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We are thrilled to announce our two newest Resident Artists! Hoesy Corona and Melissa Foss join our current residents, MJ Neuberger, Murjoni Merriweather, Lendl Tellington, Charles Mason III, Jason Austin, and Claudia Cappelle. The Creative Alliance Residency Program provides a highly visible, intense, and creative environment for the production of artwork in all media. Attracting artists from around Baltimore and the nation, the program is located at The Patterson, a historic former movie theater converted into a vibrant, community-based art center, with generous workspace, modern facilities, and an atmosphere of ongoing critical feedback.
Hoesy Corona (Baltimore, MD) is an uncategorized queer Latinx artist of Mexican descent living and working in the United States. He creates work across a variety of media spanning installation, performance, and video. He develops otherworldly narratives centering marginalized individuals in society by exploring a process-based practice that investigates what it means to be a queer Latinx immigrant in a place where there are few. He choreographs large scale performances and installations that often silently confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Reoccurring themes of queerness, race/class/gender, nature, isolation, celebration, and the climate crisis are present throughout his work. Hoesy has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and abroad.
Corona lived in Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin, before moving to Baltimore, MD in 2005 to establish a professional practice in the arts. He is a recent GKFF Artist Fellow 2019 & 2020 in Tulsa, OK. And is a former Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC. Most recently he was a Nicholson Project Artist in Residence in SouthEast Washington, DC.
Image (above left): "Mother Scapegoat Deities" from Earthly Mirage (2010 - 2020) in 2021. Solo exhibition at Hardesty Center Gallery, Tulsa, OK, curated by Amber Litwack.
Melissa Foss is a musician, instrument-maker and composer from Maryland and Vermont. She received her BA in Art History from James Madison University in Virginia. For the last decade she has been living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she completed her Master’s degree in Musical Creation, New Technologies and Traditional Arts at the National University of Argentina. There she taught in the Bachelor's program in Indigenous, Popular and Classical Music of the Americas, and was a soloist with the university’s Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technologies, performing in Argentina and touring abroad in Europe and Central America. Her composition “Hanblecheyapi,” which was composed using a collection of her own instruments from the three Americas, was one of the International Rostrum of Composers’ 12 recommended works in 2018 and has been broadcast by the BBC and other radio programs in Finland, Portugal and Austria.
Imave (above right): “Ocarina Pájaro” (Bird Ocarina), 2012, 12 x 13 x 17cm, clay and natural pigments. Aerophone with 4 finger holes that allow for the interpretation of different melodies. This flute-like instrument was inspired by a historical Ocarina of the Tairona culture of Colombia. Classified in Western organology as a “globular flute”, the Ocarina is one of the most ancient and prevalent instruments of Indigenous Mesoamerican cultures. Its sounds recall the voices of different animals and mythical creatures that are often represented in their iconographies. These instruments represent the deep relationship that human beings have always had with our natural environment and the beings that inhabit it.