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Spotlight on NYFA Doctor: Jason Maas
January 12, 2015

Introducing Jason Maas, one of our newest consultants for NYFA's popular project Doctor's Hours. Maas is an artist himself but also works as an art educator and is the founder of the Artist Volunteer Center. Here, he talks about how his activities as an arts administrator are influencing his artistic practice and vice versa.

Featured Organization: Chen Dance Center
December 18, 2014
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program introduces the Chen Dance Center (CDC), the nation's largest Asian American performing arts institution located in Chinatown. The organization's Artistic Director H.T. Chen and the Associate Director Dian Dong talk about diversity in their company and the impact on the community in Chinatown. "South of Gold Mountain" is the title of CDC's current project, which is about the history of early Chinese migration to the southern states of the U.S..

Betsi Graves
December 18, 2014
Arts + Entrepreneurship = (Creativity)^2
Don't worry, this interview with Betsi Graves has nothing to do with math. The entrepreneur from Boston joins NYFA to talk about entrepreneurship in the arts business as part of the launch of NYFA's new Arts Business Incubator Program. Graves shares her insights on the professional dance scene in Boston and her motivation to found the contemporary dance company Urbanity Dance.

Special Report: idir Arts Collective, G.E.T. 1 (Group Ego Trip 1) at NYFA
November 25, 2014
Idir is an Irish-based arts collective and has recently had their first exhibition, Group Ego Trip I, at the NYFA Gallery in New York City. Four out of the 26 artists talked to NYFA about the process and difficulties of planning this event, the stories and ideas behind their artwork and the experiences of working abroad. They also shared great advice on working with a large group, the profile of a professional artist and producing art overseas.

Spotlight on NYFA Doctor: Hans Tammen
November 25, 2014
Introducing our new consultant Hans Tammen for NYFA's popular program Doctor's Hours. Tammen is the Deputy Director of Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center and a faculty member at the School for Visual Arts. He also shares some advice for artists navigating the art world.

Con Edison Immigrant Artist Program Newsletter, Issue No. 60
August 30, 2014
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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Diane Coburn Bruning
May 22, 2014 
NYFA talks to Diane Coburn Bruning about relaunching her dance company, Chamber Dance Project, their upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center, and her new film project.

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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Janet Echelman
April 17, 2014
NYFA Fellow Janet Echelman talks to us about her impressive sculpture "Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks" which was created for the TED conference's 30th anniversary which was celebrated in Vancouver. She shares stories of difficulties she and her team encountered during the creation process. Furthermore, Echelman explains the sculpture's meaning and motivates struggling artists to believe in themselves and have patience.

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: Ali Banisadr
March 14, 2014
NYFA talks to Ali Banisadr about his current solo exhibition Motherboard, him growing up in war-torn Iran and drawing during air raids. He also explains the encyclopedic nature of his work, his sources of inspiration, and tells us about his daily routine.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Michelle Handelman
February 20, 2014
Video fellow Michelle Handelman talks to NYFA about her current installation, Irma Vep, the last breath, living "undercover", and sources of inspiration. She also tells us about her childhood, her role of now being a professor, and her artistic process.

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.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Myra Melford
August 14, 2013
Three-time NYFA Fellow ('92, '98, '02) Myra Melford talks to us about her first solo piano album Life Carries Me This Way, her composition process, and important sources of inspiration. Melford also discusses her mixed media piece Language of Dreams and tells us about her current music favorites.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Michelle Stuart
July 23, 2013
NYFA Fellow (Painting '87) talks to us about her sources of inspiration and what influences her art work. She also discusses her work Scanning Sequence and tells us about her traveling solo exhibition Drawn from Nature which is currently in New York.

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.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Denise Iris
June 12, 2013
Meet three-time NYFA Fellow (Video '98, '04, '10) Denise Iris. She joins us to talk about the evolution of her artistic practice, her creative process, and her experiences of being an immigrant from Romania in the U.S. feeling like an outsider. Iris also discusses her most recent project Minimentals which is a collection of ultra short films to rediscover the world. Furthermore, she tells us about her artistic inspiration, her participation in the LUMEN festival, and her upcoming projects.

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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Carol Golemboski
May 7, 2013
NYFA Fellow Carol Golemboski discusses her new interactive artist's book and photographic series Psychometry. She tells us about the advantages of publishing a digital book, working with new media, and the business aspect of this project. Golemboski also shares how she balances her personal life and her career, informs us about upcoming projects and tells us about the importance of her NYFA Fellowship to her career.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Deidre Schoo
April 17, 2013
NYFA met with Deidre Schoo to discuss her NYFA/Artspire fiscally sponsored project Flex is Kings. It is a documentary about the flex dance culture in Brooklyn. Deidre tells us about the filming process and her experience of working with the dancers.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Joseph Burwell
March 27, 2013
NYFA Fellow Joseph Burwell tells us how studying architecture and sculpture have influenced his artworks. He also explains his creative process and discusses his show, A survey of Nonexistence at a Glance. Burwell also mentions the importance of having lived in many different places to his painting.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Sabine Heinlein
March 6, 2013
NYFA Nonfiction Fellow Sabine Heinlein discusses her book, Among Murderers: Life After Prison, which tells the stories of three ex-convicts and their reentry into life. Sabine also talks about growing up in a small village in Germany and the impact her NYFA Fellowship had on her career and her life.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Margaret Inga Wiatrowski
February 13, 2013
We talked to NYFA Fellow Margaret Inga Wiatrowski about her trajectory as an artists, how her literature and communications studies have influenced her art, and the connection of drawing and photography. She also tells us about the importance of the financial support she receieved from NYFA espeicially since she lost most of her art and a great amount of supplies during hurricane Sandy.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Michael Waugh
January 23, 2013
NYFA Fellow Michael Waugh talked to us about his background in history and poetry, upcoming projects, and networking. He also explains the characteristics of Micrography, a technique used in his paintings, and tells us about his current exhibition at Winkelman Gallery. Michael also shares some advice for emerging artists and talks about the impact the NYFA Fellowship had on his career.

Meet A NYFA Artist: Roxa Smith
December 19, 2012
Recent NYFA Fellow Roxa Smith talks about her passion for art, growing up in Venezuela, and her ideal day. She also tells us about sources of inspiration, her studio and process, as well as her biggest obstacles as an artist. Lastly, Roxa shares some great advice for emerging artists and explains the impact her NYFA Fellowship had on her life and her career.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Sheila Callaghan
November 15, 2012
NYFA talks to Sheila Callaghan about her current and upcoming projects, sources of inspiration, and her favorite play. Sheila also speaks about theatre as a collaborative process and explains the importance of being awarded a NYFA Fellowship to her career.

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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Robert Attenweiler
June 19, 2012
The Playwriting/Screenwriting NYFA Fellow Robert Attenweiler informs us about his current and upcoming projects, and the characteristics of the TV series The Walking Dead. He also tells us about self-producing his work and working in different genres. Lastly Robert shares the benefits of being awarded a NYFA Fellowship in 2011.

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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Mia Pearlman
May 30, 2012
We spoke to NYFA Fellow Mia Pearlman about her studio space, the connection between her background and her art work, and the message she wants to convey with her art. Mia also tells us what influences her work and explains her psychological and emotional relationship with her work. Lastly the artist shares some details about her pieces and talks about the characteristics of working site-specifically.

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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Dawn Clements
May 3, 2012
NYFA Fellow Dawn Clements tells us about his current and upcoming projects, how he became a visual artist and how his childhood influences his arts practice. He also explains his interest in cinema and its interior spaces. Dawn continues to talk about his practice and his studio as well as the differences between drawing from real life or drawing from film. Lastly he shares some extensive advice for emerging artists.

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.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Ranbir Sidhu
April 5, 2012
We talked to NYFA Fellow Ranbir Sidhu about his upcoming trip to the Mojave Desert and his favorite places on earth. He also tells us about finding his passion for fiction and his motivation to keep writing.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Chin Chih Yang
April 5, 2012
NYFA Fellow Chin Chih Yang tells us about his current and upcoming projects, catastrophes and traumatization, and his connection to nature. He also talks about spaces to exhibit his works, his process, and his work space. Chin Chih shares the challenges he faces and explains how the NYFA Fellowship in 2008 has helped his career.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Adam Fowler
March 14, 2012
NYFA Fellow Adam Fowler informs us about current and upcoming projects, his work space, and things that influence him. The artist also shares details about his work, childhood and process. Lastly, he tells us how the NYFA Fellowship has benefited him and his career.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Honor Molloy
February 21, 2012
NYFA talks to two-time fellow Honor Molloy her project Smarty Girl, her new audio book, and her collaboration with Susan McKeown. She also tells us about her work space and shares what she used the grant money from her NYFA Fellowships for.

Meet a NYFA Artist: Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint (EcoArtTech)
January 20, 2012
Eco-art/theory collaborative members and NYFA Fellows Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint talk to us about their interest in nature, their app Intermediate Hikes+, and networks. They also share how it is for them to work together, the variety of their projects, and their sources of inspiration. Lastly they explain how the NYFA Fellowship has benefited them.

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Slider Images:
Rosemarie Fiore (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts ‘09), Firework Drawing #20, 2007; Ali Banisadr (Fellow Painting ‘10), The Gatekeepers, 2009; Janet Echelman (Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures ‘06), Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks, Vancouver, Canada, 2014, Photography by Todd Erickson; Denise Iris (Fellow in Video ‘98, ‘04, ‘10), Still from Minimentals, 2012