Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is pleased to announce the return of its Artists Residency and Training Seminar Series. Known as ARTWorks, it is structured as a 10-month fellowship focused on career sustainability for emerging, underrepresented visual artists in New York City.


Six artists were chosen by jury for the 2022 cohort, which met for the first time in June. Over the course of the program, two Resident Fellows (Reginald Rousseau, Jardley Jean-Louis) will receive $7,500; 100 hours free use of JCAL’s studios and galleries; participation in curated seminars; and an invitation to curate and produce a monthlong exhibition in JCAL’s Miller Gallery in Spring 2023.


In addition, four Seminar Fellows (Shanice Figeroux, Daphne Busby, Dinsdale Jackson, Kyung Eun You) will receive $1,000; up to 40 hours free use of the JCAL’s studios and galleries; seminar participation; and an invitation to join a monthlong group exhibition in JCAL’s Community Gallery in Spring 2023.

Lisa Wade, a distinguished artist-photographer based in Southeast Queens and a longtime member of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance, is the Project Manager for ARTWorks.


ARTWorks Fellows receive practical knowledge to navigate the aesthetic and socioeconomic complexities and substructures of the New York art world. Through fiscal and technical support, Fellows develop a creative vision and practice; expand their professional network through regular meetings and exploring diverse topics; and exhibit their work.


“The relaunch of ARTWorks is a major moment for JCAL,” says JCAL Artistic Director Courtney Ffrench. “And this newest cohort, with their powerful emphasis on art that is rooted in social practice and justice, is truly an inspiration to us all. We see this moment as the start of a wonderful relationship with six incredible, emerging artists.”

Meet the 2022 Resident Fellows

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Jardley Jean-Louis
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Reginald Rousseau

Seminar Fellows

Past Guest Speakers & Visiting Artists: