2020 Residency

Talks for September Resident

Although the rest of our Goetemann Artist Residency program for 2020 had to be cancelled for this year, the Environmental Installation Artist Sophy Tuttle is still coming! She’ll be working outdoors at Ocean Alliance, painting the heretofore not-too-pretty shipping container where Ocean Alliance houses its Robotics Club.

We are planning to Zoom Sophy’s Opening Talk, which will take place September 9 at 4PM. A recording of the talk will be available after the presentation. Her Closing Talk will take place at Ocean Alliance at 4PM September 29 (and possibly recorded as well).

About the Artist:

5BB28C30-EC4E-472C-8561-626936BBBF4FSophy Tuttle is a visual artist born in Colchester, England. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Hartford Art School in 2019. She currently resides in Massachusetts.

From Sophy Tuttle’s Artist Statement:

My paintings and installations examine humanity’s collective priorities for the planet. I draw upon disparate inspirations such as the aesthetic and methodology of the natural sciences or the compositional strategies of the Mexican muralismo movement. 

I always begin with a certain genre of questioning. For example, we have relied on the idea of Aristotle’s hierarchy of species to place ourselves above all others in every decision we make. What would it look like if we inverted this hierarchy? In this vein, each piece that I produce is a catalyst for conversation, collaboration and activism. 


Rocky Neck Art Colony’s partner is Ocean Alliance, a global leader in research and education related to the conservation of whales and the ocean — right in our backyard at the end of Horton Street.

Opening Talk: Wednesday, September 9 at 4PM. Check back here for the Zoom link to watch the live presentation.

Closing Talk: Tuesday, September 29, at 4 PM. Check back here for the Zoom link for the live presentation. 

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The 2020 GAR Program

What a tough year this has been. We have decided to cancel all but the September Environmental/Installation residencies for 2020.

As the Environmental artist will be working outside onsite at Ocean Alliance, we feel that she can be safely accommodated there. We’ll post updates as we expect to have Zoom or live talks by the artist in September.

Although we are sad to lose our 2020 residents, all is not lost. So far, they have all agreed to postpone their appointments to stay, work at and enjoy Rocky Neck in 2021.

Updates will be posted here and on the Rocky Neck weekly newsletter.

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Updates for 2020 Residency

What a difference a couple of months make. Who could foresee that everything would end up so tipsy-turkey.

Because of Covid-19 concerns, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the May, June and July Goetemann Artist Residencies for 2020. We’re still waiting with crossed fingers for what August may bring and if we can host our Distinguished Artist Teacher, as well as our September Environmental Artist and October Resident. If we could predict the future, there’d be lots of people eager to talk to us.

As the year progresses, we’ll post updates here.

Until then, stay in touch with all Rocky Neck Art Colony has to offer.

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Residents for 2020 Announced

Congratulations to the artists who will be the 2020 residents of the Goetemann Artist Residency.

You can find details about each on the Rocky Neck Art Colony Residency home page .

Also announced is this year’s Distinguished Artist/Teacher: Deborah Dancy. She’ll be teaching a four-day workshop in August—stay tuned for details on dates and sign up.

Artists this year represent a broad range, from painters to a sculptor, a photographer and a muralist. If you live nearby, please plan on attending one (or all) of the artist Opening talks, which are taking place this year at the enhanced-AV facilities of 1623 Studios (11 Pleasant Street) in downtown Gloucester.

Closing talks take place at the Goetemann Studio. The Environmental/Installation Artist closing talk takes place onsite at Ocean Alliance — always a beautiful evening on the water (even when it poured rain last year!).

A special thank you to all who applied. It was a tough choice. And thank you to the seemingly tireless Residency all-volunteer committee!

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Gearing up for a Great Season

The applications have all come in. We’ve been busy evaluating and judging submissions. Wonderful work from many people! So inspiring.

We’re finalizing dates for Opening and Closing talks now, and will post the schedule soon. When we finish notifying all applicants, we’ll announce the winners on the website.

Stay tuned! It’s going to be a very interesting 2020 season for the Goetemann Artist Residency.