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New City Galerie’s six month residency program gives qualifying artists an opportunity to further develop their work in one of three beautiful, sun filled studios overlooking historic Church Street and the surrounding cityscape. This work-share residency is intended for artists who have demonstrated excellence in their work and are seeking to enrich (and be enriched by) the arts community in Burlington. Past residents are Ben Aleshire, Richard Siday, Emily Dumas, Ash LaRose, Nate Moody, Estefania Puerta, Shastina Rose-Ann Wallace, Rachel Lindsay, Athena Tasiopoulos, Amelia Devoid, Susan Smereka and Monika Rivard. 

HOW TO APPLY  |  Applications for residencies are received year round, please see the application due dates for each residency spot. To apply, write a one page proposal describing the body of work you’d like to produce, with a clear explanation of the ideas you’ll be working with and your goals for the residency. Please provide a few high res images with examples of past work or sample “in process” pieces from your proposed project. For examples, read some sample artist statements for art shows online. Send your proposal to at least a month in advance of the residency you are applying for. REQUIREMENTS: This is a work-share residency–the studio is provided for free in exchange for working one full day of gallery hours. The director will coordinate with the resident to find the best day to fit the artist’s schedule.

UPCOMING OPENINGS FOR RESIDENCIES, with deadlines for applications:



May 2017-October 2017: Elise Whittemore

November 2017-April 2018: Milton Rosa-Ortiz


May 2018 (begins May 1st, runs through October 31st), Deadline to apply: March 31st, 2018

November 2018 (starts Nov 1st, runs through April 30th), Deadline to apply: September 30th, 2018



January 2017-June 2017: Kristen Watson

July 2017-December 2017: Curran Broderick

January 2018-June 2018: Corrine Yonce


July 2018 (begins July 1st, runs through December 30th), Deadline to apply: May 31st, 2018

January 2019 (begins Jan 1st, runs through June 30th), Deadline to apply: November 30th, 2018



CHURCH STREET STUDIO (November 2016-May 2017)




Recently my art practice has become dedicated to printmaking. I can say my subject matter is nature — plants, leaves, and algae — but the way I choose to make them seems more to the point. The physical nature of creating plates makes awkward the process of ‘drawing’ and forces my hand away from familiar assumptions. The labor of art making challenges me to pursue the different ways the hand and material can create meaning together. How does the process of looking at the same image slowly emerging and repeating change that work? And how does our reading of that work change as we see more and more of it? I’m beginning to explore how their mass can change the space they occupy, and how that change affects their meaning.


I am a painter/printmaker who makes a living as an editorial designer of books and magazines. I studied printmaking, photography and design at Syracuse University. My studies have included woodcut printing and lithography at the Art Student’s league in New York and a painting residency at the School of Visual Arts. I’ve been a member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition, the Painting Center in New York City, as well as 215 College Gallery in Burlington, VT. I feel honored to have a residency at New City Galerie this year, and to have received the Barbara Smail Award from Burlington City Arts. I’ve exhibited in various places in New York, Vermont and Boston.


MECHANIC’S ALLEY STUDIO (January 1st-June 30th)




Though I work in a variety of media, the common thread in much of my work, especially of late, is that of interpreting what I’m experiencing in my own life in terms of body transformation, self image, relationships, and observed human behavior. I do this through installations and intuitive mixed media painting.

I use whatever techniques and materials will communicate my ideas effectively, but I am particularly drawn to manipulating and fabricating digital designs and internet-based ephemera and collecting discarded/unwanted personal effects (both material and digital) to transform them through assemblage, installation, and collage/découpage. I’m inspired by the potential these objects have to be deconstructed, reorganized and reimagined after their usual purpose is fulfilled or cut short. I use them to create installations or singular objects that speak to my personal (and often universal) experience which includes the exploration of social psychology, boundaries, behavior, acceptance, and inequality.

My intention as an artist is to create emotionally and mentally compelling work that is also visually powerful.

Like many artists, I walk the line between being concerned with how my work makes me think and how it makes me feel. I make art to consider the inner spiritual and emotional life and how it exists along side the physical experience. 

Getting personal…

I’ve been a seeker since childhood, earnestly studying, first medicine, then human psychology and sociology, then spiritual and religious teachings. I yearned to understand my life and answer questions about purpose, fulfillment, wholeness, and joy.  Though I didn’t begin to find answers to these questions until later, I knew that I was supposed was to love others by helping them. My first career was in surgical medicine, where I worked beside surgeons to help people find their health, regain lost mobility, and ease pain. 

My life abruptly changed course during a three-year bout with a life-threatening illness. I already knew I loved art and teaching, but facing death caused me to reexamine my life and finally admit that I had been unsettled and unhappy for many years in medicine. I knew there was true healing to be found by other means, and I knew that if I recovered I had to leave medicine to begin anew. It wasn’t an easy transition, but now I’m fully engaged in my new life and work. 


Kristen’s work focuses on conceptual installations and intuitive painting that begin with concentrated introspection and behavioral observation rooted in her study of spirituality and social psychology.  Her art explores how thought, spirituality, and culture (currently digital culture) affect human behavior and relationships. 

Watson is currently an artist in residence at New City Galerie, Burlington, VT. She has also completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Rensing Center in South Carolina. She exhibits her work locally and regionally in group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Her work is also held in private and public collections.

Watson spent her formative years in Ohio and Virginia then traveled the northeast for several years before settling in Vermont in 2000. She spent over a decade as a medical professional before committing to her studio practice & business full time. She holds degrees in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Vermont (summa cum laude) and a Vermont Art Educator license. Currently she teaches at Burlington City Arts and Davis Studio, and is also a teaching artist for the Vermont Arts Council, and a VAC grants recipient. 

Facebook: kristenmwatsonart, Instagram: @kmwatsonvt


EASTSIDE STUDIO (Resident Artist, Co-Curator, Co-Art Handler)


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Artist Statement : Recently my work has involved creating sculptures and anatomical installations out of common found objects and materials. By placing common materials in a new context, my work seeks to create a new plane for re-examining the mundane, the structures we live within every day. I am interested in how these hidden anatomical and societal structures, as close to us as our very bones, influence the way we relate to ourselves, one another, and the environment around us. 

Bio: Lydia Kern’s work consists of a variety of different mediums, including found materials sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting. Lydia was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has been living in Burlington since 2011. Lydia deeply enjoys and appreciates being a part of a community in which the arts shape culture and activism. In 2015, Lydia received her B.A. in studio art, primarily studying under Nancy Dwyer and Cami Davis. She also received her Bachelors of Science in social work from the University of Vermont. Lydia’s work has been featured locally in group exhibitions at the Colburn Gallery, S.P.A.C.E. gallery, and New City Galerie. 


Eastside Studio (Resident Artist, Co-Curator, Co-Art Handler


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Artist Statement: The recent focus of my work has been on book arts (unique as well as printed), video and video installation, hair drawings and mono printing. I am exploring the relationships between these media through the themes of body/self, cells, book structures, words, windmills and windows. 

BIO: Smereka’s media include; installation, printmaking, photography, video, bookmaking and collaborations. She has been a Vermont resident for twenty-four years and currently lives in Burlington. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows throughout the region: solo exihibiton of monoprints and paintings at the AVA Gallery, Lebonon,NH; installations and groups shows at the Flynndog, Burlington, VT; solo show of paintings at Rhombus Gallery, Burlington, VT; paintings at the FirehouseGallery, Burlington, VT. Smereka’s teaching experience includes; after-school classes with children (Rochester, Essex & Middlebury), water color and drawing classes with adults (Shelburne Art Center, Frog Hollow Middlebury and Two Rivers Printmaking Studio), collaborative biology and art class at Montpelier High School, drawing class at Champlain College and painting and printmaking at the Governors Institute on the Arts. Smereka has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies: Development Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, 2009; Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, Rotary International Group Study program in India, 2004; Kittredge Foundation Grant, 2002; Incentive Grants from the Vermont Arts Council, 2001 and 2002; three month residency in Taos, New Mexico, from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, 1998 and 2008; and a three month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, 1996.