Artists in Residence in Everglades is pleased to announce the 2015 AIRIE Fellows. This year, AIRIE boasts a creative group of local, national and international artists—painters, new media artists, photographers, writers, a filmmaker and an architect—who will live and work in the Everglades for a month at a time.
2015 AIRIE Fellows include writers Andrew Gottlieb and Nancy Krim, architect Caterina Tiazzoldi, painter Elizabeth Condon, photographers Alan Winslow and Matthew Booth, audio artist Valerie George, filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall, as well as Florida natives including multi-disciplinary artists Jason Hedges, Franky Cruz, Christina Petterson, and Onajide Shabaka.
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 month-long artist residencies in the Park’s subtropical wilderness. At least twelve AIRIE Fellows per year live and create new work in the Park, and in return lead interactive activities with visitors and donate artwork to the Park.
With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant, AIRIE connects Fellows with the South Florida cultural community to bring attention to this unique and endangered part of our national heritage. AIRIE’s expanded programming will feature a year-round calendar of events both in the Everglades and outside the Park, including readings, performances, workshops and lectures. Through these outreach events, Fellows will use their art forms to engage the public, showcasing the Everglades as inspiring, important and worth protecting.
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. “Everglades National Park is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, filled with both spectacle and subtlety. AIRIE artists have the unique ability to show us things we’ve missed that are before our eyes every day. And for those who don’t know this place intimately, to reveal its wonders for the first time,” observed Acting Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker.