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Goetemann Artist Residency Program

Distinguished Artist/Teacher, Tim Hawkesworth

Tim Hawkesworth

Artist Talk

Timothy Hawkesworth, (www. http://timhawkesworth.com/) our 2014 Distinguished Artist/Teacher of the Goetemann Artist Residency program, will present an artist talk on Sunday, August 24th at 2pm at the Cape Ann Museum, located at 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester, MA. (www.capeannmuseum.org)

Following the lecture, a reception in honor of Hawkesworth will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester,MA (http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/)


Hawkesworth will then be in residence to lead a three day workshop using both the Cultural Center and the residency studio on Monday through Wednesday (25, 26, 27) from 9am to 12pm each day.  The studios will continue to be open 12 – 5PM each day for participants to continue working. The upper level gallery of the Cultural Center will be open to the public after noon during this time.

The fee for the three-day workshop is $300 per person for RNAC members and $400 for non-members. To register, please email RNACresidency@gmail.com. We will send a confirmation of your space or position on waitlist.  Payment is due upon confirmation. Spaces are limited; first come, first served.

Hawkesworth will also make six studio visits, approximately fifty minute each, around Cape Ann during his stay. Studio visits are for non-workshop attendees only. Cost per visit is $25 for RNAC members and $50 for non-members. To register, please email RNACresidency@gmail.com. We will send a confirmation or position on waitlist.  Payment is due upon confirmation. Spaces are limited; first come, first served. Time choices will be worked out later this summer, closer to August.



First Goetemann Artist Resident David Witbeck: May 15 – June 15

David Witbeck

"Amos", 72 x 48. Oil


MON May 19, 7pm : Artist talk at the Cultural Center

Informal gathering at the Residency Studio FRI June 13, 7 pm

In the paraphrased words of the late Edgar Whitney, a respected art educator and watercolorist, an artist is a "shape-maker, a symbol-finder and an entertainer".

Having been a photographer for the more than three decades, the greatest joy I have as a painter is freedom from objective reality. I can bend, twist, stretch, exaggerate and simplify the things I see. I can put things in and leave things out. I can paint how things make me feel instead of simply what they look like. I can even completely make things up. It's a joy to be able to evoke an emotional response with line, shape and color.

David Witbeck initially studied graphic arts at Pratt Institute in the mid '60s, but with the social turmoil of those times and what he considered the inanity of the 1960's NY art scene, he decided that photography was a more relevant pursuit. His first photographs were of workers at the now long gone Fulton Fish Market. He moved to Rochester, NY and briefly studied photojournalism at RIT and subsequently worked as a photographer's assistant and photographer. Eventually the desire for financial security trumped the interest in photography and he became a Teamster driving tractor-trailers for six years.
In 1980, Witbeck was accepted at Rhode Island School of Design where he earned a BFA in photography in 1982. For the next 25 years he had a successful career as a freelance photographer doing mostly editorial and corporate collateral work. Eventually commercial photography became less enjoyable and he rediscovered his original love of painting. Since 2007 he has been painting full time in his studio in Pawtucket, RI. His current work springs from his lifelong love of the sea and fascination with commercial fishing. He's best known for his iconic and irreverent "fishermen" paintings. His work is exhibited in several galleries along the New England coast.

Second Goetemann Artist Resident Pal Gumpen: July 9 – August 10

Pal Gumpen
Connexions: BIC drawing on paper


Artist talk at the Cultural Center Friday July 11 at 7 pm
Informal gathering at the Residency Studio Friday August 8th at 7 pm

Pal Gumpen is an exciting contemporary artist from Norway who is presently working in the Czech Republic.  His work has been included in group exhibitions in Beijing, Prague, South Korea, Germany, England, and Norway. He writes, “The ways that people organize, construct, and understand their individual realities, in light of personal psychology and history, society, and the influence of science and technology, is, widely speaking, the main interest of my practice.”  While he has “an affinity for tradition and stability,” he also believes in “testing foundations”  - introducing the idiosyncratic, the humorous, the disparate element that removes what might be considered romantic or predictable from an art process that is fluid and responsive to immediate personal associations and connection to community.

By “testing foundations”, I do not mean by outright provocation, which seldom seems to serve other functions than creating clearer schisms, but rather by skewing the focus somewhat. For example, on your website, you make a strong point for how the area presents a dramatic stimulus to visual artists, and is renown for it’s light. This, to me, would be an invitation to focus on anything but light & drama, as those aspects have presumably been explored very well be- fore. For example, what would the results be if one measured the dramatic coastline with GPS, or a thread, an unreliable rubber band, or a meter long stick?

He will be receiving an MA at the College for the Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, has a BA in Fine Arts from University College in Falmouth, England and has studied History of Religions in Bergen, Norway.


Third Goetemann Artist Resident Sarah Sutro: September 9 -0ctober 6

Sarah Sutro

Artist talk at the Cultural Center Friday September 10th at 7 pm

Informal gathering at the Residency Studio Friday October 3rd 7:00 pm

In Dhaka and Bangkok where I lived for several years, I worked with an international group of artists, learning to make natural inks from organic materials. My current work infuses these transparent layers of color with themes of time, infinite scale, and tabular structure. Large overlapping marks of natural color, and black ink marks depict the intersection of nature and culture, celebrating the aliveness and uniqueness of natural and invented worlds.  The paintings are abstract, yet the work evokes a physical presence that is connected to land and water.

Sarah Sutro, a painter who has focused recently on alternative ink drawings, earned a BFA from Cornell and Yale, and an MFA from University of the Arts, London. With solo and group shows in Boston, New York, San Diego, Berkeley, Belgrade, Bangkok, Montenegro, Dhaka, and London, her work is in collections locally and internationally. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Grant, she has been a resident at the American Academy of Rome, MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Art Dulcinium, Montenegro. She has been a faculty over many years at colleges and universities in the area, including Emerson College, AIB at Lesley University and Mass College of Art and Design, and now lives and works in N. Adams, MA. Her work can be seen in Joseph Carroll and Sons’ Boston Drawing Project.


About the Goetemann Artist Residency & Distinguished Artist/Teacher Programs

The Goetemann Artist Residency Program (formerly called the Rocky Neck Art Colony Artist Residency) was renamed in 2010 in honor of its founder, Gordon Goetemann. The artists selected evidence high-levels of accomplishment, originality and seriousness of purpose. The Program provides time for each artist's search and the exchange of ideas. The Residency accepts applications from December to March of each year. One applicant will be selected for each of three four-week residency terms. The program includes a live-work studio space and access to a rich cultural community.

The Artist Residency program was established in 2005. It reflects principles stated in the RNAC by-laws to:

1. Acknowledge the importance of the traditions upon which the Rocky Neck Art Colony was founded and work to keep them vital in the context of contemporary culture.

2. Provide opportunities for educational and professional development in the arts, which might include lectures, workshops, exhibitions, scholarships and residencies.

The Distinguished Artist/Teacher (DA/T) is an artist with a national reputation who is invited to come to Rocky Neck to direct a 3-4 day workshop,make studio visits to area artists and give a lecture at the Cape Ann Museum. Information about each DA/T can be located on the website under the year each was here in residence.

For more information, contact the director of the program, residency@rockyneckartcolony.org.

About the Rocky Neck Art Colony

Situated on a peninsula in the working fishing harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Rocky Neck and neighboring East Gloucester present a dramatic stimulus to visual artists. Long renowned for their light, this harbor and coast have been a magnet for the most distinguished artists America has produced. From Fitz Henry Lane and Winslow Homer, to Childe Hassam, John Sloan and Edward Hopper, this place has inspired some of the most revered realist paintings in American art. A catalyst for the progressive ideas of modern artists Theresa Bernstein, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among others, this physical setting continues to attract artists to a current thriving creative community. The Rocky Neck Art Colony organization serves a mission to nurture excellence in the visual arts, and to provide educational and professional development opportunities to its members and the greater community.



Mass Cultural CouncilPast funding for the Rocky Neck Art Colony Residency Program was in part from the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts made possible by The Massachusetts Cultural Council John and Abigail Adams Arts Program.