Residence and Jeniam Foundation Grant for Latin American Female Artists

Center for Contemporary Printmaking
Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
October 2009

In 2009 I received, together with Cuban artist Sandra Ramos, an invitation to be in residence at the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage hosted by the CCP, Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut and sponsored by Jeniam Foundation. The project was curated by Benjamin Ortiz. We both were selected among a Latin American artists short list proposed by the curator. The idea was to celebrated the “Hispanic Month” in Connecticut bringing two Latin American female artists to work and interact with the community.

Anthony Kirk and Alicia Candiani at the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage proofing coating for digital prints.

This residence had several amazing things. One of them was the opportunity to share the cottage with Sandra Ramos. We had worked together in Cuba years before when both were appointed as jury members in “La Joven Estampa”, a Latin American printmaking biennial for young artists. To meet again and to spend time together working in our own projects was a gift, bonding us as colleagues and women.

The other was to have Antony Kirk as a master printer. Anthony, who led the etching department at Tyler Graphics from 1988-2000 (and printed for American art legends as Frank Stella) was the Artistic Director and Master Printer of the CCP for 13 years.  We were lucky to recibe this grant in that moment having the possibility to learn from him.

Besides, the residence involved several other activities. We lead a printmaking outreach workshop for elders and present an artist talk for the community. CCP also presented the work creating during our residency from December 3rd, 2009 to January 16th, 2010 in an exhibition coinciding with the juried triennial Print Americas.

2009 International Artists-in-Residence 
“CCP is delighted to welcome this year’s International Artists-in-Residence: Alicia Candiani from Argentina and Sandra Ramos from Cuba. Sponsored by a generous grant from the Jeniam Foundation, the program enables international printmakers of renown to spend two weeks at CCP pursuing projects in the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage.

Alicia Candiani is an eminent artist and independent scholar based in Buenos Aires. Sandra Ramos, who lives in Havana, is considered by many to be the leading Cuban visual artist of her generation. Both artists reference the Latin American experience in their work”.

CCP news print/ print news. Fall 2009/Winter 2010

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of the print: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paper works, book arts, and digital arts. CCP is a unique cultural resource, a place to discover, to experiment, to learn. The entire spectrum of printmaking arts is here to be explored through workshops, edition printing with master printers, exhibitions, community programs, and an Artist-in-Residence Program”.


One thought on “Residence and Jeniam Foundation Grant for Latin American Female Artists

  1. Dear Alicia, It is wonderful to read this because it reminds me of the first encounter and collaboration with you and Sandra. I have had a long, creative life in printmaking since 1968 when at 18 I made my first etching. A creative life is enriched when my path crosses with artists such as you and Sandra. Kind regards, Tony

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