Welcoming our 2021 Artists-in-Residence at the Arts Center at Governors Island

2021 Artists-in-Residence at
LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island. Photo by Sunny Chen.

LMCC welcomes 22 incoming 2021 GI COVID-19 Response Residency Program Participants who will be given valuable studio space at LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island through April: Abigail Donahue, Alexa Hoyer, Andres Santiago Pina, Anthony Huffman, Betsy Kenyon, Dena Igusti, Hsuan Yu Pan, Hyewon, Isaac Roller, Janelle Lawrence, Josef Pinlac, Katy McCarthy, KC Trommer, Kelly Marshall, Kosuke Kawahara, Madeleine Fia Matsson, Mingna Li, Nozomi Rose, Rhonda Weppler, Ryan D. Matthews, Selwyn V. Garraway, and Yin Ming Wong. 

In 2020, LMCC, the Trust for Governors Island, and numerous Island-based organizations launched the Governors Island Residency Initiative in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its devastating impact across the NYC Cultural Landscape. This initiative endeavors to support artists, writers, cultural workers, creative practitioners living and working across New York City's five boroughs by providing free, temporary space to work on the Island. LMCC begins year 2 of the initiative with this cohort.

For the 2021 season, over 250 artists applied for LMCC’s open call. The selection process was guided by values and priorities that informed a careful, equitable and inclusive approach to outreach and selection, including:

  • Ensuring that artists and cultural practitioners of diverse racial identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations from across New York City have access to the opportunity and are represented;
  • Seeking out artists and cultural workers whose practices give back to, or aim to make positive change within, the cultural community and/or the City at large;
  • Seeking out artists and cultural workers whose practices address important socio-political issues, including but not limited to public health, gender discrimination, immigration, racial equity, climate change and environmental justice;
  • Seeking out artists and cultural workers whose practices will benefit from working on Governors Island as a public space serving diverse audiences.

2021 Residents at the Arts Center at Governors Island

Abigail Donahue | Design Arts - Manhattan
Alexa Hoyer | Visual Arts - Brooklyn
Andres Santiago Pina | Theatre - Manhattan
Anthony Huffman | Literature/Writing - Brooklyn
Betsy Kenyon | Visual Arts - Manhattan
Dena Igusti | Literature/Writing - Jamaica
Hsuan Yu Pan | Film - Woodside
Hyewon Park | Visual Arts - Brooklyn
Isaac Roller | Comics/Graphic Literature - Manhattan
Janelle Lawrence | Performance Art - Manhattan
Josef Pinlac | Multidisciplinary - Elmhurst
Katy McCarthy | Multidisciplinary - Brooklyn
KC Trommer | Literature/Writing - Jackson Heights
Kelly Marshall | Visual Arts - Manhattan
Kosuke Kawahara | Visual Arts - Brooklyn
Madeleine Fia Matsson | Visual Arts - Brooklyn
Mingna Li | Multidisciplinary - Brooklyn
Nozomi Rose | Visual Arts - Manhattan
Rhonda Weppler | Visual Arts - Manhattan
Ryan D. Matthews | Literature/Writing - Brooklyn
Selwyn V. Garraway | Visual Arts - Manhattan
Yin Ming Wong | Visual Arts - Brooklyn


LMCC’s Artist Residency Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Governors Island Residency Initiative is also supported, in part, by Cowles Charitable Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., The Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation, The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Read the full press release here.