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Historic Green-Wood launches first-ever artist-in-residence program

July 8, 2020 Editorial Staff

The Green-Wood Cemetery has announced its inaugural artist-in-residence program.

The nine-month-long residency will offer one artist an extraordinary opportunity to create works of art while working in private studio space in the Cemetery’s landmarked Fort Hamilton Gatehouse.

The resident artist will create work inspired by Green-Wood’s natural landscape, stunning monuments, and compelling history.

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The residency is open to New York City artists working in the visual and/or performing arts. It is designed for emerging or mid-career artists.

President of The Green-Wood Cemetery Richard J. Moylan. Photo: Chet Berger

Through a competitive application process, one artist will be selected by a panel of judges. The artist will receive a $7,500 honorarium, as well as full access to the Cemetery’s staff including the Green-Wood historian, and directors of horticulture, restoration and programming.

The artist will also be able to work with the Cemetery’s archival records that date back to 1838. Further, the artist will have access to Green-Wood’s historical collection of over 10,000 objects, including photographs, artwork, books and more. The nine-month residency will take place between January and September 2021.

“Green-Wood and great works of art go together. Since opening in 1838, we have been a muse to artists of every discipline,” said Green-Wood President Richard J. Moylan. “It’s not coincidental that Green-Wood was chosen as the final resting place by scores of nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists — numbering over 400 — including Asher B. Durand, John Frederick Kensett, George Catlin, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“In keeping with this rich tradition, I believe Green-Wood will be a great source of inspiration to our new artist in residence,” Moylan added. “I look forward to watching the creative process unfold and seeing great art come to life.”


The application period opens on July 6th and runs through September 2, 2020. The winner will be announced the last week of September. More information may be found at Green-Wood’s website.


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