Join us in welcoming our new Radicle Studio Residents to the Guida Family Creative Wing. Meet residents Yasmin Spiro, Natasha Moustache, Keith S. Wilson, and Leila Tamari and hear short presentations about their work followed by a Q&A between the artists. The conversation will be followed by a community dinner.
Radicle Studio Residents are rooted for a year at the Art Center. They are each provided with a free sunlit studio space for artists to make work and research new projects. Residents have access to the Art Center’s broad international network of professionals and resources, and are encouraged to connect with the Art Center’s dynamic public. The radicle is the first part of a seedling to burst forth from a seed, rooting itself deeply into the earth.
All in residency between January and December of 2024.
Yasmin Spiro was born and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and lives and works in Chicago. Spiro’s work is multi-disciplinary, primarily based in sculpture and immersive installations, exploring materiality while investigating issues of cultural identity, history, and socio-economics. Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries internationally, recently at the Arts Club of Chicago. She attended Pratt Institute and held residences at the Dora Maar Foundation, The Kohler Arts and Industry residency, Vermont Studio Center, and the Chicago Artist Coalition.
Natasha Moustache is a photo-based artist whose work explores identity, shared histories, and familial ties within the African Diaspora. They attained their MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from Simmons College. They have had residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY and Latitude in Chicago, Il. They received the honorable mention for the Museum of Contemporary Photography Snider Prize in 2021 and a 2020 Hopper Prize finalist.
Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, poet, and interdisciplinary artist. He is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and an Illinois Arts Council Agency Award, and has received both a Kenyon Review Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. His book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love (Copper Canyon), was recognized by the New York Times as a best new book of poetry.
Leila Tamari’s artistic practice currently explores belonging through relationship to place, identity, and money. Leila founded This Place Works (TPW) – her creative home and consultancy – to freely flow between different partnerships and kinds of work. She takes on various roles from artist coach, cultural strategist/advisor, organizational healer/facilitator, and more. She aspires to cultivate a culture of care; so love, play, and collaboration are essential ingredients in her creative endeavors.