AIR 2019 will focus on the physical structure of Guild House as a place for temporary exhibition, installation, performance, and creative interventions. Residents are encouraged to work together or singly to stage environments, readings, or performances, and to further seek imaginative uses of the house in meaningful but impermanent ways that reflect on their work during the program. Guild House AIR was founded as a means to extend Guild Hall’s mission to foster the artistic spirit of the East End. By bringing early career artists to the region and providing a foundation for their development, Guild House AIR supports the next generation and encourages their contributions to the creative environment of the region. The Selection Committee is composed of celebrated artists and writers, creative professionals, and members of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts, which includes many of the leading literary, performing, visual and media artists of our time.
Guild House AIR is Guild Hall’s Artist-in-Residence program. Established in 2016, the program provides early career artists with introductions to the creative community of the Hamptons, a stipend, and one month’s living space in Guild House, a 19th-century Shingle style residence located adjacent to Guild Hall in East Hampton Village District. Weekly Salon Dinners provide a platform for AIR participants, celebrated artists and community leaders to discuss topical subjects and the arts. Guild House is not a studio-based program, but rather provides the time and space for reflection and the development of supportive and collaborative relationships. Past Selection Committee members have been Eric Fischl, Paul Goldberger, Ralph Gibson, Stephen Hamilton Robert Pinsky, Philip Schultz, Dava Sobel, Frederic Tuten, and Carrie Mae Weems. The AIR program operates under the founding vision of artist Eric Fischl, Academy of the Arts President, distinguished painter, and resident of the East End.
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