Artist News: April Part I

Artist News: April Part I

April has shown that NYFA affiliated artists are never content to rest on their laurels.

Congratulations are in order to NYFA affiliated artists of all disciplines, who are presenting new work and receiving prestigious nominations and awards this month.

Read on to see what these artists are up to!

Things to do & see in NYC:

Stephen Maine (Fellow in Painting ‘00)
Stephen Maine: New Paintings, a solo exhibition comprising seven vivid works on canvas the artist fabricated through his signature relief print-like process.
When: April 7 – 30, 2017
Where: Hionas Gallery, 124 Forsyth Street, New York, NY, 10002

Clarence Coo (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting ‘16)
Coo’s The Birds of Empathy will be performed at the INK’D 2017 Festival, directed by Jesse Geiger.
When: April 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM 
Where: The Loft at Theater 511, 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Okwui Okpokwasili (Fellow in Choreography ‘13)
Bessie Award-winning and New York Live Arts’ Stryker/Ranjelovic Resident Commissioned Artist Okpokwasili presents the culmination of her two-year residency with the New York Premiere of Poor People’s TV Room.
When: April 19 – April 22, April 26 – 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Where: New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, New York, 10011

Erin Joyce (Sponsored Project)
Joyce’s exhibition My Country Tis of Thy People, You’re Dying references the song of the same title by Buffy Saint Marie and will feature artworks by contemporary indigenous North American artists.
When: Now – May 26, 2017
Where: Radiator Gallery, 10-61 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11106

Get out of town to see:

Shimon Attie (Fellow in Photography ‘00, Performance/Multidisciplinary ‘05, Video ‘10)
Attie will have a solo exhibition titled Lost in Space (After Huck) at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
When: Now – June 25, 2017
Where: Saint Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110

Helène Aylon (Sponsored Project)
Internationally acclaimed Jewish feminist artist Aylon presents her exhibition Afterword: For the Children, a conclusion to “The G-d Project” at Brandeis University’s Knizknick Gallery.
When: Now – June 16, 2017
Where: Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University, WSRC Epstein Building, 515 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Isis Charise (Sponsored Project)
The UC Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Center and Miller Gallery present The Grace Project Cincinnati Exhibit, which will showcase empowering portraits of women who have had mastectomy surgery as a result of breast cancer.
When: Opening Reception: April 20, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; April 21 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and April 22 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Where: Miller Gallery, 2715 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45208

Debi Cornwall (Sponsored Project)
In collaboration with the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva (FIFDH), the Centre de la photographie Genève presents the first solo exhibition in Europe of Cornwall’s Welcome to Camp America.
When: Now – May 14, 2017
Where: Centre de la photographie Genève, Geneve, Switzerland

Roger Grunwald (Sponsored Project)
In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Mitzvah Project will be performed at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University in the Negev.
When: April 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM (Hebrew University) and April 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM (Ben Gurion University)
Where: Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and Ben Gurion University, the Negev, Israel

Weekend reads:

Ekene Ijeoma (Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design ‘16)
Ijeoma was featuted in an It’s Nice That article, “Data can be beautiful yet insightful: interaction designer and artist Ekene Ijeoma.”

NYFA congratulates:

Ekene Ijeoma (Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design ‘16)
Ijeoma was a finalist in the 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards by Fast Company in the Photography and Visualization category for his piece Wage Islands, which exposes wage and housing inequality.  

Anna Deavere Smith (Sponsored Project)
Deavere Smith’s play Notes from the Field received two Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Solo Show and one for Elaine McCarthy’s Outstanding Projection Design.

2017 Pulitzer Prizes

Congratulations are in order to 2017 Hall of Fame Benefit Inductee Lynn Nottage (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting ’94, ’00), who received a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Sweat, and to Du Yun (Fellow in Music/Sound ’16), who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Music for her operatic work, Angel’s Bone.

2017 Guggenheim Fellows

NYFA congratulates 19 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows who were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships in the category of Creative Arts. The winners include:

  • Signe Baumane (Fellow in Film ‘05)
  • Marina Berio (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books ’09)
  • Lesley Dill (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ’95)
  • Keely Garfield (Fellow in Choreography ’02)
  • Annie Gosfield (Fellow in Music Composition ’00, ’04)
  • Elana Herzog (Fellow in Sculpture ’99, ’07)
  • Shelley Hirsch (Fellow in Performance/Multidisciplinary ’88, ’03, Music Composition ’96, Music/Sound ’10)
  • Samantha Hunt (Fellow in Fiction ‘10)
  • Thilde Jensen (Fellow in Photography ‘13)
  • Byron Kim (Fellow in Painting ‘94)
  • Carson Kreitzer (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting ‘96)
  • Leigh Ledare (Fellow in Photography ‘13)
  • Cynthia Madansky (Fellow in Film ‘97)
  • Rogelio Martinez (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting ‘00)
  • Yvonne Meier (Fellow in Choreography ‘88, ‘94, ‘06)
  • Shari Mendelson (Fellow in Crafts ‘87, ‘97, Sculpture ‘11)
  • Gregory Pardlo (Fellow in Poetry ‘05)
  • Carmelita Tropicana (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting ‘91)
  • Leslie Wayne (Fellow in Painting ‘06)

The NYSCA/NYFAArtist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 grants to individual artists living and working in New York State, and NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program enhances the fundraising capabilities of individual artists and emerging arts organizations.

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Image: Leslie Wayne (Fellow in Painting ‘06)

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