Fire Island Artist Residency’s Origins

From mid-July to mid-August since 2011, artist Chris Bogia’s Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) welcomes five LGBTQ+ artists to the island. In exchange for lending work to an exhibition, a 10-minute community talk about their processes and participation in a dinner with visiting artists, those who have been accepted have free reign to make and do as they please. It began as a dream for Bogia which he funded from his own savings. Now each year sees continued growth on a global level. As a haven for the LGBTQ+ community for decades, it only makes sense that the island houses a queer artist residency program. Learn more about the FIAR at Artsy.