Misfeed’s virtual 2022 ‘Artists Inn Residence’ were announced via Instagram on Feb. 14. They will each work alongside artist Natasha Neira of Pittsburgh’s Northside and Stephen Grebinski for one month to publish a zine.
By Ashlee Green
Photo: ‘Suki’s Honda’ by Sarah Kim, made with acrylic, graphite, spray paint, oil pastel, and soft pastel. Courtesy of the artist.
Fifteen virtual artists in residence were selected for the Misfeed Press 2022 Zine Residency Program, announced on Feb. 14 via Instagram. Their names are Christian Banez, Tara Fay Coleman, Camryn Drabenstadt, Sophia DiRenna, Romello Goodman, Eoin Guidas, Lou Hammel, Eriko Hattori, Ben Johnson, Sarah Kim, Ali Lotz, Zach Ozma, Dan Peindl, Juliet Phillips, and Sean Sunderland.
The selected artists, whose preferred mediums span from comics and illustration to tattooing and ceramics, will work alongside artist Natasha Neira of Pittsburgh’s Northside and Stephen Grebinski for one month to create their own zine.
“Misfeed’s Virtual Residency Program received a lot more applications than we were expecting, and we were delighted by the positive response and interest,” Neira told The Northside Chronicle. “It also confirmed our impression that more programs like it are needed, especially in Pittsburgh.”
Neira said the selection process took hours, and important judging criteria was that artists were new to the process of zine making but had ready-to-go ideas. Artists were also chosen, Neira said, who “were familiar with zines and printmaking, but looking to explore different avenues for their work.” The Misfeed crew prioritized artists who were either from or connected to Pittsburgh in their selection process.
“The residency is designed to be a collaborative and casual environment where Misfeed acts as a mentor and advocate for artists regionally and beyond,” Neira said. “We are really excited for this group of artists and are looking forward to showcasing the work created here.”
According to the Misfeed website, virtual “studio hours” will be dedicated to selected artists each month to “talk about concepts, materials, deadlines, etc.”
An in-person showcase of zines made throughout the residency is planned for the end of the year.