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Welcome to our 2019 Library Artists-in-Residence, JoAnne McFarland and Rachel Selekman, who will be in residence with us until July 19, 2019.

Join us on Monday, February 4, in PH-N from 4 to 5 pm for a welcome coffee to celebrate the start of JoAnne and Rachel’s time with us.

The BGC Library AIR program invites visual or performance artists whose work is grounded in research to use our library collection as an incubator for new work.  Artists are invited to conduct research in subject areas relating to their work or to address the library itself as an organized collection of print material, utilizing the library’s reference staff as partners in this process.


JoAnne McFarland

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JoAnne McFarland is a poet, painter, and curator from Brooklyn. She is the former Exhibitions Director of A.I.R. Gallery and the founder of Artpoetica, a project space in Gowanus Brooklyn that links literary and visual expression. Her latest poetry collection, Identifying the Body, was published in 2018 by The Word Works. Her artwork is part of many public and private collections, including the Library of Congress and the Columbus Museum of Art. In her practice McFarland treats violence and creativity as diametrically opposed: each act of making thwarts violence’s aim to destroy. Visit her website:

Learn more about JoAnne’s work at her Brown Bag Lunch on Monday, February 11 at 12:15 pm.





Rachel Selekman

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Rachel Selekman is a visual artist based in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, and group exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn; Marc Straus Gallery, NYC; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin; Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC; to name a few. Selekman’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Microsoft, the US State Department, and Montefiore Medical Center. Commissioned pieces can be found at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and the Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Her catalogue, Rachel Selekman: Making Connections, which surveys her sculpture and works on paper, was published in 2014. Selekman received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. Visit her website:

Learn more about Rachel’s work at her Brown Bag Lunch on Monday, March 25th at 12:15 pm.