Native American Artist Recipients

Sydney Pursel
Native American Residency Fellow

Sydney Pursel is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and new media arts. Through art she explores personal identity drawing from her Indigenous and Irish Catholic roots. Some of Sydney's projects are used to educate others about food politics, language loss, appropriation, and history in addition to...

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Parisa Ghaderi
Emerging Artist Residency Fellow

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, visual artist and filmmaker Parisa Ghaderi’s move to the United States in 2009 revealed to her the in-between state—never fully having arrived and never fully having left—that greatly influences her work. Gharderi addresses emotional and physical distance, compounded loss, and the opacity of language....

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Ricardo Ruiz
Native American Residency Fellow

Ricardo Ruiz’s cultural heritage is indigenous Mexican and Cherokee Indian. His art practice is rooted in drawing, and engages oral traditions that are grounded in curanderismo, Mexican faith healing. Using storytelling and superstition, Ruiz reflects on the everyday while accessing the past, present, and future. Working with personal memoir, ritual,...

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Gerald Clarke
Native American Residency Fellow

Gerald Clarke believes craftsmanship is the highest of virtues. It conveys pride, respect, and authority. Based in California, Clarke’s work aims “to give Indian culture back the humanity that has been taken from it by stereotypes created over the past five centuries.” Clarke works within different mediums including craft, installation, painting,...

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Ryan Flores
Native American Residency Fellow

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Ryan Flores proudly accepted the Native American Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2017, where he developed new work. Recounting that his grandmother was a migrant worker who had to hide her heritage due to the discrimination against those of indigenous cultures, Flores works in...

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Park McArthur and
Chisenhale Gallery
New Work Project Grant

Harpo Foundation is pleased to provide project support for a new commission by Park McArthur that will premiere at Chisenhale Gallery as part of the artist's first solo exhibition in the U.K. Working in sculpture, sound and text, Ms. McArthur addresses the formal and informal structures of care, the...

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Silvia Gruner and The Americas Society
New Work Project Grant

Harpo Foundation is pleased to provide project support toward the production of a new video work by Silvia Gruner called 'Hemisphere.' This two-channel video will premiere at The Americas Society in conjunction with the exhibition, “Hemispheres: A Labyrinth Sketchbook by Silvia Gruner” and will be seen alongside a selection of...

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Karyn Olivier
Grants for Visual Artists

Through the discrete placement, rearrangement, embellishment, and replication of everyday objects in various sites, Karyn Olivier tries to shift our experience of the familiar. Ms. Olivier writes, “This manipulation reveals the malleable and unfixed nature of objects and spaces — forcing us to reconcile memory(ies) with the present moment, collapsing...

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Gabe Kenney
Grants for Visual Artists

Gabe Kenney creates elaborate installation and performance works that combine carefully arranged and selected printed matter like scientific illustrations, diagrams, digital prints and graphic wall patterns with objects of aging technology, whiteboards, organs, janitors equipment to set the stage for a conflicted character to emerge, often performed by the artist...

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