Current Annual Artist Residents

Amarise Carreras

Amarise Carreras is a photo-based performance artist from Queens, New York City. They received their BFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. They examine their past and present history through co-writing narratives that center their matriarchal lineage. They explore identity within their diasporic experience through installation, performance, and documentation.
Amarise is showing at Wallworks NY in the Bronx, and is featured in Aperture Magazine’s Winter 2020 issue, “Utopia.” They are a recipient of En Foco’s 2021 Photography Fellowship.





Eric Rivera Barbeito

Eric Rivera Barbeito (b. 1994) integrates a multidisciplinary practice to highlight concepts describing Puerto Rico’s social-political relationship with the United States. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017, and relocated to Richmond, VA, where he currently lives and works. Rivera Barbeito was an Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and ACRE, and has been included in group exhibitions at Towson University, School 33, Terrault Contemporary and Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia.
Instagram: @ea.rb





Laura Chow Reeve

Laura Chow Reeve is a writer & illustrator based in Richmond, VA. Her fiction has been published in Catapult and The Rumpus and featured on LeVar Burton Reads. Laura was a winner of the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and has attended workshops at Tin House and VONA/Voices. She is currently writing a novel & collection of stories, dreaming & scheming for abolitionist futures, and supporting movement organizations & organizing through a graphic recording practice.





Sayaka Suzuki

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka Suzuki has been residing in the US for the past 30 years; her works are about this dual identity exploring both her adopted culture and heritages of the island country. She received her BFA from Tulane University in New Orleans and her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Pensacola Museum of Art (FL) and include group shows at the Washington Project for the Arts-Corcoran (DC), New Mexico Museum of Art ,Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Korea), and Museo Crocetti (Italy) among others. Suzuki is a recent recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and was a recent fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She continues to teach at The Virginia Commonwealth University as well as workshops around the country. She currently lives on the mini-farm outside of Richmond with her partner, dog and 21 chickens making art and harvesting the riches.
Instagram: sayakasuzukijr