aRTISTS in residence

New City Galerie’s six month residency program gives qualifying artists an opportunity to further develop their work in one of three beautiful, sun filled studios overlooking historic Church Street and the surrounding cityscape. This work-share residency is intended for artists who have demonstrated excellence in their work and are seeking to enrich (and be enriched by) the arts community in Burlington.

UPCOMING OPENINGS: November 2018 + January 2019

Current Artists in Residence

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misoo filan

ARTIST STATEMENT: My current work, The Giant Asian Girls are an acrylic painting and collage series that contemplates the unique intersection of gender-based violence and racial stereotypes for Asian women living in the United States. In one aspect, the work is a counterbalance to the western “fetishization” of Asian women, and in another, it is a fantasy narrative about the privilege of size.

In a departure from my previous work that revealed the vulnerability of women who suffered childhood abandonment, abuse and neglect, The Giant Asian Girls take up huge spaces in the paintings and dwarf various tumultuous vignettes from children’s stories. Devoid of gender and racial oppression, they impassively look around with total ease in their own existence.

Although a fantasy, The Giant Asian Girls are the manifestation of every Asian woman living in the western world who has hurt inside after seeing images of the dehumanizing, fetishized version of themselves, or felt oppressed by the stereotypes of cultural passivity. The Giant Asian Girls literally grew out of the intersectionality of racism and sexism that Asian women experience living in America.

BIO: It is no coincidence that Misoo has made the United States her home. She was born in the Bronx in 1980, but moved back to her parent’s homeland of South Korea when she was a one-year old. A short 17 years later, she returned to the US with ambitions to use painting as her mode of emotional communication and story-telling.

Misoo uses “vulnerability” as a theme revealed through her emotional self-portraits, narrative fantasy, and abstract images. Exploiting her paints ability to be both fluid and to congeal in her technique, her large paintings explore feelings of fear in reaction to abuse, abandonment and neglect. In-between her painted layers and intricate mark making, Misoo weaves her stories of innocence lost together using threads from of her childhood nightmares, news headlines that scream tales of abuse and rape, her fear for her vulnerable young daughter, and the desire to escape into fairytale and fantasy.

Misoo Filan currently lives and works in Shelburne, Vermont and can be reached at

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ARTIST STATEMENT: My service as a resident organizer in Burlington has informed my creative process. My work addresses the roll of art as a community enriching tool, and how it can be used in a way to create equitable environments for low-income peoples. I explore the therapeutic roll of story sharing and receiving through various mediums, mainly painting and oral story telling. I aim to address the power and environmental psychology of creative place making through presentation of the projects in nontraditional art spaces. The hope is to include these voices in our community narrative and to incite audiences to advocate for equal access to public spaces and resources. My most recent project, Voices of Home can be found at (Supported by the Burlington Community Arts Fund Grant, CVOEOs fair housing, the Vermont Arts Council and in collaboration with Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition).

BIO: Painter, volunteer, cross-country cyclist, Corrine graduated from the University of Vermont with a double major in studio art and in English. Corrine’s involvement with Bike & Build, a cross-country cycling non-profit, spurred her passion for affordable housing.  As a*Vista Resident Organizer at Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, Corrine united her passion for service, story sharing, and, of course, painting with the project Voices of Home.  Twice, Corrine was awarded a grant from the Burlington City Arts to paint portraits in conjunction with the interviews she did as a part of her A*VISTA service at the VAHC. The first portraits & interviews were presented at the Pathways Community Center to a diverse crowd of service users, local artists, and policy makers. The work was presented at the Old North End arts center for April, then displayed through July at the New City Galerie, at the Bobbin Mill Community enter for Art Hop in September, and the Fletcher Free Library.


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ARTIST STATEMENT: The recent focus of my work has been on book arts (unique as well as printed), video and video installation, hair drawings and mono printing. I am exploring the relationships between these media through the themes of body/self, cells, book structures, words, windmills and windows. 

BIO: Smereka’s media include; installation, printmaking, photography, video, bookmaking and collaborations. She has been a Vermont resident for twenty-four years and currently lives in Burlington. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows throughout the region: solo exihibiton of monoprints and paintings at the AVA Gallery, Lebonon,NH; installations and groups shows at the Flynndog, Burlington, VT; solo show of paintings at Rhombus Gallery, Burlington, VT; paintings at the FirehouseGallery, Burlington, VT. Smereka’s teaching experience includes; after-school classes with children (Rochester, Essex & Middlebury), water color and drawing classes with adults (Shelburne Art Center, Frog Hollow Middlebury and Two Rivers Printmaking Studio), collaborative biology and art class at Montpelier High School, drawing class at Champlain College and painting and printmaking at the Governors Institute on the Arts. Smereka has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies: Development Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, 2009; Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, Rotary International Group Study program in India, 2004; Kittredge Foundation Grant, 2002; Incentive Grants from the Vermont Arts Council, 2001 and 2002; three month residency in Taos, New Mexico, from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, 1998 and 2008; and a three month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, 1996.

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staff artist

Lydia Kern

ARTIST STATEMENT: Recently my work has involved creating sculptures and anatomical installations out of common found objects and materials. By placing common materials in a new context, my work seeks to create a new plane for re-examining the mundane, the structures we live within every day. I am interested in how these hidden anatomical and societal structures, as close to us as our very bones, influence the way we relate to ourselves, one another, and the environment around us. 

BIO: Lydia Kern’s work consists of a variety of different mediums, including found materials sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting. Lydia was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has been living in Burlington since 2011. Lydia deeply enjoys and appreciates being a part of a community in which the arts shape culture and activism. In 2015, Lydia received her B.A. in studio art, primarily studying under Nancy Dwyer and Cami Davis. She also received her Bachelors of Science in social work from the University of Vermont. Lydia’s work has been featured locally in group exhibitions at the Colburn Gallery, S.P.A.C.E. gallery, and New City Galerie.