• Artists-in-Residence
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Artists-in-Residence


2017/18 Artists-in-Residence

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) is pleased to present its 2017/18 artists-in-residence. This competitive program relaunched through a public application process in 2017, receiving several hundred applications for just seven annual slots lasting between two weeks and three months. Selected artists will receive private studio and housing space, studio visits with curators, production stipends and PR support, as well as an opportunity to present a public program, exhibition, or lecture at the museum.

“MOCA Tucson is thrilled to be able to provide much-needed live/work space and production support to contemporary artists so they can create new work in a supportive museum setting. This is an important program not only for the museum, but for the greater Tucson arts community who will be able to engage with these artists,” says Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director and Chief Curator. “The selection panel and I were overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of applicants to the artist-in-residence program. While MOCA Tucson has always had a history of having artists on-site making work, it was important to open the program up to the greater global arts community so we can show what Tucson has to offer”.


Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank received her BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from The University of Pennsylvania. Her work uses sculpture, theater, and performance to explore the tensions between the natural world and the manmade, the animal and the political, and the past and the present. Frank is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Franklin Furnace Archive. She has attended residencies at Yaddo, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Sculpture Space, The Women’s Studio Workshop, Skowhegan and The Museum of Arts and Design. Her performance pieces have been shown at HERE, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Select Fair, and The Bushwick Starr in New York City, The Marran Theater at Lesley University, and most recently at The Watermill Center in collaboration with Robert Wilson. Currently, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Kris Grey is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, and studio production. Grey earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Ohio University. Grey was a Fire Island Artist Residency recipient, a resident artist for the ANTI Festival for Contemporary Art in Kupoio, Finland, and a teaching artist at The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to their individual practice, Grey collaborates with Maya Ciarrocchi under the moniker Gender/Power. Gender/Power has been awarded a Baryshnikov Art Center residency, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, a Franklin Furnace grant, and a MAP Fund Grant. Recent curatorial projects include Queer Objectivity at the University of Maryland, MIX NYC Experimental Film and Performance Festival, and the Queer Culture Performance and Lecture Series at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Grey’s writing has been published in print and on the web for Huffington Post and Original Plumbing; their latest writing, Trans*feminism: fragmenting and re-reading the history of art through a trans* perspective, written in collaboration with Jennie Klein, was published in Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories.


Gelare Khoshgozaran گلاره خوشگذران is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working across the mediums of video, performance, installation and writing. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Queens Museum, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Malmö Konsthall, Human Resources, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The LA Municipal Art Gallery, Southern Exposure, Interstate Projects and Thomas Erben Gallery, among others. Gelare was the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award for Emerging Artists. Born and raised in Tehran, she lives and works in Los Angeles. Gelare is the co-founder and editor of contemptorary.org.


Scotty Wagner and Bailey Hikawa are a performative duo who focus on experimental forms of storytelling in theatrical, physical installation and moving image forms. Their projects address social, cultural and animal/physical norms that are illuminated and challenged by new technologies. They explore ways in which pleasure indulgence and self-control are confronted by technologies that target core human senses and how shifts in family politics are brought about by new parent/child potentialities through the evolving human cyborg identity.


Lilly McEloy grew up in Southern Arizona amongst cowboys riding bulls, coyotes howling on moonlit nights, beautiful sunsets, and vicious brawls. McElroy’s artistic practice translates those experiences and clichés into epic photographs and playfully antagonistic videos. The projects McElroy pursues are a reflection of her complex relationship with the American landscape and explore what it means to be an American in a time of diminished expectations. McElroy received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Arizona. She was in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in venues including Modern Art Oxford, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Southern Exposure, and Rick Wester Fine Art.


Robert Melee is a multimedia artist working at the intersection of photography, sculpture, painting, video, and
installation. His recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Andrew Kreps
Gallery, David Castillo Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and David Kordansky.
His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including “Greater New York” at PS1, “Adaptive
Behavior” at the New Museum, and group shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, New Jersey
MOCA, Portugal Biennial in Lisbon, Marlborough Gallery, Louis B. James Gallery, and Litvak Contemporary in
Tel Aviv. Melee lives and works in New York City and is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery.


Bryan Zanisnik was born in Union, New Jersey and currently lives between Stockholm, Sweden and New York City. He received an MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has recently exhibited and performed in New York at MoMA PS1, Sculpture Center, and the Brooklyn Museum; in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum; in Miami at the De La Cruz Collection; in Chicago at the  Museum of Contemporary Photography; in Los Angeles at LAXART; and internationally at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna and the Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague. Zanisnik’s work has been widely featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, Modern Painters, Time Out New York, and the Village Voice. He has completed residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, the Macdowell Colony, the Art Omi International Artists Residency, and the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China. Zanisnik is included in Art21’s award-winning documentary series New York Close Up, has been a featured guest on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC and is a contributing writer at Triple Canopy.