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The Wexner Center Announces 2016-17 Artist Residency Awards

Michelle Williams in Certain Women (Photo by Nicole Rivelli/Courtesy of IFC Films)

The Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio has announced its 2016-17 Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipients in performing arts and film/video. The recipients are Faye Driscoll (Performing Arts), John Canemaker (Film/Video), Kevin Jerome Everson (Film/Video), and Sam Green and Kronos Quartet (Film/Video).

Selected by the center’s curators and director to fulfill the center’s role as a creative research laboratory for artists, the residency awards provide significant sums of money (from $25,000 to $100,000) and space — along with technical, intellectual and professional support — to develop new works on-site.

Kelly Reichardt was the recipient of last year’s residency award, which she used to shoot her latest film, Certain Women, on film.

Artist Residency Awards are awarded annually in the three programming areas at the Wexner Center: visual arts, performing arts, and film/video.

“From the Wexner Center’s inception over 25 years ago, we have sustained what is arguably among the earliest, most robust, and generous artist residency programs in the country. Providing access to the center’s spaces, professional expertise, financial and technical resources, as well as to the vast academic network across The Ohio State University, we enable artists to explore, experiment, and ultimately produce new work, sometimes through creative practices and mediums that they’ve not previously pursued,” said Director Sherri Geldin.

Driscoll, a Bessie Award–winning choreographer and director, used her award to complete the second installment of her “Thank You for Coming” trilogy, which celebrates the connectivity of artists and audiences.

Canemaker, an Oscar-winning animator, author and animation historian, will use his award to make his next short film, Hands, which is adapted from a story in Sherwood Anderson’s classic 1919 story cycle “Winesburg, Ohio.”

Everson, who has completed several projects through the center’s Film/Video Studio Program, will work on Rhino, an experimental feature exploring the hidden histories of the African diaspora, representation, and identity in 16th century Italy through the life of the Duke of Florence.

Through its residency award, the center is a co-commissioning partner on a multidisciplinary collaboration between Green, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, and the music ensemble Kronos Quartet; the piece will have its U.S. premiere at the center on Jan. 25, 2018, and tour extensively as part of the quartet’s 45th anniversary.

Green and the quartet’s untitled “live documentary” will blend live narration, archival footage, interviews, and live music performed by the quartet. This is Green’s second residency award.

This residency award also will support research and development of The Oldest Person in the World,  a second Green film which tracks individuals over a period of years who carry the title of the world’s oldest person.


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