TOR Vutha joins international artists at Vermont Studio Center!

TOR Vutha, Phare Ponleu Selpak’s co-founder, teacher and artist, was selected to participate in a 1-month artist residency in the United States of America. Congratulations!

In October, he will join about 50 artists in the United States for a 5-week residency, in collaboration with Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), Vermont Studio Center and Fresh Sound Foundation. He will spend 4 weeks at Vermont Studio Center, which is the largest residency program in the United States, and 9 days in and around New York City for a research and networking program. After he will return from the United States, he will also participate in a community sharing event in Phnom Penh.

“It is an amazing opportunity for me to discover other cultures and share more about Cambodian Arts and Culture”, he says.

Indeed, during the 4 weeks at Vermont Studio Center, TOR Vutha will be with around 50 other visual artists and writers from all around the world to share and talk about fruitful artistic collaborations. Three famous outstanding international artists will also share their work with the residents:

  • Anne Waldmann, a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist
  • Brian Bress, a painter and video artist
  • Padma Viswanathan, writer (novels, plays, short stories, personal essays and cultural journalism)

Vermont Studio Center’s commitment goes beyond a simple artists residency. They also support arts education initiatives, cultural exchange programs, and special programs and fellowships designed to help artists and writers facing practical barriers to creative expression.

This fully-funded program (CLA Artist Fellowship) is coordinated by Cambodian Living Arts, and benefits to 3 Cambodian writers and artists, including Mr. TOR Vutha.