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Maker-in-Residence

Are you a maker? Do you build, create, craft, write, cook? We would love to hear from you! Apply to become our next Maker-in-Residence!

Meet our Maker-in-Residence, American Pop Artist and Author, Michael Albert!

We are delighted to introduce Michael Albert, our Maker-in-Residence! 

Michael Albert is an accomplished modern pop artist, founder of Sir Real (organic fruit juice) company,  and author of “An Artist’s America”. He is nationally known for his cereal box collages, which he calls ‘Cerealism’, as “a cross between Picasso’s Cubism and Warhol’s Pop”. Fourteen of his favorite ‘Cerealism’ Masterworks are on virtual viewing on Harrison Public Library website currently.

Albert has been creating ART since his college days at New York University, where he studied business (BPA, 1984-1988). After visiting many of the great museums in NYC and viewing some of the world’s greatest masterpieces of art, he began his own artistic pursuits.

His art has evolved from doodles and pen & ink to serious wax oil drawings, to the cubist mosaic Cereal box collages. In the past two decades, he has been creating large-scale “Epic” collage works on various themes including History, Literature, Religion & Philosophy, Music, Poetry & Lyrics, Botany, Logo Montages, Color Studies, Mathematics, and Geography. 

Since the publishing of his book, an artist’s autobiography titled, “An Artist’s America”, Albert has developed a traveling Pop Art Enrichment Program & Hands-On Collage Workshop for school age children, teens, adults & as a multi-generational event called the “Modern Pop Art Experience” which he has brought to more than 1,000 schools, libraries, museums, art festivals & special events in most of the United States & in Europe.

Mr. Albert is no stranger to Harrison patrons. Based in White Plains, he has conducted several very popular and successful workshops at our library in the past years. As our Maker-in-Residence, he will lead a series of virtual collage art workshops on zoom starting in March and running through May.

There will be three workshops for teens and adults and three for children for ages 5 to 12. Space is limited. Please sign up to receive the zoom link.

The workshops are: 

3/29 Mon. @ 3:30 pm – Cerealism: Cereal Box Collage

4/28 Wed. @ 7:00 pm – Text Based Collage

5/26 Wed. @ 7 pm – Color Based Collage

3/30 Tue. @ 4 pm – Kids Cereal Box Collage 

4/27 Tue. @ 4 pm – Kids Text Based Collage

5/25 Tue. @ 4 pm – Kids Color Based Collage

Become Our Next Maker-in-Residence

The Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence will work out of the Library for three months (no more than 4 hours per month), working on a project of their choosing. As part of your residency, you will share your skills with the public. We’ll cover the costs of workshop supplies and pay you a stipend of $500 for your time working and teaching. You get unrestricted access to our equipment, an opportunity to learn new skills, public exposure for your work, and a chance to share your talents with your community and all the warm fuzzy feelings that entails. We’re looking for all kinds of making, whether digital or physical. Come and show us how you do it.

Makers selected must be 18 or older, may be subjected to a comprehensive criminal background check, and must have professional references. Applications are accepted and makers are selected on a rolling basis, with appointments made as residencies end.

Application

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Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program Agreement

This is not an offer of employment, and as a “Maker-In-Residence” you will be considered an independent contractor. The maker-in-residence is a contracted position for three months.

The maker-in-residence will receive a one-time payment of $500. The library will provide funding for supplies for public programs.

The maker-in-residence will have up to four hours time per month onsite in the library. The maker-in-residence will be encouraged to work with all of the three groups who use the lab: teens, adults, and families (i.e., all ages).

A portion of our space will be designated for the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.

All workshops will be made available to the general public, with HPL responsible for participant signup.

These workshops must present attendees with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.

The maker-in-residence will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies for workshops. HPL will reimburse, when agreement is reached, the maker-in-residence for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of HPL.

Any resulting artwork or product created by the maker-in-residence may be exhibited for a period of one month.

Maker-in-residence is responsible for any travel costs related to maker-in-residence activities.

I agree to the terms of the Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program as stated above if accepted as a Maker-in-Residence.

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