The artist’s studio should be a generative space, one meant for growth, abundance, and nourishment. While these spaces may not provide physical nourishment, they can offer metaphorical food for an artistic practice. Over these last six months, three artists who are part of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program (ASP)—Ryan Crowley, Loc Huynh, and Jamire Williams—have taken care of their studio practice during a time when care is needed most. A time for self care and care for community health. It has been restorative to have a space dedicated to artistic making and practice and the fruits of these labors will be unveiled in the upcoming exhibition Taking Care: Ryan Crowley, Loc Huynh, Jamire Williams.
About the Artist Studio Program
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program (ASP) awards artists with dynamic support to develop their creative practice and make new work for an exhibition in the spring. Lawndale is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 Artist Studio Program participants: Jamire Williams, Loc Huynh, and Ryan Crowley.
Established in 2006, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program offers residencies to Texas-based artists who are developing a practice in the visual and performing arts. Once selected, residents receive a monthly stipend, materials allowance, and 24-hour access to a private studio. Lawndale also awards residents with access to a welcoming and vibrant community of working artists, curators, critics, and patrons of contemporary art. Throughout the nine-month residency, the artists work closely with each other and Lawndale staff on the development and production of new work that will be exhibited at Lawndale in the spring.
Major support for the Artist Studio Program is provided by Kathrine G. McGovern/The John P. McGovern Foundation.
About the 2021/2022 ASP Participants
Ryan Crowley is a sculptor who likens his process of making sculpture to dancing with an off-kilter washing machine. He has exhibited nationally at institutions including Hometown Gallery, Brooklyn; Coustofwaxman, Manhattan; Wayfarers, Brooklyn; TSA Chicago; Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago; 4th Wall Project, Boston; 1708 Gallery, Richmond; Mass Gallery, Austin and TANK Space, Houston. In 2014, he was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship grant. Crowley studied sculpture at Massachusetts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Loc Huynh received his MFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas in 2020 and his BFA from Texas State University in 2016. Huynh has exhibited work at numerous venues nationally, including Baby Blue Gallery in Chicago; Wilkinson Gallery (New York Academy of Art) in New York; Inpost Gallery in Albuquerque; among many more. He is the recipient of the Voertman-Ardoin Fellowship, Hixson-Lied Fellowship, and Vermont Studio Residency Fellowship. His work has been featured in New American Paintings and Glasstire.
Jamire Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans experimental jazz, performance, and sculpture. His work is grounded in an investigation of the Black diaspora and driven by a deep faith and sense of the immaterial. He has performed and presented nationally and internationally at venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Bim Huis, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Montreal Contemporary Art Museum, Stony Island Arts Bank, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Michael Todd Gallery, Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, and Brookfield Place. In his music and performance, Williams has collaborated with such luminaries as Solange Knowles, Kara Walker, Jason Moran, Dev Hynes, Robert Glasper, Julie Mehretu, Moses Sumney, Kahlil Joseph, Jamal Cyrus, Ari Marcopoulos, Christian Scott, and Chassol.
About The Writers
JD Pluecker is a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. They have translated numerous books from Spanish and their book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from NoemiPress.
Mich Stevenson (b.1987) is a Houston artist and skilled laborer working in the fields of sculpture, product design, manufacturing and transportation logistics. His creative practice includes public art, site-specific installations, technical drawing, design, photography, and writing. His works in sculpture have been included at Ruby City’s presentation of the 2021 Texas Biennial as well as the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum, and Project Row Houses.