Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

  • ANTHONY BAAB studied painting and printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute before obtaining an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Cornell University. He is a Charlotte Street Award Recipient (2006) that has exhibited at: The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Nelson Atkins Museum of art Tompkins Projects (NY), Dan Graham (LA), and Grand Arts (KC). Collections include: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Microsoft Corporate Art Collection.

  • AMY BRENER was born in Victoria, BC and is based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College in 2010 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. She was a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2012. Her work has been exhibited internationally at galleries such as Marlborough Chelsea and Knowmoregames in New York, Aanant & Zoo in Berlin, Greene Exhibitions in LA and MacLaren Art Centre in Ontario. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Under the Influence, Whitehot Magazine, Artinfo and Modern Painters.

  • BRUNO CANCADO lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is graduated in Communication Studies from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais, and earned his BFA from Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais in 2010. Since then, his work has been shown in exhibitions in Brazil and USA. Bruno has received fellowships from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and I-Park Foundation. In April 2014 he participated in the 10th Sao Paulo International Art Fair and was awarded the ICCo - SP Art Residency Grant. His work is held in the collections of the Museu de Arte Contemporanea - MAC Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro; and the Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR, Rio de Janeiro.  

  • JUAN PABLO ECHEVERRI was born in 1978 in Bogotá, Colombia, where he lives and works. His work has taken part of several group and solo show in galleries and musems around the world, such as The Photographers´ Gallery in London, The Havannah Biennal in Cuba, Itau Cultural in Sao Paulo, Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá among others. He has taken part of Residencies in England, Mexico and Brazil, and his work has been included in Publications such as Younger than Jesus Directory published by the New Museum and PHAIDON in 2009, and his work is part of the permanent collection of Banco de la República in Colombia as well as other private collections.

  • RACHEL GELENIUS was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received a BA in art history from Denison University, a post-baccalaureate certificate in fine art from Brandeis University and her MFA from the University of California Davis. She had exhibited in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area and has received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.

  • HEIDI HAHN has recently finished her M.F.A. at Yale University. She graduated from Cooper Union in 2006 and attended Skowhegan, School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

  • GEORGE JENNE was born in Richmond, VA. He received his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has been exhibited at Exit Art, PS122, Freight + Volume, Frosch and Portman and Jack the Pelican Presents. George splits his time between Chapel Hill, NC and New York City.

  • Second-year Visual Arts Fellow BRIDGET MULLEN holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a BAE from Drake University. She has received two grants from the Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Fund, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center (2010-2011), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013), and Yaddo (2014). In May of 2015 she will begin a year fellowship at the Artist-In- Residence Program in Roswell, New Mexico. Visit to see a video interview with the artist in her studio. Bridget lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

  • JENNIFER PACKER was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Packer was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2012) and a resident at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2011-12). Packer currently lives and works in New York.

  • Second-year Visual Arts Fellow 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”.

Writing Fellows

  • Poetry Fellow LAURA EVE ENGEL's work has appeared in the Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Columbia Poetry Review, Tin House, VOLT, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, she is the Residential Program Director of the U.Va. Young Writers Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn.

  • Fiction Fellow CHRISTA FRASER grew up in the farmlands of California's Central Valley and considers as her home the beaches and mountains of the state's Central Coast. After graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in fiction in 2012, she spent two months at the MacDowell Colony working on a novel. Her fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review.

  • Poetry Fellow APRIL FREELY graduated from Brown University and the University of Iowa, where she received an MFA in nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Seneca Review, Ninth Letter, and Gulf Coast. A Cleveland native, she has received a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

  • Poetry Fellow ALEN HAMZA was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and immigrated to the United States when he was fifteen. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Better: Culture & Lit, Crazyhorse, Fence, Forklift Ohio, Narrative, and elsewhere. 

  • Second-year poetry Fellow REBECCA GAYLE HOWELL is the author of Render / An Apocalypse, which was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize and is a current finalist for ForeWord Review's 2013 Book of the Year. Howell is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011). Her homeplace is Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Fiction Fellow YOUNG RADER holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Third Year Fellow. His work can be found in Little Star, New England Review, and elsewhere.

  • Fiction Fellow CECILY SCUTT lives in Perth, on Australia’s west coast, and her work has appeared in the Australian literary journals Southerly, Westerly, Hecate, indigo, Eidolon; on national radio; and in anthologies including Dreaming Down Under, which won a World Fantasy Award. A winner of the 2014 Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship for Fiction, she has been the recipient of residencies at KSP Writer’s Centre, the Fellowship of Australian Writers, and at the national writing center Varuna in the Blue Mountains. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Murdoch University, works with graduate students and faculty research writers, and is currently immersed in a novel.

  • Second-year fiction Fellow ANNIE SLONIKER is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been the recipient of residencies at Yaddo and the Ucross Foundation, and her work has appeared in A Public Space. She grew up in Nebraska, spent several years in Boston, and most recently taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.

  • Fiction Fellow STEPHANIE SOILEAU was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but has spent most of her adult life in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, where she has also a been lecturer for the past five years. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Ecotone, Tin House, and other journals and anthologies, and she received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue work on a novel, which she very much hopes to finish while in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center.

  • Poetry Fellow SOPHIA STARMACK received an MA in French and Francophone Literature from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, and other publications.