August 12 – September 22, 2019
The Worcester Art Museum welcomes Richard Streitmatter-Tran from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Jennifer Teo, representing the artist collective Post-Museum of Singapore, for the 2019 Southeast Asia Artist-in-Residency—a collaboration with the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts and Indochina Arts Partnership. During their six-week residency at WAM, the artists will hold weekly, drop-in studio open houses for the public, meet and collaborate with local artists, give talks to area youth, engage with Art Alternatives—a partnership with the juvenile court system—and participate in the StART on the Street festival on September 15.
The Artist-in-Residency program's objectives are threefold: to support emerging to mid-career artists from Southeast Asia, where the infrastructure and institutional support for contemporary artists are scarce, or in some extreme cases nonexistent; to create meaningful connections between the community of artists, Southeast Asians, and the general public in Worcester with the art and culture of Southeast Asia; and to focus on the internationally diverse connections within Worcester and the vital global role an encyclopedic museum, such as the Worcester Art Museum, plays in its community.
The Southeast Asia Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional in-kind support is provided by the three collaborating organizations, including the Worcester Art Museum, Indochina Arts Partnership, and the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
Related Programs and Events
The following programs and events will be held during the Southeast Asia Artist-in-Residency. All are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, August 21, 28, and Saturday, September 14, 12-2pm.
The public is invited to visit the artists in their studios, to observe their work, and engage in conversation.
StART on the Street
Sunday, September 15
The artists will lead interactive art activities as part of Worcester's annual art festival, StART on the Street.
Third Thursday Artist Talk
Thursday, September 19, 6-8 pm
Join a combined artist talk with Richard Streitmatter-Tran and Jennifer Teo in their studios at WAM to learn about their work and reflections on their residency experience in Worcester.
Richard Streitmatter-Tran was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Adopted by an American family in Massachusetts, he grew up on Cape Cod during the 1970s and 1980s and was drawn to works by quintessential New England artists, such as Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. Since moving to Vietnam more than 15 years ago, he has established his artistic career in Southeast Asia, as well as Asia and Europe. During his residency at WAM, Streitmatter-Tran will study works by Hopper, Homer, and John Singer Sargent from the Museum's permanent collection. He plans to create a series of new works about contemporary Massachusetts using techniques, such as painting with watercolor and gouache on silk, which he has developed in Vietnam over the past few years.
Jennifer Teo, Post-Museum
Founded in 2007, Post-Museum is an independent cultural and social art collective in Singapore, which aims to encourage and support a thinking and proactive community. Working in the space between visual arts and social activism, Post-Museum has been creating art, as well as curating, organizing, writing, and lecturing in Singapore and abroad for 12 years. They maintain an open platform for examining contemporary life, connecting people, and promoting the arts. Post-Museum co-founder Jennifer Teo will represent the group during its residency at WAM, where she will create Worcester Really Really Free Market. Part of a worldwide movement and social experiment, Post-Museum's ongoing Really Really Free Market series (2009-present) forms a temporary 'free' market zone based on an alternative gift economy.