I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a 2016 Graduate Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. I am very grateful to UC Davis for making this opportunity possible for me - both in support from the faculty, and the financial help offered to attend this prestigious residency. I'm really looking forward to meeting all the other artists and working with the resident and visiting faculty. I feel a change coming in my work...
The co-founder of Hyperallergic, Hrag Vartanian, visited UC Davis last month to talk with graduate and undergraduate students about his perspectives on the art world. It was a great talk and very enlightening regarding the kinds of non-traditional ways artists are finding support and building communities. He seems very hopeful that the dominance of "straight white males who make objects for rooms" is being challenged, or at least circumvented in favor of more open and fluid structures of support within the art world.
I was very fortunate to have a studio visit with him during his trip to Davis, and was very happy with his immediate and thoughtful understanding of my performance/video work. His particular interest as an arts writer/critic is performance art, but it was this blue "relic" in my studio that caught his attention the most. Thanks for the generous and considered feedback Hrag, and hopefully we'll see you in New York in March when we stop by the Hyperallergic office during our NY field trip.
I'm very honored and excited to report that I have been nominated for the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship for 2016. You can read more about it, and the foundation here.
Should I win one of these two prestigious fellowships, it comes with a free studio in New York for a year, which I would almost certainly take advantage of. Looking forward to learning about the other nominees from MFA programs around the country.