Devon Leaver

Opening Reception: April 22, 2020 | 6–8 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 20 – April 26, 2020

The second exhibition from the Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York and the National YoungArts Foundation Residency Program, GALOOT, featuring an experimental short film by Devon Leaver, will open on April 20, 2020 and will run through April 26 at Baxter St’s Project Space at 128 Baxter St. Opening reception April 22, 6 – 8pm.

New York, NY – Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, the non-profit artist-run organization dedicated to supporting lens-based artists is pleased to announce the second year of the residency program in partnership with National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts).

YoungArts | Baxter St Residency Program supports artists working in the mediums of photography, film, and video practices, by providing funding and workspace, culminating in an exhibition. The partnership with YoungArts further expands Baxter St’s efforts of engagement with emerging artists at critical points in their educational and professional careers.

As the second resident in the program, Devon Leaver (2011 YoungArts Winner in Film) will present her experimental short film GALOOT. The film, written and directed by Leaver, follows the journey of the titular character, a creature named Galoot, immersing the viewer in the experience of growing up on the autism spectrum. Leaver, who took inspiration from childhood writings and drawings, worked in partnership with her sister Brenna Leaver – who constructed and performed the character Galoot – to create this touching short film.

About YoungArts | Baxter St Residency Program

Established as the YoungArts | Baxter St Residency Program, Baxter St invites emerging lens-based YoungArts award winners living in New York City to apply. The residency, funded by the 7G Foundation, provides two months of workspace access at Baxter St, one month of access to darkrooms at the International Center of Photography, an artist stipend of $2,000 for production costs, and mentoring sessions with 2-3 Art Advisory Committee members. The residency will culminate in a two-week solo show at Baxter St.

As a resident in this program, artists will gain hands-on experience, be counseled and supported by specialists in their field of study, and work closely with Baxter St in order to present a solo show, which for most residents will be their first exhibition. For further information about the residency program, please write to us at or call 212.260.9927.

About Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is an artist-run arts organization and exhibition space that supports and activates the community of lens-based contemporary artists by offering workspace residencies, a dynamic program and talk series as well as memberships. Founded in 1884, Baxter St is one of New York’s oldest artist-run nonprofit spaces fostering the development of emerging lens-based artists at critical moments of their careers.

Providing analog and digital workspace to members, exhibiting solo and group shows by emerging artists, hosting dynamic programming and offering competitive workspace residency programs, Baxter St is a catalyst for innovative creation within the artistic mediums of photography, film, and video practices.

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York operates as a 501(c)3 arts organization and is located at 126 Baxter St and 128 Baxter St. Its programming and exhibitions are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Jerome Foundation, 7G Foundation, The Tierney Family Foundation, Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing, Fujifilm of North America, Yarden Winery. Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is W.A.G.E. certified.

About the National YoungArts Foundation

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.

Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application process for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10-12, in the United States, that is judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In their first year, YoungArts winners, who represent the top 10% of applicants, receive valuable financial awards of up to $10,000; presentation opportunities at renowned institutions; and the chance to learn from notable artists and mentors such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas in intimate settings.

YoungArts winners are further eligible for exclusive opportunities including: nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students; a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; presentation opportunities at major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and learn about additional opportunities. YoungArts alumni include accomplished leaders in their fields such as Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Viola Davis, Allegra Goodman, Josh Groban, Judith Hill, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer.

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