Assistant Professor of Dance Maurice Fraga was recently selected to serve as a resident artist at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif., during its 2014 season. Fraga’s residency will run from May 20, 2014, through June 18, 2014.
“Being selected was a great honor. I was actually shocked,” said Fraga. “The Djerassi Residency has been around for many years and is renowned among the artistic community. Any residency is always welcomed and helps in strengthening an artist’s profile, but this is a significant opportunity. Being selected as a participant adds more weight to my resume and will open doors to other possible residencies.”
Fraga looks forward to the time he’ll have to work on his creative process. “This residency is time devoted to me ripping apart what I already do and investigating new ways to create, new ways to express myself and new ways to present and process information,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”
“We are thrilled by this recognition for Maurice,” said Dance Division Chair Erica Helm. “Of the 823 artists who applied, only 80 were selected for residencies. His acceptance letter says it all — ‘The quality, integrity and direction of your work clearly impressed our panelists. Congratulations!’”
According to its website, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs. The program strives to provide the best possible residency experience for artists of superior talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations. As stewards of a unique and beautiful property, the program also seeks to preserve the land and use its facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and with the least impact on the environment.