See past program residents:

2014 Goetemann Artist Residency
2013 Goetemann Artist Residency
2012 Goetemann Artist Residency
2011 Goetemann Artist Residency
2010 Goetemann Artist Residency
2009 Goetemann Artist Residency
2008 Goetemann Artist Residency
2007 Goetemann Artist Residency
2006 Goetemann Artist Residency
2005 Goetemann Artist Residency

Goetemann Artist Residency Program


First Goetemann Artist Resident Yuko Oda: May 15 – June 15

YuKo Oda

My inspiration stems from observations of natural life forms and processes. Organisms like flowers and birds have forms and functions familiar yet foreign to us. At a glance, they may seem simple and go unnoticed, but a little curiosity and observation reveals a universe of complex, intelligent systems. The wonder and reverence I feel in this study is what drives my work, and the results take various directions, from paintings to digital sculpture and animations.

In my practice, I bring forth the life force of a living form by abstracting and transforming its elements. A delicate flower may explode like a bomb, or become a planet in a galaxy. A massive golden butterfly flock departs from a dark landscape, and colorful hummingbirds escape from an apocalyptic explosion. At times ephemeral and celestial, at others haunting, I explore energetic contrasts and mystical symbolisms in my work.

About Yuko:

Yuko Oda’s artworks have been exhibited at the Dumbo Arts Festival (NY), Chelsea Art Museum (NY), Calvin-Morris Gallery (NY), Lumenhouse Art Space (NY), Beijing Today Art Museum (China), Gallery Aferro (NJ), 3RD WARD (NY), the Artist Network Gallery (NY), Maki Fine Arts (Japan), among others, and her work has also been included in numerous international art fairs. Oda is currently represented by OZASAHAYASHI, a new contemporary art gallery in Kyoto Japan.  Oda received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in Studio Art/Philosophy from Duke University.  Oda was an art resident at Chashama North in 2010, the Vermont Studio Center in 2008, and the School of Visual Arts in 1999. She has given artist talks at numerous universities and organizations, presented as a plenary speaker and panelist on topics of art and technology, and served as Art Gallery Chair at SIGGRAPH Asia 2009.  She currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department at the New York Institute of Technology.

7pm, WED May 20 - talk at Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street

7pm, FRI, June 12 - Informal conversation at the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.


First Gloucester Artist Invitational Resident Jeffrey Marshall:
June 28 – July 26

Jeffrey Marshall

These drawings and paintings depict found lobster traps, mauled by collisions along the boundaries of water and land.

I am attracted to these mangled, manmade structures because they are echoes of the frenetic energy and power of the ocean waves.  In Gloucester, fishing and lobstering are elements, like the sea and air. Over time these components combine into molecules specific to this place. These colorful, twisted wrecks are portraits, and each one reflects the insistent beauty of this city.

My engagement with Gloucester started in 1997, after moving to Massachusetts from New Orleans, where I had spent 7 years in the public schools as part of Teach For America. After years of swamps and rivers as landscapes, I became fascinated with various visual elements along coastline of Magnolia, and started working on site. I hope to create images that echo the joy of walking along the rocks and finding a tide pool.

The KNOTS series relates to another group of images, The New Orleans Drawing Project. Since 2005, when the levees failed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, I have traveled there to document the city’s recovery through on-site drawings. This collision between natural forces and man-made structures as both metaphor and warning is something that has changed my creative focus in Gloucester, and links the two places in my mind and my artwork.  The Gloucester landscape has stories to tell: past, present, and future.

Jeffrey is currently an associate professor of art at Mount Ida College.

7pm, Wednesday July 1 - talk at Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street

7PM, THUR July 23 - Informal conversation at the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.

Second Goetemann Artist Resident Laurelin Kruse: August 28 – September 28

Laurelin Kruse

Laurelin Kruse is an interdisciplinary artist who will bring hertraveling, community-based project, the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, to Gloucester and the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

"I see my work as an "archeology of the present"—I look at the everyday, the local—the lives we live and the places we inhabit. I take a descriptive, documentary approach and apply it to subjective human experience, from the mundane to the transformative, in order to look at the emotions that drive us, and the institutions and modes of belief we operate within. I'm fascinated by how we reshape our experiences into memories, and through my work I aim to capture this process, to see the present tense on its way to becoming a story, a thing regarded, the first draft of memory."

Laurelin launched the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts in collaboration with Artspace in New Haven, CT in July 2014. She has since taken it to multiple communities on the East Coast. After her Goetemann Residecy, she'll be traveling West with the museum to do community residencies in Colorado and Utah. Laurelin received her BA in American Studies from Yale University in 2012.

7pm, WED September 2 - talk at Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street

7pm, THUR September 24 - Informal conversation at the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.

Third Goetemann Artist Resident Samuel Guy: October 1 - 31
Samuel Guy

My work deals with the coming of age narrative in America and the role of masculinity in that process. Drawing from personal experiences and research of gender and sociology I have started to take a serious look at the “Peter Pan Years” of young-adult men.

My work often references Renaissance and Baroque painting giving these figures a sacred yet often satirical quality. Additionally these references enlarge the narrative, providing an existential quality through poses taken from depositions, pietas, and other Christ or martyrdom paintings, while simultaneously criticizing the ritualistic construction of masculinity. Conversely the paintings referencing the harem paintings of Ingres and Gerome highlight the conflict of homoeroticism in a homophobic culture. The settings, often party scenes, critique the archaic traditions and rituals of the epoch, which so forcefully shape these individuals. Additional reference and metaphor are provided through, pattern and object. The use of many layers of subtlety allows me to create a piece of work that is constantly growing with the viewer.

7pm, WED OCT 7 - talk at Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street

7pm, THUR OCT 29 - Informal conversation at the Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.



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.