Meet this year’s mentors and mentees

We are pleased to announce the participants in the 2015 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Now in its ninth year, the program pairs immigrant artists working in
all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for
their mentees, guiding them to achieve specific goals. The program provides participants with broader access to the New York cultural
landscape through group meetings that provide an opportunity to connect with
other immigrant artists, arts professionals and organizations in the New York Metropolitan Area.

2015 Participants and Disciplines:

Mentee Ziad Al Tarek, Performing (Iraq/New Zealand), paired with Mentor Susane Lee, Performing (Korea).

Mentee Karian Amaya, Visual (Mexico), paired with Mentor Giada Crispiels, Visual (Italy).

Mentee Fiona Cashell, Multidisciplinary (Ireland), paired with Mentor Tattfoo Tan, Visual (Malaysia).

Mentee Deborah Castillo, Visual (Venezuela), paired with Mentor Katya Grokhovsky, Visual (Ukraine/Australia/United States).

Mentee Chia-Lun Chang, Literary (Taiwan), paired with Mentor BC Edwards, Literary (United States).

Mentee Lu Chen, Literary (China), paired with Mentor Vivian Yang, Literary (China).

Mentee Eva Davidova, Multidisciplinary (Bulgaria), paired with Mentor Haisi Hu, Visual (China).

Mentee Alassane Drabo, Visual (Burkina Faso), paired with Mentor Jesse Bercowetz, Visual (United States).

Mentee Gina Goico, Multidisciplinary (Dominican Republic), paired with Mentor Zelene Pineda Suchilt, Multidisciplinary (Mexico).

Mentee Stephano Espinoza, Multidisciplinary (Ecuador), paired with Mentor Valentina Medda, Multidisciplinary (Italy).

Mentee Claire Falkenberg, Visual (Canada), paired with Mentor Liene Bosquê, Visual (Brazil).

Mentee Laura Jacobs, Visual (United Kingdom), paired with Mentor Lori Nix, Visual (United States).

Mentee Jongheon Kim, Visual (Korea), paired with Mentor Yusam Sung, Visual (Korea).

Mentee Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Visual (Greece), paired with Mentor Eduardo Guedes, Performing (Brazil). 

Mentee Ming-Jer Kuo, Visual (Taiwan), paired with Mentor Laetitia Soulier, Visual (France). 

Mentee Pablo Lerma, Visual (Spain), paired with Mentor Liesl Pfeffer, Visual (Australia).

Mentee Joiri Minaya, Multidisciplinary (Dominican Republic), paired with Mentor Denise Iris, Visual (Romania).

Mentee Lina Montoya, Visual (Colombia), paired with Mentor Carlos Martinez, Visual (Colombia).

Mentee Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, Performing (Philippines), paired with Mentor Jonathan Cerullo, Performing (United States).

Júlia Pontés, Visual, (Brazil/Argentina), paired with Mentor Shari Diamond, Visual, (United States).

Mentee Alina Ruiz Folini, Performing (Argentina), paired with Mentor Martita Abril, Performing, (Mexico). 

Mentee Saman Samadi, Performing (Iran), paired with Mentor Hans Tammen, Multidisciplinary, (Germany).

Mentee Tidtaya Sinutoke, Performing (Thailand), paired with Mentor Volker Goetze, Performing (Germany).

Mentee Peuo Tuy, Literary, (Cambodia), paired with Mentor Carlos César Valle, Literary (Peru).

Mentee Alejandro Yoshii, Visual (Mexico), paired with Mentor Eleen Lin, Visual, (Taiwan).

Click here for more information about the Immigrant Artist Program and other resources it offers, including our online directory and free monthly newsletter. The NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists is made possible by the generous support of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

Image: IAP Mentor Meeting 2015, Photo by Giada Crispiels

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