“My time at Guild Hall allowed me to take a break from waiting tables and focus on art and not just painting. Something I really liked about the residency was that I was there with writers, poets, filmmakers, and performers. It was really interesting for me to hear about their lives and how they worked and thought about things. We were so similar and so very different. My two months there really opened my eyes to all the possibilities in front of me both inside and outside of the studio.” –Arcmanoro Niles, 2018 Artist-in-Residence
Arcmanoro Niles (b. 1989, Washington, D.C.) earned a BFA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, an MFA from New York Academy of Art, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has participated in exhibitions at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; the David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD; Long Gallery, New York, NY; Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY; and Shanghai University, Shangahi, China; among others. Niles is currently featured in the group exhibition On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art at the MAC Belfast in Northern Ireland. His work is included in the collection of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, Niles lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.