Artist in Residence

Current Artist

Daniel McNamara 

Gordon Square Arts District announces the selection of Daniel McNamara as its first Performing Artist-in-Residence. McNamara is a playwright, director, musician and puppet designer who lives in the Gordon Square Arts District.

Gordon Square Arts District launched its residency program for local artists in late 2017. Illustrator and comic book writer John G served as GSAD’s first artist in residence. McNamara will be its second artist in residence and the first performing artist in residence.

“The residency program is one of Gordon Square’s strategies to support local artists and bring new and exciting projects to the neighborhood,” said Carrie Carpenter, president and executive director of the Gordon Square Arts District.

During his residency in the first quarter of 2018, McNamara will create “Odyssey in Translation: Masks, Books, SmartPhone,” inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey in ancient Greek literature. The project includes three wandering performances where masked characters from The Odyssey travel throughout Gordon Square Arts District. McNamara will also lead three free acting workshops that explore the use of masks, movement, and how meaning is conveyed across multiple translations of The Odyssey.

“With ‘Odyssey in Translation: Masks, Books, SmartPhone’, I hope to transform the daunting alienation often provoked by The Odyssey as something elite and only of interest to academics and niche ‘experts’ into curiosity and accessible story-telling by challenging widely held assumptions about what The Odyssey is, who it is for, and why it is relevant to the life of people from all walks of life today.” McNamara said.

The first wandering performance will occur on Friday, March 16th, starting from the Gordon Square Art Space at 1386 W. 65th St. at 4:00 p.m. and traveling along Detroit Avenue to arrive at 78th Street Studios Third Fridays open studio event.

The second wandering performance will take place on Saturday, March 17th. The masked characters will depart from the Gordon Square Art Space at 3:00pm, and wander in and out of Gordon Square businesses along Detroit, as well as traveling up W. 58th St., along Herman Ave. and down W. 65th St. The third and final wandering performance will be the longest of the three, with the performers walking north on W. 65th to Edgewater Park, walking along Lake Erie and walking back to Gordon Square Arts District along Lake Ave.

Portions of each durational performance will be streamed live on the Gordon Square Arts District Facebook and Instagram pages.

McNamara will lead three free acting workshops as part of his residency. Local actors are invited to examine multiple translations of The Odyssey in the workshops and perform with movement and masks.

These standalone workshops will take place at the Gordon Square Art Space on the following Sundays; March 11th from 1:00pm-4:00pm, March 18th from 1:00pm-4:00pm and March 25th from 1:00-4:00pm. To RSVP to reserve a spot in one of the free workshops, email McKenzie Merriman at

Previous Artist

John G

We’re thrilled to announce John G. as our first Gordon Square Artist in Residence. Not only is he a talented artist, illustrator and comic book writer who lives and works in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District, but he also has a strong voice in addressing the future of the neighborhood.

During his residency from September 1-November 30, John G. will create and publish an autobiographical comic book focused on accessibility that will expose people to the reality of what it’s like to be in a wheelchair with the objective of relieving the anxiety that comes from confronting something one might not yet understand. The comic book will explore the perception of people in wheelchairs and evaluate the future prospects for the neighborhood.