Meet the 25 poets, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and visual artists from across New York State who were awarded Fellowships this year.
Congratulations to all!
Meet the 25 poets, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and visual artists from across New York State who were awarded Fellowships this year.
Congratulations to all!
Becky Brown was born in Manhattan and currently lives in the Bronx. She works between painting, drawing, sculpture and installation using found images, objects and texts.
Becky received her MFA from Hunter College and a BA from Brown University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including The Drawing Center, NYC; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Fort Gondo Complex for the Arts, St. Louis, MO; YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL; Cleopatra’s Berlin, Germany; and Religare Arts Initiative, Delhi, India.
She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, I-Park Foundation and the Edward Albee Foundation, among others. Brown has written art criticism for Art in America since 2014, and for the Brooklyn Rail since 2007 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College.
Rachel Fein-Smolinski is an artist living and working in Syracuse, NY.
A native of Buffalo, NY, she received a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014, and is currently an MFA candidate and instructor at the school of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She has exhibited in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Buffalo, and Syracuse.
Rachel works primarily with photography and her current work addresses the visceral experience of aesthetic phenomena, and the relationship between scientific and intuitive understandings of Being.
Victoria Kornick is a writer and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MFA from New York University, where she held Rona Jaffe and Goldwater fellowships.
Her recent work focuses on feminism and the relationship between writing and visual art. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work appears in At Length Magazine, No Tokens Journal, Rattle, and elsewhere.
She has been awarded fellowships from the D.C. Commission of the Arts and the Hedgebrook Cottages for Women.
She is a graduate of CUNY’s Writers’ Institute and has a B.A. from Howard University.
Gary Sczerbaniewicz received his BFA in Sculpture from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo.
Gary was recipient of the Jacob Kassay MFA Award (2013) and was a 2010 member of the NYFA Mark Program.
He has recently exhibited works in Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and in Buffalo. In 2013 he completed a two-month residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY, where much of the installation entitled ‘Tom Ridge’ was created.
Following his Saltonstall residency he will be an artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. Gary has recently joined the roster of talented artists represented by the BT&C Gallery in Buffalo – where he currently lives and works.
Shanti Grumbine is a Brooklyn-based visual artist. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Ucross Foundation, Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, Ota Artist in Residence, Tokyo, Japan, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Women’s Studio Workshop and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.
Fellowships include the A.I.R Gallery Fellowship, Marshall Frankel Fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center Residency, and the LABA Fellowship at the 14th Street Y. Most recently, she was awarded an individual artist grant through the Santo Foundation and was chosen for Smack Mellon’s Hot Picks program.
Select exhibition venues include The Dorsky Museum, The Bronx Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, CCA Sante Fe, MandevilleGallery at Union College, Magnan-Metz Gallery, Planthouse Gallery, and IPCNY. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.
Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer, and Conjunctions.
Her honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. She lives in New York City.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, Exit Art, Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers amongst others.
Reka’s photographs are featured in publications such as Art Review and the Humble Arts Foundation’s ‘Collectors Guide to Emerging Photography’. In 2012 she was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant. Reka lives and works in New York City and Hungary.
Zachary Skinner is an interdisciplinary artist who works with themes of geo-engineering, humanitarian activism, and explores the nexus of inner strength and creativity.
Skinner received his BFA from SUNY New Paltz College and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a Drawing Instructor at SUNY New Paltz College.
His sculptural work was recently chosen for an Award of Excellence by the Dave Bown Projects, and showcased in a solo exhibit “Be the Change” at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center in Syracuse, NY. His video work has been reviewed in NictoGlobe Magazine, Netherlands, and included in the 2013 Medrar for Contemporary Art’s 5th Cairo Video Festival Archive in Egypt.
He attended the Jentel Artist Residency in Wyoming and the I-Park Artist Residency in Connecticut. Zac currently lives and works in Beacon, NY.
Monica Sok is the author of Year Zero, selected by Marilyn Chin for the 2015 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.
Her poems appear in Narrative, The New Republic, The Offing, and TriQuarterly Review, among others.
Her honors include fellowships and grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, and others.
She is the 2016-2018 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.
Samira Abbassy is an Arab-Iranian born in the city of Ahwaz in southwestern Iran. In 1967 her family moved to Britain where she studied painting, at Birmingham Polytechnic and Canterbury College of Art. In 1998 she moved to New York city where she helped to establish the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center.
Her work is largely autobiographical, composed of stylized self-portraiture, as well as a body of work based on mythological history paintings.
Samira has exhibited in solo shows in New York, London, Norway, Austria, Korea and Dubai. Her first solo show in Tehran is scheduled for December 2016 at the Shirin gallery. Other awards and fellowships include a Yaddo fellowship (2006), a NYFA fellowship in Drawing (2007), and a Joan Mitchell Painting/Sculpture award (2010). In April 2012 she was the artist in residence at the University of Virginia.
Her work is in the collections of: the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, The British Government Art Collection, the Donald Rubin Foundation, the Farjaam Collection, the Burger Collection and the Omid Foundation, as well as many other private collections.
Gabe Brown was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in New York City. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union and was awarded a Full Fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Brown received her MFA in Painting from the University of California.
Gabe’s work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums such as Kenise Barnes Contemporary Art, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Butters Gallery, Matteawan Gallery, The Saratoga Arts Center, Garrison Arts Center, John Davis Gallery, ArtsWestchester, Schweinfurth Arts Center, SUNY Brockport, The Horticultural Society of New York, Albany International Airport, Sears-Peyton Gallery, and Carrie Haddad Gallery.
In 2014 Gabe was the recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and chosen to be one of two artists for a public arts project for ArtBridge. She was a Resident Fellow at the Anderson Center in 2008.
Gabe is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University and SUNY New Paltz. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley.
Jeremy Dennis is a visual artist living in Southampton, New York on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, who primarily works with the medium of digital photography.
Dennis holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Stony Brook University, and is currently an M.F.A candidate at The Pennsylvania State University in the School of Visual Arts for photography.
Dennis’ work explores the work of theme of indigenous identity, history, and representation in popular culture. Primarily, his work involves the retelling of indigenous mythology through photography and examining myth’s role in culture, history and identity.
Megan Culhane Galbraith is the Director of the Young Writers Institute at Bennington College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Catapult, PANK, The Review Review, Literary Orphans, Hotel Amerika, The Lost Daughters, and ASSAY: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, among others.
Her essay, “Sin Will Find You Out,” was No. 3 in The Top 5 Longreads of the Week. It was mentioned in LitHub’s Daily roundup of The Best of The Literary Internet, and in the “What I’m Reading” section of The Anne Friedman Weekly.
Megan is working on a collection of linked essays titled, The Guild of the Infant Saviour. Part social history, part memoir, the collection examines motherhood, nature/nurture, shame, identity, and the transformation of New York City through her lens as an adoptee, and through stories her birthmother told her.
Megan lives in a hayfield in Cambridge, NY with her husband, and two sons.
Michael Morse currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MFA in Poetry from The University of Iowa.
His first book, Void and Compensation, was published by Canarium Books in April of 2015 and was a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize.
He has published poems in various journals and anthologies, including A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, Field, Ploughshares, Spinning Jenny, Tin House, and The Best American Poetry, 2012.
Michael teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and he is a poetry editor for The Literary Review.
Linda Ganjian is a NY-based artist who works in a variety of materials, from clay to cement to paper. She received her BA from Bard College and her MFA from Hunter College CUNY.
Her main pursuit has involved making large “table-top” sculptures comprised of hundreds of miniature forms that are a reinterpretation of Middle Eastern and American craft traditions (carpets, quilts, calligraphy). Much of her work presents memories and impressions of the urban landscape, the specific history of a site, or a more personal narrative.
Her work has been exhibited in New York and abroad. Exhibition include: Depo, Istanbul (2015); Auxiliary Projects (2013); Artspace, New Haven, CT (2009); National Academy of Design (Invitational 2008); Socrates Sculpture Park (EAF 2007); Queens Museum (Queens International 2006).
She has received grants from: the Queens Council on the Arts, Pollack-Krasner Foundation and fellowships to: MacDowell Colony, Hall Farm Center, Millay Colony and Vermont Studio Center.
Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America, among other publications. She completed a public art commission for the NYC School Construction Authority in 2014 through the NYC Percent for Art program.
Beth Giacummo is an artist, curator and educator. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a MFA in New Forms from Pratt Institute.
Exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, Beth has shown in New York, Romania, Russia, Spain, Italy and Denmark. She has studied at Escola d’Arts Plastique I Disseny, Spain, Pilchuck School of Glass, Seattle, Mallnitz, Austria, Bobald, Romania and the Danish School of Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, Lucca, Italy and Glaspustning Jyderup Højskole, Denmark.
Beth has received a number of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts in support of her projects and residencies and was a collaborator on the first NY Contemporary Art Symposium in 2013.
Beth’s professional experiences range from arts education, curatorial work, museum management, exhibition direction, non-profit building, arts activism, fundraising and international program development for artists and students. She currently serves as the Exhibitions Director and Senior Curator at the Islip Art Museum.
Vicki Madden is a New York City public school teacher and writer who writes and speaks about what we used to call the American Dream: identity, education and class change. She lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a memoir, “Found Wanting: Curiosity and the Making of a Self.”
Her publication credits include The New York Times Op-Ed Page print edition and various PTA and CSA newsletter recipe pages. She’s been a writer-in-residence at Whitman College and a speaker at the Harvard Law School Education Access Conference.
She has degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University and is currently enrolled in the Queens University MFA program.
Francisco Marquez is a Venezuelan poet in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of the John McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets award. He reads and edits for Washington Square Review.
His work can be found, or is forthcoming, in The Offing, Lambda Literary, and elsewhere. He is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University.
Lida Suchy (’10) is a first-generation American born into a refugee family. She often draws on this background as inspiration for her creative work.
For more than 25 years, she has chronicled communities through portraiture. She received her MFA from the Yale University School of Art.
Lida was named Fulbright Scholar and awarded a Light Work Grant and Artist-in-Residency, a New York State Council on the Arts Grant, an ArtsLink Grant, and an International Research & Exchanges Board Fellowship.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and two person shows at galleries such as: The Photographer’s Gallery London, Spisske Museum Levoca Czechoslovakia, The Washington Project for the Arts Washington DC, Month of Photography Bratislava Slovakia, Castellani Art Museum Lewiston NY, Light Work Syracuse NY, and ArtRage Gallery Syracuse NY.
Lida’s photographs are in public collections at the Brooklyn Museum, the Eastman Museum Rochester NY, Bibliothèque Nationale Paris, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Ivan Franko Museum in Kryvorivnya Ukraine.
Eric Berlin is a poet living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches courses at the Downtown Writer’s Center like Ear Training for Poets, Improv and The Poetics of Prayer.
His poems received The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and were runners-up for the Tor House Poetry Award, Able Muse Write Prize, Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, and Ruth Stone Prize. They have appeared or are forthcoming in North American Review, Jewish Currents, Stone Canoe and The Poetry Review.
Eric received an MFA in Sculpture from NY Academy of Art, an MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University, and a BA in English from Harvard University. Continual threads in his work have been the rhythm of language and the role of improvisation in creative recovery.
Having received fellowships from Art Farm and Vermont Studio Center, he’s now writing two craft books – one on the use of poetic patterning in stand-up and another exploring the musicality of language as viewed by six different religions – as well as a book of poems.
Based in New York, Charles Cohen participated in the Core Fellowship program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston after earning his MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and his BA in Anthropology at The University of Chicago.
In addition to traditional photography Charles uses video, digital imaging and sculpture to explore various aspects of a central theme—the conflation of opposites.
Charles’s work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Portland, Lisbon, Berlin and Miami. It can be seen in several books including: Digital Art by Christiane Paul published by Thames & Hudson, and CURVE: The Female Nude Now by Dailey, Meghan et al, published by Rizzoli, 100 New York Photographers by Cynthia Dantzic, and Art/Porn: A History of Seeing and Touching by Kelly Dennis.
His work is in the collections of The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Art Museum in Oregon among other institutions.
Susan English is an artist who has lived and worked in the Hudson Valley for the last 18 years.
She has been an active member of the greater Beacon arts community, had multiple shows in the surrounding area. In 2015 she had her first solo show in New York City at Littlejohn Contemporary in Chelsea.
Susan works in a unique way with paint — using a pouring technique that she’s developed over the last six years. She builds up multiple layers of transparent color resulting in a luminous, evocative surface. Her abstract, reductive works are made with multiple panels configured to create a narrative of light, space and color.
Susan feels a close affinity with the installation work of the Light and Space artists. The content of her works comes out of her close observation of light and space in both the natural and artificial world.
Born in Zagreb and fluent in Croatian, Nina Herzog (’09) has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from NYU and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College.
Nina was a contributing writer at POZ Magazine, where she wrote book reviews and general interest pieces as well as conducted interviews. She was managing editor of Global City Review and co-editor of its International Issue. Additionally, she has published reviews in Global City Review, Evergreen Chronicles and XXX Fruit, as well as parts of her memoir-in-progress, Generous Monster, in The Great River Review and The Reader.
Nina has also been awarded residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (’09) and the Millay Colony. In 2009, she was short-listed for the X. J. Kennedy Prize in Creative Nonfiction.
Melissa Zarem is an abstract painter and printmaker. Her work, primarily on paper, combines media in layers that include expressive gesture, accrued texture and graphic formal elements.
Originally from Brooklyn, Melissa relocated to Ithaca in 2006. Since then she has been exhibited at Handwerker Gallery of Ithaca College, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and the Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum where her work was acquired for the permanent collection.
Melissa is currently represented by Exhibit A in Corning New York.