This program is located in the historic district of Nolan Park and housed at the exhibition space (NP/10) of the West Harlem Art Fund.

Visual Muze is a unique storytelling residency and retreat. It provides visual artists, performance artists, multi-media designers, and writers the opportunity to explore narrative forms within collaborative projects, works in progress, guest lectures, and crafts. Prompts will be provided. Participants can choose to work independently or in teams to create original works in print, film, public performance, or digitally for a culminating exhibition. Process, creative strategy, and inspiration will be emphasize

Visual Muze Artist Residency is co-directed by artist Nadia DeLane & curator Savona Bailey McClain.

2020 Residency 
Individual Visual Artists 
Kraig Blue
Dario Mohr
Marie E. Saint-Cyr

Hilary Brown – HB² PROJECTS (Interdisciplinary Platform) 
Yehuda Hyman –  Mystical Feet Company
Katharine Pettit Creative Dance Company

Landscape Design
Austin Arrington

Justin Michel (Exalt Youth Intern)

Conrad Levenson

Conrad Levenson is a member of The Sculptors Guild and was selected through an open call. The Sculptors Guild was founded in 1937 and is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in New York City. The founders were at the forefront of American Modernism rejecting the staid conventions of traditional figurative art. Their primary objective, as stated in an early exhibition catalogue was: “to unite sculptors of all progressive aesthetic tendencies into a vital organization.”

Our 2021 application is now ready. Click 2021 Visual Muze Residency Application

“The opportunity to be an artist-in-residence on Governor’s Island was a great and nurturing experience for me this past summer during the Epidemic. The natural setting, on an island surrounded by water, standing barefoot amidst the great old trees in Nolan Park inspired me to create a dance/storytelling work drawing from ancient Jewish mysticism.” — Yehuda Hyman/Dancer Choreographer

“Governor’s Island is an oasis away from the city, an incredible sanctuary to dance and focus on the work without distractions or anxiety from the ongoing pandemic. Highly recommended for rejuvenation and inspiration!”— Katharine Pettit Creative – KPC

Partial funding for The Visual Muze Artist Residency was provided by The Desai Sethi Foundation. Fiscal sponsors for The Visual Muze Residency is Ankhlave Arts Alliance Inc. Visual Muze Artist Residency is a registered member of the Alliance of Artist Communities