CMCM Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program is designed to host emerging artists by giving them an opportunity to experiment and develop new modes of working and thinking around public media.

The mission of CMCM’s residency program is to provide a productive and participatory workspace to foster dialog, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary interaction. By offering a residency program open to local, national, and international cultural artists, CMCM seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area artistic community. Public programs include artist talks, film screenings, art performances, and social events intended to stimulate informative and inspiring dialogues between residents and patrons of the arts.


  • To support and encourage artists to explore ideas and work within the context of community media
  • To provide artists with the opportunity and support necessary to take their work to the next level
  • To bring an international community of artists to the Bay Area and for an engaging cross-cultural exchange with artists and audiences


  • Facilities access: Training, editing lab, audio & video equipment, and HD TV studio
  • Video interview produced by CMCM
  • Poster and postcards designed and printed in-house
  • Printed ad in local newspapers
  • Complimentary hard drive and on-site secure storage for gear
  • CMCM Communications and Development Manager to act as a liaison between artist in residence and staff
  • Allocated airtime on Education Channel 30
  • Dedicated space in Private Editing Suite featuring Artist in Residence information
  • One month exhibit at the end of residency
  • Weekly in-house work-in-progress sessions
  • One year of CMCM membership

Selection Criteria

  • Merit of past work
  • Interest in working with new media, multimedia, and public access TV resources
  • Availability to engage with the residency experience at CMCM
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the community in Marin County and beyond

Selection Process

  • Review of applications by CMCM residency committee
  • Jury evaluation of each artist’s materials to select finalists
  • Invitation to finalists to present their work in a 20-minute phone or Skype interview for determination of final award selection

Get in contact if you are interested in learning more about the Artist in Residence program.

Melissa Harvey

Artist in Residence: January - April 2017

Melissa Harvey

Artist Bio

Melissa Harvey is an artist based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. Her work tends to jumble up notions of intimacy, perceptions of self, memories, nostalgia, and womanhood. You can find her mixed in with just about any material including found objects, videos & projections, printmaking, fabric and installation-based art. In 2015, she graduated from Union College with a BA in Studio Art and English, so poetry and other literary influences tend to sneak into her work from time to time.

More about Melissa

Project Outline

The time I spend each week from January to March at CMCM will be spent working on a two-part interactive installation piece that will allow viewers to join me in creating art. The piece will feature a secret-telling structure that the viewer can enter. Part confessional and part treehouse fort, the structure will seek to conjure spaces where intimacy and revealing confidences are encouraged. Inside will be a screen and a keyboard. The screen will prompt the viewer to tell a secret by typing it on the keyboard. From there, the secret will be analyzed using computational textual analysis. Based on the word frequency and sentiment of the written secret, a video will be chosen and played on a screen outside of the structure.

For the first month, I will primarily spend my time coding and building a prototype of the installation. The second month will consist of tweaking the coding and working on the final design of the installation. In the third and final month, I will construct the final installation and run trials to ensure everything will move smoothly for the cumulative exhibition in early April 2017. The exhibition will feature this installation alongside other pieces of my work that I have made outside of the residency that examine intimacy in its different spheres. During my three-month residency at CMCM, my goal is to rely upon the relationship between the artist and viewer to create a piece that subtly uses technology to mimic the rituals of secret sharing we implement in our lives.