New artwork at Da Vinci

New artwork at the Da Vinci Art Alliance will showcase recent residency work while serving a preview of future fellows.

The 2022 DVAA Residency Cohort will open Cumulative Threads while the 2023 DVAA Fellowship Cohort will preview Forecast 2023 at the Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St. from Jan. 11-22.

Cumulative Threads and Forecast 2023 hope to give the audience a sense of how the 2022 Residents have developed their artwork, and give a preview of what the 2023 Fellows have in store.

The Da Vinci Art Alliance Fellowship and Residency programs are designed to support “historically underrepresented and underserved” artists. Both groups of artists are pursuing narrative explorations of their culture, identities and personal traumas, utilizing disparate techniques and communication styles.

Cumulative Threads will take center stage in Gallery 1 with artwork by Nasir Young, Morgan Thomas Shankweiler, Kathleen Beausoleil, David Pratt, LEMUS, Nashay Jones and Isabel Brown. The seven residency artists from the 2022 cohort created an exhibition through seven distinct, visually immersive lenses. Each participating artist has included work inspired by their month-long residency at DVAA. Residents partook in professional development workshops and meetings, weekly check-ins with the Residency Director during the month of their individual residency and an artists critique hosted at the end of their residency.

Occupying Gallery 2 will be a preview of the 2023 fellowship that includes Heather Marie Scholl, Mai Eltahir and Neill Catangay. 

Scholl is a local artist whose work confronts personal and national legacies of violence through the use of embroidery, sculpture and writing. She is a queer lesbian survivor of childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence, which is illuminated in her current body of work Resurrection of a Victim.

Through needlework she investigates how generational violence is woven into bodies, homes, rituals and daily lives; and how it bleeds into the stories told about oneself and each other. She holds a BA in Race, Gender and Sexuality and an MFA in Fashion and Knitwear Design.

Eltahir is an art worker, researcher and community archivist in Philadelphia by way of Flint, Michigan. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint and a graduate degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Eltahir is interested in socio-political anchors of Black existentialism, ecocidal devastation, resource theft and the carceral state. Her current work and research center on the relationship between the aesthetics and technologies of calamity, climate catastrophe and abolition.

Catangay is a Filipino interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Guam. Catangay received

his BA at the University of Guam and his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Catangay embraces his cultural identity and upbringing to create work that examines decolonization as a form of care. With his multimedia practice, Catangay’s work investigates his own awareness of care, its meaning and how reclaiming oneself can be crucial to understanding systems of control, productivity and place. Through visual interpretation of research and awareness his work speculates progressive solutions for individual and collective futures.

The opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Jan. 14 from 4-7 p.m.