Artist Blog

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Morgan Ashcom – What the living carry

Sep 11, 2017 - Shane Lavalette

Every year Light Work invites twelve artists to come to Syracuse, New york to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program since its inception. The residency includes a $5,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work, and many of these artists form the basis for Light Work’s exhibitions program.

Featured here for the coming week are six recent Artists-in-Residence, including Morgan Ashcom, Rose Marie Cromwell, John Edmonds, Regine Petersen, Pacifico Silano, and Mila Teshaieva. Find more information about Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program, how to apply, and discover more past AIR at


Morgan Ashcom (born in Free Union, Virginia, 1982) is a photographer based in Charlottesville, VA. He received his BFA from George Mason University and his MFA from the University of Hartford. Ashcom’s work has been exhibited and published both nationally, internationally and has won numerous awards including Center’s Choice Awards, the German Photobook Award and Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now Purchase Prize. Ashcom has been an artist in residence at Light Work and has taught photography at Western Connecticut State University, Ithaca College, University of Hartford, Cornell University and the University of Virginia. His forthcoming book, What the Living Carry, will be published by Mack in 2017.