Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Residency

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation has instituted a program which offers artists space to work and dollars with which to buy materials and support their livelihoods.

A notification welcoming applications was made public statewide and the submissions were reviewed by Elizabeth Finch, Lunder curator for American Art at Colby College. Four artists were selected to participate in the opportunity. They are: Bethany Engstrom, an installation artist from Belfast; Michael Gorman, a playwright from Palermo; Meghan Brady, a painter from Camden; and Vaishu Ilankamban, a woodworker and recent attendee of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockland.

The artists began their residency Aug. 1, and will remain for a six-month studio practice at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland. Each awardee will receive a stipend of $1000 a month and be expected to engage with community through an intersection of their choosing.

One of the awardees, playwright Michael Gorman, described in a press release the process as follows: “I can’t begin to tell you how timely and rewarding my acceptance into the residency is. I’m really looking forward to meeting the other artists and everybody at Ellis-Beauregard. I’m particularly excited about the Art/Theater connection that we have made through the staged reading series. ‘Art into performance and Performance into Art’ is kind of the motto of our Galleria. Lastly, I wanted to relate how much I appreciated the simplicity and straightforwardness of the application process for the residency. I have often refrained from applying for certain residences and grants as the process and time demands have often been too complicated and time consuming. This is not to say that it’s not necessary, it’s just that I’ve often found myself saying ‘Hell, I can write a play in less time than I can apply for a grant to write a play.’ The ‘doing’ is always what has propelled me forward.”

“We are delighted to welcome all four residents to Rockland and the Lincoln Street Center and to watch their progress as they interface with the community and the other residents, each offering the other a Bauhaus like cross fertilization of expertise” said Donna McNeil, executive director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation.

 

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