2023-2024 Resident Artists

Colette Chermak

Colette Chermak (she/her, b. 2001) is an interdisciplinary painter and photographer native to Binghamton, New York. She holds a BFA and an Arts Management minor from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Chermak strives to capture the beauty and fragility of nature’s fleeting moments, using her translation of the sublime to confront society’s contributions to wider environmental crises. Her work also reflects on the ever-growing socio-political divisions that perpetuate hostility and fear. Chermak’s senior thesis exhibition and first solo show, Pure Immanence, opened in December 2023. She is the recipient of a 2024 Broome County Arts Council Artist Residency.

Claire Trasorras

Claire is an emerging visual artist that began pursuing her passion for photography in 2020. Originally a biochemical research scientist, Claire has an eclectic background and holds degrees in Nutritional Sciences and Visual Arts & Communications. Her art takes on many styles depending on the day and the subject, but she always aims to capture some sense of intimacy or serenity in her photos, whether they be portraiture, nature, or street photography. She is excited to use her AiR time to expand her ongoing abstract body portraiture project that focuses on celebrating bodies for what they are rather than shaping them into a “fashionable norm”.

Consider the Body—A Study

On view: February 2nd 6PM-9PM & 3rd 11AM-3PM

Opening First Friday, February 2nd 6PM-9PM

“A collection of black and white portraiture juxtaposed by a mixed media installation, this is the second iteration of my ‘body’ photo project. I initially approached this subject in 2021 during my very first photography course, where I called it The Body is Good.

In this current reiteration of the project, I explore the idea of the emotional body in addition to the physical, and both bodies in the context of reality. This is my response to what I perceive as very limiting, damaging, and rash normative views of bodies—and by extension people—that are so casually instilled in our society.”

—Claire Trasorras, January 2024 BCAC Artist in Residence

Exhibition Photography

“Consider the Body” Exhibition Photography2024-02-12T10:49:03-05:00

Want to be part of the artmaking process? Come visit Artist in Residence Claire Trasorras in her BCAC studio on Saturday, January 27th from 1PM-3PM. Chat photography as Claire conducts a live shoot with willing attendees!

Anna Warfield

Anna Warfield is a Binghamton, New York based artist who holds a BFA and BS in Communication, both from Cornell University. She creates text-based soft sculptures from fabric. Like concrete poems in physical space, the form and text work together to create meaning. She engages with ideas related to the body, sexuality, Femininity, and relearning. Her artwork builds on a rich history of textiles as “women’s work,” and confronts the complexities of Feminine identity and expression.

Her debut solo museum exhibition Placid Thoughts From Inside Her Eyelids is currently on view at the Roberson Museum. Warfield has exhibited with MAG Rochester, Finger Lakes Community College, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Schweinfurth Art Center, Cayuga Museum, Artisan Gallery, Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery, and the Vestal Museum. She is the recipient of a 2023 NYSCA Artist Fellowship, a 2023 Saltonstall Fellowship and Artist Residency, Juror’s Choice Award in the 2021 Southern Tier Biennale, NYFA/NYSCA Artist Grant in 2020, and a HYPE Award in the Arts from the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Her Public Art debut was coordinated with Jessica Arb Danial Art Advisory in 2020.

Warfield spoke as a panelist in the 2023 Text and Techne Conference in Trinity College, Dublin and has contributed as a guest speaker at NYFA, Cornell University, and Binghamton University. Warfield works as an artist, studio assistant, project manager, and consultant.

Natalie Dadamio

Natalie Dadamio is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Endicott, New York. She graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Cinema. She veered off a traditional path in art and life, later to return with new insights, ideas, and wisdom, which is important, because it infuses who she is, her art journey and what her love for painting and mixed media art and experimental expressions convey.

Cherese Wiesner Rosales

In my painting I try to create a playful perceived space. Creating perceived space with movement and energy that invites the viewer to look and hopefully feel something from the space they are looking at is the goal of the interior spaces I create. Formal structure in painting is important to both the abstract and representational work that I make, and in all the work, I am longing for the spiritual path I follow and my art historical studies to inform my work.

Marcus Newton

Marcus’ work has been exhibited nationally and in Canada including recently at Coker University, SC; Exposure Photography Festival, Alberta; Ohio University; Vermont Center for Photography, VT; Spool MGF, NY. He is currently the Photography Specialist/Studio Technician at Binghamton University where he also teaches photography.

Sam Muré

Sam Muré is a visual artist living and working in Binghamton, New York. Incorporating several years of experience in printmaking, analog photography, drawing, collage, and more, Muré uses mixed media to document their lived experience through various systems of oppression. Themes such as illusion, frustration, confusion, hope, and camaraderie in their work display an attempt to visualize all the big feelings we hold inside that may not always translate into words alone.

Open Studio Saturday

September 30th 1PM-3PM

Join Resident Artist Sam Muré on Saturday, September 30th as they host Open Studio Hours from 1PM-3PM. Muré inhabits a by-any-means-necessary approach to art making, combining collage, found objects, drawing, print, analog photography, and other materials into mixed media pieces. Stop by and participate in a collaborative collage project!

All It Is and All It Ever Was

On view: October 6th & 7th 2023

Opening First Friday, October 6th 6PM-9PM

A reckoning, a discovery; of simple, yet multilayered truths—about myself, about the world around me, hidden in plain sight. All It Is and All It Ever Was: a collection of mixed media pieces that reflect an attempt to navigate my identity and lived experiences. With a by-any-means-necessary approach to my work, I combine collage, found objects, drawing, print, analog photography, and whatever else I can get my hands on to relay both fleeting and deep-rooted feelings.

This two-day-only residency exhibition will be on view Friday, Oct. 6th from 6PM-9PM and Saturday, Oct. 7th from 11AM-3PM.

Ciara Heatherman

Ciara Heatherman is a painter, muralist, and art teacher working from her lake home studio in Brackney, Pennsylvania. In November of 2022, Heatherman held her first solo exhibition, “Finding Gratitude”, of expressive representational lake inspired oil and gouache paintings at the Tioga Arts Council. Since January, Heatherman has worked as the Artistic & Visual Design Coordinator at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier where she creates murals to bring hands-on exhibits to life, including the new Sport’s Matter exhibit murals featuring Binghamton bridges. Ciara continues her personal painting practice focusing on family life integrated into atmospheric natural environments.

Seasons

On view: December 1st 6PM-9PM & 2nd 11AM-3PM

Opening First Friday, December 1st 6PM-9PM

This exhibition is the beginning of a new series of figurative work focusing on Heatherman’s current season of life: parenting and family life. The featured trio of large scale oil paintings depicts stages and seasons we often go through as active caregivers; with the artist, her husband, and daughter as the storytellers. Heatherman aims to express the transformative symbiotic effect these personal experiences have created. Visually, Heatherman is inspired by Neo Renaissance artists such as J.W. Waterhouse combined with a painterly approach akin to the Impressionists. Heatherman paints with an expressive energetic application rooted in realism, used to communicate a feeling or mood. 

Join Resident Artist Ciara Heatherman on Saturday, November 25th from 1PM-3PM as she opens her studio doors to the public! Get a behind-the-scenes look as Ciara continues developing work for her upcoming two-day exhibition “Seasons.” The BCAC Artist in Residence studio is located at 223 State st., Binghamton.