Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) has just announced the appointment of April Freely (she/her/hers) (Writing Fellow 2018-2019) as its next Executive Director. Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) is an organization founded in 2011 which brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identifying emerging visual artists and poets to Fire Island, a place long-steeped in LGBTQ history, to create, commune, and contribute to the location's rich artistic history. “In this time of transformation, I am excited to learn and grow with this organization, building upon the impressive legacy FIAR has established as a home for LGBTQ+ artists and poets,” said Freely, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is now based in Harlem. “It is my honor to serve this vibrant and dedicated community of artists and allies, and I look forward to our work together.” Left photo: Gregor Haufbauer.
APRIL FREELY APPOINTED FIRE ISLAND ARTIST RESIDENCY’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST CANDICE LIN
In the recent issue of the Hyperallergic newsletter, Elisa Wouk Almino interviews artist Candice Lin (Visual Arts Fellow 2011-2012) as part of her ongoing “interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles.” Almino’s interviews lets readers “hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks.” This is the 30th installment of Almino’s wonderful Meet LA’s Art Community interview series. Photo above left: Georgia Arnold. Above right: System for a Stain, 2016, commissioned by Gasworks, installation view, "a materialist history of contagion," Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada, 2019 (photo by Jessica Wittman, courtesy the artist).
STEPHANIE J. WOODS AT THE HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER
Stephanie J. Woods (Visual Arts Fellow 2018-2019) is a guest artist in the extraordinary new exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture in Charlotte, NC. The exhibition, “Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City,” is a “bold, multi-regional, multi- disciplinary curatorial collaboration and exploration of the emergence of the "Creole City" as a local, regional and global phenomenon. The exhibition consists of twenty-five visual artists from seventeen (17) countries and two guest artists from North Carolina, including Stephanie Woods." The exhibition runs through January 2021. Woods is also a 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence at Oakwood Arts in Richmond, VA. Above left image: part of the artist’s “A Radiant Revolution” series. Above right image: Stephanie J. Woods, “Black Hair Studies,” hand-cut and pieced magazine collage.
LOUISE GLÜCK AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 2020
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 was just awarded to Louise Glück (Writing Fellow 1969-1970) "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." Glück is one of America’s most celebrated poets. She has written numerous poetry collections, many of which deal with the challenges of family life and growing older. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for The Wild Iris and was named the United States’ poet laureate in 2003. A new poetry collection, Winter Recipes From the Collective, that explores the indignities and the surreal comedy of aging and mortality, is forthcoming from FSG next year. Photo above: Katherine Wolkoff
JACQUELINE WOODSON AWARDED A 2020 MACARTHUR FELLOWSHIP
The MacArthur Foundation has just awarded Jacqueline Woodson (Writing Fellow 1991-1992) a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship. “The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their unrestricted fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.” Photo above: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
POET MARY GILLILAND TO READ FROM HER NEW CHAPBOOK
Mary Gilliland (Writing Fellow 1990-1991) will read from her new, Bright Hill Press award-winning chapbook, The Ruined Walled Castle Garden on Thursday, October 8 at 7PM via Zoom. Bright Hill Press will continue its 28th Word Thursdays season with live Zoom broadcasts every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
GEOFFREY CHADSEY – A VISUAL DIARY OF THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER
Geoffrey Chadsey (Visual Arts Fellow 2005-2006 and 2003-2004) is featured in a new story in The New York Times Style Magazine showcasing 10 of his recent Polaroid snapshots of the people he is closest to in life, and of an idyllic trip to Vermont during the last days of summer. Currently, Chadsey is working on a new series for an upcoming 2021 show at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Above left: “Angela”, above right: “David”
WE REMEMBER VARUJAN BOGHOSIAN
The artist Varujan Boghosian died peacefully at his home in Hanover, N.H. on September 21. He was 94. “We mourn the loss of Varujan Boghosian, a long-time friend and great supporter of the Work Center who participated in countless monoprint auctions, working with Mike Mazur, me and others. He was a cherished and valued member of our arts community. He will be greatly missed,” says Bert Yarborough, Chair, Visual Arts Committee. Selected works can be found at Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
TROY MICHIE PORTFOLIO FEATURED IN THE PARIS REVIEW
The latest issue of The Paris Review features the work of artist Troy Michie (Visual Arts Fellow 2016-2017), whose interdisciplinary paintings and collages are featured both on the cover of no. 234 and in a portfolio. Michie, who was raised in El Paso, Texas, tells editor Emily Nemens, “The atmosphere that I grew up in has played such a huge role in the way I see the world. When you grow up in a border community, it’s not abnormal to go to school with people from Mexico, or to speak Spanish, or to witness two cultures amalgamate, which ultimately I see as a collage. Many of my compositions seem a little formal, emphasizing geometric abstraction. I think a lot about delineation and boundaries. Oftentimes, when I’m crossing materials over another line or a grid that I’ve established, I’m considering the threshold of the border. But it’s important for me that it’s… I can’t really think of a better word than complicated.” Above right: In the Margins, 2019, mixed-media, 48” x 33” x 1”
UCA EVENT WILL FEATURE AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN AJA GABEL
The University of Central Arkansas College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host artist-in-residence Aja Gabel (Writing Fellow 2012-2013) for a series of events on Tuesday, September 29. Throughout the day, Gabel will read from The Ensemble, her novel about the life and times of a classical string quartet and discuss her work and own life while playing music, host a craft talk with undergraduate creative writing students, and hold a masterclass with creative writing students in the Master of Fine Arts program. Individuals may listen and participate via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.