This month, as part of their four week artist-in-residence program, Rachael Devaney of Onset, Deanna Nagle of Hyannis and Lily Olin of Brewster will be creating individual pieces of art that will challenge the existing narratives of life on Cape Cod.
The program was developed by the Hyannis Transformative Development Initiative Partnership and works with cross-sector partnerships to engage community members in actionable planning, implementing local economic development initiatives, and spurring further public and private investment.
Along with a stipend, the trio of artists are being given access to free studio space in downtown Hyannis to complete projects that will add to the cultural vibrancy of the mid Cape. A gallery walk is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, when the public is invited to safely view the three projects and learn from the artists about how they were created and their significance.
A freelance reporter and photojournalist, Rachael Devaney grew up in Centerville. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating with a double major in journalism, and social thought and political economy. Her work has appeared in the Cape Cod Times, The Barnstable Patriot, Cape Cod Life, Southern New England Weddings Magazine, and Falmouth Magazine.
She will be conducting her residency at The Studio on Center Street, a space that once served as a train maintenance building. For her project Ms. Devaney will be enlarging to life-size photographs of local civil rights activists who protested the violent death of George Floyd in May at the hands of Minneapolis police. Each person’s photo will be accompanied with a narrative detailing their individual story.
Ms. Olin is a visual artist who leans toward abstract expressionism with representational elements. She grew up on Cape Cod, graduating from Nauset Regional High School before attending Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and humanities. Last year, she received her master’s of fine arts in studio art from the State University of New York University at Albany. She is currently a teaching assistant in the Nauset District Public Schools system.
Ms. Olin will be conducting her residency at 255 Main Street, a building that once served as the home to the Hyannis Board of Trade in the early 1900s and which was recently renovated to include 10 apartments as well as retail space.
Ms. Nagle, who recently moved to the Cape from South Carolina, discovered her artistic talents following three separate traumatic brain injuries, starting with a car accident in 2017. She will conduct her residency at Studio 50 @ Pearl | Hyannis HyArts Arts Campus, a studio owned by the Town of Barnstable.
Melissa Chartrand, the arts and culture coordinator for the Town of Barnstable, describes the residencies as the type of programming the town has long envisioned for the HyArts arts campus in downtown Hyannis.