By Julia Dixon Evans / Arts Calendar Editor and Producer
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Artist residencies hit a little differently now. Space and solitude have taken on new meaning since the pandemic began over a year ago, and the public face of the art world has changed dramatically. But Art Produce is committed. The nonprofit gallery and art space in North Park has kept up a vibrant schedule of residencies the entire year.
"We were quite surprised last year with how well all the artists adapted and pivoted to being here, and how well suited the residencies turned out to be to support several artists at a time. Just the structure of the place and that we have the ability to have separate spaces and separate entrances," said Lynn Susholtz, Art Produce's executive director and founder.
For the 2020 season, they had ten artists or performer groups scheduled for residencies, and for the most part, all were able to continue during the pandemic. For some, the space was essential, whether as a safe place to work or much-needed rehearsal space while dance studios were closed.
"Folks really kind of stepped up and decided that they wanted to be here," said Susholtz.
Artist residencies can offer a glimpse into the studio life and practice of artists — and at Art Produce, sometimes that's a literal glimpse, with passersby peeking in from the sidewalk as an artist is creating or installing, and sometimes it's through teaching or artist talks.
Writing residencies, however, tend to be a bit more private and inward. There's less to see process-wise, and traditionally less to participate in as a community. However, Art Produce is trying to turn that on end.