2018 Juried Fellows

Meet the 25 artists & writers from across New York State who were awarded 2018 Fellowships.


Congratulations to all!

May 14 – June 14, 2018

Open House: Sunday, June 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30 pm)



Rennie Ament, poet (Queens)

Hannah Berger, visual artist (Queens)

Julia Forrest, photographer (Brooklyn)

Hiram Perez, writer (Poughkeepsie)

Taro Takizawa, visual artist (Syracuse)

RennieAmentRennie Ament studied poetry at Hunter College, where she has taught creative writing. Her work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in cream city review, Redivider, DIAGRAM, the minnesota review, TYPO, and Bone Bouquet.


A recipient of fellowships from the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center, she lives in Astoria, Queens.

HannahBerger_PhotoHannah Berger is a visual artist living in Queens. She assembles and manipulates discarded objects in various states of decay to create abstracted furniture.


Originally from Florida, she received a BA in Studio Arts from Bard College. She has exhibited in galleries in upstate New York and NYC. Her paintings and murals are on permanent display at the Freehand Hotel New York.

JuliaForrestJulia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens.


Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Medgar EversCollege, USDAN Art Center and Lehigh University. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses.Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.

Hiram Perez is an Associate Professor of English at Vassar College, where he also teaches for a variety of multidisciplinary programs, including Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, and Latin American and Latino/a Studies.


His first book, A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire (NYU Press), won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies in 2016. He has published essays in Social Text, Camera Obscura, The Scholar & Feminist Online, The Journal of Homosexuality, The Margins, and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.


His work has also appeared in the edited collections Reading Brokeback Mountain: Essays on the Story and the Film, East Main Street: Asian American PopularCulture, and Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader. Perez is currently at work on a memoir, Mongrel Love,  where he explores the relationship between racial embodiment and shame.

TaroTakizawaTaro Takizawa is an artist who focuses on printmaking, wall vinyl installations, drawings and 2D designs. Born in Tomakomai, Japan in 1984, he has been making images connecting what he has experienced in Japan where he grew up and in the U.S. since he moved here in 2002 and currently resides.


His works contains both western and eastern aesthetics with appreciation of traditional printmaking processes and markmaking. He is fascinated with blending the boundaries of contemporary studio practice and traditional processes, printmaking and installations, influenced by traditional Japanese patterns from textile designs, architecture and crafts.


He received with his BFA with a printmaking emphasis from Central Michigan University in 2011, and MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2017. While working on his master degree, Takizawa has participated in multiple short residencies and exhibitions such as Chautauqua Institution School of Art, its student exhibition at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, PARADOX European Fine Art Forum and its exhibition at CK Zamek in Poznan, Poland. The same exhibition traveled as PARADOX CITY, in UP Gallery, Berlin. And recently participated inHaystack Art School Collaborative conference in Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and Syracuse University Turner Semester in Los Angeles, CA.

June 18 – July 19, 2018

Open House: Sunday, July 15, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30 pm)



Rachel Garber Cole, filmmaker (Brooklyn)

Dara Engler, visual artist (Ithaca)

George Kovalenko, poet (Brooklyn)

Leo Ríos, writer (Ithaca)

Marcy Rosewater, visual artist (Brooklyn)

RachelColeRachel Garber Cole is a filmmaker/performance artist in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA  in Theater Arts from Macalester College.


Her recent work has been exhibited by Field Projects, P2P at Present Compan, NARS Foundation, Grrl Haus Cinema,  Bushwick FF,  Queens World FF, Mill Valley FF and the Anthology Film Archives.


Rachel’s selected awards include a NARS International Residency Program fellowship, Ucross Foundation Artist Residency, ISLAND Hill House (2014), Studios at Key West (2014), BAC SPARC Grant (2014) and BAC Community Arts Fund Grant (2012). She is a monthly host for Bring Your Own Film in Brooklyn.

DaraEngler credit HowardRomeroDara Engler received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, followed by a recipient group show at the Cue Art Foundation in New York, NY.


Dara has been included in New American Paintings and Manifest’s International Drawing Annual, received a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center residency, was recently included in a pop-up show at First Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery at the University of North Carolina, in Greensboro. She teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College.

(Photo credit: Howard Romero)

GeorgeKovalenkoGeorge Kovalenko is a poet whose work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado ReviewCrazyhorseThe Iowa Review OnlineNew SouthHorsethief, and elsewhere.


He holds an MFA from New York University. A founding editor of Poet’s Country, he lives and teaches in New York City.

Leo RiosLeo Ríos is a fiction writer from Delano, California. He studied English, Spanish and Latinx Studies at UCLA, where he was recipient of a scholarship from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.


A Cornell MFA graduate, he has worked as a maintenance mechanic, case worker and ESL teacher. His fiction appears as winner of the Emerging Writers’ Prize in The Arkansas International.

MarcyRosewaterMarcy Rosewater lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and the lower Hudson Valley. This past year her paintings have been exhibited nationally including a two-person show at Studio 10, and a three-person show at SRO Gallery, both in Brooklyn, as well as group shows at Denise Bibro Fine Art, the Sam and Adele Golden Gallery and Page Bond Gallery.


Marcy has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Contemporary Art, the Golden Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo.  She holds a BFA in sculpture from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in painting from New York University.

July 23 – August 23, 2018

Open House: Sunday, August 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30 pm)



Thea Gregorius, visual artist (Brooklyn)

Michael Hicks, photographer (Syracuse)

Michelle Meier, poet (NYC)

Caitlin Mullen, writer (Brooklyn)

Catalina Viejo Lopez de Roda, visual artist (Hudson)

TheaGregorius_lower_resThea Gregorius is an artist working primarily in printmaking and works on paper. Her work focuses on channeling thought through obsessive mark making.


She has been awarded the Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship and has been an artist-in residence at the Art Students League of New York, Vermont Studio Center, PLAYA Fellowship Program, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Artists in an Olivegarden. She holds a BFA from New York University and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

MichaelHicksMichael Hicks was born in Middletown, NJ in 1982. He works with photography, film and video, exploring cinematic modes of presentation that play with the viewer’s sense of time and place.


He is in the process of completing his MFA in Photography at Syracuse University, where he will graduate in 2018 and where he also teaches photography.


His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Haubrok Foundation in Berlin, Germany, at Lightwork in Syracuse, NY and at the Atlanta Photography Group in Atlanta, GA.

MichelleMeierMichelle Meier is the author of Famous Geranium (Nauset Press, 2015), a full-length collection of poems. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Radar Poetry, POOL Poetry, The Dialogist and elsewhere.


She is the art editor and associate poetry editor of Foundry Journal. She teaches in the art department of a public high school and lives in New York.

CaitlinMullenCaitlin Mullen lives in Brooklyn. Her fiction has recently appeared in Joyland, Blackbird, The Southampton Review, The Baltimore Review, and Day One.


She holds a BA from Colgate University, an MA in English from NYU, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University, where she taught undergraduate creative writing. She is currently completing a novel and a collection of stories.

Catalina ViejoCatalina Viejo Lopez de Roda was born in Malaga, but raised in the Canary Islands, Spain. She currently lives and works in Hudson, New York. Her paintings and collages focus on themes of intimacy, voyeurism and personal relationships. She holds an MFA from Hunter College, NY and a BFA from Montserrat College of Art, MA.


Her work has been exhibited in national and international venues including Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY; The Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA; GP Presents, New York, NY; Art Lima, Lima, Peru; The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA and London Miles Gallery, London, U.K.


She was awarded Best in Show in the exhibition Wide Open 6, BWAC, NY by Rujeko Hockley and was recently awarded a full fellowship to attend the Jentel Arts Residency Program in WY.


Her work has been covered by publications including The Boston Globe, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, On Art and Aesthetics, Vanity Fair Italia and will be featured in ArtMaze Magazine in Spring 2018. Her work is included in private and public collections worldwide.

August 27 – September 10, 2018

Open House: Sunday, September 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30 pm)



Lisa Chen, writer ( Brooklyn)

Case Jernigan, visual artist (Brooklyn)

Cynthia Manick, poet (Brooklyn)

Susan Walsh, visual artist (Beacon)

Ellen (Jing) Xu, video artist (Brooklyn)

LisaChenLisa Chen is a Brooklyn-based writer born in Taipei. Her book Mouth (Kaya Press), won the 2009 Book Award for Poetry from Association of Asian American Studies.


She has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program and Blue Mountain Center, and was a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Finalist in Nonfiction Literature and a Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow.


Her work appears most recently in StoryQuarterly, AGNI, The Threepenny Review, Electric Literature, Catapult, Ninth Letter, Seneca Review and Sonora Review. She is writing a book about the performance artist Tehching Hsieh, the nature of work, time, and the life of projects. She is on the Asian Women Giving Circle’s steering committee and a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing program.

CaseJerniganCase Jernigan grew up by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina. He drew flying heroes and hairy monsters across every school notebook. He studied classical history and painting at William & Mary, The New York Studio School and in Italy. After school, he moved into a cold but light filled studio in East Williamsburg and began to play with ink, paper, and stop-motion animation.


A child of the 80s and 90s, early influences upon his drawing roared back- history picture books, illustrated Greek mythology classics, retro video games, iconic sports figures, Saturday morning animation and comic books.


He has exhibited lightboxes, paper cutouts and drawings throughout the USA and screened short films in New York, Berlin and Amsterdam. He has participated in residencies through the Art Students League and the Center for Book Arts in New York. He makes illustrations and animated short films for media outlets, fashion brands, and sports teams like The New York Times, The Guardian, Adidas, Nike, and Chelsea Football Club.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart nominee with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the MacDowell Colony among others. She is East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing and founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue.


A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry, her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

thumbnailSusan Walsh explores light, time, place, and memory through a variety of mediums, including photography, drawing, painting, and video. She is particularly interested in exploring the perception of time through the observation of changes in natural phenomena. 


Susan’s work has been exhibited nationally and in France, with solo exhibitions at Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY and the Center for Digital Arts, Peekskill, NY. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Northern Illinois Art Museum, Dekalb, IL; Plan B Evolving Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Artspace, New Haven, CT; and Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT.


Susan was a resident artist at DRAWinternational in Caylus, France in 2013. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago. She lives in Beacon, New York and is a museum guide/educator at Dia:Beacon.

Ellen (Jing) Xu was born and raised in Inner Mongolia, China. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received her a dual degree from Xiamen University, China and MFA from University of Washington, Seattle.


She has participated in several art residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; Vermont Studio Center and others. Her work has been exhibited at ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus OH
; the Kaufman Arts District in Queens, NYC; the Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA and others. She has been awarded various grants and fellowships including BRIC Media Arts Fellowships, NY. Her recent awards include an Artist Fellowship from Hamiltonian Gallery in DC. Her work has been reviewed in The Seattle Times, The Seattle Globalist and Hyperallergic.

September 12 –  26, 2018

Open House: Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

(readings begin at 6:00 pm)



Dianne Hebbert, visual artist (NYC)

Trevor Ketner, poet (NYC)

Ravi Mangla, writer ( Rochester)

Amrita Stützle, photographer (Syracuse)

Amy Talluto, visual artist (Hurley)

DianneHebbertDianne Hebbert is a Nicaraguan-American curator and artist living and working in New York City. Raised in Miami, FL, there she attended New World School of the Arts. She earned her BFA in painting from Purchase College in 2010 and MFA in Printmaking from Brooklyn College in 2016.


She was selected as a 2017 Smack Mellon Hot Pick Artist and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts 2016 – 2017 Fellow. She is a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and residency. In 2016 she had a solo show at Thomas Hunter Projects, Hunter College, New York.


Dianne is a figurative artist exploring representations of presence, power and identity. As an independent curator she has organized art exhibitions in New York and Virginia with a focus on diversity since 2011. She is currently an Open Studio Resident at Trestle Art Space, Brooklyn, NY.

TrevorKetnerTrevor Ketner‘s poems have been published in Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, West Branch, Pleiades, The Offing, Memorious, BOAAT and elsewhere. Their essays and reviews can be found in The Kenyon ReviewBoston ReviewLambda Literary, and elsewhere.


They hold an MFA from the University of Minnesota, have been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their chapbook Major Arcana: Minneapolis won the 2017 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest judged by Diane Seuss.

RaviManglaRavi Mangla is the author of the novel Understudies (Outpost19). His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Salon, The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, The Paris Review Daily, American Short Fiction, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He was previously a visiting writer at MASS MoCA.


He lives in Rochester, NY, where he was born and raised, and works in community organizing.

AmritaStützleAmrita Stützle is an Austrian born artist who works in photography and video. She received a BFA in Art Photography from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.


Her work takes a cinematic approach at investigating the contemporary American service industry and the fleeting American Dream. She is currently the Lab Manager at Light Work, a non-profit photography organization supporting artists since 1973.

AmyTallutoAmy Talluto was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995 and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001.


She has recently had solo shows at Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson) and Black & White Gallery (Brooklyn). Previous shows include a two-person exhibition at PS 122 Gallery in New York, and several group shows, including exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, Wave Hill Gardens in the Bronx; Field Projects and the Abrons Art Center in New York; and Kentler International Drawing Center in Brooklyn.


She has been a resident artist at the Provincetown Dune Shacks, Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY, and the Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives and works in Hurley, NY.