My name is Owen Keogh, and I am excited to be the new Residence Manager of the New York Arts Program for the 2014-15 academic year!
A little background to who I am: I was born in New York City and raised nearby in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. I attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, spent a semester abroad in London, and graduated in 2011 having double-majored in studio art and English literature. Since graduation, I have worked primarily in the arts and publishing, for institutions such Exit Art and publications such as The Brooklyn Rail and BOMB, in addition to various part-time and temporary positions as an artist assistant, art handler, outdoor educator, and short-order cook. In my artistic pursuits, I am interested photography, film, and drawing, as well as the intersections of figuration and abstraction; beyond art but of equal importance to me, I am interested in skateboarding, rock ‘n’ roll, and barbeque.
We are now three weeks into the Fall 2014 semester and things are really heating up in the City — or rather, cooling down, temperature-wise! The residents have begun their internships and seminars, and thus the residence has grown remarkably quiet. Indeed, after a few brief orientation sessions and neighborhood tours, the residents appear to be assimilating well and taking advantage of what the City has to offer. As a would-be community organizer, my job has been easy: we have a great group at 305 West 29th Street who have already begun bonding together naturally. Nevertheless, I hope to facilitate this community experience by providing alerts to happenings around the city, planning events in and out of the residence, and acting as a guide when necessary. We have already taken a semi-guided hop-on/hop-off boat tour around the New York Harbor, and explored the parks and sites of Governors Island (pictures and posts to follow shortly!), with more adventures to come! Stay tuned!