I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Along with heat waves and foggy days, the summer season at Headlands brings a new cohort of Artists to our Affiliate and Graduate Fellows programs. On behalf of the staff, board, and the rest of the Headlands community, I am delighted to extend them a warm welcome!
As the cost of living in the Bay Area continues to skyrocket, Headlands’ Affiliate and Graduate Fellows programs fulfill a critical need within the region’s art ecosystem by providing more than 25 local artists with the space and support needed to maintain a robust and thriving creative practice.
Please join me in welcoming these artists to an exciting year with Headlands:
I am also also thrilled to announce that artist Troy Chew is the recipient of the 2019 Tournesol Award. A graduate of California College of the Arts, Troy first came to Headlands as a 2018-19 Graduate Fellow. During that time I had the immense pleasure of watching Troy hard at work, making the most of his fellowship. I know that the Tournesol Award—a yearlong residency with a $10,000 cash prize—will help propel his practice to the next level.
On a final note, as these artists head into summer at Headlands, I'd like to send you off into your summer with a bit of reading: a New York Times Op-Ed titled, "You are Doing Something Important When You Aren't Doing Anything." At Headlands, we champion what the author terms "fallow time"—time to disconnect, experiment, and let the mind wander into fresh territory. Not just for artists, but for everyone. I hope you take some time to be "fallow" this summer. Hike. Read. Tap into your own creativity. I guarantee it will be time well spent.
*Continuing Headlands Affiliate Artist **Former Headlands Affiliate Artist †Former Headlands Artist in Residence
Headlands Center for the Arts is an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas.
Images, clockwise starting from top left: Sholeh Asgary (Affiliate Artist 2019-20), Anahita, 2019; Bailey Anderson (Graduate Fellow 2019-20), Untitled, 2019; Kira Dominguez Hultgren (Graduate Fellow 2019-20), Crossed in Parts, 2018; Sherwin Rio (Graduate Fellow 2019-20), FOOTWORK, 2017; Troy Chew (Graduate Fellow 2018-19, Tournesol Awardee 2019-20), The Grass is sometimes Purple on the Other Side, 2017; Beatriz Escobar (Affiliate Artist 2019-20), Breathe With Me I, 2019