Andrae Green, Emerging Jamaican Artist

Emerging artist Andrae Green is a Jamaican artist who describes his work “as an examination of black existentialism.” He is the recipient of the prestigious 2006 Chase Fund Jamaica Grant. Green is presently a visual arts instructor at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. Recently, Green spoke to Art: Jamaica’s Oneika Russell about his experience in an artists’ residency in Troy, New York, this past summer.

You recently came back from a residency in New York; introduce us to the residency programme you went on. The residency that I was invited to be a part of is called the CAC (Contemporary Artists Centre) Woodside, located in Troy, New York. The residency is multidisciplinary, and it’s open to artist from all nationalities. [. . .] The CAC residency is year round and artists are invited to stay from as little as 2 weeks to as long as 3 months. The application is done online through the CAC’s website. My stay at the residency was from July 17th to August 26th. It’s a great program and I recommend it to anyone. I will say that if you’re coming from the Caribbean you should plan your residency for the summer months.

Why did you feel the need at this point in your career to go on a residency? As I see it, an international residency is one of the best ways for any artist to gain experience and exposure outside your country and make, if possible, crucial connections that might bode well for your career. These were the same reasons that I had when I applied to the CAC.

You had an exhibition as well; was this related to the residency and did the results of the residency meet your expectations?  Yes the exhibition was put on by the director of the residency, Mrs. Hezzie Johanson. It was a group show and every artist at the residency or affiliated with the CAC was invited to participate. The show was held as a part of “Troy Night Out.” Troy Night Out is held every end of the month in summer, between June and September, as a celebration of the arts in the town. The whole town comes alive with artists of every kind exhibiting their wares of every kind. It’s really exciting, there is music and dancing in the streets and art everywhere almost like the old time Jamaican grand market. [. . .]

For what purposes would you recommend a residency to an artist? Can you share some tips on practical information about finding, applying and funding a residency experience?  As stated before, I wanted to expand my career possibilities and get exposure for my work. There are a lot of opportunities open to anyone seeking to expand their career
horizons. Some residencies that you find there will be application fees to pay, while others are free application. There are a lot of different types of residencies and they offer different things for different kinds of artists. [. . .] A website that I have found very helpful to me is transartists.org, I am sure that there are others, but this is the one that I know of.

For full interview, see http://artjamaica.blogspot.com/2011/11/andrae-green-on-artists-residency.html

See more of the artist’s work at his page http://andraegreen.com/painting6.html

Shown here: “482 (in Looking I See Nothing)” (2010), above, and “Woman” (2011), below.

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