2023 – 2024
Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Artists In Residence Cassidy Arrington, Devin Fitchwell, Saint Pinero, and Zhidong Zhang! Learn more about the artists below!
The AIR Program provides support to talented, self-directed, committed artists who are advancing contemporary photography by incorporating innovative approaches to making in their practice and engaging with subject material that is grounded in a programmatic framework. Participants receive a stipend, access to high-end digital facilities/equipment, and the opportunity to share their work with the public via a planned activity of their choosing. We hope to create a transformative experience for each artist that participates in the program during and beyond their residency.
The cohort consists of the following:
AIR Program artists receive:
For more information about the A.I.R. Program please refer to the FAQs page.
For questions please contact:
James E. Britt Jr.
Curator of Exhibitions & Programs
Cassidy Arrington is a 22 year old poet, photographer, and videographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who recently completed their Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration Studies at Yale College. Cassidy’s artwork centers intimacy and adolescence in queer and Black kinships. Their practice has been heavily informed by their own experience growing up as a queer Black kid. Poetry has served as an important artistic outlet for them through their involvement with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival, the Yale University Art Gallery, and WORD Performance Poetry at Yale University. Growing up in the Philadelphia visual art and poetry scene, Cassidy developed an intimate relationship to the arts as a means for survival. They channeled this perspective into their photography, determined to depict urban, Black, and queer communities with care.
Devin Fitchwell is a photo-based artist and archivist from Maryland, currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Devin’s practice explores his desire to make sense of the world around him using narrative and the indeterminacy of the photographic image. He received his Associate Degree in Digital Arts from Harford Community College and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University. Devin has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and abroad in Pingyao, China. His artwork can also be seen online via platforms such as Float Magazine, Pearl Press, Booooooom, LensScratch, and ColorTag Magazine.
Saint Piñero (b.1995, Staten Island, NY) is a queer, Afro-indigenous photographer and curator based in South Brooklyn. Their work is a meditation on memory, the queer archive, and transience. They are the co-founder of Film Diary NYC, a film festival for personal documentary and home movies. They curate an ongoing series of photo shows at Millennium Film Workshop, where they are a member of the programming board. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Artsy, FADER, and My Comrade. Saint was the July artist-in-residence at Aquarium Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, and an upcoming artist-in-residence at the Visual Studies Workshop’s Project Space Residency this November.
Zhidong Zhang is a visual artist currently based in Boston, MA. Their practice explores the social, political, cultural, and sexual relationships among the institution, the body, and modes of embodiment. Zhidong’s work has appeared in i-D Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, QUEER|ART, Der Greif, PhMuseum, among others. They are a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a finalist for the Robert Giard Grant. They participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, MASS MoCA and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. They are currently an artist-in-residence at Boston Center for the Arts.
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