QCA ArtHotel Residency Program
The QCA ArtHotel Residency, a new program of QCA, Queens Art Fund in partnership with The Paper Factory Hotel and the Z NYC Hotel. The QCA ArtHotel residency is intended to give artists a safe place to focus on their work in the public realm, build different audiences, and be seen making work within the Queens community. In turn this will give access to the public to a working artist’s process. This residency is also intended to build the value of local working artists in an attempt to revise the narrative of displacement due to gentrification and development borough-wide.
As the organizer of this residency, QCA’s view is that artists are creative and valuable community members who are often experts at creative problem solving and encouraging neighbors to interact, in addition to being specialists who make works of art. The public will be invited into the artist’s “hotel” studios to experience the creative process at various times during the residency. The QCA website will have updates for ongoing activities as each of these participating hotels for the duration of the 3 month residency.
Congratulations to visual artists Erin Treacy and Jennifer Williams. The artists were chosen from a pool of applicants based upon criteria that included artistic excellence, a public engagement experience and a clear proposal of art activity to happen during the residency.
"Working in the studio is usually a solo pursuit for me. I am excited to be a resident at the Paper Factory Hotel, allowing for me to open up the studio process and discussion with a larger community. It is a great open and sunny space that will surely contribute to my palette and allow for me to expand the scale of my work!"
Erin Treacy lives in Sunnyside, Queens. Recent exhibitions include Reservoir Art Space, Queens, NY (2017), Flux Art Fair, NY, NY (2016), Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh (2015, 2011, 2009), and Chain Theater, Queens NY (2015, 2013). She has been awarded fellowships throughout the US and Europe, including The Sam and Adele golden Foundation and Wassaic Artist Residency. Erin was a Fulbright Fellow 2009-2010, to Ireland. She earned her BFA from Pratt Institute her MFA from UMASS Dartmouth.
"What excited me about the ArtHotel residency was the chance to immerse myself in a neighborhood amidst radical change and transform the blank slate of a hotel room into localized experience describing the neighborhood's current state of flux.”
Jennifer Williams earned a MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, England and a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art, New York. She is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York has been widely exhibited throughout the country, including The Akron Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Whitdel Arts in Detroit. Public art projects include the Dumbo Arts Festival, UMASS Amherst, Virginia Tech, Strongroom in Newburgh, NY. She is the recipient of a Queens Council for the Arts grant, an Aljira Professional Development Fellowship and a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellowship. A long time Manhattan resident, she recently relocated to Queens and works in Brooklyn.
Paper Factory Hotel
Located in the heart of LIC, at the crossroads of the Kaufman Arts District and Astoria, the Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the business traveler as well as the lifestyle driven tourist eager to access New York City. The Paper Factory Hotel’s combined 5,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces make the venue a leading business, wedding, entertainment and party destination that has hosted world-class performers and families creating lifelong memories. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance are enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of this building’s past- a radio manufacturing factory in 1920s, a paper factory in 1970s, converted into a hotel in 2010s. http://www.paperfactoryhotel.com
Z NYC Hotel
Just steps from the Queensboro Bridge, this vibrant boutique hotel features a sleek, Jazz Age theme combined with modernist industrial chic in a slender yet stunning 14-story tower. All 100-guest rooms feature luxurious amenities, unique artistic details and floor-to-ceiling windows highlighting the hotel’s sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Other highlights include impeccable service, a subterranean bar and restaurant, and a stunning rooftop with dual bars and panoramic views. The hotel is within walking distance of the wonderful tourist attractions, arts and culinary destinations that have put this boutique hotel in LIC on the map. http://www.zhotelny.com
Questions regarding QCA ArtHotel Residency? Contact Lynn Lobell, Grants and Resource Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 347.505.3015.
The QCA ArtHotel Residency is a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Art Fund that is supported in party by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater NY Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the NYC Council and in partnership with the Paper Factory Hotel and the Z NYC Hotel.