Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence: Elizabeth Belz, Horacio Casillas, Kyle Cottier, Naomi Russo and Lena Schmid. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the residency program at Arrowmont.
Started in 1991, the Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to develop new work and be an active part of the Arrowmont community. Each year, five artists are selected to participate in the 11-month program, which begins in mid-June and continues through late May of the following year.
“The Arrowmont staff is very excited to have our Artists-in-Residence program resume for 2021,” said Nick DeFord, Program Director. “These artists have been patiently waiting to come to our campus for over a year, since we completed the search last March, but put the program on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. Having artists living on campus and exploring their creative research is key to the energy of the Arrowmont experience.”
This year, Arrowmont welcomes the following artists:
Elizabeth Belz is a blacksmith, educator and metal artist who utilizes steel to capture people’s attention. Through a meticulous process involving hot metal forging and cold fabrication processes, Elizabeth is able to bring cold steel to life. Elizabeth has worked in metal since 2016 and took a non-traditional educational path that was an accumulation of short workshops, a craft internship, a two-year blacksmithing apprenticeship (Metal Museum), artist residencies and a Creative Catalyst Fellowship at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. elizabethbelz.com
Horacio Casillas was born in Chandler, Arizona and raised in Jalisco, Mexico for most of his childhood. His family moved back to the US to San Angelo, TX. In 2013 he received his BFA in ceramics from Angelo State University and his MFA from the University of North Texas in 2018. Horacio’s most recent work is carved to represent cathedral windows and entryways inspired by Gothic architecture and the churches of his hometown of Tepatitlan, Jalisco. “Focusing my work through the lens of my Catholic faith has given me an appreciation for the traditions found in the Church including her influence on architecture.” https://www.horaciocasillas.com/
Kyle Cottier (b. Louisville, KY 1993) is a sculptor. He holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 2015 and attended the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, 2014. His interdisciplinary practice blends traditional textile and woodworking techniques spanning sculpture, installation, photography, painting, illustration, writing and performance. Kyle creates work informed by the convergence of the natural and made world, exploring the synthesis of personal and social transformations. Currently, Kyle is living and working in New York’s Hudson Valley. https://www.kylecottier.com/
Naomi David Russo recieved her BFA in woodworking and furniture design from Maine College of Art in 2019. The following year she continued her studio practice through an Alumni Residency in the Woodworking and Furniture Design Department at MECA. Russo enjoys making objects that dependent on a functional interaction to reveal the concept of the piece. Currently, she works at New England Treads in Gorham, Maine and stays after hours working on her craft. https://www.naomidavidrusso.com/
Lena Schmid‘s paintings explore how time functions as a physical force, especially how its’ poetics and physics relate to the confounding experience of chronic pain. Using richly textured luminous surfaces, movement without discernible speed, and cleaving imagery, her work references the kind of slow, strange change experienced in a space long inhabited: be it a body, a well known landscape, or the cosmos. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Lena’s work has been included in exhibitions at New Release Gallery and the SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, and she has been an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project (NY), and The TIDES Institute (ME). In 2020, Lena was awarded a Printmaking Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. https://schmidlena.com/home.html