STAR, the Shipyard Trust for the Arts. is pleased to announce that the 2016-17 Artist in Residence Award has been made to painter Siddharth Parasnis, a resident of the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. Siddharth, also known as “Sid,” is now busy working in his Shipyard studio. The Selection Panel was especially pleased to make the award to an artist who will make a significant commitment to working in the Shipyard studio as well as become an integral part of the Shipyard artist community.
The Artist in Residence Award includes exclusive use of a Hunters Point Shipyard studio for a period of 18 months, a $500 stipend, and participation in Fall and Spring Open Studios.
Upon receiving news of the residency award, Parasnis said, “I am very excited, thankful and honored to have been chosen. I hope to be a good addition to the Shipyard Artist community and look forward to be working in my new studio soon.”
Of his paintings, Parasnis says “my work is based on the vast archives of architectural imagery, especially run down buildings, old warehouses, architecture, small alleys, industrial areas, and patios and spaces that are otherwise considered mundane. But they have a lot of history.”
Many of his paintings are inspired by the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. He explains that his present artistic goal is to “capture the old and historical beauty of the Hunters Point Shipyard and neighborhood as much as possible before it disappears.” [See the San Francisco Chronicle article May 4, 2016: “S.F. artist’s colorful paintings have roots in India.”
Siddharth Parasnis was born in Pune, India and arrived in San Francisco to pursue his MFA at the Academy of Art University. He is the recipient of a prestigious 2012-13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and his work is represented in several collections including The Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a project of the San Francisco Arts Commission. He has exhibited in venues in Europe and India as well as the United States.
The Award was made by STAR based on the recommendation of the Artist Selection Panel, which evaluated the applicants based on the strength of their artwork and their ties to the Hunters Point Community, in addition to other factors. Now in its fifteenth year, the Artist in Residence Program was previously awarded to thirteen individual artists who were invited to become part of Hunters Point’s thriving artist community.
Featured image on this page: Siddharth Parasnis, Eternity # 71, 54″ x 48″, oil on canvas, 2016