The following artists and writers were awarded two and four week residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony in 2015.
The following artists and writers were awarded two and four week residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony in 2015.
Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York, who primarily works with the medium of photography.
She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and an M.F.A. from the school of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
Her current work explores the concept of seeing oneself through the eyes of other people and the ways in which girls become aware of the expectations of being in a gendered, racialized, and sexualized body as they come to understand themselves.
Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges.
A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University.
He currently directs the Renée Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker on disability and diversity issues around the US and abroad.
Camille Laoang is a Brooklyn based artist whose work reveals a love of color and pattern, non sequitur juxtapositions and whimsical energy. Born in 1971 and raised in Maryland by artist parents, she earned her BFA degree at Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1993, and subsequently moved to New York City.
Working in oils, watercolor and most recently, with pens and markers, her subject matter reflects a life-long interest in what she calls “the unseen forces that underlie our reality.” She has created various series focusing on different aspects of this over-arching theme.
Camille has exhibited her work in Maryland, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, London, New Jersey, New Mexico, and various art spaces around New York including BRIC Gallery, Micro Museum and Jadite Gallery.
Robyn Love is an artist who lives and works in Newfoundland, Canada, and Queens, New York. She received a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City in 1988.
Robyn has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. She participated in the prestigious Artist in the Marketplace program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and she has received numerous project grants to create new work from foundations and public agencies.
Her site-specific projects include a New York City Percent for Art commission for the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica, Queens, NY, a five kilometer-long handmade installation in Cheongju, South Korea, and a large-scale, multimedia installation titled The House Museum in Newfoundland. She recently presented a new participatory performance piece, SpinCycle, at The Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
Devon Moore hails from Buffalo, NY with a lot of time spent growing in Wilmington, NC.
A former high school English teacher at Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, she currently lives in Syracuse, NY where she teaches writing at Syracuse University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.
Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Gulf Coast, Harpur Palate, Meridian, The Cortland Review, New Ohio Review, Juked, and others. Apology of a Girl Who Is Told She Is Going to Hell, her debut collection, will be released by Mayapple Press in May 2015. You can visit her at www.devonjmoore.com
Fiction writer Heidi Diehl is based in Brooklyn. She earned her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in Creative Writing—Fiction from Brooklyn College where she has worked as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of English since 2010.
Her writing has been published in such journals as Witness, Story Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Slice, and the Colorado Review. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony.
Jim Mott (’96 + ’12) is a Rochester-based painter and part-time environmental consultant. His work tends toward expressive, small-panel landscape painting, although there are occasional large canvases and departures into abstraction.
He also hits the road periodically with his Itinerant Artist Project (IAP), staying with strangers, painting the surroundings wherever he ends up, and “exchanging art for hospitality across America.” The IAP has led to some interesting opportunities and experiences, such as a Today Show appearance and trading art for a speeding ticket in Montana.
Jim earned his MFA in painting from the University of Michigan; a BS in environmental science from SUNY Brockport; and a BA in religion and visual studies from Dartmouth College. He is married to the writer Sonja Livingston.
Bernard Yenelouis is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions of his work include How to Live In the City, Milstein Hall, Cornell University, and We Three: Flemming Ove Bech, Fryd Frydendahl and Bernard Yenelouis, Station923, Ithaca.
Along with his print work he has given slide lectures: Anarchiving Detroit at the symposium Memories Can’t Wait organized by the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and ICP/Bard MFA programs, New York City, and Now Photography at the Jetzt Conference in the German Studies Department, Cornell University.
His work has been published in Diacritics, 10×10 American Photobooks, Conveyor, and Pastelgram. He has taught at the International Center of Photography and Pratt Institute. He studied at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and in the MFA program, Cornell University.
Zamora is the recipient of scholarships to Bread Loaf, Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA Writer’s Conferences; and fellowships from CantoMundo, the National Endowment for the Arts 2015, and Colgate University where he was recently the Olive B. O’Connor fellow.
His poems also appear in Best New Poets 2013, Huizache, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. Zamora has had his work recognized with a Meridian Editor’s Prize, CONSEQUENCE Poetry Prize, and the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Contest.
Deborah Zlotsky is a 2012 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting and is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York.
She exhibits her work in exhibitions across the country, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery, as well as the online-curated registry at The Drawing Center.
Her work was selected for New American Paintings in 2014 (Northeast edition). A selected list of public collections includes Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, Rutgers University, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Palace Hotel and the Albany Institute of History and Art.
Over the past 10 years, she has received residency fellowships at Yaddo, Bemis Foundation, VCCA, Ox-Bow, Millay Colony for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Weir Farm Art Center, and the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts.
Deborah received a BA in Art History from Yale University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Originally from Binghamton, NY, painter Samuel Guy is now based in Boston, MA. His paintings focus on the coming of age narrative and masculinity in America. Through the use art historical references and religious motifs his works critique the “Peter Pan years” of young adulthood.
Samuel is a graduate of Alfred University’s BFA program (2014), where he focused in painting and printmaking.
In 2014 he presented his first solo: “Rites in Communion” at Orazio Salati Gallery, Binghamton NY. He has been shown in various group exhibitions including “Large Works Show” at the Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury NY, and “Traverse” 171 Gallery, Corning NY. He was recently awarded a residency at Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Ma (October 2015).
Laura Kaufman is a visual artist. Her work hovers between drawing and sculpture and uses language and geometric abstraction to engage existing systems of shapes and words.
She has exhibited nationally, including the Matteawan Gallery (Beacon, NY), Biers Gallery at Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH), Field Projects Gallery (NYC), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), and the Bronx Museum of Art (Bronx, NY). In 2012 She received an outdoor sculpture commission on Randall’s Island, NY as part of the First AIM Biennial and with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Outdoor New Yorker, and the New York Daily News.
She received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and a BA in Studio Art from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Kaufman teaches at Marist College and lives with her husband and son in a river town in the Hudson Valley.
Anna Meister has a BA in poetry / memory / maps from Hampshire College & is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.
A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Sugar House Review, BOAAT, The Adroit Journal, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere.
Anna was a finalist for the 2014 Button Poetry Prize. She edits poems for Mount Island Magazine & works with kindergarteners. Born & raised in central Iowa, Anna lives with her fiancé in Brooklyn.
Susan Morelock is an artist whose practice primarily concerns the photographic image. Compelled at once by beauty and theory, her work takes form in a liminal space found somewhere between the excavated real of the archaeologist’s dig and the imagined mythology created in the painter’s studio.
Morelock has exhibited in venues across the United States as well as South Korea and Italy. She holds a BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MA in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Columbia University.
Born in Pennsylvania, Morelock currently lives in Queens, NY and teaches at Purchase College.
Joanne Pottlitzer, a writer, theatre director, and translator, has produced many Latin American plays in New York and is the winner of two Obies, two Senior Fulbright Awards, three NEA grants, and many producing and writing awards.
Joanne’s history with Latin America and its cultures dates back to the early sixties. In 1967 she founded Theatre of Latin America in New York City and served as its artistic director for 14 years.
Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Drama Review, American Theatre, Performing Arts Journal, Yale University’s Theater, and Review. She has taught courses on Latin American theater at the Yale School of Drama, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Hunter College, and playwriting at Ohio University’s School of Theater and the Theatre Department of the University of Chile.
Currently, Joanne is developing a new play, Between Hope and Freedom, based on her book, Symbols of Resistance: The Legacy of Artists under Pinochet.
Jessica Cuello is a poet and teacher in Syracuse, NY. She is the author of the chapbooks My Father’s Bargain (Finishing Line Press, 2015), By Fire (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), and Curie (Kattywompus Press, 2011).
She was the winner of the 2013 New Letters Poetry Prize and the recipient of the 2014 Decker Award from Hollins University for outstanding secondary teaching. Her poems have appeared in such places as Verse Daily, Tampa Review, RHINO, Copper Nickel, and LUMINA. Her first full-length collection, Pricking, is forthcoming from Tiger Bark Press in 2016.
Jessica received a BA from Barnard College and an MA in English Ed from Columbia University. She is currently in her 19th year as a public school teacher.
Carla Rae Johnson’s work includes drawing, sculpture, conceptual, performance, and installation art. Her work is directly connected to ideas and often addresses issues of social, political, and cultural import.
Carla is a New York Foundation for the Arts 2005 Fellow in Sculpture and a 1990 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been exhibited in solo, invitational, and curated shows in museums and galleries nationally and in New York City. Her works have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New Haven Register, The Journal News, and The Times Herald Record.
Carla is a Full Professor of Art at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. She has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. She resides and has a studio in the artists’ community in Peekskill, NY.
Originally from Portland, OR, Paula Overbay now makes her home in Brooklyn.
Past recent exhibitions have included COSMOS; “Imagining the Universe” at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Dowell MD; “Material and Matter” at LaGrua Center for the Arts in Stonington CT; and “Peregrinations Constellations” at Schema Projects, Brooklyn NY.
Solo shows include “Atmospheric Disturbances” at Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NY (July-August 2015); Chautauqua Institution group show (July-August 2015); and a future scheduled solo show “Precipitation, Evaporation” at Saratoga Center, Saratoga Springs, NY for 2016.
Paula holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR and a MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
George Wen was born in Seattle, Washington. A graduate of Dartmouth, Cambridge University, Harvard, the University of Paris, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he was a university lecturer in Paris for thirteen years before coming to New York City.
After a brief career as a magazine editor, he finally found his way to children’s book publishing, where he remained until 2014. He is the recipient of the Bronx Writers’ Center Chapter One Award and a Yaddo fellowship.
His piece “House Hunting in Shanghai” was a cowinner of the 2012 Meringoff Nonfiction Award from the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. He is currently at work on a middle-grade and an autobiographical novel.
Betty Yu is a Chinese-American interdisciplinary, multi-media artist, educator and community activist whose work fuses elements of public art intervention, storytelling, theater, and artist citizenry.
Her interactive multi-media installation, “The Garment Worker” was part of a 5-week art exhibit in Chinatown and was featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive in 2014. Her documentary “Resilience,” about her garment worker mother fighting against sweatshop conditions, was screened at national and international film festivals.
Recently, “Discovering My Grandfather Through Mao,” a short film documenting her grandfather’s radical history as a labor organizer was selected for the 2015 Culture UnPlugged Film Festival.
Yu’s work has been exhibited and featured at the International Center of Photography, Directors Guild of America, Eastman Kodak Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum.
She graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is finishing her MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.
Lionel Cruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico lives and works in New York City and San Juan.
In 2013, Lionel was the recipient of the Juan Downey Audiovisual Award 2013 at the 11th Media Arts Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile and had a solo show, Lionel Cruet: In Between, Real and Digital with Bronx River Art Center in New York.
Lionel’s numerous group exhibitions include: SuperReal: Alternative Realities in Photography and Video at El Museo del Barrio in New York, and the Sound Art Fair at Sala de las Artes, Universidad de Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico, amongst others. Cruet received a Master of Fine Arts from The City College of New York – CUNY and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He is interested in subjects of geopolitics, technology, and nature, using digital printing processes, audiovisual material, performance, and installations.
Trained as a biologist, Ithaca-based writer Alison Fromme (www.alisonfromme.com) attempts to reconcile the experiential with the cerebral in her work. Her examinations explore death, fear, and instability – and their opposites – within the context of medicine and nature.
Alison has also tracked rattlesnakes, witnessed dynamite blasts, and eaten goat stew while writing for national magazines and regional publications, including National Geographic, Backpacker, and Mountain Home Magazine. She recently won awards from the National Association of Science Writers and the Pennsylvania Press Association.
Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Philadelphia Review of Books, Eleven Eleven, Horse Less Review, Where Eagles Dare, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Epiphany, and elsewhere.
Hanna Sandin is a sculptor based in New York City. Her work incorporates a stripped down vocabulary of form and defamiliarized material language, amassed from the ebb and flow of everyday consumption.
She was an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace program (2008-2009). Her first solo exhibition was through a fellowship from the A.I.R. Gallery, a non-profit founded in 1972 advocating for women. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Galerie Herve Bize in Nancy, France. She has exhibited in group shows at MOMA PS1, as well as galleries Nicelle Beauchene, Lisa Cooley, Churner and Churner, Mary Mary, Karma International, Leo Koenig Projekte, Cleopatra’s, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, and most recently S2 at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York.
She has worked with performance artist Nancy Garcia, producing sculptures for her work at the Kitchen in 2010. Hanna subsequently commissioned a dance piece from Nancy Garcia, for a presentation of the 2011 collection from her jewelry line, SAMMA, at Sculpture Center. In conjunction with an editioned sculpture for Sculpture Center, Transmission Object, Hanna worked with performance artist Megha Barnabas, activating the object through use at the NADA New York.
Margaret Inga Wiatrowski is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist primarily using the medium of drawing to create engraved sculptures, installations, large-scale murals, constructed photographs and works on paper.
Margaret is a recipient of the Chenven Foundation Grant (2014), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2013), the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts (2011), and a recent resident at the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of Art (2014).
Her work is held in private collections in the U.S., and has been exhibited in galleries and venues throughout New York. Margaret studied at Barnard College, Columbia University (BA, 2001), and Pratt Institute (MS 2004).