With the landscape of the art world rapidly changing due to the COVID-19 crisis, SPACE on Ryder Farm has made it a priority to shift its resources and find new ways to engage with and support our artist community. One of the new ways we are doing this is through our CSArt Featured Artist program which commissions alumni of SPACE’s artist residency programs to create a piece of home-grown art that will be distributed to the organization’s 130 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member households.
In response to COVID-19 and the financial losses to artists associated with it, each commissioned CSArt Featured Artists receives a $1000 commission and has their work reproduced for SPACE’s local CSA community. With the intention of providing substantial financial relief, SPACE is honored to provide CSArt Featured Artists with an 85% increase in funding from last year! When reviewing Featured Artists, the selection committee prioritized applicants who demonstrated both artistic merit and a strong need for financial assistance.
“While SPACE has traditionally provided time and space to artists and innovators, the organization saw an opportunity this year to more directly support its community through commissions. Unsurprisingly, all applicants demonstrated a significant need for financial support due to COVID-19 related loss of income and benefits. And although SPACE is based in New York, we were encouraged to see applications come in from all across the country, from Mississippi to Iowa to Texas. We were blown away by the thoughtful, powerful work that the SPACE community proposed, and the decisions were very difficult.”
SPACE on Ryder Farm is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 CSArt Featured Artist commissions.
We hope you’ll join us in congratulating this talented group!
Click on the artists name to learn more about them and their work.
SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 225-year-old family homestead in Brewster, Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.