Bookstein Projects in New York City has begun a wonderful series of profiles featuring the voices and works of some of their artists. The second in the series features Hiroyuki Hamada (Visual Arts Fellow 1995-1996) speaking from his studio sharing thoughts about his work, his inspiration and his process.
HIROYUKI HAMADA – ARTIST PROFILE
JENNIFER SULLIVAN – “WITHOUT LONELINESS”
Jennifer Sullivan (Visual Arts Fellow 2000-2001) had been scheduled for a two-person March exhibition – “Without Loneliness” – inside Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago. Due to the public gathering restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, their physical show has been postponed. In the meantime, you can stream her video works online.
CURRENT VISUAL ARTS FELLOW JAKE TROYLI ADDS HIS ARTWORK TO MILANO ART GUIDE’S “COLOURING BOOK”
To help make distancing and containment a little less burdensome in these challenging times, Rossella Farinotti and Gianmaria Biancuzzi invited contemporary artists from different generations to create images for “The Colouring Book” project. Jake Troyli’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2019-2020) image, Contortionism, is #0202. Everyone from home can browse the coloring book, download the A4-sized drawings to their devices or print them. Farinotti and Biancuzzi hope that, “coloring them will bring a bit of distraction to everyone quarantined at home – whether they’re alone, with family or with flatmates.”
THREE FINE ARTS WORK CENTER FELLOWS WIN 2020 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has just awarded three of its 2020 Fellowships to Work Center Fellows. The 175 Fellowships awarded this year to scholars, artists, and writers include: Michael Dickman (Poetry Fellow 2006-2007), Ada Limón (Poetry Fellow 2001-2002) and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian (Visual Arts Fellow 2016-2017).
EXPLORE FIRELEI BÁEZ’S SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTINGS ONLINE
Take a tour of Firelei Báez’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2017-2018) sold out show at the James Cohan Gallery in NYC and listen to her speak about her work and her ongoing process of using large-scale reproductions of found book pages, documents and maps as provocative backdrops for her new paintings.
SUMMER PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT WINS 2020 WHITING AWARD FOR POETRY
Diannely Antigua, a 2019 Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program scholarship recipient and author of Ugly Music – her debut book of poetry, was recently awarded a 2020 Whiting Award. Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, which are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
FIRELEI BÁEZ SELECTED AS THE ICA BOSTON’S 2020 WATERSHED ARTIST
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) recently selected Firelei Báez (Visual Arts Fellow 2103-2014) to open the 2020 season of its Watershed with a newly commissioned, monumental sculpture. This will be her largest sculptural installation to date. In her new work, the artist “reimagines ancient ruins as though the sea had receded from the Watershed floor to reveal the archeology of human history in the Caribbean.”
SUSAN CHOI WINS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRUST EXERCISE
Susan Choi (Writing Fellow 1997-1998) recently won the 2019 National Book Award for fiction for Trust Exercise, her novel set in the 1980s at a competitive performing arts school, where two students fall in love. The judges praised the novel for blending “the intellectual rigor of post-modern technique with a story that is timely, mesmerizing, and in the end, unsettling.” She was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 for her novel, American Woman.