Artist Residency Program
This is an opportunity that enables artists based in the Greater Boston area to undertake a residency at Industry Lab in Cambridge for three months. Industry Lab residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development and experimentation. While the residency’s physical offering is co-working space to complete work at Industry Lab, its greatest benefit is the opportunity to engage meaningfully with the community of entrepreneurs and creatives at Industry Lab.
The Residency Comprises:
24-hour access to desk space at Industry Lab, alongside professionals and artists.
A gallery opening, workshop/talk series, or similar public presentations, at Industry Lab.
Administrative and curatorial support from Industry Lab staff.
Meet Our Winter 2020 Artists:
(aka Liz Sux)
Liz Bolduc is a self-taught autobiographical cartoonist, illustrator & "librarian without the degree" currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Liz's work focuses on reclaiming childhood memories, coping with grief and anxiety, and slinging your favorite food at local diners. She self-publishes a majority of her work and has over 5 years experience with DIY zine making. She has also been featured in The Paper Napkin, BrightLite Magazine, and GRLSQUASH.
Cari Melillo is a classically trained painter, therapist, and multimodal artist from New York currently residing in Cambridge, MA. She received her undergraduate degree from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in Visual and Critical Studies where she studied painting. Cari attended Lesley University in Cambridge where she studied Art Therapy and focused heavily on Fiber Arts and weaving. Through both levels of education, Cari made work that made the viewer think. Cari often makes work about uncomfortable situations in her own life and allows the viewer to get comfortable with it. Cari pays close attention to the space that the work is shown in and how to make the viewer feel most at home in her work.
Past Artists in Residence:
AiR Summer 2019
Vivian Charlesworth is a multi-media artist and adjunct faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at Brown University. Vivian received her BA in Fine Art and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MFA in Digital+Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Charlesworth’s objects and immersive environments create a space for physical interplay between the viewer and the artwork. Each piece fosters a sensation of stepping into the middle of a story. During her residency at Industry Lab, Charlesworth created one of these environments: a multi-screen video installation that stemmed from the question: “What does it mean when our emotions are sold to us?”
AiR Spring 2019
Thaddeus is a signer-songwriter with a background in composition. His journey in music has led him through folk, jazz, flamenco, classical, electronic, hip-hop, and bossa nova.
During his residency, Thaddeus wrote music and constructed instruments from a variety of materials to incorporate into one large narrative piece.
Dani Thomas (Fatty Spice)
AiR Winter 2018-2019
Originally from Boston, Dani Thomas, also known by her artist name Fatty Spice, went to Montserrat College of Art where she got her BFA in Book Arts. Upon graduation, moved to Brooklyn and began experimenting with installation, sculpture, and performance art. She participated in a touring art show, Fatter IRL, focusing on works by fat artists. Most recently, she has been part of the mixed media residency at Con Artist Collective in NYC.
AiR Winter 2018-2019
Bradley Peterson is a graphic designer and illustrator who moved to New York City 17 years ago to pursue his twin dreams of rock superstardom and children's book illustration. After years of juggling both, Brad refocused his energy on his first love, (and if he's honest, his true calling)...illustration. Working for the last 10 years designing graphics for both licensed and fashion backpacks, as well as an endless array of freelance projects, Bradley has been able to hone his skills as a graphic designer and illustrator while developing a client list that includes Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Pixar, and Heineken.
AiR Fall 2018
Ang is a designer and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. Her research and creative practice operates between the fields of architecture, historic preservation, and participatory public art practices to investigate the ways in which collective memory is given form in the built environment. She is particularly interested in working with site-specific material installations that interweave local material traditions with emerging digital tools and data sharing technology, from social media and crowdsourcing platforms to the design of accessible digital archives. Her work has been exhibited at a number of venues including 1.5 Rooms in New York City, the Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, New York and the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
AiR Fall 2018
Mavis is a Taiwanese artist who graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design this May. She works on painting, installation, and performance pieces. For her, all works are her life trace. By collaborating with diverse people and showing her works to the public, she not only shares her life experiences, but also connects to the world through her art expertise.
AiR Summer 2018
Justice McDaniel (Justice Eats Trees) is an Allston artist, musician, designer, and excitable puppy-man. He works in mixed media, incorporating elements of cartoon, primitivism, surrealism, and expressionism into paintings, drawings, 3D-printed works, proto-sculptures, and other cobbled together nonsense he insists upon making. In less than 29 human years, he has created well over 500 songs both in his family band Zanois and as part of his daily song project Groove of the Day. Justice loves cats, has several science degrees, and once drank a gallon of Tampico in a day.
AiR Summer 2018
Bang Luu is a Boston based artist whose work explores the way current social and technological systems apprehend the world. She is investigating the role visual aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of new and existing algorithms for the discovery of patterns, correlations, and outliers. She holds an Bachelor of Fine Arts from College of the Holy Cross. Luu has exhibited her work at galleries and institutions throughout the northeast and nationally including Widener Gallery, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, and Iris & B Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.
AiR Spring 2018
Anjimile is a queer and trans songwriter/folk singer/lover boy with a heart of gold. As a first-generation Malawian-American raised in the suburbs of Richardson, Texas, their experiences with racism, homophobia and xenophobia in the deep south and beyond have helped to form the basis of their radical queer politics. The essence of their musical output is a gooey center of warmth and tenderness informed by the power of their intersectional identities.
Caitlin & Misha
AiR Winter 2018
Caitlin Foley is an artist, educator and curator who works collaboratively to create interactive games, installations, and happenings where audience participation is a key component of the work and its message. Her work engages ideas and practices involving sharing communities, livable ecologies, and the transmutation of waste. Naturally occurring phenomena such as pink noise and the microbiome ecology are inspirations for the experiences she and Misha Rabinovich construct in their collaborative projects.
Misha Rabinovich is an artist, developer, and educator investigating the idea of waste as a cultural construct and is interested in making ecology legible through multi-player gaming. His research interests include art, social practice, data visualization, and ecology design. He was recently growing plants using only the dynamic light and sound of projected Internet video to create a web-enabled alchemical installation that transmutes cultural waste into fertilizer. As co-founder of the DS Institute he collaborated to build a mobile sauna and took it on a tour that culminated at the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival. Together with the DS Institute he charged cell phones at the Cleveland Institute of Art using the sweat of the Unruly Engagements conference goers and recently collaborated with artist Caitlin Foley to install an arcade game training people for a simultaneous worldwide jump at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, and GameOn! Festival in New Haven, CT. Misha Rabinovich was born in Moscow, Russia and worked between New York and Los Angeles before settling in Lowell, Massachusetts where he serves as Assistant Professor of Interactive Media at UMass Lowell. He holds a BS in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has been exhibited in North America and Europe and he held residencies at such places as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Flux Factory in New York, McGill University’s Centre for Intelligent Machines in Montreal.
AiR Winter 2018
Matthew Seaton is an artist working to develop environmentally friendly ways to create living street art and update techniques and technologies associated with eco-graffiti. He is the former Director of Ecology at agricultural technology startup Grove, and is also a programmer with experience in augmented reality design and sensor automation. In his spare time he enjoys making hot sauce, running triathlons, and building everything from bicycles to MIDI instruments.
AiR Fall 2017
Charity Everett, Creative Technologist and Storyteller, is shaping up to be a creative voice to trust in the emerging media industry. She was a part of the inaugural cohort of the Oculus Launchpad program for her VR musical experience work. She is working on a groundbreaking episodic storytelling project that utilizes AR while exploring the themes of humanity, and evolution of art, technology, and storytelling. She recently spoke at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, at AR in Action at the MIT Media Lab, at ArtTechPsyche IV at Harvard, and recently showed her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.
Akito Van Troyer
AiR Summer 2017
Akito van Troyer designs and implements creative learning environments where all subjects are learned through music. In particular, he builds tools that encourage learners to develop their mathematical, scientific, and engineering skills through music listening, composition, and performance. Akito designs meta-musical instruments that lead music learners to create their own musical instruments. These instruments are capable of turning our environments into always-renewed, always-magical musical instruments and materials for composition. They also assist the listening experience by enabling users to touch electronic music with their own hands.
Emma Leavitt // Solei
AiR Summer 2017
Solei is a visual artist, muralist and musician living in Somerville, Massachusetts with roots from Maine. She is a graduate of Tufts University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Studio Art from the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her work has been exhibited in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Maynard, New York City and Portland, Maine. In 2015 she was also invited to participate in the international Build Peace Symposium in Nicosia, Cyprus as a muralist and installation artist.
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi
AiR Spring 2017
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi is an artist, poet, and theorist whose work explores the interplay between aesthetic and political valences in the public domain. Exhibitions, performances, and expanded publications include Nottingham Contemporary, Pioneer Works, Serpentine Cinema, Framer Framed, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art Dubai, New Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Sonic Acts, Triple Canopy, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, The Poetry Project, Women and Performance, The White Review, Art in America, The Literary Review, Asymptote, among others. She was previously an artist-in-residence at Wysing Arts Centre (U.K), Industry Lab (U.S.A.), Delfina Foundation (U.K.), Darat al Funun (Jordan), and Mansion (Lebanon). She completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film & Visual Studies at Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Film/Video at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and held a Fulbright U.S. Scholar/Visiting Professorship at Birzeit University.
AiR Spring 2017
Nabil is a Chicago-based Bengali artist working with new media, photography, socially engaged art and performance. Their most notable projects include “Visiting Thahab” (ongoing), a rich exploration of the contemporary presence and experience of the Muslim femme. Vega creates immersive works that examine elements of our lived experiences as they intersect with identity, personal politics, and queerness. Since 2014 they have been organizing and curating performance and new media works in collaboration with organizations and artist run platforms such as MIX NYC and their own platform VIX: Virtual International Exchange. Vega is recipient of the prestigious Traveling Fellowship (2018) and Springborn Fellowship (2011) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, festivals and galleries; including a solo exhibition at the New Bedford Museum of Art (2018) and featured in publications such as Emergency Index Vol. 6, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post & The Aerogram.
AiR Fall 2016
Sarah is an artist and art educator who is currently obsessed with exploring the visual and physical structures inherent to textile construction and what happens when generative digital processes and handmade materiality intersect. Originally from Michigan, she earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008 and afterwards spent many years as a faculty member at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. While teaching in the Metro Detroit area, she also served as a managing member of OmniCorpDetroit; a collectively run hacker / maker / community space that is still operational in the city's Eastern Market neighborhood. Sarah is currently based in Cambridge, MA and serves as Assistant Professor and Digital Fabrication Studio Director at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.
AiR Spring 2016
Nora Khan writes fiction and criticism on emerging issues within digital visual culture, research-based experimental art and music practices, and the philosophy of emerging technology. She also speak and work frequently in collaboration with curators, educators, and activists with similar interests.
AiR Fall 2015
Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987, where her interest in Fine Arts developed. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her interest in art is project based and that each one has a conceptual idea that carries a very interactive nature for the audience. In many cases the audience becomes part of the project via tangible interaction with the artwork. Her work cannot be defined by medium and ranges from performance, video, installation, and sculpture to painting and photography. When Escudero is not making art in her studio she is working for the Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC as an Exhibit Specialist.
AiR Fall 2015
Katya is russian born artist living and working in Boston. She came to USA with Fine Art background, studied Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design. Throughout her career she practiced design and illustration in NYC and Boston, participated in numerous international and local exhibits, taught courses on visual art and design at Boston Conservatory, Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Architectural College, Massachusetts Institute of Art, Maud Morgan Arts, Parts and Crafts and others.
AiR Summer 2015
Amy Collier once saw Fabio at an airport. Fabio is an Italian model who has appeared on many classic romance novels, such as Love Me with Fury, Lovestorm, and More Than a Feeling. He has been the spokesperson for The Geek Squad, OralB Sensitive Advantage Toothbrush, Nationwide Insurance, Versace, and the American Cancer Society. He is 6'3" barefoot; usually in cowboy boots.