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Artist Lab Residency

The MCLA Artist Lab (Laboratory) Residency was created to give MCLA students and the North Adams community, access to accomplished artists from all over the world. The artists invited to participate, provide both inspiration and advice for best navigating and understanding the art world. Artists are selected based on their practice, their contribution to the art world and the way in which their career reflects the diversity of thought, talent and triumph that exists among artists striving to contribute to and consequently expand, what is considered  the art history canon. 

At least two times a year, once a each semester,  Artists in Residence are invited to create work, share work and in some cases teach courses at MCLA. Each artist is asked to create a body of work that will culminate the Residency in an exhibition at MCLA's Gallery 51. The artist is provided housing and given a studio space in Design Lab. In Design Lab, artists can conduct workshops and talks and other type of programming they are interested in facilitating for the community. MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center is proud to be able to offer this experience to the participating artists and the community.


Current Artist in Residence 

We kick off this year with our inaugural artist Genevieve Gaignard. She will be in residence from April to August 2020. She is creating work for a final exhibition at Gallery 51 and working with students and the community via workshops, talks and other programming. This Residency is offered through the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

For more information, please contact Erica Wall, BCRC Director.


Screenshot of the video call from Genevieve's workshop. You can see a small thumbnail image of everyone on the call.


3-Part Online Workshop with artist Genevieve Gaignard on the following Wednesdays: 15th, 22th, and the 29th from 5 - 6:30 pm*

View artist in residence, Genevieve Gaignard, discuss her Origin, Practice, and Navigation of the L.A. Art Scene in this 3-part workshop series. MCLA students joined Genevieve to learn about each other's practice, share methods, and advice. Recordings of this series are available below. In May this series opens to the public, so email to reserve your spot as space is limited. 

Her Origin Story - 15th

Her Practice - 22nd

How She Navigated the LA Art Scene - 29th


3-Part Online Workshop with artist Genevieve Gaignard on the following Wednesdays: 13th, 20th, and the 27th from 5 - 6:30 pm*

Please join artist in residence, Genevieve Gaignard in this workshop series about her Origin, Practice, and Navigation of the L.A. Art Scene. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about another artist’s practice, share methods, and advice. This series is open to the public, so please email to reserve your spot before they are filled. You will have the opportunity to interact, so we ask that you have two questions prepared.

Origin Story - 13th

Her Practice - 20th

How She Navigated the LA Art Scene - 27th



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Photograph entitled The Rise and Fall Take Em Down by Genevieve Gaignard. The artist appears twice in the image with different clothing. One stands on the industrial cement structure as the other sits


Genevieve Gaignard is a Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on photographic self-portraiture, sculpture, and installation to explore race, femininity, class, and their various intersections. The daughter of a black father and white mother, Gaignard’s youth was marked by a strong sense of invisibility. Was her family white enough to be white? Black enough to be black? Gaignard interrogates notions of “passing” in an effort to address these questions. She positions her own female body as the chief site of exploration — challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity. Influenced by the soulful sounds of Billy Stewart, the kitschy aesthetic of John Waters and the provocative artifice of drag culture, Gaignard uses low-brow pop sensibilities to craft dynamic visual narratives. From the identity performance ritualized in ‘‘selfie” culture to the gender performance of femininity, Gaignard blends humor, persona and popular culture to reveal the ways in which the meeting and mixing of contrasting realities can feel much like displacement.

Gaignard received her MFA in Photography at Yale University and her BFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Houston Center for Photography. In 2017, her work was included in the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans. Gaignard's work has been reviewed in The New York TimesThe New YorkerW Magazine, The LA Times, Artforum, and on Vice News Tonight, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, California African American Museum, LA, Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art.