Back Apartment Residencies

February 2022 update: due to the full-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine, the Back Apartment Residencies program has been suspended. All residencies scheduled for 2022 have been cancelled. 

2021 Participants

United States

Kristen Mills is a visual artist whose work engages a variety of strategies: video, installation, comedic performances, and collaborative engagements in an ongoing investigation in how one navigates the world. Her work can be read as silly or heavy-handed, while subverting issues such as gender, identity, privilege, and classism. In 2017, Kristen gained her first museum show at the Delaware Contemporary. In 2018, she began a residency/staff-artist position at Vermont Studio Center where she is now employed as their Visual Arts Program Manager. Her most recent show was a solo exhibition at OyG Projects, in New York City.


United States
New York

Jeanine Oleson is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos and performances. She is particularly interested in looking at material effects of power through a queer and feminist lens. Jeanine has shown her work extensively including the Cubitt Gallery (London), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), SculptureCenter (New York) Coreana Museum (Seoul), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta), and New Museum (New York).  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Big Rapids

Mo Scarpelli is a director and cinematographer of mostly-non-fiction cinema. Her films linger on the rupture of identity by exterior circumstances; the cold violence inflicted on the individual by changing landscapes; and the myriad contradictions a human must inhabit to survive the world, as well as survive themselves.

Mo’s films have been exhibited at the Berlinale International Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Film Society of Lincoln Center, IDFA, BFI London Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, at Olafur Eliasson’s Studios in Berlin, among other venues, as well as on television broadcast with ARTE and ZDF.