Artists in Residence in Everglades is pleased to announce the 2019 AIRIE Fellows. This year, AIRIE will host an eclectic group of local, national and international artists and cultural producers including an anthropologist, a painting collaborative, a curator, a composer and theatre troupe—who will live and work in the Everglades for a month at a time.
2019 AIRIE Fellows are cultural anthropologist/visual artist and writer Carol Hendrickson, Nice n’ Easy, a collaboration between local artists Jeffery Noble and Allison Matherly; Jessica Bennett, a visual artist from Brooklyn; Grant Livingston, an acoustic style musician; installation artist Cristina Molina; cultural anthropologist, artist and writer from Vermont; Annie Blazejack and Geddes Livingstone, experimental painters; Cathy Byrd, independent curator and critical writer; Matt Venuti, singer/songwriter; Itamar Freed and Courtney Scheu, choreographer and visual artist team; and Agile Rascals Bicycle Touring Theatre troupe.
AIRIE Fellows have the unique opportunity to get to know the ecology of the Everglades by being immersed in it, and then share their perspective through creative public programs. South Florida is home to the only subtropical wilderness area in the country, AIRIE is the only program bringing artists to the Everglades. AIRIE’s purpose is to inform, connect, and support artists, writers and musicians who wish to be inspired by the Everglades and then become ambassadors for the Park and its resources. AIRIE partners with Everglades National Park staff to offer ten artists per year month-long artist residencies in the Park’s subtropical wilderness. With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, AIRIE connects Fellows with the South Florida cultural community to bring attention to this unique and endangered part of our national heritage.