Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

HERMAN AGUIRRE is a painter who received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Herman has been living and working in Chicago all his life. In recent years Herman has been exhibiting work in Chicago galleries and venues including Zolla Lieberman Gallery.

MAIA CHAO was born and raised in Providence, RI. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship. Her interdisciplinary practice is based in anthropological questions about the construction and maintenance of socio-cultural codes, systems, and institutions. She recently co-founded the independent museum program, Look at Art. Get Paid. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from RISD. 

Originally from Chicago, ESTEBAN DEL VALLE is an interdisciplinary based on the east coast, where he maintains an active studio and mural practice. DelValle completed his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and since then has exhibited internationally, working with galleries and organizations such as Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany; Fundacion-Taller Silvano Lora, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Superchief Gallery, Los Angles, CA.

JULIA GARTRELL is a sculptor and educator from Durham, North Carolina.  Julia received her MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in art from Kalamazoo College.  She has participated in residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, Arrowmont School of  Arts and Crafts, The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, and Ifitry Artist's Residency in Morocco. Julia has exhibited at Flux Factory, the Casablanca Biennale, Gelman Gallery, and other spaces throughout the North, Midwest and Southeast.

LYDIA HICKS’ wildlife photography has been published with National Geographic. Her cinematography has premiered at Sundance. A traveling filmmaker, Lydia’s contributions have taken her across the United States, beyond oceans into South Africa, Ecuador and Qatar. A connection with the animal kingdom and globally oppressive social-economic paradigms have led Lydia to become both educator and activist. She infuses insights into identity politics concerning generational poverty, race, gender and sexual orientation into her work. Current focus is on ‘Black in the Water’.

PETER GLENN OAKLEY is a stone sculptor from the mountains of North Carolina.  He has exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and Telfair Museums.  His works are held in private collections and museums throughout the United States.  Oakley is a North Carolina Artist Fellow and is represented by Flanders Projects in Raleigh, NC

JENNA PIRELLO was born in Boston, MA. She received her MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Boston University. Pirello is a painter who lives and works between Boston and Brooklyn

SIMONETTE QUAMINA was born in Ontario, Canada and raised in both South America and the Caribbean. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from the City College of New York. Her prints and drawings have been featured nationally in several group exhibitions. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Foundation of the Art Studio program and the Salem Art Works fellowship residency.

JACOB RIVKIN's sculptures and animations explore how we experience and internalize landscape. He received his BA from Vassar College and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Animation Block Party, and the National Museum of Australia. His awards include selection as a finalist for the anthropoScene Film Competition, a residency at the Hacktory, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Weitzel Barber Art Travel Prize.

ANNE CLARE ROGERS was born in Saint Paul, MN. She holds an MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from the University of Texas at Austin (2016) and a BA in Art History from Beloit College (2008). She had exhibited at numerous galleries nationally and internationally and was a 2015 Summer Fellow at Ox-Bow School of Art.

Writing Fellows

Poetry Fellow HANNAH BERESFORD, originally of the Helderberg Escarpment of upstate New York, earned her MFA from New York University after spending four years on red dirt as a D1 athlete at Oklahoma State. Her poems are published or forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Cimarron Review, Sycamore Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She serves as poetry editor for No Tokens.

Fiction Fellow BRENDAN BOWLES is from Toronto, Ontario. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto and an MFA in fiction from UMass Amherst. He was one of two Canadian nominations for PEN International’s New Voices Award in 2013, won The Toronto Star Short Story Contest in 2014 and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2016. His work has been published and produced for stage and radio.

APRIL FREELY has received fellowships and awards from the Ohio Arts Council, Vermont Studio Center, and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa, and her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Seneca Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. 

Poetry Fellow DAVID HUTCHESON grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He received his MFA from Hunter College in 2014, and moved to Durham, NC the following year. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares. 

Second-Year Fiction Fellow FRANCES HWANG is the author of the short story collection Transparency (Back Bay Books, 2007), which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and a PEN Open Book Award.  She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Colgate University, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her work has been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts and appeared in such publications as Best New American Voi

Fiction Fellow DAVID HOON KIM was educated in France and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in American Odysseys : Writings by New Americans, published by Dalkey Archive Press. He currently lives in California.

Fiction Fellow GABRIEL LOUIS grew up in Washington, D.C., has attended the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops, and received support from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ragdale, and VCCA. He has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from Washington University in St.

Fiction Fellow CHRISTA ROMANOSKY grew up in northern Appalachia. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. and B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a 2016 recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for fiction that focuses on rural female experiences.  Her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, the Kenyon Review Online, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere.

Poetry Fellow H.R. WEBSTER holds an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. While there she received a Civitas Fellowship for her work teaching poetry in Detroit Public Schools and served as an editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, Ecotone, Seattle Review, and The Massachusetts Review.  

Poetry Fellow CANDACE WILEY was born in South Carolina, graduated with her B.A. from Bowie State University, an H.B.C.U. in M.D., her M.A. from Clemson University, and her M.F.A. at the University of South Carolina. She is co-founder and director of The Watering Hole, a nonprofit that creates Harlem Renaissance-style spaces in the contemporary South. She is a Callaloo Fellow and former Fulbright Fellow to San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia.