Residencies awarded to Murat Cem Mengüç, Megan Koeppel, and Charlotte Richardson-Deppe
Each artist has been offered a three-month residency that provides a unique opportunity to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. During their residencies, the artists will center their work on environmental, social, racial, and economic justice. The residencies include free studio space, a $500 monthly stipend, and a culminating group exhibition.
The 2023-2024 Bresler Residents’ exhibition will be in the Kaplan Gallery from February 7-March 24, 2024.
Murat Cem Mengüç (Residency: January 18-May 12, 2023)
VisArts: 2023-2024 Bresler Resident Murat Cem Mengüç
Murat Cem Mengüç is a Turkish American artist, writer, and historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies and was an academic until 2017. His work has been shown in two solo exhibits and numerous group shows. His art and writing are included in Hyperallergic, Maggot Brain, International Journal of Ottoman Studies, and Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies. Mengüç is the founder of Studio Teleocene and the publisher of Covid Magazine.
Megan Koeppel (Residency: May 17-September 15, 2023)
VisArts: 2023-2024 Bresler Resident Megan Koeppel
Megan Koeppel is a textile artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2018, where she studied fine art and curatorial practices. Her work was recently exhibited at The Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (Cedarburg, Wis.), Material Gallery + Studio (Milwaukee, Wis.), VisArts (Rockville, Md.), Monochrome Art Fair (Washington, DC), and at Creative Alliance and the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Md.). Koeppel just completed a year-long residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (East Tennessee, Tenn.).
Charlotte Richardson-Deppe (Residency: September 20, 2023-January 12, 2024)
VisArts: 2023-2024 Bresler Resident Charlotte Richardson-Deppe
Charlotte Richardson-Deppe will be a Montgomery College Artist-in-Residence during her residency. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice draws on her identity as a queer woman. Her work explores themes of entanglement, attachment, support, and reliance as well as ideas of visible mending, soft sculpture, and combining text and textiles. Richardson-Deppe graduated from Grinnell College in 2019 with a double major in studio art and gender, women’s, and sexuality studies and is an M.F.A .candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her art was exhibited at VisArts’ NextGen 8.0 group exhibition in 2021.
VisArts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a hub for the visual arts that engages nearly 30,000 visitors annually through contemporary art exhibitions, a studio artist program, art classes and camps, VisAbility Art Lab (a supported studio for artists with disabilities), community art programs, the annual Rockville Arts Festival, and event space. Founded in 1987, VisArts is committed to our mission of transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.
VisArts is in Rockville Town Square, three blocks from the Rockville Metro station, at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Md. Galleries are open Wednesday-Thursday/Saturday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. and Friday, 12-8 p.m. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301.315.8200 for more information.
[Source: VisArts press release]