Lavar Munroe chosen as Norton Museum of Art Artist-In-Residence

Lavar Munroe in front of his works

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, announced today that it is launching a new artist-in-residence program, which will host four artists annually. The six-week residency was established to promote the work of underrecognized, mid- to late-career artists. Two of the spots in the program will be reserved for women, one of which will be given to African American or Latina artists.


The program’s inaugural cohort includes Addoley Dzegede, a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates notions of belonging, migration, and hybrid identities; Jessica Ingram, a Nashville native whose work explores the ethos of communities and notions of progress and resistance in American culture; Nassau, Bahamas–born artist Lavar Munroe, whose multidisciplinary practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation art; and Jaye Rhee, a Seoul artist known for her performances, photography and videos such as Notes, 2007, her black-and-white 8-channel video installation for which she collaborated with composer Elliott Sharp.


Each artist will be given the use of residences located on Cranesnest Way, alongside the museum’s new sculpture garden on the south side of Norton’s campus. The participants are not required to produce work as part of their residency, but they will be asked to lead at least one educational program such as a public lecture, master class, or open studio day.


“The artist-in-residence program is an extension of the work the Norton has been doing for years to support and celebrate the work of living artists, particularly women artists who have been historically underrepresented in museum exhibitions and collections,” said Norton director and CEO Elliot Bostwick Davis. “We look forward to welcoming the first artists to our community in 2020 and having their creative energy on campus and as part of our programming.”