Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

  • FIRELEI BAEZ was born in the Dominican Republic and now resides and works in New York. Firelei received her BFA from The Cooper Union; went to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculptures; and earned her MFA at Hunter College. She has exhibited widely across the United States, and her awards include; a residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award in Painting, among others. Her work was recently on view at The Studio Museum's emerging artist exhibition Fore.

  • JARROD BECK is a second-year visual arts Fellow who went to the Glasgow School of Art, earned a M. ARCH degree from Tulane University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He has created installations at Socrates Sculpture Park, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Lower Manhatten Cultural Counsil, South Street Seaport Museum, Lawndale Art Center, the Instituto Cervantes NY and Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. Jarrod’s residencies include the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Robert Blackburn Print Workshop, and Lower East Side Printshop.

  • ALEJANDRO GUZMAN first received a BS in Biology from the University of Colorado, before going on to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and to earn his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions in New York. Alejandro has been awarded a Workspace Residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and has been published online and in print, in publications such as Insight Magazine.

  • AKIKO JACKSON was born in Kahuku, Hawaii and now resides and works on the east coast, USA. Akiko earned her MA from California State University, Northridge and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts. Since then, she has had several artist residencies, including the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Lawrence Arts Center, Pottery Northwest, and Lo Studio dei Nipoti. Akiko’s awards include the Art Bridge Fellowship from the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Artist Trust GAP Award, and the Archipelago Foundation Annual Residency, among others.  Her work has been shown in exhibitions across the United States and internationally, and is in permanent collections in Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Seoul, Korea.  

  • ALICE MICELI DE ARAUJO graduated with a BA in cinema from the Ecole Suprieure d’Etudes Cinematographiques in France and then with a MA in History of Art and Architecture of Brazil from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Alice Miceli de Araujo’s awards include the Sergio Motta Art and Technology Award. She has received fellowships from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Sacatar Institute in Brazil, among others. 

  • GABRIEL PIONKOWSKI went to the Florence University of the Arts, Italy, before returning to the United States to graduate with a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from Bethany College in Kansas. Gabriel has gone on to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has earned his MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Among various solo shows in Kansas and Wisconsin, he recently exhibited at Galerie Lelong, NYC, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and was published as a featured artist in New American Paintings.

  • PIETER PAUL POTHOVEN has presented work at, amongst others, in The Kitchen (New York) 2013; Memories Can't Wait conference at the International Center for Photography (New York) 2012; De Service Garage (Amsterdam) 2010; Nieuw Dakota (Amsterdam) 2010; and FOAM (Amsterdam) 2008. His texts and visual work have been published in De Internet Gids (Amsterdam) 2013; Memories Can't Wait (ICP-Bard & CCS-Bard), 2013; Anamesa (NYU), 2013; Simulacrum (University of Amsterdam), 2011; Volume #26, Architecture of Peace (Archis), 2010. Starting October 1, 2014, he will be a postgraduate researcher at the Jan van Eyck Acadamie in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He received a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2006) and an MFA from Parsons The New School of Design (2013).

  • ALEXANDRIA SMITH is a Brooklyn based artist born in Bronx, NY and raised in New Rochelle, NY. Smith received her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, an MA in Art Education from New York University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons, The New School for Design in 2010. Alexandria is the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Golden Foundation Artist Residency (2013), the Educational Alliance VSC Fellowship Award (2012), the Rush Arts Summer Residency (2011) and the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship (2011).  She has shown her work in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions across the United States and extensively in New York. Most recently, Alexandria was included in two articles by the Huffington Post: “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Artmakers You Should Know Under 40” and “10 Female Artists To Watch in 2013”. 

  • SARAH SOHN was born in Seoul, South Korea.  She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the 2011 recipient of the Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize, and has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

  • LENDITA XHEMAJLI first earned her GNVQ in Art and Design and her BTEC Diploma in Fine Art from Thomas Danby College in Leeds, UK. After graduating Level 4 from Leeds College of Art and Design, Lendita went on to earn her BA in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art, where she also won the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Graduate Research Award. Her work has been shown exclusively in exhibits across Scotland.

Writing Fellows

  • DOMENICK AMMIRATI is based in New York. His writing on art and books has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mousse, Artforum, Bookforum, and Dis. He has been awarded fellowships by the Edward F. Albee Foundation for fiction and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Core Program for critical studies. He is currently at work on a novel.

  • ARI BANIAS is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Subtropics, The Volta, FIELD, and elsewhere, and he’s the author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • BILL CARTY lives in Seattle and teaches at Edmonds Community College and the Richard Hugo House. Raised in Thomaston, Maine, he holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA from UNC–Wilmington. His poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Octopus, Transom, Poetry Northwest, PageBoy, and other journals. His chapbook, Refugium was published by Alice Blue Books in 2012.

  • SARA GELSTON  grew up in Maine and holds an MFA from the University of Illinois. She was most recently the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PloughsharesColorado Review, Poetry NorthwestVersal, Third Coast, and elsewhere. 

  • VEDRAN HUSIĆ was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University. His short stories are published or forthcoming in Witness, North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.

  • GREG JACKSON recently completed an MFA in Fiction at the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and the 2012 recipient of the Henfield Prize. Before that he worked closely with investigative journalist Ron Suskind on a pair of nonfiction books and for the literary journal n+1. A native of Boston and coastal Maine, he is currently finishing work on a collection of short stories.

  • SAM LEADER grew up in England and France and has lived about a third of his life in the United States. He studied Philosophy at Oxford and has an MFA from UC–Irvine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has been working on a novel for a long time.

  • NAOMI MULVIHILL is a recent graduate of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program. Her poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming in CutBank, New Orleans Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Cave Wall, Georgetown Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and others. A veteran teacher of the Boston Public Schools, she works at the Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School.

  • ANDREW PALMER was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and holds an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. His writing has been published in The Times Literary Supplement, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenyon Review Online, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The New Yorker's "Shouts and Murmurs" website, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies at Ucross, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo.

  • ALEX WALTON holds degrees from the University of Washington and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow, and has lived and taught in Seattle, Rome, and Iowa City. Recent work appears in The Claudius App: A Journal of Fast Poetry.