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Many of us think of galleries or museums as places where art is merely hung: a white wall, an empty space waiting to be filled. But for Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, as for a growing number of larger institutions involving themselves earlier and earlier in the art-making process, they also are places where art is born.

A case in point is Squeaky Wheel’s long-running residency program, which provides artists access to its high-tech equipment and facilities at 712 Main St. along with an opportunity to exhibit their work. The first pair of Squeaky Wheel’s 2014 residency exhibitions, featuring new work by Kevin Kline and Pierce McCleary, open Friday and run through March 15.

Kline, a photography professor at Niagara County Community College and a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s visual arts MFA program in 2008, created an installation that explores the “mythological history that went into the construction” of Buffalo. McCleary’s documentary “Mingalaba/Where Are You Going?” traces the path of two Burmese sisters as they make a life in Buffalo as single mothers. The film includes footage of the WASH Project on Massachusetts Avenue, a cultural center and meeting place for the Burmese community.

Future residency exhibitions will feature work by Jason Bernagozzi, Caitlin Cass, Marianna Kreidler, Annie Krol and Marc Tomko. Call 884-7172 or visit squeaky.org.

– Colin Dabkowski