Meet the 30 artists & writers from across New York State who were awarded 2019 Fellowships. Congratulations To All!

May 4 – 10, 2019

We are excited to announce our first ever residency designed for artist and writer parents. The 6-night session will be our first of the 2019 season. 

(Please note: we will not be hosting an Open House for this short session.)

Christine Chin, visual artist, Ithaca

Nathan Fitch, filmmaker, Brooklyn
Lindsey Glover, visual artist, Trumansburg
Abby Horowitz, writer, Albany
Kristofor Minta, poet, Syracuse

Christine Chin lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is the mother of two beautiful children with her husband, David DeMello. She is a professor of Photography and New Media in the Department of Art and Architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Christine counts herself as fortunate to have had wonderful influences on her artistic path. She was introduced to photography by Emmet Gowin at Princeton University, where received her BA in 1997, and she studied with Patrick Nagatani and Jim Stone at the University of New Mexico, where she received her MFA in 2008.

While her art is always evolving, she most frequently builds ephemeral sculptural objects in the studio that she incorporates into her photographic storytelling. Her art often makes humorous and ironic commentary on contemporary issues of technology and the environment. Her art works have addressed genetically modified food, alternative energy, artificial intelligence, biotechnology in medicine, and contemporary parenting and have been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Canon Communication Space, Beijing, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Nathan Fitch is an award winning filmmaker, visual storyteller and educator based in New York. He holds an MFA in non-fiction film from Hunter College, and is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. Nathan’s work has also been published by The New Yorker, TIME, WNYC, ESPN, NPR, and the New York Times Op Docs, to name a few. 

“Island Soldier,” Nathan’s first feature-length documentary screened at numerous film festivals, both nationally and internationally, and was broadcast on public television/America ReFramed in 2018.

Nathan’s work has received honors from Picture of the Year International (POYi) a James Aronson Social Justice Journalism award, and as Vimeo Staff Picks. Currently Nathan is in production on Drawing Life, a partly animated film about the life and work of the legendary cartoonist George Booth.

Lindsey Glover  is a multimedia artist based in Trumansburg, NY. Out of an inquisitiveness of the natural world, her work includes video, photography, print media and installation. Her extensive work in fine art inkjet printing and digital processes has greatly informed her practice. Her artwork utilizes digital technology to frame her reconfigurations and reflections of the natural environment.

Lindsey holds an MFA from Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art, and Planning (2008), and she received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, School of Art and Design (2005). She has been awarded an Experimental Projects Residency at Alfred University (2014) and a residency at the Ucross Foundation (2010). She has shown her works on paper and projection installations in Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., Portland, Ore., Jackson Hole, Wyo., and internationally in Germany and Cardiff.

(Photo credit: Louis DiPietro)

Abby Horowitz’s fiction has been published in The Collagist, Sonora Review, and Black Warrior Review, among several other journals.

She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, as well as an MA in Jewish Studies from Emory University. Abby lives in Albany, NY with her family.

Kristofor Minta was raised in rural Arkansas and earned his BA from Vanderbilt University.  Since then, he has lived in New York City, London, and Seattle.

In 2013, he closed his shop in Seattle, Spine and Crown Books, to join the MFA program at Syracuse University.  He currently work for Syracuse University in the Office of Disability Services.

May 13 – June 13, 2019

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

(readings begin at 2:30pm)

Harry Leigh, sculptor, Suffern
Patrick Robideau, sculptor/installation artist, Niagara Falls
Gina Isabel Rodriguez, fiction writer, NYC
Robin Starbuck, filmmaker, Bronxville
marcus scott williams, poet, Bronx

Harry Leigh  graduated from Albright Art School and SUNY College at Buffalo, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1953. Drafted into the United States Army that same year, he trained as a radio operator and was stationed in West Germany. While serving in Europe, he traveled extensively, visiting museums and architectural sites.

Upon return, Harry took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study under Peter Voulkos and received a Master’s degree in 1959 from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He studied painting privately with Richard Pousette-Dart from 1956-1960. It was during this period he began experimenting with large, constructed works using cardboard, plaster and plywood; by 1965, sculpture became his principal medium.

In his first solo exhibition at the Brata Gallery in New York City in 1967, Harry realized for the first time the integration of his work, travel and educational experiences. In 1974 and 1976 exhibitions of his work were mounted at OK Harris Gallery. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Program. He resides in Suffern, NY.

The sculptural and installation work of Patrick Robideau uses architecture and space as devices through which to explore issues of memory and its emotional residue. Carefully and methodically constructed, Patrick’s forms often combine a seductive material allure that attracts the viewer, with a physical construction that keeps the viewer at a certain distance. In this way, the work often replicates the process of a memory that draws us in but can only be partially accessed. While his works often features architectural constructions, they are less specific locales and more like the terrain of half remembered dreams.

Patrick was born in Orlando, FL in 1965. He studied sculpture at Purchase College, State University of New York. His work, often installation based, has been exhibited widely in Western New York and beyond, including – HallWalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo,NY; SPACES, Cleveland, OH; the Albright Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, NY; the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University; and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery.

His work is part of several collections, both public and private, including the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Castellani Art Museum. He was recently awarded a NYFA Artist Fellowship in Sculpture and presented a large scale installation at the Weeks Gallery in Jamestown, NY as part of the award. He has an upcoming exhibition at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA in the fall of 2019. 

He lives and works in Niagara Falls, NY.

Gina Isabel Rodriguez is a fiction writer. She grew up in north New Jersey to parents who immigrated from Chile in the 1980s. Set in New Jersey in 2003, her novel-in-progress follows a young Chilean-American girl as she uncovers her father’s history as a soldier of Pinochet’s Chile.

Gina received her MFA in creative writing from NYU and graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College. She is a proud VONA alumna. She has worked as a contracts assistant for a publisher, an editorial assistant for a law school, and a communications coordinator for facilities at a medical center. She lives in Harlem.

Robin Starbuck  is a New York based artist, is the owner of Bishee Media Productions, and a full time professor of film and head of the Animation Program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her work for many years, has engaged issues of trauma and the “survivance” of cultures faced with a dramatically changing world.

Robin’s current projects include a film titled How We See Smoke, on indigenous women and children in Chiapas Mexico, a film for The Women’s Initiative in Education in Kenya, and a new film project on the sundance ceremony on the Crow reservation in Montana.

Robin holds an MFA in multimedia and performance art from the Art Institute of Chicago and a post-graduate degree in film from NYU. Her film and installation work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions with museums, cultural centers, galleries, and in film festivals. She has received multiple awards and grants for her work including a Mellon Foundation grant, a Sherman Fairchild grant for Art & Technology, a Gardner Award, a Jacobs Foundation Film grant, several Julie & Ruediger Flik Grants for Fieldwork, and a Vermont Symphony Orchestra Film award for sound in film, among others. Her fellowships for residencies and research include those in Japan, Spain, East Germany, the Ukraine, Mexico, Italy, and the United States.

marcus scott williams is a writer and artist living in New York City by way of Kansas City, Missouri. His work is predicated on themes such as body exploration, the creation of comfortable spaces, memory, and radical vulnerability.

He is the author of  “Sparse Black Whimsy: A Memoir” (2fast2house, 2017) and has attended workshops with the Cave Canem Foundation and Winter Tangerine. He is a recipient of The Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award for artistic excellence.

He loves you.

June 17 – July 18, 2019

Open House: Sunday, July 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30pm)

Gila K. Berryman, writer, Brooklyn
Rachel Gisela Cohen, visual artist, Brooklyn
Anne Arden McDonald, photographer, Brooklyn
Nkosi Nkululeko, poet, NYC
Carla Stetson, visual artist, Ithaca

Gila K. Berryman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Lilith Magazine, Entropy, Transitions, Mobius, and Stitch. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and is finishing her first novel.

She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from New York University, and has been awarded fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, and Kimbilio, Center for African American Fiction Writers. 

Rachel Gisela Cohen is an artist, independent curator and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

She received her MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute and her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Drew University. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, as well as attended residencies with the Vermont Studio Center, the Montclair Art Museum, COPE NYC and the Tyler School of Art.

She has exhibited at institutions including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Hunter College, Pierogi Gallery’s The Boiler, Standard Projects, and the Crane Arts Center of Philadelphia.

Anne Arden McDonald  is a Brooklyn based visual artist who grew up in Atlanta Georgia. From age 15 to 30 she made self-portraits by building installations in abandoned interiors and performing privately for her camera in these spaces, publishing a book of this work in 2004. For 20 years, she was a private dealer for 13 Czech and Slovak photographers who do performances for the camera. She also has a large body of dreamy photographs shot with a Diana camera over several decades. More recently she has been using light and chemistry the way a painter or sculptor would to build images on photographic paper.

Anne’s work has been exhibited widely: in the past 30 years, she has had 44 solo exhibitions in 10 countries (about 230 total shows in 14 countries) and has been published in over 215 places in 20 countries, including in Aperture, European Photography, and Eyemazing Magazines. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Worchester Art Museum, the Houston MFA, the Denver At Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art and the Bibliothque Nationale in Paris.

She was a Lapine Fellow at the Millay Colony, was given a grant of studio space from the Sharpe Foundation, and has been in residence at the Byrdcliffe colony from 2015-2017. She taught for 6 years at Parsons School of Design in New York, and has lectured about topics such as staged photography, self portraiture, Czech and Slovak photography, alternative photography, and her own work.

Nkosi Nkululeko, writer, chess instructor, and musician, is a Poets House, Callaloo, Watering Hole fellow, and is currently a Book Reviewer for Winter Tangerine.

His poetry can be found in Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Offing, Ploughshares, Third Coast, and more. His poem “Skin Deep,” formerly published by The Adroit Journal, was selected by guest editor Dana Gioia for The Best American Poetry 2018 anthology (Scribner, 2018).

Nkosi lives in Harlem, New York.

Carla Stetson is a visual artist currently living and working in a converted barn near Ithaca, New York, which is also the home of Sky Barn Apiaries. Her work explores the interrelationships between wild nature and human culture. Rather than sealing wild creatures outside the home, in Carla’s drawings and installations, they are invited inside and fed from the table.

Carla received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. She lived for twenty years in Duluth, Minnesota, where she is best known for public sculpture, especially the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, the first large scale memorial to victims of a lynching in the country.

Carla’s residency awards include Draw International in Caylus, France, and the McColl Center for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received fellowships from the Puffin Foundation, Intermedia Arts, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and her work is included in collections such as the Carolinas HealthCare, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, Minnesota.

July 22 – August 22, 2019

Open House: Sunday, August 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30pm)

E.C. Barrett, writer, Brooktondale
Deric Carner, visual artist, NYC
Nathan Ely, photographer, Buffalo
Abby Goldstein, visual artist, Brooklyn
Hannah Hirsh, poet, Brooklyn

E.C. Barrett writes fiction in a small farmhouse in Brooktondale, NY. She is also a freelance nonfiction writer and she teaches writing workshops.

She studied Creative Writing at Wells College and has an M.A. in Philosophy from Binghamton University. In 2015, she received a first place award from the New York Press Association for her nonfiction writing and she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2018

Deric Carner has had solo shows at Romer Young Gallery, Trestle Projects, Four AM, Louis V E.S.P., and Tent. Rotterdam. Group shows include at FIERMAN, Radiator Gallery, Present Company, NurtureArt, Louis B James, Participant Inc., EFA Project Space, Queen’s Nails Projects, Southern Exposure, Witte de With and CAC Vilnius. His piece “Touch Belly” was highlighted in Hyperallergic’s Best of 2017: Our Top 15 Brooklyn Art Shows.

Deric holds a Masters from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL, an MA from the University of Plymouth UK and a BFA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, CA. He is a MacDowell Fellow and an Artists Space IPG and SFAC Grant recipient.

Nathan Ely is a photographer whose practice is an intersection of scientific and historic/alternative photographic image making. His work explores photography’s unique relation to light, space and time. Possessing an “objective intelligence,” the camera has a connection to the real in the way that “things in themselves” give off their reflected form.

Nathan’s most recent body of work comes from interdisciplinary research using an electron microscope as the starting point for the production of carefully made sublime representations of nature. He predominantly uses analog photographic processes in the final printing of his work. For the artist, a material based approach to the medium is of the utmost importance in a visual culture that is almost ubiquitously saturated with digital imagery. His goal is not only to reference the history of the medium but to expand the vocabulary of contemporary photographic art beyond a purely digital space.

Nathan graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 and completed his MFA at the State University of NY at Buffalo this past Spring. He currently resides in Buffalo, NY.

Abby Goldstein lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Fordham University, NY. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Abby recently completed a large outdoor public commission in East New York and is included in Crossing Boundaries: Art//Maps, an exhibition at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library. Her residency fellowships include Vermont Studio Center, Willapa Bay, Brush Creek, Hambidge and Yaddo.

Abby works with a visual language that references a cartographic vocabulary in order to communicate networking, systems, and navigation through a dystopian landscape.

Hannah Hirsh holds a BA in Classics from Princeton and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, where she served as co-poetry editor of Washington Square Review.

She has received support from NYU, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

August 26 – September 9, 2019

Open House: Sunday, September 8, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

(readings begin at 2:30pm)

Ky Anderson, visual artist, Brooklyn
Silvia Bonilla, poet, Queens
Robert Glick, writer, Rochester
Nazanin Noroozi, photographer, Queens
Claire Watson, visual artist, Water Mill

Ky Anderson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, with recent solo exhibitions in New York, Nashville, San Francisco and Kansas City along with numerous group shows and art fairs.

Ky paints in a physical, layered and intuitive process, with an end result of line work, texture and colors that tell moments of an internal story. Her paintings illustrate the visible and invisible connections between the weights, pulls and supports of the sculptural and symbolic landscape around us. 

Ky was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Silvia Bonilla holds an MFA from The New School in Poetry. She is the author of the chapbook “An Animal Startled by the Mechanisms of Life” published by Deadly Chaps in 2014.

Originally from Ecuador, she lives and works in New York.

Robert Glick is Associate Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing and digital literature.

His work has appeared in The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, and The Gettysburg Review. His first book of stories, Two Californias, is forthcoming from C&R Press in 2019.

Nazanin Noroozi works predominantly in the medium of printmaking, but also incorporates painting and alternative photography processes exploring new ways to represent the notions of collective memory and diaspora.

Nazanin’s work has been widely exhibited in both Iran and the United States, including the Museum of Russian Art, Noyes Museum of Art, Prizm Art Fair, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of NYFA IAP program 2018 and the winner of “Selection of A New Generation”competition in Iran. She is an editor at large and project coordinator at Kaarnamaa, a Journal of Art History and Criticism.

Nazanin completed her MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute in 2015.  She currently lives and works in New York City.

Claire Watson was born in Amarillo, TX in 1957. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, and an MFA in Sculpture at Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia in 1984.

Her awards and honors include a residency in the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2018; a Fellowship in Sculpture from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2007; and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1990. In 2014 she served as a panelist for the selection of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Crafts/Sculpture. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, and has been exhibited at venues that include Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; and Art in General, NYC, among numerous others.

She has taught at Middlebury College, Rutgers University, Dowling College and in other diverse settings. Since 1996 she has lived and worked in Water Mill, New York, where she raised two sons with her husband, artist Stephen Laub.

September 11 – 25, 2019

Open House: Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 – 7:30pm

(readings begin at 6:30pm)

Betsy Andrews, poet, Brooklyn (Saltonstall alumna, 2000)
Tasha Depp, visual artist, Catskill
Stacie Evans, writer, Brooklyn
Jacob Hicks, visual artist, Brooklyn
Katie Waugh, photographer, Aurora

Betsy Andrews, a Saltonstall alumna from 2000, is the author of two award-winning books of poetry: The Bottom, winner of the 42 Miles Press Prize in Poetry, and New Jersey, recipient of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; the chapbooks In Trouble, She-Devil; and, with artist Peter Fox, the book Supercollider.

Her poems and essays are widely published, including most recently, in Love’s Executive Order, Mom Egg Review, Snowy Egret, and the Nauset Press anthology Fierce: Essays by and About Dauntless Women. She is the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an Astraea Award in Poetry, the Philadelphia City Paper Prize in Poetry, and numerous writing residencies. She has been a visiting writer at Franklin & Marshall College, University of Rhode Island, Carlton College, Colgate College, Indiana State University South Bend, Georgetown University, and George Mason University.

She is the curator of Brooklyn’ WRECKstasy Reading Series, and the co-creator with photographer Carolyn Monastra of The Elder Project, documenting senior activists. Betsy makes her living as journalist and has been nominated for James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals writing awards.

In the last five years, Tasha Depp has continued to explore means of showing art outside of gallery and traditional art viewing situations. She co-curated  “Mobile Home Show,” a pop-up exhibition in which invited artists displayed work relevant to the living spaces in a mobile home. She has maintained a digital sketching practice that she shares on a Facebook page called Suburban Scrawl. She exhibited an ever-expanding slideshow of these sketches in “The Stories We Tell” at  the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz in 2015 and “Drawing Discourse” at the University of North Carolina in 2018. She created sketches and made them available to viewers through UPC codes that they could access using their smartphones in “Hidden Gallery,” an exhibition in Palenville, NY.

Most recently, Tasha has been painting on surfaces composited of canvas and found objects. She has also been working collaboratively with another artist, Joann Alvis, on interfacing traditional representational painting with video.  Some of this work was displayed in “Staring Into Space,” an on-line exhibition of the Mid-America College Association in March 2018. Another piece was shown in a benefit show for the Greene County Council for the Arts in Catskill in 2018. Most recently, this past summer, Tasha and Joann were invited to create a site specific work for  “What’s Next?” at the Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, NY. The piece, entitled “Garderobe” remains on display throughout the year.

Stacie Evans is a multi-genre writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently working on a comics project, Adventures in Racism.

She is a four-time alum of the VONA Voices writing workshops for writers of color. Her work has appeared in New South, The Powder Room, After Ferguson, Bitch Magazine, Lifting the Burden of Shame, and The Rumpus. She writes online at “if you want kin, you must plant kin …”

Claire Watson was born in Amarillo, TX in 1957. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, and an MFA in Sculpture at Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia in 1984.

Her awards and honors include a residency in the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2018; a Fellowship in Sculpture from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2007; and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1990. In 2014 she served as a panelist for the selection of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Crafts/Sculpture. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, and has been exhibited at venues that include Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; and Art in General, NYC, among numerous others.

She has taught at Middlebury College, Rutgers University, Dowling College and in other diverse settings. Since 1996 she has lived and worked in Water Mill, New York, where she raised two sons with her husband, artist Stephen Laub.

Jacob Hicks is Brooklyn-based magical realist and figurative oil painter with his MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

His paintings have been exhibited most recently with Parlor Gallery and at Art Miami and published in compendiums by Rizzoli Press and The Wild Magazine

Katie Waugh is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in photography, sculpture, and video. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA from Savannah College of Art and Design—Atlanta. Her recent work considers the ambivalence surrounding instances of structural collapse, as it may be thwarted, celebrated, used as a template for development, tokenized, or intentionally induced.

Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout the US and internationally, including at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Georgia, and the Kauno Biennale in Kaunas, Lithuania. Recently, her work has been featured in a solo exhibition at Alfred State College, and group exhibitions at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL; Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, Dallas, TX; and a forthcoming exhibition at Adds Donna, Chicago.

She lives and works in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she is a tenured Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Program of Wells College. She also serves as Director of the college’s String Room Gallery, where for six years she has produced exhibitions and hosted visiting artist collaborations.