RECIPIENTS 2018

Raven Chacon
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
New Work Project Grant

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. He will be the first Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in its new track dedicated to the field of sound art, experimental music, and music composition. Chacon will produce new sound installations, musical...

Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert
Native American Residency Fellow

Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is originally from North Carolina and currently lives and works in New York. His work has focused on regional Cherokee traditions and indigenous perspectives to explore how groups use cultural heritage, craft and knowledge as economic survival tools....

Gonzalo Fuenmayor
Grants for Visual Artists

Miami-based Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s precise drawings continually explore themes of cultural hybridity and identity politics. His recent body of work examines ideas of dislocation and exoticism through a series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings. Cross-cultural and hybrid identities are explored through obvious and clichéd aspects of tropical culture together with...

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....

Anna Hepler
Grants for Visual Artists

Isolated in the island of Eastport, Maine, Anna Hepler works in ceramics, crocheted wire, soft sculpture, collage, etching, and virtually any other medium pulled into her creative orbit.[1] Hepler has worked with air to create non-static sculptures, restless with cycles of inflation and deflation; and has built large sculptural forms...

Tarrah Krajnak
Grants for Visual Artists

Indigenous to Peru and adopted into a working-class transracial family, Tarrah Krajnak is a photo-based artist whose early experience established her ongoing artistic preoccupation with forgotten landscapes, orphanhood, exile, race, origins, and the way these constructs are written on the body and in the archive. Her current project explores the...

Jan Mun
Grants for Visual Artists

Jan Mun is a media artist that creates social sculptures working with digital and living media. The landscape has become her framework to unfold stories about others and herself by using a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of interactive installations, photography, performance, and bio-art....

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,...

Aimée Siegel
The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans
New Work Project Grant

With a practice that began in sculpture and evolved into collage on canvas, Aimée Siegel sustains a sensitivity to depth and dimensionality, particularly to the viewer’s phenomenological relationship to the work. Seigel’s new work will be presented at The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans in Hinge Picture, Memory Images,...

Diamond Stingily
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
New Work Project Grant

Chicago-born, New York-based artist and poet Diamond Stingily’s work considers issues regarding racial and gender identity, as seen through the lens of her own life, family, and childhood memories. Working with objects and images from her immediate surroundings, such as wooden doors, chains, synthetic hair, or dolls, Stingily points to...

Antoine Williams
Grants for Visual Artists

Antoine Williams’ practice is an investigation of power, perception, semiotics, and fear as they relate to institutional inequities. Influenced by sci-fi literature from such authors as Octavia Butler and H.P. Lovecraft, Williams has created a mythology, concerning the complexities of contemporary Black life. Through mixed-media installations, paintings, drawings, and collages,...