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June 2019 - July 2016        Back to Top

Conversations | Debi Cornwall's Book and Exhibition "Welcome to Camp America"
June 7, 2018
Welcome to Camp America, fiscally sponsored through NYFA, is a book and exhibition of photographs that cast an absorbing light on life at Guantánamo Bay and the growing diaspora of its cleared and released “detainees.”

Business of Art | How to Locate Creative Opportunities Workshops in Spanish Recap
May 25, 2018
In this reacp, learn about step-by-step actions and best practices for efficiently finding and activating creative opportunities that provide time, space, and support to develop creative careers.

Conversations | Making Your Way as an Immigrant Performing Artist
April 11, 2018
In this Q&A, Aryo Wicaksono, musician and Membership Manager at Grantmakers in the Arts, gave advice for thriving as an artist in a new environment.

Conversations | Marco Antonio Castro, Multidisciplinary Artist and IAP Mentor
February 22, 2018
NYFA spoke with Marco Antonio Castro about his creative process, his experience with art and technology, his role as a mentor with NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, and more.

Conversations | Susan L. Schulman on Publicity for Performing Artists
February 8, 2018
Susan L. Schulman, a theatrical press agent who draws on more than four decades of experience, graciously agreed to distill her years of experience into a few concrete pointers that the performing artist can utilize as they work to create and build an audience for their work.

Conversations | Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director for the Women’s March, Film Director, and Author
December 21, 2017
Paola Mendoza discusses how her immigrant experience directly informs the stories she tells as a filmmaker.

Conversations | Arnaldo J. López, Development Officer at Pregones/PRTT
November 3, 2017
We spoke with Puerto Rican native Arnaldo J. López about Pregones/PRTT's efforts to help artists affected by Huricane Maria, and about how to adjust to living in New York City as an immigrant artist.

IAP Interview: Leeza Ahmady, Director of Asia Contemporary Art Week, ACAW
May 1, 2017
Born and raised in Afghanistan, Leeza Ahmady is a New York-based independent curator and the director of Asia Contemporary Art Week, ACAW, a dynamic platform that brings together leading New York and Asian-based art institutions.  

IAP Interview: Tamas Veszi, Hungarian Artist and Founder of RadiatorArts
March 31, 2017
Hungarian artist Tamas Veszi talks about RadiatorArts, a space that seeks to promote debates and invigorate cooperativeness around the arts.

IAP Interview: Catherine Yu, Artist and Director of Public Programs at the Asian American Arts Alliance
March 2, 2017
The playwright talked about the importance of collaboration, and her award-winning plays.

Meet New NYFA Board Member: Young Yang Chung
February 29, 2017
Join us in welcoming new Board Member Young Yang Chung to NYFA. Chung is a textile historian and embroiderer who fosters appreciation of an art form often stigmatized as "women's work."

IAP Interview: Monika Wührer, Artist and Director of Open Source Gallery
December 19, 2016
IAP Newsletter interviews Monika Wührer, who has built an extraordinary community in Brooklyn around Open Source Gallery.

IAP Interview: Alicia Ehni, Artist and New Editor of the Immigrant Artist Newsletter
December 1, 2016
Join us in welcoming Alicia and get to know a little bit more about her own experience as an immigrant artist.

Fellows at 30 / Fiscal Sponsorship: An Interview with Mary Mattingly
October 3, 2016
In this interview, Mary Mattingly (Fellow in Sculpture ‘11) talks about sustainable food systems and NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship.

IAP Interview: Daniel Gallant, Executive Director of Nuyorican Poets Cafe
September 30, 2016
Priscilla Son of IAP recently met with Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s Executive Director, Daniel Gallant, to discuss the organization’s 43-year history, its mission and trajectory, as well as performance opportunities available at the Cafe for our immigrant artist readers.

Fellows at 30 / Fiscal Sponsorship: Andres Serrano
September 23, 2016
We talked to NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Andres Serrano (Photography '87) about his latest book, Salvation: The Holy Land (Sponsored Project), as well as how to deal with controversy and his appreciation for NYFA support.

IAP Interview: Terence Trouillot with artist Joana P. Cardozo
August 25, 2016
Terence Trouillot and Joana P. Cardozo recently met as participants of the 2016 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. In an email interview, Terence asked Joana about her upcoming project, The Future Perfect, an exhibition she co-curated with fellow artists and curators.

 

April 2016 - Jan 2015        Back to Top

Helène Aylon & Feminism: A Fiscally Sponsored Artist Reflects
March 30, 2016
NYFA interviews two-time NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Helène Aylon, who shares her thoughts on Feminism, the current landscape for female emerging artists, and her fiscally sponsored The G-D Project.

IAP Interview: Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator at the Hispanic Society of America
March 30, 2016
In this interview, originally featured in the ConEdison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Marcus B. Burke shares memorable moments from his tenure at the Hispanic Society of America and dicusses the organization's resources for immigrant artists.

IAP Interview: Eva Davidova and Haisi Hu
February 22, 2016
IAP mentor and mentee pair Haisi Hu and Eva Davidova have already been featured in a New York Times article and took the time to talk to NYFA about the life of an immigrant artist in New York. They tell us about their first impressions of the city, how being an immigrant has influenced their practice and share the things they miss about their home countries.

IAP Archive: Ezra Wube
January 28, 2016
In 2015, IAP Alumnus Ezra Wube has told us about about founding the "Addis Video Film Festival" in his hometown Addis Ababa.Now after a successful launch, we reached out to Ezra to see what he had learned.

IAP Interview: Yevgeniya Baras
January 26, 2016
Yevgeniya Baras is a contemporary painter and co-founder of the Regina Rex Gallery on the Lower East Side. NYFA visited her studio at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to find out how she balances her business with her artistic practice, how artists get noticed, and how her immigrant experience influences her work.

IAP Interview: Valentina Medda & Stephano Espinoza
December 18, 2015
We talked to Immigrant Artists Program mentor/mentee duo Valentina Medda and Stephan Espinoza about first arriving in the States from Italy and Ecuador. They also tell us how it is to be an immigrant and how they sometimes feel like an outsider in society. Valentina and Stephano share what they miss most from their home country and in what ways they have already adapted to the American culture.

Conversations: Sarah Dohrmann Interviews Catherine Lacey
December 16, 2015
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Sarah Dohrmann interviews 2012 Fellow Catherine Lacey. The two talk about writing fiction and nonfiction, Catherine's book Nobody Is Ever Missing, and receiving the fellowship. Catherine also tells us about the voice in her stories, life in a coop in New York, and her upcoming projects.

Conversation with Deborah Kass
December 4, 2015
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow and NYFA Hall of Fame Inductee Deborah Krass talks about her art practice, in which she responds to current events in the world. She also tells us about how she started out at an emerging artist in New York City and highlights the significance of being awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship. Lastly, Deborah shares which upcoming theater plays and events she is excited for.

Featured IAP Interview with Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC Council Member on The Cultural Immigrant Initiative
October 29, 2015
NYFA interviews New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer about the Cultural Immigrant Initiative, a program that provides cultural programming targeting immigrant groups throughout the five boroughs.

IAP Alumni Spotlight: Tuo Wang
September 29, 2015 
Tuo Wang, an Immigrant Artist Program alumni originally from China, joins us to talk about his upcoming projects and his transition of wanting to pursue a career in biology to becoming an artist. He also explains why NYFA was a great source of support during his artistic career.

Featured Artist: Deborah Castillo
September 29, 2015 
For National Hispanic Heritage Month we are featuring Venezuelan artist Deborah Castillo who is interviewed by Katya Grokhovsky, her mentor at NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Castillo talks about her upcoming solo exhibition RAW and other upcoming projects. She also shares her story of immigrating to the U.S. and her life as an immigrant in New York City.

IAP Spotlight: Priscila De Carvalho
August 28, 2015
Priscilla De Carvalho who is an alumna of NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program joins NYFA to talk about her permanent sculpture Bronx: Heart, Homeland, 2015. She talks about growing up in Brazil and what influenced her to become an artist. De Carvalho also shares advice for immigrant artists as well as her favorite aspects of living and creating in New York City.

A conversation with NYFA Fiscally Sponsored Artist Angel Lam
August 27, 2015
Fiscally sponsored composer, writer and educator Angel Lam talks about her practice and her passion for cross-disciplinary projects. Angel explains how she balances her career with her private life and that different kinds of art are a great source of inspiration for her. She also comments on the benefits of being a teaching artist, funding strategies, and the impact of NYFA fiscal sponsorship on her practice.

If Humans could fly: In Conversation with Akira Ikezoe
August 17, 2015
Akira Ikezoe explains the impact growing up in Japan during the 90's had on his relationship with nature and ultimately fueled the interest of morphing creatures with their familiar environments in his artwork. He also talks about his motivation to emigrate to New York City, the characteristics of his studio, and the help he received from NYFA. Ikezoe, who originally is a trained printmaker, is fiscally sponsored by NYFA for his animation project Hole.

Rica Takashima, Aliens and other Extraterrestrial Beings
August 10, 2015
Visual Artist Rica Takashima is the recent recipient of a NYFA Opportunity Grant and an alumna of NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program. Here, she talks about the Manga culture and growing up in her hometown Tokyo, which combined with her experiences of being an immigrant artist in New York City has majorly influenced the fiscally sponsored project "Aliens in New York". Takashima discusses social issues, the difficulties of exhibiting artwork, and her participation in NYFA's projects.

Featured Interview from IAP Newsletter #71: Curating and organizing Archimedes' Bathtub
July 31, 2015
NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program participants Sophia Chizuko and Liene Bosquê have co-organized the exhibition "Archimedes' Bathtub" with the help of curator Julian A. Jimarez Howard. The three share their experiences and the difficulties they encountered when putting together the exhibition which features the work of 22 immigrant artists.

Spotlight from IAP Newsletter #71: Zahra Banyamerian
July 31, 2015
The immigrant artist Zahra Banyamerian learnt how to improve the presentation of her work with the help of NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program and workshops such as NYFA's Doctor's Hours. The artist who came
 to Boston from Iran to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston shares thoughts on her artwork, positive and negative aspects of being an immigrant artist, and her experience at The League Residency at Sparkhill, NY.

Featured Interview from IAP Newsletter: Sarah Dohrmann
March 16, 2015
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Sarah Dohrmann shares insights from her creative non fiction book "Point of Departure". As part of the research for this project she spent a lot of time in Morocco and in Paris. Doormann talks about her experiences, how she worked with the women in these areas, and the difficulties of coming back to New York. She also has quite a few tips for artists who are planning on traveling and are looking for funding opportunities.

 

 

Jan 2015 - Jan 2012        Back to Top

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 60

This month's NYFA Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter features three-time NYFA Fellow and two-time IAP mentor Denise Iris. Iris wrote a blog post on thought immigrant artists have. She refers to old blog posts and projects to tell us how her attitude towards being an immigrant from Romania has evolved over time. She continues to depict how this process has affected her art works and describes what she notices in IAP mentees.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 59
July 24, 2014
NYFA met with Christopher Mulé, the new Folk Art Director at the Brooklyn Arts Council. He talks about his background and his motivation to pursue a career in folk and traditional arts. Molé also shared his inspirations and thoughts on his recent appointment as Folk Arts Director.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 58
June 26, 2014
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program newsletter introduces pianist Eunbi Kim. Kim tells us about her background and her motivation to pursue a pianist career. She also shares details of the creative process of her most recent project Murakami Music. Kim talks about entrepreneurship in the art world, challenges she had to face and gives great advice to other immigrant artists.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 57
May 29, 2014
Kristyna and Marek Milde talked to NYFA about the mission and activities of the Czech Center New York (CCNY) which promotes Czech art. They share the story of CCNY's upcoming exhibition at the Wave hill's Sunroom Project Space.Furthermore the two artists explain their collaborative process focussing on how each project influences and interacts with the other.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 56
April 29, 2014
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program has met Russell Martin, the administrator of the London-based organization Artquest. Martin explains the intention and mission of artquest by telling us about the program's history and several projects. He also shares his personal favorite resources for artists, his thoughts on the art scene in London and how he manages to balance his own arts practice and his job as an administrator. Lastly, he also has some great advice for artists wanting to go to London.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 55
March 20, 2014
NYFA met with Rosemarie Fiore, a NYFA fellow and Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) mentor, to learn more about the role of being an IAP mentor, the connection she has to her mentees and the characteristics of the IAP community. Fiore also shares the most important piece of advice she gives to fellow immigrant artists and tells us about her most recent exhibition.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Jenny Offill
January 23, 2014
NYFA Fellow Jenny Offill talks to us about her novel Dept. of Speculation which will be published later this month. She continues to tell us about her writing process, the project she is currently working on, and unhinged narrators. As a NYFA Fellow Offill explains the importance of the fellowship for her career, and shares some great advice for emerging artists.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 53
January 17, 2014
In 2013 Grace Johng Lee, who is a writer of prose and poetry, has participated in NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program (IAP). Lee shares experiences of growing up in many different places around the world, being born stateless and alienation. Now, she lives and works in New York City and is happy to give advice to other immigrant artists. 

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 52
January 14, 2014
Introducing NYFA's Program Associate for Asian Affairs Judy Cai. This article highlights her impact on NYFA's projects, her background of growing up in China and some advice to other immigrant artist.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Katya Grokhovsky
September 18, 2013
We met with Katya Grokhovsky to discuss her interdisciplinary artwork, her first solo exhibition in New York City named Bodybeautiful, and her upcoming projects. She also talks about the benefits of having been a NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentee in 2012. Grokhovsky continues to share her own experiences as an immigrant artist and advice she has for fellow artists living and working in foreign countries and cultures.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 47
July 19, 2013
This Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) Newsletter features an interview with the Spanish artist and two-time NYFA fellow José Carlos Casado. He talks about his art practice and his preference for working with technology. Casado shares his thoughts on his recent collaboration with Swatch and the appendant artist residency in Shanghai. Furthermore he has some great advice for fellow artists and talks about experiences of being an immigrant in the U.S.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Joan Silber
July 3, 2013
NYFA Fellow (Fiction '86) joins us to discuss her new book Fools, anarchists, and her creative process. She also talks about the books she is currently reading and shares some advice for young writers.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 46
June 20, 2013
NYFA met Marites L. Mendoza from The Wing Luke Museum, the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the U.S. to hear more about the institution's mission and values as well as opportunities to get involved. Mendoza informs us about upcoming events and tells us about the experiences many Pacific Asian Americans have when immigrating to the States. These stories are told in the permanent exhibition of the museum which is located in the historical Chinatown-International District in Seattle.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 45
May 16, 2013
Ioan Florea, immigrant artist originally from Transylvania, donated over thousand paints, gels and sample sets to NYFA for artists impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The artist who is also the founder of C.A.S. Paints tells us how he balances his art practices and his work. He also shares stories about his childhood in the communist country and explains how his experiences of being an immigrant in the U.S. influences his art and especially his upcoming show. Lastly, he has some great advice for other immigrant artists.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 40
September 27, 2012
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program met with Darcy Hector, Director of Marketing and Development at the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) to talk about the recent collaboration between the QBG and the NYFA Folk Artist Development Program called The Gift of Wisdom. Hector also explains QBG's mission, how they cater to the immigrant and artist community in New York City and the importance of sustainability in an ecological and educational context.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 39
August 21, 2012
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program met Jessica Kairé, one of the founders of El Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu), to find out about the motivation to establish Guatemala's first museum exclusively for contemporary art. The physical museum is located in a unique egg shaped building in a neighborhood of Guatemala City. Kairé talks about the reactions of the surrounding community as well as current and future exhibitions and projects. She also mentions the cultural exchange between artists from New York City and the ones represented by NuMu.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 38
July 24, 2012
Valeria Treves from the non-profit organization New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) talks to NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program about the mission of the community-based organization. NICE supports newly arrived low wage undocumented immigrant Latino workers in Queens. Treves tells us about recent collaborations and programs as well as the importance of arts when conveying NICE's mission.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Joseph Keckler
July 23, 2012
NYFA spoke to Joseph Kleckler about his current project, his childhood, and his passion for performance art. Joseph also tells us about artists who have influenced his work, his favorite audiences, and his recent NYFA Fellowship.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 37
June 25, 2012
The west-African dancer and choreographer Michel Kouakou talks to NYFA about his motivation to become a professional dancer, the tradition of dancing in his home country of Côte d'Ivoire and his career. Kouakou has been awarded a NYFA fellowship in 2007 and now plans on helping artists in Africa by introducing a dance festival.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 36
May 21, 2012
The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) is the largest international visual arts residency program in the U.S. and consists of a Residency Program, an Exhibition Program and a Participatory Program. ISCP talks to NYFA about their residency program, the selection process for future participants and upcoming initiatives. They also share insights on non-western residency programs which they gathered in their Residencies Talk Series with ArteEast.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 35
April 19, 2012
The Mexican mixed media artist Claudia Peña Salinas has been interviewed as part of NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program. She talks about her immigration to the U.S. and how the arts helped her to deal with problems while growing up in Chicago. Claudia also shares her thoughts on her projects, gallery exhibitions and the differences between the art scene in New York City and in Mexico.

 

Dec 2011 - Jan 2005        Back to Top

Special Features: Dread Scott
October 7, 2011
We filmed Dread in the Gowanus studio he shares with his wife, the artist Jenny Polak, and in and around their Fort Greene home. He spoke energetically and self-knowingly about his artistic and political awakening, body of work, and audience, asserting an urgent desire to engage people in museums and on city streets.

Special Features: John Yau
May 26, 2011

Special Features: Kalup Linzy
April 27, 2011

Meet a NYFA Artist: Shimon Attie
February 2, 2011

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