2014 Juried Fellows

The following artists and writers were awarded two and four week residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony in 2014.

April 25 – May 9, 2014



Sally Wen Mao, poet (Ithaca)
Julie Nymann, photographer (Brooklyn)
Jane Sangerman, visual artist (NYC)
Ilene Sunshine, visual artist (NYC)
Debbie Urbanski, fiction writer (Syracuse)

sally_wen_mao_2014Sally Wen Mao is the author of a book of poems, Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), which is the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Anticipated Pick for spring 2014 poetry books.

Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is published or forthcoming in GuernicaGulf Coast,Indiana ReviewKenyon Review Online, and Third Coast, among others.


The recipients of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, she holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University.

julie_nymann_2014Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Julie Nymann is now a Brooklyn based artist. Working with performed characters, still image, understated video narrative, digital manipulation, audio-visual sound, and duplication methods.

She is the recipient of residencies at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and D’CLINIC Studios in Slovenia. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Science in Boston, and she has participated in group exhibitions at Licht Feld Biennale, Basel; Anthology Film Archives, New York; MINT Gallery, Atlanta; United Photo Industries, Brooklyn; and No Man’s Art Gallery, Shanghai.


Julie received the First Prize at Bideodrom Film Festival in Bilbao, Spain, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark honored her with an Artisan award. Her work has been reviewed by HyperallergicDazed and Confused and I DO ART. She has been published in international publications such as ScrappedDer GreifOf The Afternoonand Le Petit Voyeur.

jane_sangerman_2014_1Jane Sangerman lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Her current series of mixed media and collage works on paper and wood panel are a synopsis of her reaction to living in an urban environment. The “Portal Series” explores ambiguous time and space through the structure lifted from the decrepit and aging grid systems from New York City’s crumbling walls.


In 2012 she had a one person exhibition at the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery. In the past she has had one and two person shows in New York City and Chicago and has also been included in group shows nationally and internationally.


In addition to teaching drawing, painting and printmaking at Ramapo College, her experience also comprises various visiting artist and guest lecture opportunities including the Parsons School of Design, New York, Parsons School of Design at The American School in Paris, The Glasgow School of Art, The University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, and upcoming in 2014, Northern Arizona University.


Jane has a been a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship and her artwork is part of more than 25 public collections including the New York City Public Library and The Brooklyn Museum.

ilene_sunshineIlene Sunshine is a NYC-based visual artist. Her work, ranging from large-scale site projects to intimate works on paper, engages the nature/culture interface.

Ilene’s work has been featured in many exhibitions at various venues including Kentler International Drawing Space (Brooklyn), Mixed Greens (NYC), and Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia), and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London).


She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Workspace Program at Dieu Donné Papermill, The MacDowell Colony, The Ora Lerman Trust at Soaring Gardens, and The Ucross Foundation.

debbie_urbanski_2014_resizedDebbie Urbanski’sfiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Kenyon ReviewNew England ReviewThe Southern ReviewThe SunAlaska Quarterly ReviewTin House’s Open Bar, and the UK science fiction magazines Interzone and Arc.

She holds an MFA from Syracuse University and lives with her husband and two small kids in Syracuse, NY.


Currently she is at work on a linked story collection concerning aliens and cults.

May 12 – June 12, 2014



Katherine Fowley, poet (Brooklyn)
John Hampshire, visual artist (Troy)
Lisa Lebofsky, visual artist (Bronx)
Rebecca Soderholm, photographer (Keene Valley)
Lauren Yee, playwright (NYC)

katie_fowley_2014Katie Fowley earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she taught literature and creative writing and received the John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Poetry.

Her poems and criticism have been published in No, Dear,6×6, and Rain Taxi: Review of Books, and a chapbook of her poetry is forthcoming from DIEZ Press this spring.


She edits Lightful Press, which publishes books of poetry, translation, and art. She is currently working on her first poetry manuscript, Social Dance, which explores the relationship between poetry and dance.


Katie is from Marblehead, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn where she works as a tutor and nanny. Her poem “Lullaby” can be found on the Augury Books blog.

self_5John Hampshire lives and maintains a studio in a former church in Troy, NY. Solo exhibitions of his work include “Layers and Labyrinths” at The Show Walls, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, NYC (2008), “Expressive Eccentricities”, State College of Florida (2009), and “Labyrinthine” in The Project Room at the Phoenix Gallery, NYC (2005).

Group exhibitions include “Black and White,” Lana Santorelli Gallery, NYC (2010), “International Small Works Exhibition,” 80 Washington Square East Galleries. New York University, NYC (2001-2009), and “As Others See us: The Contemporary Portrait” at the Brattleboro Museum (2008).


Recent awards include a 2011 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, and the Dr. Arthur C. Collins ’48 Purchase Award, University at Albany Alumni Association.


John received a BS in Art from Skidmore College in 1994 and MFA in Painting from SUNY Albany in 1997.  He currently serves as Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY.

lisa_lebofsky_2014Lisa Lebofsky is a painter residing in Bronx, New York. Her paintings on aluminum explore the limitless capacity of the mind when it engages with nature.She holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Her work is in private collections, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally.She is the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Prince of Wales Scholarship travel grant to the Château de Balleroy, France (2005), the Terra Nova National Park Artist in Residence (2010), the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Grant from the Bronx Council of the Arts (2010), New Bedford Whaling Museum artist in residence (2013) and the Saltonstall Artist in Residence (2014).

Lisa finds inspiration and collects source material by traveling extensively to immerse herself in different natural environments. She primarily paints onsite, but also takes digital photos to cultivate a library of images for studio work. Recent travels include Tuscany, Antarctica, and Greenland. This past fall she joined a group of artists on an excursion to the Maldives to produce a body of work examining the affects of rising sea levels.

rebeccasoderholm_2014Rebecca Soderholm is a photographer based in Keene Valley, New York.

In 2013 she was named the Meredith S. Moody Artist in Residence at Yaddo and was selected for the LeWitt Residency in Praiano, Italy. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including a 2012 solo exhibition at 511 Gallery in New York, Rebecca Soderholm, Upstate: Photographs & Video. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.


Rebecca received a B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. from Yale University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Drew University.

lauren_yee_2014_resizedLauren Yee is a playwright who earned her BA at Yale and her MFA at the University of California at San Diego. Her plays include: Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep, Mu Performing Arts), Crevice (Impact Theatre), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, Moxie, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), Hookman (workshops: Company One, Magic Theatre, Rattlestick), in a word (workshops: Hangar, Williamstown), Samsara (O’Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights, Victory Gardens’ IGNITION), and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund, Mu).

She has been awarded fellowships at the Dramatists Guild, MacDowell Colony, The Public’s Emerging Writers Group, Ma-Yi Lab, Second Stage playwright-in-residence, Playwrights Realm playwright. She has been commissioned by Encore Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, and Mixed Blood. Upcoming productions in 2014/15: Cleveland Public Theatre, Encore Theatre, SF Playhouse, and Victory Gardens.

June 16 – July 17, 2014



Tanya Chaly, visual artist (NYC)
Adam Diller, filmmaker/composer (Brooklyn)
Nadia Kalman, fiction writer (Brooklyn)
Jason Karolak, visual artist (Brooklyn)
Daria-Ann Martineau, poet (NYC)

chaly_tanya_2014Tanya Chaly was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in New York City. She is a visual artist and works across a variety of mediums using painting, drawing and printmaking.

In her practice she examines ideas of the Natural World, the history of Natural Science, notions of nature and classifications of Wilderness, and the fetishization of Nature. Currently she has been looking at Ecosystems, both the macro and micro relationships within these systems. She creates layered and involved worlds drawing on a wide range of influences from Gothic, Primitivism, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and the Natural Sciences.


In 2005 she studied Fine Arts at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. She received a BFA and went onto complete Post Graduate Studies in Painting at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia.


She has held several solo shows and been the recipient of a number of awards, residencies and prizes. Most recently in 2013 she was awarded a Residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work was shown in 2012  at the Masur Museum of Art (Louisiana), SUNY Geneseo (NY), and The Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Centre (MD). Her work can be found in the public collections of: The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (NSW), Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (Queensland), Nortel Australia, Crown Casino (Melbourne), and other private and corporate collections in Australia, the UK and the United States.

adam_diller_2014_1Adam Diller is a filmmaker and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. His work uses video, multimedia installation, and sound to explore aesthetic information embedded within our environment.

His work has been shown in galleries and music venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work has been included in festivals such as Sonar (Barcelona), Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Seattle Improvised Music Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, and NW New Works.


He has received awards from the City of Seattle, Jack Straw Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Meet the Composer, 4Culture, and Washington Composers’ Forum.

nadia_kalman_2014Nadia Kalman is the author of the novel, The Cosmopolitans, which won the Emerging Fiction prize from Moment magazine and was a finalist for the Rohr Prize.

She is currently writing a second novel with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously, she was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Ledig House, and elsewhere.

karolak_photoJason Karolak was born in 1974 in Rochester, MI. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Pratt Institute in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006.

Jason’s work has been exhibited extensively across the United States, including solo exhibitions at McKenzie Fine Art (New York), Massimo Audiello (New York), and Robischon Gallery (Denver), and group exhibitions at Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), and TSA (Brooklyn).


His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Art in AmericaThe New York Times,Hyperallergic, and The Chicago Tribune. Jason currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

daria-ann_martineau_2014_1Daria-Ann Martineau was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. After earning a BA in Speech and Hearing Science from George Washington University (DC), she saw there were more interesting ways to understand language.


Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Narrative, Kinfolks Quarterly and Almost Five Quarterly. She is currently completing her thesis in poetry writing at New York University’s MFA program.

July 21 – August 21, 2014



Rob Carter, photographer / video artist (Brooklyn)
Chen Chen, poet (Syracuse)
Susan D’Amato, visual artist (Syracuse)
Lauren Ferebee, playwright (Brooklyn)
Angela Heisch, visual artist (Albany)

rob_carter_2014Rob Carter uses photography, video and installation to spotlight evolving historical and political themes in architecture and the natural world.

After completing his BFA at Oxford University, he relocated to New York to attend Hunter College’s MFA program. Since then, he has exhibited his work in numerous locations worldwide including solo exhibitions in Cologne, Madrid, Rome, Chicago and New York.


Over the past few years he has also exhibited his work at the ICA in Philadelphia (PA), Shanghai’s World Expo (China), Museum of Art and Design (NYC), Art in General (NYC) and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Japan).

chen_chen_2014Chen Chen received his BA from Hampshire College and is currently a University Fellow in poetry at Syracuse University, where he also serves as Poetry Editor for Salt Hill.

His work has appeared / is forthcoming inConnotation Press, PANK, Ghost Proposal, Dusie, Fjords, Foothill, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art Action, and Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color (in partnership with Lambda Literary), among other publications.


A Kundiman Fellow and Tent: Creative Writing Alum, he was a finalist for Sycamore Review’s Wabash Poetry Prize and the winner of Driftwood Press‘s Ghazal Contest. He is thrilled and honored to participate in his first ever writer’s residency at Saltonstall.

susan_damatoSusan D’Amato is a visual artist engaged in drawing practice. She is currently working on a series of charcoal, ink and graphite drawings that explore the visual and conceptual correspondences among the body and universal forms.

Her work has been awarded and exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Drawing Center’LineAge; fall selections 2005exhibition.


She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Drawing, the Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship in Drawing/Works on Paper, and is a visual arts fellow of numerous residency programs including: Yaddo, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, The Ragdale Foundation, The Millay Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others.


Her studio is based in upstate New York, where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at Syracuse University.

lauren_ferebee_2014Lauren Ferebee is currently the 2014 Hub-Bub Theatre Artist-in-Residence in Spartanburg, SC, her first sojourn away from New York City in ten years.

Her play Somewhere Safer premiered this past summer at the 2013 NYC International Fringe Festival and joined her published short plays Bob Baker’s End of the World and jericho, jericho online at Indie Theater Now.


Her other full-length works include Blood Quantum (At Hand Theatre/WET Productions), Invisibility, or Tiny Rockets (Adaptive Arts),The Reckless Season, and Sexual Geography. Her work has also been developed with Spark and Echo Arts, Guerrilla Girls on Tour, ESPA/Primary Stages, and Flux Theatre Ensemble, where she is an associate artist.


Lauren is a proud member of playwriting collective Lather, Rinse, Repeat, blogs at The Famous Explorer’s Society, and co-founded experimental performance video blog tinydanceconcerts. She works as writer, actor, mover and deviser. BFA, NYU/Tisch.

angela_heisch_2014Angela Heisch is a visual artist born in New Zealand and currently residing in New York.


Her current works include drawings and paintings that explore an abstract language with no original reference from physical reality. These works involve vaguely associative forms as well as marks made with bodily and hand drawn gesture.


She received her BFA in painting in 2011 and has spent the last three years towards earning her MFA in Albany, New York.

August 25 – September 8, 2014



Elana Bell, poet (Brooklyn)
Christian Carson, visual artist (Brockport)
Lorrie Fredette, visual artist (West Camp)
Sarah Jefferis, writer (Ithaca)
Shahrzad Kamel, photographer (NYC)

elana_bellElana Bell’s first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones, was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.


She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her work has recently appeared in AGNIHarvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review.


Elana leads creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel, Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace.


She was a recent finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award which recognizes and honors a poet doing innovative transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. Elana teaches literature and creative writing at CUNY College of Staten Island and is poetry editor for the Jewish Journal

christian_carson_2014In his recent work, Christian Carson explores representations of the ruins of symbols and language left after disengagement with a “sublime object,” an ideology, or a belief system, when the object is revealed to be merely a discursive formation and illusory screen of projections. The tension between a desire for totality and an acknowledgment of formlessness, disintegration, and the provisional is a current throughout his studio practice.

His work has been exhibited at Taxter and Spengemann Gallery, New York, NY, the Center for the Arts Gallery at the University at Buffalo, the Olive DeLuce Gallery at Northwest Missouri State University, and the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester.


Christian received a BA in English and BFA in Painting from the University of Iowa and an MFA from SUNY Albany.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the State University of New York at Brockport.

lorrie_fredette_2014_1Lorrie Fredette is an installation artist and worker in the arts. Her site-specific investigations examine beauty, harmony and comfort to comprehend the incomprehensible of infection, pandemic and plague.


Her pieces have been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Exhibitions venues include Art Southampton (Southampton, NY), Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), Bank of America Headquarters (Charlotte, NC), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis, MA) and Jyväskylä Art Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland).


Lorrie holds a BFA in sculpture from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University. Cynthia-Reeves in New York represent her work.

SarahSarah Jefferis first poetry book Forgetting the Salt was published by Foothills Press in October 2008. Recently she won the Bea Gonzalezpoetry prize for her poem, Motherhood.

Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in The Stone CanoeThe American Literary Review, Ithaca Lit.com, The Mississippi Review, Icon, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, Icarus, The Healing Muse and other journals.


Her essay, entitled, Blood and Chocolate, will appear in an anthology entitled Labor Day: Birth Stories for the 21st century and published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in April 2014.


She has been both a poetry fellow and fiction fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Center in California. She holds an M.A. from Hollins University, an M.F.A. (Poetry) from Cornell University and a PhD (Memoir) from SUNY Binghamton.


She is working on completing her first novel, entitled On My Faithless Arm, and a second book of poetry about how secrets destroy our teeth, and a collection of essays on grief. Currently she lives in Ithaca, NY with her two daughters.

shahrzad_kamel_2014Shahrzad Kamel is a visual artist and writer living in New York City. Shahrzad’s work is an exploration of the photographic medium.

She received an MA in Art in Media from New York University in 2005 and her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2012.


Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography, and has most recently been exhibited at The Art Institute of Atlanta and the Watkins College of Art in Nashville.