Studio Museum selects Jibade-Khalil Huffman MFA '13

ArtNews June 17, 2015
by Alex Greenberger

The Studio Museum in Harlem announced today that Jordan Casteel, EJ Hill, and Jibade-Khalil Huffman will be its artists-in-residence for the upcoming 2015–16 season.

Begun in 1968, the Studio Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program is designed to support emerging artists of African and Latino descent. As Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum, said in a statement, “This is the program that put the ‘Studio’ in our museum’s name. It is fundamental to all aspects of our mission of being a home to outstanding artists of African descent—helping us forge connections between artists and the community, and keeping us at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice.”

As artists-in-residence, Casteel, Hill, and Huffman will receive a $20,000 grant and a $1,000 stipend for materials. They also get free access to the studio spaces on the museum’s third floor. Once their residency is over, they will show work in a group exhibition at the Studio Museum.

The Artist-in-Residence program has a history of launching emerging artists. Njideka Akunyili Crosby, one of the breakout stars of this year’s New Museum Triennial, was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum from 2010–11. Simone Leigh and Xaviera Simmons, two artists who have recently received attention from critics, were also artists-in-residence at the Studio Museum.

As Casteel, Hill, and Huffman prepare for their residencies at the museum, this year’s artists-in-residence—Sadie Barnette, Lauren Halsey, and Eric Mack—prepare to show an exhibition of their work. That show, titled “Everything, Everyday: Artists-in-Residence, 2014–15,” is set to open at the Studio Museum in July.