SAIC Community Members Shape a Pandemic-Inspired Artists’ Residency

A person is centered in the image leaning backwards with one arm up in the air. Behind them, there is a couch, a lamp, and a set of windows.

The Tenders performance documentation. Image courtesy of the Third Coast Review

The Tenders performance documentation. Image courtesy of the Third Coast Review

Associate Professors Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey and alum Abraham Avnisan (MFA 2015) helped shape [15] a new artists' residency at the Public Media Institute (PMI): the Buddy Research and Performance Residency. Inspired by the pandemic and their performance project The Tenders, in September 2020 they launched their first season, entitled Re:Place, which is described as a “yearlong excavation of BIPOC and QT+ histories and futures of the region now known as Chicago.” Its first cohort includes alum Santiago X (MFA 2018) and Assistant Professor, Adj. Josh Rios.



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