Current Fellows

Visual Arts Fellows

Wilder Alison is an interdisciplinary artist and a 2016 graduate of the Bard MFA Painting program. In recent years, Alison has exhibited work in New York with 247365, Rachel Uffner, Culture Room, Primetime, and Garden Party Arts, among others. Alison has apprenticed at the Fabric Workshop & Museum and has participated in residencies at the Lighthouse Works, Ox-Bow, Fire Island Artist Residency, and the Lower East Side Printshop.  In 2016-17, Alison was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Coady Brown is an painter from Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale/Norfolk School of Art. Awards for her work include the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting, the Richard Cramer Color Award in Painting, and the Gianni Caproni Art Prize in Painting.

Sara Dittrich is an interdisciplinary artist based in Baltimore, Maryland.  She uses sculptural objects, musical performance, video, and interactive electronic technologies to investigate the dynamic rhythms of the body, and the interconnected patterns residing in everyday life.  She received her BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions, including venues such as Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI), and the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD).  Dittrich has also exhibited her work internationally in the Czech Republic where she studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

Cheyenne Julien (b. 1994) lives and works in The Bronx, and received her BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. Residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; the OxBow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI; the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT; BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY; and an upcoming residency at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Julien has had a recent two-person exhibition at Chapter NY, New York,NY, and a solo exhibition at Smart Objects, Los Angeles. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Karma, New York; Loyal Gallery, Stockholm; and White Cube Bermondsey, London. 

Arghavan Khosravi was raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Islamic Azad University of Tehran. She completed her MFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design after completing a post-baccalaureate program in studio art at Brandeis University. Khosravi's work is deeply connected to her own personal experience of the culture and politics of her homeland of Iran that probe both personal and political experiences by integrating historical motifs with imagery taken from popular culture and contemporary media.

Alina Perez (b. 1995) is a visual artist from Miami, Florida. Perez received her BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017, and is currently attending a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Perez has also participated in artist residencies at the OxBow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI in 2017, and with the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT in 2018. Her work has been exhibited at Monya Rowe Gallery in NY, NY, Andrew Edlin Gallery in NY, NY, and a two-person exhibition at Deli Gallery, NY,NY. Perez's work was recently featured in the 2019 Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA. 

SV Randall is an interdisciplinary artist from Buffalo, NY. He received his MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from VCU and his BFA from Alfred University. His work has been exhibited at David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY; the El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Ditch Projects, Eugene, OR; and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. SV is the recipient of the Toby Devin Lewis Fellowship Award and has most recently participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME and Sculpture Space, Utica, NY. Upcoming residencies included the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT; and Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Roswell, NM.

Sara Stern is an interdisciplinary artist from New York City. Her projects investigate the seams between public and private spaces, digital and physical things, people and buildings, users and systems. Stern received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University, and has exhibited and screened her work in the US, Austria, Germany, and Singapore, at venues including Anthology Film Archives, NY; the Museum of the Moving Image, NY; The Jewish Museum, NY; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. Her awards include the Fountainhead Fellowship in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University and the 2016 Best Film in the Category of Experimental and Conceptual at the Austrian American Short Film Festival.

Stephanie J Woods (b. 1990) is a multimedia artist working in sculpture, photography, and video. Rooted in Black American culture, her work considers how gender roles, racial signifiers, and beauty standards are accepted as social norms. Woods holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and is currently a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2018 – 2019. She served as an educator at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Arts Foundation Program, 2017 – 2018 and has attended several residencies including the 2018 Resident, ACRE Center for Diversity and Scholarship, Steuben, WI; McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC.; Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency; and Penland School of Crafts. Her work was notably recognized by the 2017 South Arts Fellowship, 2016-2017 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship, and the 2016 Arts Greensboro Regional Artist Project Grant. 





Rosey Ybarra is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture and performance. Originally from southern California, she received her BFA from Portland State University (2013) and MFA in Studio Arts from University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2018). Ybarra uses a feminist lens to investigate the ways the material world reflects and imbeds cultural ideology, and works to uncover the spiritual and emotional potential of objects. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a Kimmel Nelson Harding Artist Residency Award, Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award and Latinx Artist Visibility Award through the Ox-bow School of Art & Artist Residency. Her artwork and performances have been exhibited nationally. Ybarra considers herself an activist and a dreamer, she is most well-recognized by her uproarious laughter.

Writing Fellows

Fiction Fellow Praveen Krishna is a federal prosecutor from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School. His short stories have appeared in Asymptote, Prairie Schooner, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the "Distinguished Stories" section of The Best American Short Stories 2016.

Poetry Fellow Gabe Kruis is a New Mexican poet living and writing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. His work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Atlas Review, Poor Claudia, Everyday Genius, and at Well Greased Press. He is a cofounder of Wendy’s Subway and runs the Shitluck Reading series at the Tip Top Bar & Grill.

Fiction Fellow Kannan R. Mahadevan grew up in P.G. County, Maryland. He holds a fiction M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Racquet.

Poetry Fellow Sara Martin is working on a novel in verse called, They Wake Up Swinging. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana

Second-Year Poetry Fellow Philip Matthews is a poet from eastern North Carolina whose practice roots in site-specific ritual and performance. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Hemera Foundation, and the Wormfarm Institute, and his poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and High Chair, among other journals. He received his MFA Writing in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis.

Poetry Fellow Laura Neal was raised in rural South Carolina, earned an MFA from the University of Maryland, and a BA in creative writing from Bowie State University where she was editor of The Torch. She is the 2017 recipient of both the Stanley Plumly Thesis Award and the Academy of American Poets University Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review.

Fiction Fellow J. Stillwell Powers was born and raised in rural Massachusetts. A proud graduate of Greenfield Community College, he went on to earn his B.A. in English from Amherst College and his MFA in fiction from the University of Oregon. His fiction has been published in Willow Springs and Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, and his nonfiction has appeared on the Ploughshares Blog.

Second-Year Fiction Fellow Cecily Scutt lives literally halfway round the planet, in the southern hemisphere city of Perth, Western Australia. Her work appears in Australian literary journals Southerly, Westerly, Hecate, and indigo, and in Dreaming Down Under, which won a World Fantasy Award: in 2014 she was awarded the Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship for Fiction at Varuna in the Australian Blue Mountains. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Murdoch University, works with research writers, and is looking forward to all those oceans.

Originally from Alabama, Poetry Fellow Austin Segrest teaches poetry at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. His poetry can be found in Shenandoah, Ecotone, Image, Blackbird, The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, New England Review, and others

Fiction Fellow J. Preston Witt (B.A. University of Michigan, M.F.A The Ohio State University) has published in Ninth Letter, Able Muse, and The New Guard. He is a Luminarts Cultural Foundation fellow, a winner of the Able Muse Write Prize, and a former resident at PLAYA in Oregon. He lives in Brooklyn where he is currently teaching at City University of New York and working on a novel about the dangers of innocence.