October's Work In Progress Resident



Michael Sylvan Robinson is an internationally exhibited contemporary Queer fiber artist, activist, and leader in arts education.


During his residency at Work In progress, Sylvan will be creating a new piece for his #urbanfey series of protective wear for urban faeries, created as interventions of healing and activism amidst the challenging times in which we are living right now. Each garment is constructed from a textile collage of fairy tale decorations blended with contemporary activist iconography, over-worked text details, such as hand-stenciled poem fragments, and a mix of imagery that is queer, and of the wild, but also connected to the urban setting of the landscape. The #urbanfey series is a call to loving action, a reminder of the fragility of our world, and it’s meant to evoke healing and remembrance. 


Sylvan will also be displaying some of his ongoing work exploring intergenerational queer histories and examining rites of passage experienced at midlife.



Michael Sylvan Robinson  earned an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (2008) and a B.A. from Bennington College (1989) with an emphasis in dance and drama. He is the Head of Arts at the Poly Prep School in Brooklyn. Originally a costume designer and performance artist, their fiber art/mixed media work has been shown ingalleries and exhibitions including the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and as a semi-finalist (2010) for the prestigious Sondheim Prize in Baltimore.




Composting Our Fears + Committing to Action

Friday, Oct 11, 7-8:30pm


Join Sylvan for a night of textile collage, activism and collaboration. Learn more + RSVP 




You can visit Sylvan's installation for Work In Progress from October 5 - 31, at TAC Manhattan studio, and learn more about their work and process during Artist Open Hours on Saturdays 2-5pm.