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Check out what the 2020 ARTWorks fellows have been working on in quarantine

Like many other aspects of life, JCAL’s 2020 ARTWorks Fellowship program has operated online for the last few months. In the meetings, the cohort has been discussing the different ways that artists are impacted, from loss of employment, to lack of access to studios and materials, and even shifting priorities in their practice. We recently asked the ARTWorks fellows what they have been up to since the stay-at-home period began and how they have responded to the recent events through their work. Here are four of the fellows who shared their updates with us:

Angela Miskis - Seminar Fellow

I organized a fundraiser for Safe Horizon that raised $750 in donations. I was concerned by the reports of increased cases of domestic violence due to the pandemic because people couldn't leave their homes and be away from their abusers. I have friends and family that have experienced abuse. I understand how scary it is to live in a home where you do not feel safe.

Although my artwork is not directly about this topic, I could still donate my art and raise funds for Safe Horizon. I'm glad I took the chance and organized the fundraiser. I'm motivated and encouraged to try this again in the future. If you are interested in donating or want to learn more about my artwork, please visit my website or my Instagram

A selection of the artwork that was donated by the artist.

Dario Mohr - Seminar Fellow

Quarantine has given all of us a lot to think about. Incubating in the pressure cooker which is my apartment, I managed to create some new work with the supplies and materials I had in my shed.

Here are 3 works since quarantine:

Captives, 2020. Acrylic, unstretched canvas, cotton stuffing, wood, leather, tape.

Figure Studies in Oil, 2020. Oil on canvas paper.

Statue, 2020. Object assemblage.

Dario is also currently organizing a virtual exhibition of artists against police brutality through AnhkLave Arts Alliance; submissions are welcome!

Marie Saint-Cyr - Seminar Fellow

[Below] are two examples of my paintings and image samples of student artworks. During quarantine I have been able to continue creating new work.

Capri, 2020. Oil on Canvas, 40x30

Step Into Reality, Oil on Canvas, 60x48

(Student work)

(Student work)

For the summer, I will be designing, implementing, and managing virtual art programs for all ages. I will be working with towns, art organizations, and community organizations to implement a variety of art programs.

Check out Marie’s website for more information:

Cody Herrmann - Resident Fellow

I recently presented a new video work highlighting pollution and land use along Flushing Creek, with a special focus on the proposed Special Flushing Waterfront District as part of Korea Art Forum's trilingual program, “Shared Dialogue, Shared Space.”

Stills from High Rent, Low Tide, 2020.


ARTWorks (Artist Residency Training and Workshops) is a one-year professional development fellowship program at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning that serves emerging and under-represented artists in New York City — especially in the borough of Queens. ARTWorks offers cultural entrepreneurship training, educational seminars, opportunities for mentorship with established working artists and cultural leaders, and sustained access to studio facilities. The program aims to provide each Fellow with the artistic and professional knowledge to achieve a successful, self-fulfilling arts career within a well-defined and competitive global marketplace. ARTWorks is made possible by the generous support of the Jerome Foundation.

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