US+U offers a 2-3 month residency to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, video/interdisciplinary media or any combination of the aforementioned.
Each artist is granted a free non-living studio space, & access 5 days a week.
Artists will submit an application form that requires scope of project idea/summary of work to be completed during the residency, medium and materials used.
Artists are expected to work in the studio a minimum of 16 hours per week and participate in an open studio as well as our public precollege workshop program. *Artist will teach a 4 -series free workshop based on their own artistic practice while they are a part of the program.
Workshop will be one 3- hour session a week for 4 weeks.
At the end of the residency, an exhibition of the artists’ work is presented in the gallery.
The gallery is located in downtown Yonkers with access to Westchester County networks and has a position in one of the hottest and fastest growing art scenes in the tri-State area; see *In Yonkers, a Shuttered Jail Becomes Part of a Budding Art Scene*, and *Converting a Run-Down Power*
*Please send an email with "AIR" in the subject line to:
to make a inquiry/receive an application.
US+U is pleased to announce the opening reception for Artist in Residence Henry Burgos’s Solo Exhibition entitled “Hastily Drawn Approximations”
Burgos makes a wide range of work- paintings, drawings, sculpture and video whose narratives address daily interaction and relationships – people he comes across, nature/animals, urban architecture/landscape and how he navigates through this all.
The title, chosen by the artist, references an excerpt from the book “The Brain: The Story of You” by author David Eagle. The passage describes peoples tendency to only retain a small amount when presented with a visual subject- a painting, an object, etc. He reports that our minds leave out fine details of whatever it is we may be looking at and tend to only grasp a “hastily drawn approximation” -just enough for us to get an idea of what is in front of us. It is only when we take the time be totally present and assess this object or being, that we grasp the actuality of its existence. Burgos feels this idea is strongly connected to to human nature/the way in which culture has pressed us to instantly absorb and quickly interpret. There are a number of pieces in the show that appear incomplete and drawn in a hastily manner. However, this intentional approach provides a starting point but then asks the viewer to take a longer look to complete their interpretation.
In addition to paintings and drawings this exhibition will also include a pop up shop featuring items from the hand made clothing line Bulb&Arrow, where Burgos is founder and creative director. The brand translates Burgos's work in yet another way and he says was creatively conceived to “reflect faith in one self’s creative abilities and ideas, then shooting towards them as fiercely and focused as an archer. When you shoot towards your goals, you’re bound to hit something."
The exhibition opens on Saturday June 15th, 5:00-8:00pm. A sneak peek of preview video installations can be seen on Thursday June 6, 5:30-7:30 during the First Thursday Gallery Hop. Both events are free and open to the public.
US+U is pleased to announce our next Artist in Residence is Digital/Mixed Media Artist Alexandra Momin!
Statement from the Artist
As long as I can remember, I have always loved New York City and have lived there since the late 90s. I’ve been acutely aware of how the city has changed over the years. I also became aware that I was building my personal histories on top of the histories of others. Some histories repeat themselves. Others change. How do the experiences of others affect our own? This city has layers and layers of personal stories and “energies” whether we choose to become aware of them or not. They are ghostly vibrations culminating around us.
My work is an exploration of these urban landscapes. These landscapes are built upon and excavated many times with different media, often beginning as photographs or stills from videos I’ve created. Specific areas are digitally removed and replaced with other photographs or manipulated video stills, creating random patterns and symbols. The image is then printed onto aluminum, acrylic plexi, or rag paper. Additional layers are added by screen printing and painting. These additional layers help to unify the chaos underneath. Each layer signifies a personal history or energy that converges to create a distorted yet subtly familiar view.
During this residency, I would like to push the boundaries of each medium I’ve been working with. This opportunity would allow me to carry out my digital form of collaging into a more sculptural form using plexi, aluminum, wood, and paper. Additionally, I plan to create a video installation bringing motion to the abstracted landscapes. Having the space to spread out with my materials and tools as well as the time to explore new techniques would be invaluable to me. With a minimum of 4 months, I will be able to accomplish a cohesive body of work that transcends my previous attempts to portray emotion within urban landscape.
US+U is pleased to announce, Amanda Ioco as our Artist in Residence (AIR) from March 2017-September 2017.
September 30th 2017- October 14th 2017
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amanda Ioco spent her residency working in a variety of mediums, including; painting, mixed media drawings, and assemblage sculpture. This ongoing series is comprised of unique still life set-ups, incorporating personally collected objects. Things such as oyster shells, flowers, and wine bottles are transformed in size and color to stand out, allowing the viewer to discover their own connection to them. The show included the actual objects she works from giving the audience a look into the artists mind/process. “I wish to explore the connections we have to the objects we keep versus what we throw away. I have found that some of my most beautiful collected items are often deemed disposable.” Amanda Ioco was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She lives and works out of her studio in Astoria, Queens.
US+U is pleased to announce, Cynthia Gallagher as our Artist in Residence (AIR) from January-March 2016.
October 8th 2016 - October 22nd 2016
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cynthia Gallagher is two-time recipient of grants from the NEA and The New York State Council for the Arts. Her paintings, prints and drawings are in private, corporate and museum collections to include- The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC and The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
Ms. Gallagher has exhibited her work in New York City, in the US and internationally in Sweden, France and Venezuela. She taught at Parsons School of Design/New School for 15 years and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology.