2024 Artist Residents: Symone Salib and Miguel Horn

Join us in celebrating the first-ever artist residency participants for Philadelphia public artists: Symone Salib and Miguel Horn. Through the theme of “exchange,” these artists hope to evolve their practice and prepare for future large-scale monument commission opportunities while building stronger relationships across the city’s neighborhoods.

They are encouraged to experiment with monumental materials and methods, build out their portfolios with an exhibition, and join Monument Lab’s growing community of local, national, and transnational monument changemakers. Through this residency, Monument Lab seeks to contribute to the ecosystem of emerging monument innovators and support artists in growing their practice through place-based relationships.

Whats Next?

The two selected artists will begin their residence and project prototypes for their respective exhibitions at the end of their year-long residency.

Each artist receives a $10,000 artist stipend, a $20,000 production budget, and $7,500 in support for neighborhood-based partners and programming. 

About the Artists

Symone Salib is a first generation Cuban/Egyptian street artist, muralist, and trauma informed educator based out of Philadelphia. Through paint and illustration she works to highlight the lives of people across Philadelphia since 2017. She focuses on vibrantly sharing the stories of people in hopes we can connect and resonate with humans who are different from ourselves. She strives to spread joy and create a space where people are not only seen but heard and valued.

Miguel Antonio Horn is a visual artist from Philadelphia with Colombian and Venezuelan roots. He received a certificate in 2006 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and apprenticed for five years with Mexican artist Javier Marin. He creates large-format sculptures using digital and analog processes in a variety of media. His artworks have been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and as part of the Vancouver Biennale. He has several permanent public installations in the Philadelphia region, Canada and Mexico. He has received grants for workshops and artworks locally and internationally. From 2011 to 2019 he contributed to exhibitions programming and public outreach for the west Philadelphia artist-run  Traction Company. He founded El Cubo in the Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2019 as a space for experimental projects and programming. He is the father of two young children who he raises with his wife and community in South Philadelphia.

To learn more about the program, download the Residency Project Brief.


Paul Farber, Director
Nico Rodriguez, Director of Projects
Sue Mobley, Director of Research
Gina Ciralli, Senior Projects Manager
Cleary Rubinos, Assistant Director of Operations
Jonai Gibson-Selix, Designer
Elliot Waters-Fleming, Assistant Project Manager

Lead support for the Monument Lab Artist Residency is provided by the William Penn Foundation.