Wexner Center Announces Artist Residency Awards for 2018–19

Monday, June 11, 2018
Wexner Center Announces Artist Residency Awards for 2018–19

The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University announces its Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipients for 2018–19.

The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University announces its Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipients for 2018–19.

Each year, a total of $200,000 is invested in the work of contemporary artists across the center’s three program areas—visual arts, performing arts, and film/video. Artists who receive the annual awards are chosen by the center’s curators and director for their commitment to exploring and advancing contemporary art, thereby propelling the center’s laboratory mandate while further distinguishing Ohio State as an engine for original research.

Director Sherri Geldin notes, “From the very inception of the Wex nearly 30 years ago, a generous Artist Residency Award program has been at the core of our mission. This sustained commitment to artistic exploration and practice permeates the very ethos of the institution across all creative disciplines, and has spawned remarkable work over the years.”

In addition to financial support, Artist Residency Award recipients gain access to technical, professional, and creative capital from Wex staff and facilities, and they’re given the freedom to determine how and when the award will be used. In accepting, artists agree to work with Wexner Center staff to engage with faculty experts and students and to share their experiences and creative processes in an educational setting. A list of past Artist Residency Award recipients is available here.

The recipients for 2018–19:


Based in London, Edmund de Waal has developed an international reputation in the art world as a master of pottery, bringing refinement and passion to its creation and expanding the limits of how it’s exhibited. De Waal is also an accomplished author who gained broader recognition in 2010 with his moving family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, a global bestseller.

The artist’s studio-based practice is deeply informed by literature, and in his latest book, 2015’s The White Road: Journey into an Obsession, his literature is informed by his art practice as he recounts his travels around the world to understand the “white gold” of porcelain.
As his writing makes clear, de Waal is extraordinarily sensitive to the lives of objects, a quality also evident in a number of acclaimed exhibitions he’s curated and designed. In these, elements from the existing collections of institutions and individuals are repurposed for dramatic, sculpture-like installations.

He's also explored interests in architectural experimentation and music. This has led to various exhibitions and his production of set designs for a new piece commissioned by the Royal Ballet from British choreographer Wayne McGregor on the occasion of the Leonard Bernstein centenary.

De Waal is represented by Gagosian Gallery. He’ll be in residence at the Wex in 2019, researching an ambitious exhibition to debut here in 2020. 



Image on top: Edmund de Waal photo: Ben McKee, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery


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