Pratt Artist in Residence Program
The Enoch Pratt Free Library Artist in Residence Program is a unique artist residency designed to bring creatives from all corners of Baltimore together to share and create at the Pratt Library.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library Artist in Residence Program aims to support the artistic and cultural endeavors of the Baltimore community by connecting established and emerging artists with Library resources and tools, creating meaningful connections with Library patrons, and contributing unique perspectives to the ever-evolving and growing city of Baltimore. The program provides all members of the community with unique opportunities to learn and engage with their fellow Baltimoreans.
Pratt's 2024 Artist in Residence is local artist Hoesy Corona, who will focus on crafting Climate Ponchos from durable alloy materials. These wearable sculptures are part of Hoesy's "Climate Immigrants" performance series, exploring immigration issues related to climate-triggered migration and US-centric xenophobia. The project aims to raise awareness about climate-induced global migration, particularly its impact on people of color.
During the residency, Hoesy will experiment with sustainable materials like water-soluble plastics and textiles, striving to reduce ecological impact. Additionally, he will use the artist studio space at the Library to create new Climate Ponchos and involve visitors in the creative process, fostering a stronger connection between art and the community.
Throughout the year, Hoesy will engage with Library visitors through workshops, talks, and exhibitions, providing valuable insights into his creative approach.
Disrupting Archival Silences: The Latinx Art Culture and Memory Archive
The Latinx Art Culture and Memory Archive (TLACMA) exhibition is a social sculpture that considers the prevalence of archival silences across memory keeping spaces. The TLACMA collection highlights the missing Latinx presence in public archives with 12 unique books and interviews documenting the contributions of contemporary Latinx artists and arts workers from the DMV. The exhibition envisions a time when Latinx histories have a more robust presence in U.S. archives.
TLACMA doubles as a call to action for institutional leaders, funders, and archivists anywhere to center the continued acquisition, preservation and study of U.S. Latinx cultural, intellectual, and artistic contributions to the historical record. By doing so it is possible to get one step closer to fulfilling the core and radical idea of the archive for all.
The TLACMA pop-up art exhibition is currently on display through April 2024 at the Enoch Pratt Central Library. This exhibit was made possible with support from the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center at JHU. For more information, please visit www.tlacma.com.
Office Hours & Contact
The Artist in Residence Collaboration Classroom is on the second floor of the Central Library.
The public is invited to drop in during open office hours:
- Tuesday, 10 am–3 pm
- Wednesday, 3 pm–8 pm
The artist is also available by appointment, please email Hoesy at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
2025 Artist in Residence Proposals
Learn more about applying to become the next Artist in Residence at the Pratt, including program goals, requirements, and examples.
Upcoming Artists in Residence Events
We are thrilled to announce that the application process for the 2025 Artist in Residence (AIR) program is now open. …March 3
Unleash your creativity at this all ages workshop led by artist-in-residence Hoesy Corona. Participants will have the opportunity…March 28, 5 PM
Immerse yourself in the art of "drawing with scissors'' in a workshop guided by artist-in-residence Hoesy Corona…May 20, 5 PM
Browse a variety of Pratt Library events for all ages, both in-person and virtual.