College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Taylor Paige Prentiss, 2022 MRWMD Artist in Residence to Showcase Work

Taylor Prentiss

Taylor Paige Prentiss

May 3, 2022

Congratulations to VPA student Taylor Paige Prentiss, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District Artist in Residence Fellow.  Her art installation Home: the Things We Carry will be on display at the Last Chance Mercantile May 3-7, 9 am-4pm, with a special reception and artist meet and greet Thursday, May 5, 2-4 pm. 

Paige’s AIR art installation will feature sculptures that explore the idea of home. “Home is different for each person and is constantly changing,” said Paige. “These pieces are meant to challenge the audience’s idea of home while connecting to individuals who do not have traditional homes.” 

About the Residency: Taylor Paige Prentiss, a Visual and Public Art (VPA) student at California State University, Monterey Bay, is the 2022 Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) and Last Chance Mercantile. The AIR Program is a partnership between MRWMD, CSUMB’s VPA department, and the Last Chance Mercantile. Since 2016, student artists from the Visual and Public Art Department are selected for a fellowship at MRWMD, which is managed by Associate Professor of Sculpture, Installation, and Community Engaged Practice, Dionicio Mendoza. The artists work with materials in the salvage yard at the Last Chance Mercantile. While on-site, they have access to salvaged materials in the store as well as the Materials Recovery Facility that processes the community’s recyclable items. The art they create during the residency is displayed in a week-long exhibition at the Last Chance Mercantile.

“We are proud to continue this great tradition and relationship with the local art community and CSU Monterey Bay,” said Felipe Melchor, general manager of MRWMD. “Taylor’s impactful work will help inspire creative reuse and educate our community about the importance of repurposing and upcycling materials.”

About the Artist: Taylor Paige Prentiss is a mixed media artist from Los Angeles. Her mediums include sculpture, illustration, digital art, and photography. She will graduate with a B.A. in Visual and Public Art from CSUMB in May 2022.

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