About Visual Artist Residencies

The CAC's Artist Residency program is a 2020 pilot initiative to offer time, space, resources, and professional development opportunities for both visual and performing artists in New Orleans. Built on the success of our previous performing arts residency program, Southern Crossings, the CAC Artists Residencies have been expanded to include support for three local visual artists in the process of creating new interdisciplinary artwork. 

In the Fall of 2020, visual artists Ana Hernandez, Shana M. griffin, and Sarah Hill were selected for the program and provided with 1,000 square feet of built-out studio space in the CAC’s second floor Lupin Gallery. These artists-in-residence will be featured in a culminating showcase exhibition, opening January 9, 2021.

2020 Visual Artists in Residence

Ana Hernandez is a Painter, Printmaker, and Sculptor currently living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a founding member of Level Artist Collective and has been nominated for and awarded Artist Residencies by Joan Mitchell Foundation and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her work has been exhibited in New Orleans, with venues including The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, A Studio in the Woods, Newcomb Art Museum, Xavier University, and Stella Jones Gallery. She has also shown nationally in Philadelphia, PA; Durham, NC; Wichita, KS; Richmond, VA; New York City, NY; and Chicago, IL. Learn more at anabertahernandez.com

Shana M. griffin is a feminist activist, independent researcher, applied sociologist, artist, and geographer. Her practice is interdisciplinary and undisciplinary, working across the fields of sociology, geography, public art, and land-use planning and within movements challenging urban displacement, carcerality, reproductive control, and gender-based violence. She engages in research, organizing projects, and art practices that attend to the lived experiences of the black Diaspora—centering the particular experiences of black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, incarceration, polluted environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, and housing discrimination. She’s the founder of PUNCTUATE, a feminist research, art, and activist initiative foregrounding the embodied aesthetics and practices of black feminist thought; and creator of DISPLACED, a multimedia and public history project that chronicle the institutionalization of spatial residential segregation through the violence of racial slavery and displacement in New Orleans. Shana currently serves as Interim Executive Director of Antenna, a multidisciplinary arts organization. Learn more shanamgriffin.com

Sarah Hill (They/Them) lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have shown nationally and internationally. Sarah has performed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Le Lieu The Contemporary Art Center in Québec, Canada, at the International Performance Platform Festival in Lublin, Poland at Gallery Labirynt, Performatorium, Canada, Mobius, Proof Gallery and Greaney in Boston, Grace Exhibition Space in New York, Austin, São Paulo-Santos, Brazil and Casino Luxembourg Contemporary Art, Luxembourg. Sarah received their MFA from the Museum School at Tufts University, Boston. They studied with Black Market International at the Festival of Live Art in Glasgow, Scotland. They have screened videos in Australia, Berlin, Canada, MIX COPENHAGEN, London (FRINGE! Queer Film & Arts Fest) Miami, New York (The Armory Show), Italy, North Carolina (NCGLFF), Aesthetica, SFTFF Film Festival, and Scotland. They have participated in shows at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Art, Museum, San Antonio, TX, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA and The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Sarah has worked on projects with William Pope. L (Cusp) and Roderick Buchanan (Swim) and sat on a panel with Dara Birnbaum. Learn more at sarahhill.org