2022 spring fellows

Malanya Graham

Malanya Graham

NY, NY
they/them

Malanya Graham is a painter, cultural worker, and native New Yorker of Jamaican descent. Their art shares genderqueer narratives of connection, separation, and transformation. By creating, Malanya continually answers the question, “How can we be present in our lives right now?” Guided by memories and dreams, they believe that creativity, courage, and imagination is vital to the future of Black queer and trans people. They are the Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Inyang Essien

Inyang Essien

Dallas, TX
she/her

Inyang is a fine art photographer. She is a 2021 Nasher Artist Grant recipient and 2021 Juanita J. Craft Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, she has participated in talks and exhibitions throughout the United States. Common themes in her work include exploring identity through culture and transformation.

Mimi Bai

Mimi Bai

NY, NY
she/her

Mimi Bai is a sculptor born in Xi'an, China, and living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her practice encompasses objects, film, drawing, printmaking, and installation. Using the imagery of ghosts and camouflage, Bai’s work engages with ideas of labor, assimilation, invisibility/hyper-visibility, and survival as both a lived reality and fantasy. She is currently in post-production on her first short film, 'Hide and See.' IG @meemeebye

Mor Cohen

Mor Cohen

Austin, TX
she/her

Mor Cohen is an award-winning Israeli actress and filmmaker. As an immigrant creative living in the United States, her work naturally revolves around the concept of identity and explores the mental, emotional, and psychological struggles our generation faces as the fragile infrastructure of society crumbles under our feet. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is meant to inspire thought and reflection while bringing injustice to the surface and poking holes in outdated systems. She believes that progress is inevitable and artists are here to make sure it is beautiful and just.

Anel Flores

Anel Flores

San Antonio, TX
She/Her//They/Them

Anel I. Flores is a contemporary Chicana/x Lesbiana/x artist, author and metalsmith. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 1998, her Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from Goddard College in Plainsfield, VT and studied metal smithing in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, MEX. Her literary, visual art and speaking work has been widely acknowledged with awards, appearances, lectures, exhibitions, and publications.

Carissa Samaniego

Carissa Samaniego

New Mexico
she/her

Carissa Samaniego is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in New Mexico (USA). Her artwork explores the intersection of place and identity through family traditions, generational knowledge, cultural ephemera, and land-based history. She works internationally with recent projects at Galerie Katovy-Klenova (Czech Republic), Kidwelly Industrial Museum (Wales), Franconia Sculpture Park (MN), Union Hall (CO), and Texas State Galleries (TX).

Eli Farinango

Eli Farinango

Based between New York City, Toronto, Quito, Ecuador
she/her

Eli Farinango is a Kichwa artist and visual storyteller, born in Kichwa territory (Quito, Ecuador) and raised in Turtle Island (Canada). Through her practice she explores the vastness and beauty of the healing journey while making intentional space to reclaim ancestral memory through the image. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography, recipient of the Photographers Without Borders & Sony Scholarship, Jan Mulder scholarship (ICP), and a 2021 Women Photograph Grantee.

Floco Torres

Floco Torres

Akron, OH
he/him

Floco Torres is a Hip-Hop Musician, 1/2 of the Hip-Hop duo Free Black!, Producer & Community Outreach Director. Torres' career took flight in 2011 when he received a $25,000 grant to produce the '10,000 Hours EP' w/ Grammy Nominated Producer/Percussionist Steve Moretti. Additionally, his song 'Cherry Street' went on to win 6 ADDY awards and a Mosaic award for diversity. Since his debut release 'Another World' in 2006, he has played shows with Gym Class Heroes, Chester French, Slick Rick, Raekwon, KRS-One, Black Moon, Black Milk, Desiigner, and Amine.

Arao Ameny

Arao Ameny

Maryland
she/her

Arao Ameny is a writer and poet from Lira, Lango region, Northern Uganda. She is currently a Biography Writer and Editor at the Poetry Foundation. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from U. of Baltimore, an MA in Journalism from Indiana University, and a BA in Political Science from U. of Indianapolis. Her poem “Home is a Woman” won The Southern Review’s 2020 James Olney Award; she was also a finalist for the UK-based 2021 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and nominated for the 2021 Best New Poets.

Malena Dayen

Malena Dayen

NY, NY
she/her

Malena Dayen is an Argentinian opera singer and director. In 2020 she won the 1st Prize in Catapult Opera’s competition for innovation in opera and The Late Walk, a new opera commissioned by the Decameron Opera Coalition she directed for Bare opera has been inducted into The Library of Congress's Performing Arts COVID-19 Response Collection. Malena co-created The Presence of Odradek, a new experimental operatic work performed live online in May 2020.

Xirin

Xirin

NY, NY
she/her

Xirin is an Iranian, New-York based multidisciplinary artist whose work studies the tensions embodied within normative romance, emphasizing the ways idealistic notions of attachment cause pain. In her work (composed of performance, painting, video, and installation), she frequently uses the form of the duet to explore how larger social power structures locate themselves within intimate relationships and to investigate what it means to love men as a feminist within patriarchy. Recently, Xirin has performed at CUE Art Foundation, A.I.R. Gallery, the ‪Jewish Museum‬, ‪Knockdown Center‬, and ‪Pioneer Works‬.

Jelisa Jay Robinson

Jelisa Jay Robinson

Houston, Texas
she/her

Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Black American playwright from Houston, Texas.  Her plays have been performed in Houston, Austin, New York, Chicago, Creede and San Marcos.  She is a semifinalist for the Bucharest Inside the Beltway Virtual Residency (2021), and a finalist for La Mansion Baldwin Writers Residency in France (2020).

Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson

Barcelona, Spain
he/him

Rich Johnson is a performing artist, social entrepreneur, and creative technologist with a passion for synthesizing information and ideas into creative action, and bringing the arts to all. He is currently based in Barcelona, Spain and co-founded Centrifuge Arts, an interdisciplinary arts company creating film, theatre and mixed reality inspired by science.

Abinadi Meza

Abinadi Meza

Austin, Texas
he/him

Abinadi Meza is a Latinx-Indigenous (Wixárika) experimental filmmaker and sound artist based in Austin, Texas. Meza studied art, creative writing, and architecture; he makes experimental films, pirate radio, paintings/drawings, installations, and performances.

Zoey Watson

Zoey Watson

Phoenix, AZ
she/her

Zoey Watson is a writer, artist and zinester based in the Phoenix metro area. She recently launched Writing Club for Writers, a virtual group writing practice for anyone who wants to write, but isn’t.

Tanika I. Williams

Tanika I. Williams

Brooklyn, NY
she/her

Tanika I. Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and performance artist. She investigates women’s use of movement, mothering and medicine to produce and pass on ancestral wisdoms of ecology, spirituality and liberation. Williams holds a BA from Eugene Lang College, New School and MDiv from Union Theological Seminary. Williams has been awarded residencies at New York Foundation for the Arts, Hi-ARTS, and BRIC and featured on 99.5 WBAI; and in Art in Odd Places; Creative Time; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Civic Art Lab, GreenspaceNYC, among others.

Emília Duarte

Emília Duarte

Mozambique-Maputo
she/her

Emília Duarte is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Mozambique-Maputo, born in Moscow-Russia; childhood and adolescence lived in Italy-Rome and it’s there where she gained love for art and beauty. Her art is the expression of the beauty of things in her surroundings - the built environment-Black Women in their daily lives, relationships and emotions. Emilia Duarte holds a degree in organizational psychology, a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology, a degree in journalism and has a background in fashion design.

L. Renée

L. Renée

Columbus, OH
she/her

L. Renée is a poet and nonfiction writer whose Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets-nominated work has been published in Tin House Online, Poet Lore, the minnesota review, Women of Appalachia Project’s anthology, Women Speak: Volume 6, and elsewhere. She won the Appalachian Review’s Denny C. Plattner Award, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Alumni Award, and is a 2021 Rattle Poetry Finalist. She earned a MFA in Poetry at Indiana University, where she served as Nonfiction Editor of the Indiana Review, and a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was a Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Moore Fellow.

Eboni Johnson

Eboni Johnson

Dallas, Texas
she/her

As a FUBU creative, Eboni is a storyteller driven to build a platform for communities of color by any means necessary. Recently completing her MFA in Documentary Production and Studies at the U. of North Texas, Eboni continues to diversify her portfolio with award-winning audio documentary, Good Soil, Good Souls: The Story of Bonton Farms, and is currently in the development phase of her community storytelling mobile app, West Dallas AR. As the new Engagement Manager at Black Public Media, Eboni is dedicated to building bridges of resources for her fellow BIPOC creatives.

Sonia Louise Davis

Sonia Louise Davis

New York, NY
she/her

Born and raised in New York City, Sonia Louise Davis is a visual artist, writer and performer. Her newest book, “slow and soft and righteous, improvising at the end of the world (and how we make a new one)” 2021, was published by Co—Conspirator Press, a publishing platform that operates out of the Feminist Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. An honors graduate of Wesleyan University and alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Sonia lives and works in Harlem. (Photo credit: Naima Green, 2021)

Bianca Janine Pettis

Bianca Janine Pettis

Minneapolis, MN
she/her

Bianca Janine Pettis is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked as a professional actress, playwright, visual artist, performance artist and sound artist. She holds a BA in Theatre from Antioch College, an MFA in Fine Art from the U, of MN and is currently pursuing an MFA in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices at the CA Institute of the Arts. As part of the sound art duo Beatrix*Jar, she has toured the country leading hands-on Circuit Bending Workshops paired with live sound collage performances and events they call “Audio Playgrounds” inspired by Improvisational Theater and the Fluxus Art Movement.

Laura Drey

Laura Drey

Texas
she/her

Laura Drey is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Houston, TX. She weaves textiles in use in the commerce and farming industry—polypropylene sacking, burlap, and twist ties—into the strands of expansive narratives that explore themes of labor and movement, geography, government, race, class, and economics. Awards include a grant from The Warhol Foundation's Idea Fund Spark Grant for her performance reading project, Unsettled Space—by way of crops, and a nominated residency for 2021, Artist on Site with Asia Society Texas. IG: @Lauradreyart

Jennifer Perrine

Jennifer Perrine

Portland, OR
they/them

Jennifer Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Their recent poems, stories, and essays appear in New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, JuxtaProse, The Rumpus, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. Perrine lives in Portland, Oregon, where they co-host the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teach creative writing to youth and adults, and serve as a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) consultant.

Greg Ballenger

Greg Ballenger

Santa Fe, NM
he/him

Greg Ballenger is a Diné artist from Gallup, NM. He utilizes paint, clay, concrete, fiber, and performance to express his culture and perspective. He is currently based in Santa Fe, NM.

Sarah Sao Mai Habib

Sarah Sao Mai Habib

Santa Fe, NM
she/her

Sarah Sao Mai Habib is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and cultural worker. Her work engages the interaction between place, space, body, and the constructed borders within & between them. Most recently, Habib is focused on reawakening earth based wisdom & ritual as means for reparations on multiple scales. ig: @retrovoyance

Tina Chavera

Tina Chavera

Denver, Colorado
she/her

Tina Chavera, a Mexican-American artist based in Denver, Colorado, draws on her native ancestral heritage to channel healing through a specialized crochet technique that binds natural fibers together. She holds an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, NY where she interned with Caledonia Curry (Swoon). She has had solo exhibitions in Brooklyn, NY and Denver with her stencil work featured in the pilot episode for the series Broad City. www.instagram.com/clearlycrocheted

Eriko Tsogo

Eriko Tsogo

Colorado
she/her

Eriko Tsogo is an artist, curator, educator and DACA recipient born on the steppes of Mongolia – she is represented  by Tappan Collective in Los Angeles and Saatchi in New York. Eriko has worked as the Creative Director at the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado where she founded and continues to run the “International Yurt Art Residency Program”.  Eriko has exhibited at the Contemporary Mongolian Art Biennial: Innovating Tradition, Superfine Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Saatchi's The Other Art Fairs. Her interactive installation “Mongovoo” debuted at Meow Wolf, Denver in 2021.

Daya Stanley

Daya Stanley

Colorado
she/her

Daya Stanley is a visual artist from Chicago, Il, creating artistic works focused on reimagining the mundane as vibrant and flowing narratives. Her work has been a part of the Boston InPUBLIC Festival and Colorado Chautauqua's Art In The Park Wildfire Protection and Recovery Project.

Melika Dave

Melika Dave

NY, NY

Melika Dave is a multi-media artist and organizer working within the realms of painting, audio, poetry, and design. Melika is a 2021 Still Standing Artist in Residence and the founder of the emerging artist community Public Fruit.

Taylor Jackson

Taylor Jackson

Houston, Texas
they/them

Taylor Jackson is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Houston, Texas who focuses primarily on portrait illustration and 2D animation. Their artwork has been featured in galleries at Texas Southern University and Houston Community College.

ambar michal

ambar michal

Washington, DC

i am a transdisciplinary healing artist, who swims in sonics, somatics, and psychedelics, in search of soul soothing. by virtue of music, movement, and medicinal magic, we make for multidimensional adventures that activate all five senses (and more !) to evoke euphoria in those we touch. together we integrate practices to guide our own art-making modes and methods for connection with self, one another, mother earth, and the pure source of creation.

Annie Y. Saldaña

Annie Y. Saldaña

San Juan, Puerto Rico
she/her/ella

Annie Y. Saldaña is a photographer and arts administrator with a BA in Graphics Arts from the U. of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Photography from Miami International University of Art and Design. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany, attended various arts administrator and leadership programs and has received artist grants to further pursue creative projects. In addition to being a photographer, Saldaña has taught photography and graphic design and is currently Digitization Specialist at The General Archives of Puerto Rico.

Isabella Marie Garcia

Isabella Marie Garcia

Miami, Florida
she/her/ella

Isabella Marie Garcia (Isa) is a writer and photographer who received her BA in English from Florida International University in 2019. She divides her time between working at LnS Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Coconut Grove, as an associate / artist liaison and as a freelance arts and culture writer whose written for publications such as The Miami New Times, The Art Newspaper, and So To Speak: A feminist journal of language and art. Her work incorporates both an internal and external form of psychogeography, keen on investigating sexuality, the queer experience, and the impact of systemic constraints on the expression of the self, @isamxrie on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter

Hanna Wondmagegn

Hanna Wondmagegn

North Carolina
She/Her/Hers

Hanna Wondmagegn is an Ethiopian-U.S. American currently based in North Carolina. Her work seeks to complicate narratives while uplifting story partners and viewers. She has traveled to 14 countries and across the United States, telling visual stories of the people she meets.

Francheska Alcantara

Francheska Alcantara

Tulsa, OK
they/them

An Afro-Caribbean-non-binary person raised-by-their-grandmother, Francheska is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tulsa, OK. They are a  fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and recently received the Interchange Artist Grant by the Mid-America Arts Alliance for a project titled Ears to the Ground: An Ethnography of Material, Sound, and Conversations.

Imani Mixon

Imani Mixon

Detroit, MI
She/her

Imani Mixon was born and raised at the magnetic center of the world’s cultural compass — Detroit, Michigan. She is a long-form storyteller who is inspired by everyday griots who bear witness to their surroundings and report it back out. Equal parts urgent and essential, her multimedia work centers the experiences of Black women and independent artists.

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

Georgia
she/her

A daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Stephanie Brown grew up in South Florida at the intersection of her Jamaican and Black American identities. Broadly her work is a reflection of her internal self/ancestral exploration. The work is a historical yet critical investigation of identity construction and implicit and explicit bias. Stephanie identifies as an interdisciplinary artist interweaving mediums to narrate a greater contextual story rooted in historical research and familial narratives that aim to empower people of color to discover themselves and take control of who they choose to be and become.

Jessa Jordan

Jessa Jordan

Philadelphia, PA

Jessa Jordan (noun) – A fearless, sarcastic,non-monogamous bisexual Black femme learning, living and loving in Philadelphia, PA, USA making ends meet as an independent model, actress,performer, writer, sexuality educator, indie event coordinator and ReproductiveJustice, Human Rights and Sex Worker’s Rights advocate. Published in the likesof Shout Your Abortion, HUSTLERMagazine, NASTYVol. 2, and SubvrtMag, she is now working on her first fiction novel, several short eroticastories, and the I’veGot A Playlist For That! podcast. Instagram | Twitter

Klaudia Kovács

Klaudia Kovács

Los Angeles, CA
she/her

Klaudia Kovács is an award-winning, Hungarian American immigrant Film & Theater Director. Kovács directed, produced, and wrote the story of TORN FROM THE FLAG, that participated in the Oscar competition in the "Best Documentary" category. The eight-time-award-winning picture is about the Cold War and the decline of Communism. Kovács and her work have been awarded with the Hero of the Freedom Fight Award by the President of the Republic of Hungary; a Certificate of Celebration for Contribution to Cinema, Art and Culture by the City of Los Angeles; and a project of hers was selected for AFI FEST’s Milestone Selection.

Alice Mizrachi

Alice Mizrachi

NY, NY

Alice Mizrachi is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York and Miami. Alice’s activist ideology is weaved into her studio, public art, and education practices. She has shown with the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Albright-Knox Museum; taught at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brown University, The Laundromat Project, and BRIC Arts while also being featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Architectural Digest. Alice is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. https://www.instagram.com/am_nyc/

Yeeman "ManMan" Mui 梅綺雯

Yeeman "ManMan" Mui 梅綺雯

Los Angeles, CA
they/them/ManMan

ManMan is a taiko performance artist, genre-pushing composer, and Orff-certified educator who uplifts marginalized voices through artistic expression. Driven by their identity as a queer, non-binary, neurodivergent, immigrant and a proud Hong Kong Chinese, ManMan fosters creative spaces that propergates inclusivity, celebrates cultural diversity, and builds a sustainable future for the marginalized communities worldwide.

Wi-Moto Nyoka

Wi-Moto Nyoka

Philadelphia, PA

Wi-Moto Nyoka is an award winning horror and sci-fi writer. She is the founder of Dusky Projects, creating and producing horror & sci-fi content for young adult and adult audiences. She holds a BFA in Music Theater from the University of the Arts, and an MFA for Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College.

2022 speakers

Sheetal Prajapati

Sheetal Prajapati is an educator, artist and advisor. Currently she  works as an arts advisor through her agency Lohar Projects, focusing on public engagement, artist projects, organizational planning and professional development. She serves on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Fine Arts program and is the Board Chair of Art and Feminism. Previously, Sheetal spent fifteen years developing public programming, outreach, and artist-centered initiatives at organizations including Pioneer Works (Brooklyn), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Sheetal speaks about art and practice, public engagement, and pedagogy across the country in cultural spaces including Residency Unlimited, The Museum of Modern Art, The High Line, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Creative Time, and University of North Carolina Greensboro amongst others. As an artist, she has held residencies at Wassaic Project (New York), Pocoapoco (Mexico), Strange Foundation (New York), Elsewhere Museum (North Carolina) and Arquetopia Foundation (Mexico).  

As a field advisor, Sheetal has served on review and selection panels for artist grants, residencies and fellowships at organizations like The Laundromat Project, Apex Art, The Joyce Foundation, Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts amongst others. Through her agency Lohar Projects, she has worked with clients including Times Square Arts, Grounds for Sculpture, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Eyebeam Center for Technology. Part of her agency's work also includes developing and leading professional development seminars for artists at places like Creative Capital, KODA, and The Joan Mitchell Center. Sheetal received an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Northwestern University in History and Gender Studies.  For more, visit sheetalprajapati.com.

Brandee Caoba

Brandee Caoba is an artist, curator, and visual activist. Her curatorial practice introduces narratives that prompt dialogue on social change, raise political consciousness, and propose alternate ways of seeing and thinking. Her studio practice explores primal being, the collective unconscious, absence, shadow and the transformative power of masks and mythologies. As curator at SITE Santa Fe she has organized an extensive run of exhibitions over the past eight years, working with national and internationalto address issues of climate disruption, global displacement, privatized prison systems, and feminism.

Paddy Johnson

Paddy Johnson is the founder of VVrkshop, an online platform that helps artists get the shows, residencies and grants of their dreams. She is the editor of the forthcoming book Impractical Spaces, the founding editor of the contemporary art blog Art F City (2005-2018), and co-founder of the Queens public art program PARADE (2018-2019). As the first recipient of the Arts Writers Grant for blogging in 2008, and a two-time nominee for Best Critic at the Rob Pruitt Awards in 2009 and 2010, Johnson is a recognized writer and online talent. She won the Village Voice Web Award for best Art Blog in 2010 and in 2011. In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile. Johnson has contributed to The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Economist, CNN, VICE, Gizmodo, Observer, Frieze Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Art Newspaper, and Hyperallergic. She was a columnist for Artnet, The L Magazine, and Art in America. Lecturing across the country, Johnson’s talks take place at venues such as Yale, The Chicago Art Institute, Rutgers, Columbia University, The Museum of Fort Worth, the De La Cruz Foundation and the SXSW conference. She teaches new media art and writing at Parsons and NJCU. She lives in New York with her partner. 

Estrella Esquilín

Estrella Esquilín is a multi-disciplinary artist, arts administrator, and cultural strategist with experience working at large and small universities, local government and nonprofit organizations. Esquilín’s applied creative practices have been intuitively rooted in spatial justice with a curiosity for how people interact with, relate to, and impact each other in built and natural environments. As a cultural strategist, she embraces a guiding question, “how could it feel to be welcomed into a space designed for you?” She embeds her values of social justice, racial equity, and inclusion into her studio practice, administrative processes, program design, and creative professional development to narrow gaps of inequity within arts and culture. Esquilín holds a Master of Fine Art degree in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute.

Carolina Aranibar

Carolina is a Bolivian-born multi-media artist. Her artistic practice fuses video installation and oral storytelling with fiber and craft techniques. Her work traces flows of capital–cartography, maritime trade, cash crops, and industrial metals– across bodies-of-water from the perspectives of the native, gendered, and racialized bodies that move it. That is, she re-embodies capital exposing how contemporary markets insidiously hide historical oppression. Imperialism to colonialism, and now capitalism. Her installations are minted, projected, gilded, casted, woven, beaded, filmed, stepped-on, and crushed, but always spoken-for and register at various levels of action & passivity, and visibility & representation.

Evelyn Huang

Evelyn is the co-founder and COO at Ruby Money. She was previously CMO at Sunrun, Head of Design Strategy at Capital One, and a lecturer at the Stanford d.school. She also runs her teaching side-hustle, Become a Kickass Facilitator.

Frank Rose

Frank Rose is a creative conductor, passionate about facilitating avenues of support for artists and orchestrating events and experiences that cultivate community, beauty, and wonder. He founded Gallery 1724, a community art space in Houston in 2005. Frank holds a degree in Digital Media and has exhibited in several exhibitions in the US, China, and South Korea. He served as Press Coordinator for Foto Fest, the largest photography festival in the US and was the Publisher of Arts Houston Magazine before moving to Santa Fe in 2008. Frank co-founded form & concept in 2016 and opened Hecho a Mano in 2019. Frank loves expanding consciousness, hiking, good coffee, and tacos.

2021 fellows

 Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks

San Marcos, TX

FAYLITA (she/her/they/them) is a queer Afro-Latinx activist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist born in Gardena, CA, but raised in Central Texas. They are the former Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, a 2020-2022 Texas Touring Artist, and the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry and others. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Broadway Advocacy, and the Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists. Hicks received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University. They are represented by literary agent Annie Hwang of Ayesha Pande Literary and Pande Lecture Management.

Haydee Alonso

Haydee Alonso

El Paso, TX

Haydee Alonso is a multidisciplinary artist based in Juarez/El Paso. She completed her MFA in Jewelry and Metal from the Royal College of Art and earned a BFA in Metals and Sculpture from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Her work has been included in the Texas Biennial, New York City Jewelry Week, Munich Jewellery Week and has been acquired by the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. She has exhibited in institutions such as The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, the Women’s Museum, Dallas, 516 Arts, Albuquerque and Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands,
Currently, Haydee designs/fabricates contemporary jewelry for her brand AYAYAY! and continues to develop various conceptual bodies of work where she continues to explore creative solutions for a divided space.

Daisy Quezada Ureña

Daisy Quezada Ureña

Santa Fe, NM

Daisy Quezada Ureña is a visual artist and educator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Within her practice, she integrates clay and social engagement as a process of resistance and resurgence. She talks to identity and place in relation to social structures that cross imposed borders. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally: Denver Art Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Icheon Ceramics Festival, and Hubei Institute of Fine Arts. A co-founder of Present Cartographers, a collective invested in creating platforms for artists working within themes of immigration and land, they recently published Terreno: Borderland Linguistics and bosque brotante.

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Houston, TX

D.E.E.P. is an internationally-known writer, educator, activist, performer, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, Her most recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination and was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and an honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. A German translation, under the title "Berichtenswert," is set to be released in Fall 2021 by Elif Verlag. She lives and creates in Houston, TX. For more information visit LiveLifedeep.com

Amber Doe

Amber Doe

Tucson, AZ

Amber Doe holds a BFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a recipient of the 2021 Abbey Awards Fellowship and a recipient of 2017 and 2016 Lyman Fund Grant. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Museums, Seattle, the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, The Irwin House Gallery, Detroit, The LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, MCLA Gallery, MA, and a solo performance exhibition at The Thief Hotel, Oslo.

Ana Barajas Riano

Ana Barajas Riano

Austin, TX

Ana is a singer/songwriter and producer originally from Colombia who started her career in the Colombian heavy metal scene. After moving to Austin, TX she became interested in traditional Latin music. Since then she’s been performing locally in different acoustic ensembles. At the same time she developed her studies in music production and started working on her solo project, developing a very personal approach to her craft. She is also the cofounder of two music projects. The first is 1020 Music Lab, a company dedicated to creating music for audiovisual projects, advertising and institutional videos. And the second is RadioCasetera.com, a digital media project dedicated to creating podcasts, interviews and articles for Latin America.

 Sean Paul Gallegos

Sean Paul Gallegos

Albuquerque, NM

Sean Paul spent 17 years in NYC building his art career while working in costume and fashion industries. His work was acquired by the Albuquerque Museum for their permanent collection and exhibition “American Jewelry of New Mexico” 2018. He won third place Best of Show at the Amarillo Art Museum’s Biennial 600: Textile + Fiber 2019. A 2020 recipient of the Fulcrum Fund and ArtistRelief.org emergency grants. Gallegos is currently studying tablet and tapestry weaving as both an evolution to his sneaker sculpture practice and a connection to his paternal lineage of New Mexican weavers. Gallegos has been an Albuquerque based artist for 9 years.

Christian Gering

Christian Gering

Santa Fe, NM

Christian Gering is a multi-media artist hailing from Katishyta (San Felipe Pueblo) and the Pi’pil people of El Salvador. His creative inspiration is linked to his passion for movement. As a professional mountain runner for Salomon, he takes his experiences of running up peaks, down arroyos, and across a variety of landscapes and translates those feelings, emotions, ideas, and visions and manifests them into the physical world. A creative in motion leaving behind imprints of imagination and inspiration.

S. Erin Batiste

S. Erin Batiste

Santa Fe, NM

S. Erin is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and scholar. Author of Glory to All Fleeting Things, this year she is also a 2021 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and 2021 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Writer in Residence. Her other recent honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference–Rona Jaffe Foundation, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Puerto del Sol among other decorated journals.

Andrea Vargas-Mendoza

Andrea Vargas-Mendoza

Santa Fe, NM

Andrea was born and raised on the California coast. Urban environments rich with murals and diversity influenced her early palette and affection for community histories and social justice. After she received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley in pre-law, she was able to commit to her purpose in the arts. As a Chicana, she found home in Santa Fe - a place that values multiculturalism, multilingualism and cultural heritage. To date, she produces artwork and installations that focus on ecological relationships, and aspects of transformation. She is represented by King Galleries and uses bold mark making to proclaim her reverence for the lands and elements of the southwest.

Diego Medina

Diego Medina

Santa Fe, NM

Diego Medina Diego is from one of the original families from the historic Mesquite district, the old Pueblo for the Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe near Las Cruces. The tribe was formed from all of the Native communities that were living together in the missions of Paso del Norte—the area between Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces—which included a distinctive and special fusion of various Indigenous cultures that were either living in the region already, or brought to the missions, often as slaves. Diego mixes mythology with elements of prayer to create visual narratives, often accompanied by poetry, that supplant the cultural history and imagery within the present landscape. Diego has worked both as a public school teacher and as a museum educator for the past 6 years. He currently works at the Indian Arts Research Center and also designs and photographs for Shy Natives, a Native owned clothing company. instagram: @daydreamboy

Shayla Blatchford

Shayla Blatchford

Santa Fe, NM

Shayla is a documentary/commercial photographer, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Growing up in California, Shayla had little exposure to her Native heritage; this sparked a curiosity within her that continues to propel her work today. Her mother’s genealogical investigation was a launching pad that began her journey to establish a connection with her ancestors and their ways of living. “It can be difficult to take a vision from paper to finished project. I have the ability to help people tell their stories and providing that service is a way to share instances of beauty with the world.”

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Santa Fe, NM

Jeremy Thomas grew up in the Midwest. In High School he participated in the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute working with renowned artists, Deloss McGraw, and Robert Zakanitch/Rahway. He holds a BFA from the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, where he interned with artist Tom Joyce. His inflated sculptures are included in institutions such as the Albright-Knox Gallery and the Fredrick Wiesman Art Foundation. He has produced public commissions for organizations such as the University of Arkansas, and the W C Bradley Corporation, and had solo exhibitions in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Munich. Jeremy is currently working on his first solo exhibition in the Republic of Korea and is represented by five galleries on three continents.

 Lynnette Haozous

Lynnette Haozous

Albuquerque, NM

Lynnette Haozous is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe (Chiricahua Apache), and is part Diné, and Taos Pueblo. She grew up living on all three of her tribal nations, learning a unique blend of perspectives, intersectionalities, traditions, and experiences. She works in paintings, murals, installations, community art workshops, and previously acting on stage and film. Haozous has a Bachelors of Social Work degree and often blends her social work and art through teaching. Haozous is currently exhibiting at MOCNA in Santa, Fe and the Harwood Museum in Taos. Haozous is also currently doing a year long apprenticeship, mentored by artist, muralist, Nanibah Chacon, through the Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellowship 2020.

Julia Barbosa Landois

Julia Barbosa Landois

Houston, TX

Julia is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX, whose work teases profundity and absurdity from the everyday and examines the relationship between the intimate and the public. Her performances, videos, installations, and works on paper have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe and her residency awards have included the Santa Fe Art Institute, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, and Lawndale Art Center. In 2019, she received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures to co-create MantecaHTX, the nation's first online directory of Latinx creatives. In addition to being a studio artist, Barbosa Landois has also worked as a professor, exhibitions coordinator, grant writer, garden educator, and math tutor.

Jaewook Lee

Jaewook Lee

Flagstaff, AZ

Jaewook is an artist, writer, amateur scientist, semi-philosopher, and sometime curator. Lee is the founder and director of Mindful Joint, an annual symposium that focuses on non-hierarchical knowledge sharing in contemporary art. Lee has participated in exhibitions, talks, performances, and screenings at Hong-Gah Museum in Taiwan, Art Sonje Center in Seoul , the Guggenheim Museum in New York, MEINBLAU Projektraum in Berlin, among others. Sculpture Magazine featured the oeuvre of Lee’s work in May 2017. Lee received MFAs from Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Visual Arts. Lee previously taught at the University of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), and SUNY Old Westbury. Lee is an assistant professor of New Media Art at Northern Arizona University.

 Arista Slater-Sandoval

Arista Slater-Sandoval

Santa Fe, NM

Arista has a BFA in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. After completing a BFA, she attended the College of Art and Design at Lesley University where she obtained a MFA in Fine Art Photography. Since 2016, she teaches full time at the Institute of American Indian Art. She continues to work in alternative photographic processes and approaches while tackling large issues in feminine and multi-racial representation, domestic spheres and intimate relationships.

 Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

Phoenix, AZ

Carolina is a Bolivian-born multi-media artist. Her artistic practice fuses video installation and oral storytelling with fiber and craft techniques. Her work traces flows of capital–cartography, maritime trade, cash crops, and industrial metals– across bodies-of-water from the perspectives of the native, gendered, and racialized bodies that move it. That is, she re-embodies capital exposing how contemporary markets insidiously hide historical oppression. Imperialism to colonialism, and now capitalism. Her installations are minted, projected, gilded, casted, woven, beaded, filmed, stepped-on, and crushed, but always spoken-for and register at various levels of action & passivity, and visibility & representation.

Cory Feder

Cory Feder

Santa Fe, NM

Raised between a mother from South Korea and a father from the Bronx, Cory Feder has always found herself amongst the in between of culture, identity and language. A storyteller at heart, she uncovers the magic hidden in the mundane by reweaving threads of her experience into a fence-less dialect. This excavation takes place in various mediums from drawing and sculpture to music and animation. Existing halfway between America and Korea, Feder has been explicitly marked as “the other”. Her stories explore how one’s relationship to the other is a mirror to one’s relationship to the self. Whether it is between cities, material or the self and other, she operates from a space of perpetual transit, transforming meaning from both public mythologies and personal dreams to communicate in a form that is inclusive of all beings.

2021 speakers

Marquise Stillwell

Marquise Stillwell

Marquise Stillwell, the founder and principal of Openbox, created a company that represents a culmination of 20+ years of experience. The Openbox vision is, above all,people-centered: focused on improving the lives of people in the communities its clients serve, whether through extensive business design work; deep resources for design research and innovation; or film. Marquise also brings his passion for supporting diverse cultures and bringing positive change through his many philanthropic and creative activities, from teaching at Danish design schools—CIID in Copenhagen and the Kaos Pilot in Aarhus; to co-founding Deem Journal, a publication focused on design and social practice; and also collaborating with his Openbox colleague Petter Ringbom on films including Shield and Spear (2014) and The New Bauhaus (2019). Marquise serves as a board member for the Lowline Underground Park, Stae, Artmatr, and Urban Ocean Lab. He is also a member of the High Line Advisory Committee.

Lauren Ruffin

Lauren Ruffin

Lauren Ruffin is Fractured Atlas’s co CEO and the founder of Crux. Prior to joining the team at Fractured Atlas, Lauren served as Director of Development for DC-based organizations Martha’s Table and the National Center for Children and Families. She was also fortunate to serve in various roles at and various positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Children’s Defense Fund, New Leaders, and AAUW. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Lauren held the position of Assistant Director of Government Affairs for Gray Global Advisors, a bipartisan government relations firm. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Science and obtained a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. In her spare time, she served on the Board of Directors of Black Girls Code, and can be found mountain biking or gesturing wildly at the teevee in support of Duke University’s men’s basketball team.

Marla Allison

Marla Allison

Marla Allison is a visual artist producing artwork inspired by traditions, cultural displacement and the human experience. Originally from Laguna Pueblo, NewMexico, she is committed to participating in artist residencies that facilitatecollaborations with artists from around the world. In her words, “Through thecollaboration of artists, free thinkers and open-minded creative people, we canstrengthen each other and build greater bridges…no matter where you come fromor how you start, if you set a journey to learn, you will inspire and understand theessence of a strong human race.”Allison maintains a lifestyle committed to travel and participation in culturalexchanges that have yielded lectures, murals, illustrations, and art exhibitions.Allison has produced art in Bristol, UK; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Riyadh, in the Kingdom ofSaudi Arabia; Manama, Bahrain; Budapest, Hungary; and more locally in the USA incities such as Salem, MA, Washington DC, New York, NY, Providence, RI, Tucson andPhoenix, AZ, and New Mexico.You can find Marla’s work in Santa Fe, NM and Scottsdale, AZ at ww.kinggalleries.com, Tulsa, OK at www.lovettsgallery.com, Rain Maker Gallery in the UK at www.rainmakerart.co.uk, and the Abu Dhabi Art Hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE at www.adah.ae, or you can view more on her website www.marlaallison.com.

Jae Rhim Lee

Jae Rhim Lee

Jae Rhim Lee is a transdisciplinary artist, designer, and entrepreneur. She holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wellesley College and is the founder and CEO of funeral startup Coeio, Inc. In her early work as a grad student at MIT, she built systems that reworked basic human processes before turning to work on a compelling new plan for the final human process: decomposition. Her Infinity Burial Project explores the choices we face after death and how our choices reflect our denial or acceptance of death's physical implications. She's been developing a new strain of fungus, the Infinity Mushroom, that feeds on and remediates the industrial toxins we store in our bodies and convert our bodies into nutrients. She is a Creative Capital awardee, a Ted Fellow and Lecturer and Fellow at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (affectionately known as “the d.school”).

Kerri Schlottman

Kerri Schlottman

Kerri Schlottman is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Creative Capital where she manages the development department and oversees strategic initiatives and partnerships that generate investment into the creative economy. A native Detroiter, Kerri has served local, national, and international arts communities since 2000 in a variety of organizations, including ART21, Apexart, and Detroit Artists Market. She has been interviewed extensively about her arts and fundraising experiences, and has been an invited speaker at major conferences focusing on culture, technology, and education, including SXSWEdu, Games for Change, and the National Arts Education Association. Kerri holds a Master’s degree in Visual Culture from Wayne State University in Detroit and is currently a Masters of Legal Studies student at Arizona State University. She is also a published novelist, has participated in numerous performance art projects, and is a lover of documentary films.

Alicia Inez Guzmán

Alicia Inez Guzmán

Alicia Inez Guzmán currently lives and works in Santa Fe. Her writing focuses on Indigenous and Chicanx art practices and histories of land use in the Southwest. She has taught over the past seven years in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Americas at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, the University of Buffalo, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Alicia has also served as a consultant with various museums about exhibitions and collections and written several catalog essays, curated shows featuring queer artists and artists of color, as well as worked in publishing as the senior editor of New Mexico Magazine, where she regularly sought writers of color and authentic storytelling. She is a 2017 recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for her website Tierra Firme Projects and a 2019 recipient of a Fulcrum Fund.

Elaine Grogan Luttrull

Elaine Grogan Luttrull

Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC® is a financial educator and the founder of Minerva Financial Arts whose work builds financial empowerment in creative individuals and organizations through workshops and one-on-one advising. Her workshops have been featured nationally by funders, state and local arts councils, and colleges and universities that serve creative individuals. Elaine teaches at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she served as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship from 2014-2018. Previously, Elaine served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School and in the Transaction Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young in New York. She is the author of Arts & Numbers (Agate, B2 2013), and she contributed regularly to Professional Artist magazine. She is based in Columbus, Ohio where she serves on the boards of the Short North Alliance, Healing Broken Circles, and the Lark Play Development Center.

Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown is a mixed Black femme from Tulsa, OK. She is a maker and a do-er that advocates for the arts and creativity through her practice, educational outreach, and design thinking. Olivia believes in experimenting with New Media (University of North Texas, BFA 2015) to push the boundaries of what has already been created and to address the current moment with a fitting medium. Her work explains the things she doesn't know about the world to herself and shares that learning with others. She intends for these efforts to increase human connection and understanding. Olivia currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM as a Senior Artist with MEOW WOLF, an immersive arts company. There, she focuses on the potential of immersive installation on a large and public scale and grows her skills in collaborative art-making.

Photography by: Gabriella Marks