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Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program (VASRP) and Summer River Fellow

The Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program and the Summer River Fellow brings prominent studio artists, art historians, art critics, and curators to CSU's Department of Art for long or short term residencies. Residents interact with students and faculty, lead workshops related to their disciplines, and give public lectures on their work. They may offer a seminar on a topic within their area of expertise, mount exhibitions, or work with students and faculty on collaborative projects. Our residents are provided with an apartment within one block from their studio in the newly renovated Seaboard Depot Art Studios, and the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. Residents pursue their own research and creative production, and invariably find their visit to Columbus's thriving arts community to be a positive, productive, and enjoyable experience. This highly successful program, now in its sixth year, has been made possible through the generous support of the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, the Norman S. and Emmy Lou P. Illges Foundation, the CSU Friends of Art, and many others.

James Enos and Jess Machacek

March 22 – April 11

  • Art installation of a building with plants inside

Working together, James Enos and Jess Machacek propose a collaborative research residency, fieldwork and studio workshop exploring sites of leisure—more specifically, those serving as a conduit for conversations implicating a variety of topics associated with the redevelopment of Columbus, GA—its urban whitewater course, the wave shaper, port and downtown riverfront amenities. Taking broadly as a starting point, America’s antithetical reputation as both a land of leisure and progress, as well as its identity as purveyor of global exchange and military presence— the residency will consider possible relationships and connections between contradictory reputations in order to potentially expose how one may enable and foster the other, hypothetically contributing to a culture of autonomy and complacency. In previous work, James Enos, professor of art at UGA, has dealt explicitly with Hyper Cultural issues stemming from research and participation works conducted in port cities, military sites, and informal urbanisms. While in parallel, Jess Machacek has uniquely considered dialogue between consumer products, built environments and modes of beautification. Through Columbus State University Department of Art’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program, this natural overlap surrounding the very ad hoc nature of consumer culture—its idiosyncratic appeal and acceptance, both as formative and attentive to the shaping contemporary American ideals—would be uniquely positioned as substance for his workshop. With this collaborative series of new works and their exhibition forthcoming, research conducted while in Columbus will delve into the attractiveness and pull of a lifestyle which aspires toward something ultimately unreachable; pride in perceptions of ownership; contentment at home as a result of globalization and the outsourcing of labor; notions of power; disseminating media; democracy and populism; pressures of positivity; transparency and surveillance society; capitalism and comfort at play across everyday life, and the role of port cities.

Two Types of Residency Programs

Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program

The Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program and Summer River Fellow Residency Program bring prominent studio artists, art historians, art critics, and curators to CSU's Department of Art. VASRP residencies are typically 4 weeks in length and Summer Fellow residencies are typically 2-4 weeks, although additional time is negotiable. Both VASRP and Summer River Fellows receive research stipends based on the type and length of their residency.

Summer River Fellows Program

The Summer River Fellows Program brings in recent MFA graduates from top art programs to work in CSU's Department of Art each summer. The program provides each fellow with a 2-4 week residency, which includes studio space, lab facilities, housing, and a stipend. In return, the fellows work with students and faculty, and give public lectures and workshops. The goal of the Summer River Fellows Program is to assist young artists in their professional development while adding value to our program and the arts culture of Columbus.