The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) on July 12 announced six artists chosen for its 10-month artist residency and training seminar series, also known as ARTWorks, which focuses on artists emerging underrepresented in New York.

“The relaunch of ARTWorks is a major moment for JCAL,” said Courtney Ffrench, Artistic Director of JCAL. “And this new cohort, with its powerful focus on art 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 up-and-coming artists.

The six artists were chosen by a jury from the 2022 cohort, which met for the first time in June.

During the program, two resident fellows – Reginald Rousseau and Jardley Jean-Louis – will receive $7,500, 100 hours of free use of JCAL’s studios and galleries, participation in organized seminars, and an invitation to organize and produce a one month exhibition at JCAL. Miller Gallery in spring 2023.

Additionally, four seminar scholarship recipients—Shanice Figeroux, Daphne Busby, Dinsdale Jackson, and Kyung Eun You—will receive $1,000, up to 40 hours of free use of JCAL studios and galleries, seminar attendance, and a invitation to participate in a month-long group exhibition at JCAL’s Community Gallery in the spring of 2023.

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 explore diverse topics and exhibit their work.

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

Southeast Queens artist and photographer Lisa Wade (photo courtesy of JCAL)

“Being a project manager for JCAL’s ARTWorks 2022 is exhilarating! We have so much artistic talent in Southeast Queens and I am grateful that JCAL is taking it upon itself to provide resources for emerging artists,” Wade said. “ARTWorks 2022 is sure to be brilliant based on the works of the six talented artists. It is my joy to provide access to leaders in the field of art conservation, art business, field trips, and opportunities to share knowledge and self-promotion.

An intuitive visual artist, Wade uses photography, abstract painting, mixed media, clay, assemblage and collage in his works.

She has had solo and group exhibitions in Queens, the Bronx and Elmont, since her the work represents the confluence of intuition with matter. She approaches his creations at the service of his guides and allows art to manifest itself.

Heavily influenced by the works of Betye Saar, Wade is a self-taught artist using mentors and workshops and courses to propel his work. She also organized photography exhibits, co-wrote grants, and worked on local art committees to produce exhibits.

She is currently a historian for Addisleigh Historical Park, archiving and creating tours and events to engage her community. She sits on the advisory board of the Building Equity for BIPOC Artists initiative at JCAL, alongside her appointment as Project Manager for ARTWorks.


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