Photo Credit: Devan Shimoyama


Fire Island Artist Residency Presents: 

Steady Mess: Works from the 2016 Fire Island Artist Residency

Feb 3rd - March 26th
Opening Reception Friday February 3rd 6-9pm
Bureau of General Services: Queer Division
208 W 13th street Rm 210 (In the NYC LGBTQ Center)

Each year, the Fire Island Artist Residency receives over 400 applications to its free one-month LGBTQ exclusive artist residency in Cherry Grove on Fire Island. The five artists chosen each summer for FIAR live and work in rental properties that become their studios, domestic quarters, and social spaces. While in residence, they are visited by celebrated figures in contemporary art who act as mentors, building an intergenerational community founded on visual art. The title of this exhibition, affectionately chosen by the five 2016 artists themselves, refers to rustic communal living/working spaces as well as Cherry Grove’s own special funky charm. Much of the work on display was conceived or completed during the residency.

Wilder Alison | Paolo Arao | Edie Fake | Jesse Harrod | Derrick Woods-Morrow

Catherine Opie

National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights, 1984 (EAT THE RICH for the Fire Island Artist Residency) 1984/2017

Pigment Print on Canson Platine paper
Edition of 30, 2 Aps
Image size: 18 x 12.5 inches
Paper size: 20 x 16inches
signed verso

Produced by the Catherine Opie Studio exclusively for Fire Island Artist Residency

$2,000 USD*

* This price is subject to change based on availability
Proceed to editions for purchasing


Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is an organization founded in 2011 which brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identifying emerging artists to Fire Island, a place long-steeped in LGBTQ history, to create, commune, and contribute to the location's rich artistic history.

FIAR provides free live/work space to five selected artist residents who work, research, relax, and immerse themselves in the Fire Island community, during which time they are visited by a handful of renowned visiting artists, curators, and art professionals who commune with residents through intimate visits, dinners, and discussions, providing support and feedback. The greater Fire Island community as well as visitors from New York and Long Island are invited to attend free public lectures by these esteemed guests. This has been made possible through a partnership with Arts Project Cherry Grove.

In this way, FIAR hopes to bring both new creative perspectives and prestigious art professionals together in this extraordinary location to foster the creation—and preservation—of queer art-making in contemporary art.