FRONT Art Futures Fellows in New York!

Nov. 02, 2023

In late September, FRONT Art Futures Fellows Amanda D. King, Charmaine Spencer, Erykah Townsend, and Antwoine Washington visited New York to get inspired and stimulated by art, people, museums, galleries, and all the energizing cultural bustle of the city.

The four artists spent time looking at paintings, chatting with curators, attending art events, engaging with gallerists, visiting artists’ studios, rushing through exhibitions in Chelsea, biking over the Brooklyn Bridge, and so much more—all together with Magdalena Moskalewicz, FRONT’s Chief Curator, and Deidre McPherson, Chief Community Officer at Cleveland’s Assembly for the Arts.

We can’t wait to see how this trip may get reflected (or repudiated?) in their upcoming projects for FRONT triennial 2025!

I now believe even more in my abilities to show in NYC one day, and look forward to it, Antwoine Washington shared about the trip. I was able to see how others support and work together and that there is room for everyone to thrive in this industry. For me, seeing is believing that all things are possible, so this experience opened my eyes to the endless possibilities.

NYC Fellowship Trip – Gallery Visits
L: Meeting with artist Mickalene Thomas (center) and gallerist Yancey Richardson (right) inside Thomas's exhibition JE T'ADORE at Yancey Richardson Gallery. R: At Gladstone Gallery with partner Paula Tsai. Photos by Magdalena Moskalewicz.

The FRONT Art Futures Fellowship was inaugurated in 2022 in order to develop meaningful and sustainable career support for BIPOC artists based in Northeast Ohio. The fellowship aims to provide transformational professional development and help make the local arts ecosystem more reflective of the region’s diversity. Operating on a three-year program cycle, FRONT provides each Fellow with an unrestricted award of $25,000 as well as opportunities for career development and sponsored research and travel. The FRONT Art Futures Fellows will be featured with resultant projects in the 2025 edition of the triennial.

Watch short interviews with current Fellows Amanda D. King, Charmaine Spencer, and Antwoine Washington.

See more photos from the New York trip on our instagram.