The Artist-in-Residence is an annual opportunity for a UB student in the arts to receive a live-work space at 500 Seneca, generously donated by Savarino Companies. The goals of the residency are to support and encourage the development of a UB student’s artistic practice, retain top creative talent in Buffalo, and forge stronger ties to the Buffalo arts community.

Major support provided by Savarino Companies.

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The Arts Collaboratory’s 2021/2022 Artist-in-Residence, Tayron Lopez (Taiitan), hails from the Bronx. He received his BFA from Sage College of Albany and is currently an MFA student and TA for the 2D concepts course at the University at Buffalo. Influenced by psychoanalytic study and manga, Taiitan’s works explore the subconscious mind and the psychological effects of growing up in urban communities plagued by violence, poverty, colorism, racism and inequality. An exhibition of his work will be on display at the Cass Gallery at 500 Seneca in Spring 2022.

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The 2020-2021 residency was awarded to first year MFA in the Department of  Art, Nicole Chochrek, who is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing visual and performative frameworks to explore contemporary issues and environmental disparities. Nicole’s solo exhibition, Little, Cute & Lasts Forever,  at Cass Gallery at 500 Seneca opened to the public on March 4, 2021.

The multimedia artist, Hanyu Liao, was awarded the residency in 2019-2020. Out of the residency, came the interdisciplinary mixed-media and performance production, I have a baby whose name is no one, which was conceived by Liao in collaboration with Mary Grace Sullivan in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Major support for the work was provided by Savarino Companies and the Arts Collaboratory.