Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence Program

An image of a past NYC Audubon Artist in Residence work station on Governors Island.

About the NYC Audubon Governors Island Artist in Residence (AiR) Program

NYC Audubon Artist in Residence (AiR) program is a six-month residency program on Governors Island providing commissioning support, studio space, exhibition and related opportunities designed to support the creative process of New York City-based, wildlife conservation-focused artists.

Experience the work of this year’s AiR cohort Saturdays and Sundays from May 5 to October 29, 11am-5pm. 

Meet the 2023 AiR Cohort

Dennis is in profile on the bottom right corner of image. He looks to the left behind a large tangle of wire.
Dennis is in profile on the bottom right corner of image. He looks to the left behind a large tangle of wire.
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem
“Artist, Educator, Community and Cultural Practitioner
My work is inspired by creating community and reflects the many connections between people, history and environment. As a mixed media and multidimensional artist, I make experiential works that engage, enlighten and educate. My practice involves building layers of new and old experiences to form new narratives. 
I use installations, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, sound and performance as vessels for conveying and balancing the ideas of transformation, generation and honor. My aesthetic is inspired by my Indigenous Yamassee Yat’siminoli and African-American cultural heritage, and I incorporate traditional craft customs, storytelling, history, and ancient connections to earth and water into my work. 
Through my work I strive to build community and create transformative spaces where diverse groups of people can become engaged and inspired through art and conversation."

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A selfie of Dario in front of a white wall. He is centered in the image and wearing a dark-colored shirt.
A selfie of Dario in front of a white wall. He is centered in the image and wearing a dark-colored shirt.
Dario Mohr
Dario Mohr is a first generation Grenadian, U.S. citizen born in 1988.  Based in New York City, Mohr is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and non profit leader.  He received a BFA in Painting from Buffalo State College, an MFA in Studio Art from The City College of New York and an Advanced Certificate in Art Education from Queens College. His work involves the creation of  "sacred spaces" referencing his heritage, and expressing commentary on the cultural zeitgeist through immersive sanctuary experiences.  His practice is interdisciplinary, converging painting, sculpture, installation, and digital media. In addition to his individual art practice, he is also the Founder and Director of AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. which is a non-profit arts organization for the recognition and representation of BIPOC artists in contemporary art.
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An image of Carolyn in a snowy tundra. She is wearing a red parka and her hair is being blown by the wind.
An image of Carolyn in a snowy tundra. She is wearing a red parka and her hair is being blown by the wind.
Carolyn Monastra
Artist, activist, and educator Carolyn Monastra’s work is driven by a deep-rooted connection to the natural world. She uses photography, video, sound, public art, and community-engagement to address environmental concerns and examine humans' relationship with our ecosystems. Her current project, "Divergence of Birds," focuses on the threat of species extinction due to climate change. Awards include grants from the Puffin Foundation and BRIC Arts Media, along with residencies at Ucross, Djerassi, Caldera Arts, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. Monastra earned a BA in English Literature from Fordham University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. As a Climate Reality Project Leader, Carolyn has given dozens of presentations to diverse audiences. Her artwork is in the Marguiles and Johnson & Johnson collections and has been exhibited in venues in the United States, China, Ireland, and England. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works wherever birds are found. 
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Upcoming Exhibitions Featuring the 2023 Artist in Residence (AiR) Cohort


Divergence of Birds by Carolyn Monastra

September 30 - October 28: NYC Audubon Artist in Residence Carolyn Monastra's "Divergence of Birds" takes inspiration from two texts: The National Audubon Society’s “Birds and Climate Change Report” which projects that, by 2080, climate change will affect the range of habitat of over half of North American birds; and Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 dystopian novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” where electric versions of once-commonplace animals are so realistic that they fool even veterinarians. Divergence of Birds addresses the prospect that, one day, only facsimiles of climate-impacted animals will be left.

Exhibition (Title TBA) by Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

September 30 - October 28