Artist Jasmine Chen in her studio at The Umbrella

About The Artist-in-Residence Program

The Umbrella's Artist-in-Residence program offers a year long residency in a vibrant multidisciplinary art center with 50 artist studios, an independent ceramics classroom, makerspace, performance and gallery spaces in historic Concord, Massachusetts. Our Artists-in-Residence create new bodies of work for exhibition at the culmination of their residency and engage the greater Concord community in their practice throughout the year. Applicants must be within the first five years of finishing a BFA , MFA or equivalent training program. 


Winter 2024 Artist-in-Residence: Catherine LeComte

Catherine LeComte, is a Boston-based visual artist who explores familial relationships, motherhood, and personal experiences through photography, mixed media, and installation. Advocating for greater visibility of artwork centered around motherhood and created by mother artists is a central passion for her.

Her work has been showcased in numerous group exhibitions across the Greater Boston Area, including prominent venues such as The Griffin Museum of Photography, Piano Craft Gallery, Panopticon Gallery, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, and Gallery 263.

Catherine earned her BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 and recently completed her MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2023. She is the proud mother of one son, Bodhi, with her husband Richard Lecce.

During her residency, LeComte plans to utilize photography and a gel image transfer process, crafting a series of glass works that delve into the themes of motherhood. Employing diverse artistic methods, she aims to explore the transformative journey of becoming a mother, delving into the profound physical, psychological, and emotional changes women undergo during pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and beyond. Her artistic exploration encompasses the development of a mother's identity and maternal mental health, with a primary goal of raising awareness about postpartum anxiety and the unique challenges faced by mother artists.

To learn more about Catherine, visit her Artist page here!


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