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Open Studios 2018 May 17 & 18, 6-9 PM

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is hosting its annual Building-Wide Visual & Performing Arts Open Studios Event on Thursday, May 17th, from 6-9pm and Friday, May 18th, from 6-9pm and will feature performance, dance and musical events. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Come explore this culturally diverse community which houses 11 visual and performing arts organizations and over 46 visual artists’ studios in the beautiful, former PS 160 designed by Charles B. J. Snyder in the Dutch neo-gothic style in 1897.

Related Exhibitions & Events

OS18 screenings and performances, curated by Tricia McLaughlin and Robert Grant, will be held in the Flamboyan theater on May 18th from 6 – 9pm.

In conjunction with the open studios, PSOS18 (Public Spaces Open Studios 2018) will feature 22 artists in 15 public locations throughout the building, on view from May 17th through July 25th.

In addition, there will be the Open Door Exhibition featuring guest-of-resident artists in the Abrazo Gallery, located on the 2nd floor, and in the LES Gallery, located on the 1st floor (April 18 – May 18), with opening reception on May 17th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Participating Clemente Residents:

ABC NoRio Zine Library, Artists Alliance Inc LES Studio Program (Kinu Kamura, Luigi Presicce, Hande Sekerciler, Nat Ward, and Arda Yalkin), Jan Baracz, Itziar Barrio, John Benton, Doug Blanchard, Brian Buckley, Linda Byrne, Natalia de Campos, Paul Clay, Susanna Coffey, Elisabeth Condon, Silvio de la Cruz, Mark DeGarmo, Mark DeGarmo Dance, Steve Ellis, Inka Essenhigh, Jeanette Farow, Katharine Finneran, David Friedman, Robert Grant, Lisa Hanson, Kylie Heidenheimer, Jonas Hidalgo, David Kagan, Michael Katchen, Sebastian Keneas, Tine Kindermann, Lisa Lebofsky, Chang-Jin Lee, Liliya Lifanova, Wayne Liu , David Mahler, Bill Massey, Jen Mazza, Kristen McIver, Horacio Molina, Steve Mumford, Mario Naves, Laura Nova, Selime Okuyan, Iliana Ortega, Page, Nicole Parcher, Rafael Perez, Mark Power, David Pushkin, Erick Sanchez, Flavia Souza, P. C. Smith, Thiago Szmrecsanyi, Analisa Teachworth, Miguel Trelles, Suzanne Varni, Rafael Velez, Melanie Vote, Amy Westpfahl


All Day

Open Door (exhibition)

On view: April 18 through May 18, 2018 Location: LES Gallery & Abrazo Interno Gallery

PSOS18 (exhibition)

On view: May 14 through July 2018

Location: 15 installations throughout building (see corresponding map for locations)



Open Studios

Location: throughout building

OS18 Screenings & Performances

Performances and video curated by Tricia McLaughlin and Robert Grant Location: Flamboyan Theater



 6-7:30p: Video and animation (looping projection)


Lisa Barnstone

Chris Cruz

Mike Estabrook

Robert Grant

Tricia McLaughlin

David Smith

Flavia Souza

Dr. Jaqui Taylor Basker

7:30-8p: The Identified Self, curated by Ventiko (performance)

Featuring performances by

Dominique Duroseau

Shawn Escargiga

Luke Mannarino

Geraldo Mercado

Sara Meghdari

Polina Riabova


8-8:30p: Audio performance by ACKIA

Based on the Homeric Poem by Lannie Hill


Produced by Danielle Sweet

Sound by Ivan Wong’s Plastic Products

Sound Engineer: Dave Cook

Voices of Kimberly Guerrero and Shyla Martin


8:30-9p: Spoken word

Excerpts from the novel “Office Mutant”, by author Pete Risley (read by Robert Grant)


Take a look at what our artists are up to: