Welcome Resident Artists! 2014/15 year

Cheltenham Center for the Arts is pleased to announce two new resident artists for the 2014- 15 season: Joan Brown, ceramics and Annie Sarachan, painting and mixed media. Brown and Sarachan emerged from entrants as gifted artists who hold a deep passion and commitment to the art center community. The Cheltenham Center for the Arts Resident Artist Program seeks to enhance the creative experience at the Center by providing an exciting, nurturing and supportive environment for artists starting their careers or making a change. Our residents are self-supporting artists who wish to work and teach at the Center for one year beginning June 2014.

Sarachan is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a BFA and recently returned from an artist’s residency in Tanzania. She hopes to explore the sense of place in her work at Cheltenham Center for the Arts during the year. “I would like to investigate the creation of safe spaces,” said Sarachan as one of her first projects. She would use textiles as a primary medium in the form and spaces as she finds this technique can translate metaphors similar to painting. 

Brown is a graduate from University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA. Similarly to Sarachan, Brown involves textiles in her work. Using historic textiles and contemporary pattern painters she creates biomorphic and stylized patterns in her three dimensional geometric ceramic structures. In the course of her residency she hopes to explore open, hand-built vessels and the development of creating her own decals, with the end goal “to incorporate hand painting and the invented decals onto my sculpture.”

Brown and Sarachan will conclude their year with a resident show in May 2015 showcasing the body of work completed during their residency. This is the second year-long residency the Cheltenham Center for the Arts will undertake and explore. Cheltenham Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome both of these artists and eager to witness the development of a body of work in their respective mediums during the residency program.