park Art Center, Columbia College, South Side Community Art Center, and Arts Incubator with public installations and performance throughout Chicago.
YAW has performed on both the theatrical and musical stage. He has toured in the play Red, Black and Green: a blues (MAPP) and performed in the world premiere of the musical, "Mister Chickee's Funny Money" (Chicago Children's Theater). The play features music from the Motown Great, Lamont Dozier. He has been featured on VH1's "Soul Cities", a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country, as well as on the Africa Channel's, "Soundtracks at Red Kiva", a program that focuses on artists of African descent. Currently, he is a member of the artistic collaboration, "Black Monks of Mississippi", headed by the dynamic and prolific, Theaster Gates.
Artist Residency programs are supported by Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, and The Joyce Foundation.