YoungArts Residency in Visual Arts

YoungArts welcomes Emma Fee, Sarah Rara and Michael Vasquez to its Residency Program in Visual Arts, thanks to the generous support of The Related Group

"Having this opportunity through YoungArts has challenged me as an artist. I am working in a new environment, with different materials, and I couldn’t be more excited to see how my work and relationships progress through this challenge."

Born and raised in New York City to artist parents, Emma Fee's exposure to art began at an early age. Through the use of form, light and texture, she seeks to create a life reflective of ours and nature's survival and growth. By creating work that embraces tactility, she seeks to take away from the preciousness that is often evoked in a seemingly normal art exhibition space.  She creates meditative environments, often using natural elements and materials and occasionally incorporating work into the landscape. Emma is primarily interested in the power of objects and the effectiveness of shapes and form. 

For more information on Emma Fee, visit her website

"Traveling east from Los Angeles, I'll shift from the Pacific to the Atlantic. I'm interested to see what changes will occur given new resources, new landscape, new materials, new community. For now I'm keeping thoughts for Miami projects open-ended. I want to see where Miami takes me, to look for inspiration for new work when I arrive there.  It's an exciting leap into the unknown, looking forward to a productive adventure."

Sarah Rara is a Los Angeles-based artist working with video, film, and performance. She is a contributing member of the group Lucky Dragons. Her work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Hammer Museum, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. She received a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Southern California in 2011. 

For more information, visit Sarah Rara's website 

"I am both honored and thrilled over this opportunity. The YoungArts Residency will provide me with the space and resources to create my work and realize my vision without limitations. I look forward to interacting with the other studio residents and taking advantage of all the enriching programming that happens on the YoungArts campus."

Michael Vasquez's work explores the allure of a neighborhood street gang through the perspective of a boy growing up without a father figure. He presents the gang as an extended family governed by it's own set of values and ideals of identity, community, and masculinity. Through painting, collage, and installation, Vasquez draws out the histories, streetwise social codes, and mythic nature of a neighborhood gang '...imbued with the pathos of young men coming up, trying to find themselves amid a world of trouble, creating a community from what is at hand.' (—David Ward, Senior Historian, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian) 

For more information, visit Michael Vasquez's website. 

YoungArts, with the generous support of The Related Group, has established the YoungArts Residency in Visual Arts, the first of several residency programs in the visual, literary, design and performing arts the organization is developing as it expands its support of the next generation of artists in the United States and strengthens its place as a creative catalyst for Miami's growing cultural landscape. The YoungArts Residency in Visual Arts will be extended to at least three outstanding visual artists a year, offering them the opportunity to become immersed in the Miami community while developing their work. 

The program welcomed the accomplished painter Suzanne McClelland as the inaugural artist in residence this past June followed by multimedia artist James Weingrod who was on the YoungArts Campus November - December 2014.  

The YoungArts Residency in Visual Arts provides artists with time, space and resources; help them forge key relationships; and give them the chance to work in Miami and engage with its community. Artists participating in the program will receive:

  • An honorarium of up to $10,000
  • Stipend to cover travel, project and other related expenses
  • 3 to 12 weeks of housing provided by The Related Group with studio space on the YoungArts Campus 
  • The opportunity to work and meet with master artists, collectors, gallerists and curators from the international art community

For questions and inquiries, please contact Esther Park, Director of Campus Programming, at