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4/11/2017 Member News
The Arts Council of Princeton Announces Spring 2017 Anne Reeves Artists-in-Residence Fiona Chinkan and Maria Doering

Photo caption: The Arts Council of Princeton’s Spring 2017 Artists-in-Residence Fiona Chinkan (left) and Maria Doering (right) will use the ACP’s Taplin Gallery as a working studio from April 8 – May 3.

The Arts Council of Princeton Announces
Spring 2017 Anne Reeves Artists-in-Residence
Fiona Chinkan and Maria Doering

PRINCETON, NJ – April 10, 2017 – The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces Spring 2017 Anne Reeves Artists-in-Residence, Fiona Chinkan and Maria Doering. Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between is a collaborative residency project between New York City-based artist Chinkan and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based artist Doering. Having known each other for more than 14 years, Fiona and Maria will be reunited in the studio to continue work on their collaborative drawing project in the ACP’s award-winning Taplin Gallery from April 8 - May 3, 2017.

Chinkan and Doering have collaborated through different approaches over many years, beginning with their first co-curated exhibit in 2006, titled Retrospective on Intimacy, in New Jersey and Connecticut. Shortly after, Maria moved to Canada and the women continued to collaborate by mailing their drawings back and forth between New York City and Dartmouth. This ever-expanding body of work grew into the Shared Energies project, first exhibited during their 2016 Studio Residency stay at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts in Inverness, Nova Scotia.

During their Spring 2017 Residency with the Arts Council, Fiona and Maria will be elaborating on artistic collaboration, merging and reacting to both of their notions of space. Fiona interprets imagery of outer space while Maria explores the inner space of the human body. Their combined work juxtaposes the formation of star systems with human cellular structures while exploring emotional complexities. This unique style intertwines and merges in an unexpected explosion of energy through pen and ink on paper. The Arts Council of Princeton’s Taplin Gallery will be transformed into their studio space where the artist duo will continue their explorations in the format of large scale drawings and three dimensional installations. The public is welcome and encouraged to stop by the Taplin Gallery and visit the artists during their stay to observe their collaborative process.

The artist duo will offer a variety of workshops based on the themes of their residency, including Artistic Collaborations on Saturday, 4/15 from 1-4pm and Sketchbook Collaborations on Saturday, 4/29 from 1-4pm. Registration and more information is available on Chinkan and Doering will also be working in the gallery during Communiversity ArtsFest on Sunday, April 30 from 1-5pm and encourage the public to stop by their studio.

The Arts Council of Princeton established the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence Program in order to annually provide select artists with opportunities to conceptualize new works while providing the community with opportunities for creative interaction with artists in all disciplines.

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.