Amira Ziyan (July – August 2023)
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to participate in the residency. It was a very exciting and wonderful experience, I’m very moved by it, and pleased to gain lots of inspiration from it. I had a fruitful time in participating in all your events. You were very generous and sweet by helping us with everything, you truly made me feel like I was at home. Through this amazing journey I met a lot of talented curators and artists. I also got to know other cultures and art. At the beginning I thought to myself that it will be hard to adapt the new culture there, but thanks to you I felt like I have been living there for several years.
Paola Fernanda Guzmán Figueroa (July – August 2023)
Thank you Residency Unlimited for such an amazing program, this experience has marked my life professionally and personally. I made friends for life and met very fruitful connections for my artistic career. The staff are beautiful, smart and warm people. They were always very open to hearing about my ideas and opinions regarding my exhibition and performance plans.
Melissa Bianca Amore (Guest Visitor & 2023 YVAA program US Juror)
The program and guidance offered at RU, which provides connections to an expansive network of curators, critics and industry professionals, is unparalleled to many other residency programs in the US. Nathalie directs the program with such authenticity, intellect and continual dedication that many artists establish long-lasting relationships within the community during and following the RU program…we continue to see many RU artists curated into international exhibitions following the exposure and introductions from the program.
Alexis Mendoza (Guest Curator, July – August 2023)
Since the day I walked through the doors of RU a few years ago I have not stop learning and I became a better artist, a better curator. As a guest curator I had the opportunity to examine the works and careers of most incredible artist. I was presented with the challenge of curating an exhibition with four artists I’d never meet before and didn’t know anything about them. “An instinct to change things” was one of the most rewarding and learning experience I had ever been exposed to in my career as a curator. Aurelija Bulaukaite, Paola Fernanda Guzmán Figueroa, Sead Kazanxhiu and Amira Ziyan were simply magnificent. The RU team with their unbelievable energy and positive thinking turned the project into a real success. Lulu, Senthil, Tania, Mariko I thank you!!
Yifat Bezalel (May – June 2023)
I recommend the RU residency experience to mature and young artists. RU provides a framework with both a structured framework, and extensive freedom of action where an artist can learn about independence in a foreign space in the most absolute way. The RU team, from the director to the interns are exceptionally cordial. As a resident I always found an answer to my professional and personal needs. RU is managed with wisdom, great sensitivity and interest in the artist During my stay I worked on my project Duty of the Hearts, and indeed, I felt within the program that everyone’s heart was happily obligated to each other.
Tomoko Hisamatsu (March – May 2023)
RU’s team, program, network, and are incredible. They enabled my residency to be fruitful, for example, networking with art professionals internationally, conducting my project ’Paint for Me!’, exhibiting my works at the group show ”Urban Ecology,” etc. I want to thank them for their flexible assistance!
Elisa Bertaglia (February – July 2023)
RU residency was crucial for my career, I am grateful and very happy to have being part of this team! I will keep on being part of RU in the future, following all the shows and events. RU net is amazing and it’s a wonderful family!
Hayley Ferber (Guest Curator, February – April 2023)
I am grateful for my time as a Guest Curator at RU. During this three month period I was introduced to dozens of artists, invited to countless tours of cultural institutions and given an incredible opportunity to curate an exhibition at a stunning gallery. RU gave me invaluable support and access to grow my network of artists and arts professionals in NYC as well as internationally. As an alumni of their organization RU continues to provide resources and the chance to share my work with their talented residents.
Jingwei Qiu (June – August 2023)
As I conclude this residency project, I want to express my gratitude to the RU team. Their professionalism and reliability have left a profound impression on me. Throughout the entire artistic residency, I have received their utmost support. Special thanks to Nathalie and Lulu for providing me with invaluable insights, which are crucial for artists who have just arrived in New York seeking to expand their artistic careers. Finally, I want to thank the friends I’ve made at RU for making this fascinating experience enjoyable and memorable during these busy yet delightful times.
Svetlana Racanović (July 2023)
I am enormously thankful for selecting me for the program…I enjoyed every second of it and great people I met through the program.
Gabriele Grones (February – July 2023)
RU has been an amazing experience and I loved it! You all have been so incredibly nice and helpful. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the residency.
Pavle Banović (June – July 2023)
I definitely made a lot of connections, for now a collaboration with Kino Club in Helsinki and much more to come with resident curators I met at RU.
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (April – June 2023)
RU offered a game-changing experience for my career. I appreciate the salons with our curator, Rachel Gugelberger and NYC cohort. It was wonderful seeing how we grew from the beginning of the residency to the end. Having the international residency cohort allowed me to connect with artists I wouldn’t have met otherwise and to gain more perspectives by seeing their works and presentations. I wished it was longer than just three months.
Miatta Kawinzi (April – June 2023)
This residency was truly transformative. It allowed me to focus on my research and creative project in a sustained way, with the support and momentum of ongoing dialogue and feedback from my residency cohort, the guest curator, and the studio visitors, all of whom offered incredible jewels of insight that I will continue to reflect on and carry forward as my project grows. I offer my deepest gratitude to the Residency Unlimited team for holding, coordinating, and supporting this space for me to grow as an artist and person and connect outwards in beautifully enriching ways. Thank you!
Maureen Catbagan (April – June 2023)
I would highly recommend RU’s New York Based Artist Residency as it truly enabled us to connect with international and local artists as well as curators in a deep and meaningful way. The frequent studio visits and salon sessions provided the critical feedback that we otherwise wouldn’t have access to. The artistic and curatorial connections that we formed will last well beyond the term of the residency. RU’s robust Alumni network continues to provide and sustain access to resources and possible collaborations. Most importantly, RU’s administrative staff is one of the most supportive and organized teams I have had the privilege to work with. I am truly grateful for the experience.
Tatiana Arocha (April – June 2023)
It was clear that RU put so much thought and energy into pairing the right curators with the artists. The weekly meetings with different curators made a real impact on my work and process and I loved having a consistent exchange of ideas. RU created a very supportive environment for the artists to quickly build camaraderie and community during the residency. I got the chance to get to know my cohort well and the bi-weekly meetings welcomed exchange and allowed each artist to share about their practice so that we all got to learn from each other.
Agrina Vllasaliu (May – June 2023)
Meeting wonderful artists with different interests offered intense discussion about art and exhibitions. There were intense friendship bondings that occurred during the residency.
Tamás Páll (April – May 2023)
Thanks for all the hard work dear RU staff, interns and employees
Courtney Askey (March – May 2023)
My experience at RU was very positive. RU facilitated a great New York experience. I felt a part of a community of likeminded and inspiring artists, curators, and professionals and this made the experience even more rewarding. The opportunity to present my work on Governors Island as a solo show was really beneficial to my practice and to my portfolio. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with RU and I hope I get to work with them again.
Alma Gačanin (April – May 2023)
You guys are doing an awesome job, I had a wonderful time. Hope our paths will cross again in the future. Kisses and hugs to all!
Veronika Molnar (May 2023)
As a resident curator at RU in May 2023, I was able to pursue so many professional opportunities. I had the full support of the RU team to organize the group exhibition Familiar Fantoms, at the RU House on Governors Island. I also conducted many studio visits and am currently planning future collaborations with several talented artists whom I met through RU. Not only I gained valuable professional connections, but also became part of a community and made a number of great friendships. Kudos to Nathalie and the entire RU team for their support and care in helping me make the most of my residency.
Glorija Lizde (April – May 2023)
Just a huge thank you to all RU team, you are such beautiful and nice people who work very hard to ensure all of us are taken care of. You made me feel really welcome and I hope to see you soon.
Graciela Cassel (February – July 2016)
It is with profound appreciation to Nathalie Angles and her team, after seven years of attending RU Residency, that I write another thank you note. This residency has changed my approach to the art world. It has helped me to trust my process and how to present it. The intensity and the frequency of the feedback I received at RU impacted my state of mind. It fostered a tremendous, positive evolution in me that in turn allowed me to open my horizons. I want to express, once again, my immense gratitude.
Sini Rinne-Kanto (February – March 2023)
Connections and introductions provided by RU were very useful regarding the upcoming exhibition program with Tom of Finland Foundation, especially with potential partners and artists. I made many new connections with great artists, possibly leading to new collaborations.