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Cara Despain

Cara Despain

Cara Despain's work navigates issues of land use—often using the legacy of romantic landscape depictions as a lens—as it relates historically to settlement, expansion, oppression, resource exploitation, and the development of the military-industrial complex in the...

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

For Prospect.5, Eric-Paul Riege will show a 20x20’ installation of weavings, regalia, oversized beads, and a new body of sculpture he has developed for this presentation. The entire installation hangs from the ceiling, hovering just above the ground. The sculptures...

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo's work transforms writing into drawing, revealing languages as patterns and definitions as gestures. Laborious repetitions are interrupted by the imperfections of handwritten text, overriding the parameters of mechanical reproduction. These handwritten...

Panteha Abareshi

Panteha Abareshi

Panteha Abareshi's work is rooted in her existence as a chronically ill/disabled body existing with multiple medical illnesses, at the root of which is sickle cell zero beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that causes debilitating pain and bodily deterioration...

Leo Castañeda

Leo Castañeda

Mutating between analog and digital, Leo Castañeda's work renders worlds where landscapes, technology, and entities all share sentience and interconnection. Through paintings, video, and sculpture, and more, the work traverses sci-fi gaming environments inspired by...

Charisse Weston

Charisse Weston

Charisse Weston's work emerges from deep material investigations of the symbolic and literal folds, collapses, and returns of space, poetics, and the autobiographical. Interweaving sculpture, sound, video, and photography with black experience as text, she explores...

Lydia Ourahmane and SculptureCenter

Lydia Ourahmane and SculptureCenter

Lydia Ourahmane’s work often initiates large, open-ended propositions that obliquely register the longings and limitations incited by colonial occupation, civil war, and the paradoxes of belief. For her first institutional solo exhibition in New York, Ourahmane and a...

Rashaun Rucker

Rashaun Rucker

Rashaun Rucker's practice serves as an archive of Black culture as it intersects with myth vs. reality. In his series American Ornithology, Rucker records the lives of black men and the heavy challenge they face with racial bias and cultural conditioning. The series...

Didier William and MOCA North Miami

Didier William and MOCA North Miami

Didier William's sculptures build on the themes and style of his paintings, which incorporate elements of printmaking, low-relief sculpture, and collage. Born in Port-au-Prince and raised in North Miami, William’s work is packed with symbolism from Haitian culture and...

LaToya Hobbs

LaToya Hobbs

Latoya Hobbs creates mixed-media works that seamlessly marry traditional painting and relief printmaking techniques on a single surface. These hybrid works employ the use of pattern, color, and texture to provide a visceral experience that is both universal and...

Ronald Athey

Ronald Athey

Evolving out of Los Angeles’ underground scenes, Ronald Athey is a self-taught artist who started making performance and sound work in 1981. In the 90s, when his work became identified with his HIV status and the ongoing pandemic, Athey’s live work toured...

Natalie Marie Ball

Natalie Marie Ball

Natalie Marie Ball has developed her studio practice using visual archives, history, gesture, materiality, and personal experience to create painted textiles, and sculptures as Power Objects. Her art is offered as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed...

Sean Clark

Sean Clark

Sean Clark is a self-taught artist whose paintings investigate the human condition. Informed by his background as a public health educator, Clark’s paintings reflect identity and history and seek to increase emotional awareness of public health and its impact on...

Adriana Corral

Adriana Corral

Adriana Corral’s interdisciplinary, research-based practice explores memory, loss, human rights abuses, and unwritten histories. Often working across international borders, she probes state and national archives for primary documents and collaborates with historians,...

Pamela Council

Pamela Council

Pamela Council makes sculptures, performances, dedications, and jokes that transform materials, people, and institutions. Using an Afro-Americana camp aesthetic which she calls BLAXIDERMY, objects are set into motion in unique ways, exploring how we soothe, protect,...

Yasmine Nasser Diaz

Yasmine Nasser Diaz

Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s multidisciplinary practice navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity. Born and raised in Chicago to parents who immigrated from the highlands of southern Yemen, her work often reflects personal histories...

June Edmonds

June Edmonds

June Edmond’s abstract paintings explore how color, repetition, movement, and balance can serve as conduits to spiritual contemplation and interpersonal connection to her African-American roots. The psychological construct of skin color or tone through pattern and...

Joe Harjo

Joe Harjo

Joe Harjo is a multidisciplinary artist from the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma and is currently working and teaching in San Antonio, TX. His work uncovers the lack of visibility of Native culture, lived experience and identity in America, due to both the absence...

Rindon Johnson and Sculpture Center

Rindon Johnson and Sculpture Center

Berlin-based artist Rindon Johnson’s work cuts through the membrane of assumed realities and shows how the virtual and actual are always and increasingly integrated. Law of Large Numbers: Our Bodies, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, features newly...

Anja Marais

Anja Marais

Anja Marais’ work encompasses a hybrid of disciplines that include: photography, sculpture, mixed media collage, assemblage, and film. Born and raised in South Africa, but of French Huguenots refugee ancestry, Marais’ work explores themes of displacement and cultural...

Cosmo Whyte and Prospect New Orleans

Cosmo Whyte and Prospect New Orleans

For Prospect.5, Cosmo Whyte will create five new large-scale charcoal drawings and a hand painted bead curtain, interrogating the Western gaze on Black performativity and spectacle. The drawings, based on the artist’s personal as well as archival images of dance,...

Lena Tseabbe Wright

Lena Tseabbe Wright

Lena Tseabbe Wright is an indigenous multimedia artist. She aims to educate audiences about Indigenous American issues and stories. She focuses less on narratives of destruction and trauma, and more on illuminating the vibrancy and resilience in tribal communities. ...

Cannupa Hanska Luger and SITE Santa Fe

Cannupa Hanska Luger and SITE Santa Fe

At Site Santa Fe, Cannupa Hanska Luger will present “Future Ancestral Technologies” (FAT), an immersive mixed-media installation that articulates a futuristic science-fiction narrative in which human migration is essential for survival. FAT utilizes science fiction...

Abigail Lucien

Abigail Lucien

Abigail Lucien’s practice looks at ways cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche. Part familiar, part foreign, Lucien’s works employ an architectural vernacular – challenging systems of assimilation through material and...

Athena LaTocha and BRIC

Athena LaTocha and BRIC

Athena LaTocha’s practice is rooted in her native heritage; it involves abandoning manufactured materials rooted in Western culture in favor of paint brushes made from branches or shredded tires, and pigments devised from organic substances. As an Indigenous American...

Wanesia Spry Misquadace

Wanesia Spry Misquadace

Wanesia Spry Misquadace is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of the Ojibway in Minnesota. Highly adept at the traditional Ojibway practice of making wigwas mamacenawejegam, otherwise known as “transparencies” or “chews,” Misquadace utilizes the eye tooth to firmly bite...

Jennifer Moon

Jennifer Moon

Through an interdisciplinary investigation of organizing systems (social systems, institutional structures, power relations, scientific theories, emotional frameworks), Jennifer Moon’s work entangles life with art to reveal how these systems are inscribed,...

Sydney Pursel

Sydney Pursel

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...

Rowan Renee

Rowan Renee

Rowan Renee’s use of images interrogates how sexual bodies are gendered, victimized, policed and punished. Working with photographic, printmaking and sculptural techniques, Renee produces and appropriates images that intervene on issues of authorship, the...

Jessica Segall

Jessica Segall

Jessica Segall is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, performance and video. In her work, she presents acts of endurance and builds tools for survival in a precarious time. Travels to hostile climates inspire her work, which is designed to unpack ideas of...

Marie Watt

Marie Watt

As a citizen of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Marie Watt engages Indigenous knowledge to forge new relationships and remember connectedness. Encountering a John Singer Sargent portrait portraying a dog with an unfurled tongue, Watt remembers the Seneca creation story...

Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert

Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert

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...

Gonzalo Fuenmayor

Gonzalo Fuenmayor

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...

Parisa Ghaderi

Parisa Ghaderi

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...

Anna Hepler

Anna Hepler

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...

Tarrah Krajnak

Tarrah Krajnak

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...

Jan Mun

Jan Mun

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...

Ricardo Ruiz

Ricardo Ruiz

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...

Antoine Williams

Antoine Williams

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...

Gerald Clarke

Gerald Clarke

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...

Debi Cornwall

Debi Cornwall

Brooklyn-based Debi Cornwall is a conceptual documentary artist who marries empathy and dark humor with systemic critique while interrogating American state power in the post-9/11 era. Cornwall’s methodology requires exhaustive research and sensitive negotiation for...

Ryan Flores

Ryan Flores

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...

Mariah Garnett

Mariah Garnett

Los Angeles-based Mariah Garnett’s work, primarily film, video and installation, exists somewhere in the intersection between appropriation, documentary, and narrative fiction. She often orbits around a subject rather than directly representing it, employing multiple...

Yannique Hall

Yannique Hall

Brooklyn-based Yannique Hall explores intimacy, the interior, and the private through family, home, and relationships. Hall describes her work as a constant search for the familiar—a search for place. The series “Growing Pains” belongs to a growing narrative on the...

Ssu-ya Hsuing

Ssu-ya Hsuing

Originally from Taiwan, Brooklyn-based Ssu-ya Hsuing uses the media of performance art to stage the escapism from reality that she is unwilling to continue living in. Hsuing states that “it is a way of attempting to negate our personal responsibility and to avoid the...

Matthew Mazzotta

Matthew Mazzotta

Matthew Mazzotta works at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism, focusing on how the power of the built environment shapes our relationships and experiences. His practice invites a critical perspective and a sense of openness into the places where we live....

Tomahawk GreyEyes

Tomahawk GreyEyes

The Foundation is pleased to provide residency support to  Tomahawk GreyEyes, who will spend time at the Vermont Studio Center in 2016 to develop new work. Mr. GreyEyes is an interdisciplinary artist from the Navajo Nation who uses site-specific installations, print,...

Jeremy Dennis

Jeremy Dennis

The Foundation is pleased to provide residency support to  Jeremy Dennis, who will spend time at the Vermont Studio Center in 2016 to develop new work. Mr. Dennis' digital photography often references common depictions of indigenous people from cinema and popular...

Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu's artwork reflects on the status of the moving image and conditions of spectatorship in today's digital age. The artist writes, "My moving image installations exploit, exaggerate and simulate optical effects of light and space as meditations on sight,...

Raphael Montañez Ortiz and LAXART

Raphael Montañez Ortiz and LAXART

Harpo Foundation is pleased to provide project support for an exhibition of historical works—sculpture, film, and video—and a new performance by Raphael Montanez Ortiz (b. New York, 1934). The exhibition will revisit the artist’s dynamic practice—which is drawn from...

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

As an artist­-archivist, Kameelah Janan Rasheed often creates work with found objects, textual fragments, orphaned audio, and other historical residue excavated from sources ranging from flea markets to institutional archives to dumpsters. Ms. Rasheed writes, "Haunted...

Faheem Majeed

Faheem Majeed

Faheem Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his South Shore neighborhood in Chicago and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional racism. As part of his studio practice, the artist...

Elizabeth Tubergen

Elizabeth Tubergen

Elizabeth Tubergen's sculptures appear to function as singular, formed images in space, referencing notions of the universal through borrowed monumental, architectural, domestic, and athletic forms. At the same time, these objects follow the logic of...

Christine Gedeon

Christine Gedeon

Reinventing maps and architectural spaces has been a focus of Christine Gedeon's work, who was born in Aleppo in 1973, and immigrated to the US in 1976. Writing about her string sculpture, entitled,  "Syria..as my mother speaks" the artist describes "an interactive...

Ernesto Bautista

Ernesto Bautista

The Foundation is pleased to provide residency support to Ernesto Bautista, who will spend time at Santa Fe Art Institute developing new work. Mr. Bautista lives and works in El Salvador and is a founding member of the Fire Theory. [gallery link="file"...

Karyn Olivier

Karyn Olivier

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...

Scott Goss

Scott Goss

Scott Goss is a multimedia artist who creates experiential environments to explore the subconscious and bring dimension to this dreamlike place. He writes, “In mundane everyday activities, we find time to enter into our thoughts, so we can contemplate, plan, wonder,...

Calum Walter

Calum Walter

Calum Walter’s films and videos are rooted in a process of observation and accumulation. Through constant documentation of sound and image, he adds to a growing personal database of material. Over time this ‘data’ begins to reveal characteristics and patterns,...

Sarah Rara

Sarah Rara

Sarah Rara works with video, film, photography, and performance and is a contributing member of the band Lucky Dragons. A direct artist grant from the foundation will assist the artist's development of a new body of work entitled “The Pollinators,” which focuses on...

Emily Mast

Emily Mast

Emily Mast received a direct artist grant from the foundation in 2013 and is planning to apply the funds toward the development of a new series of performances based on the “scenic poems” of Joan Brossa (1919-1998), a little known Catalan artist and writer. Brossa’s...

Neil Goldberg

Neil Goldberg

For the past twenty years, Neil Goldberg has been making video, photographic and sculptural work that documents the cadences of everyday experience and the dynamics of mortality. Harpo Foundation is pleased to provide Mr. Goldberg with a direct artist grant to assist...

Donna Dennis

Donna Dennis

An accomplished artist, Donna Dennis has been creating ambitious sculpture and installation work since the early 1970's. In support of her impressive body of work and to assist her production of new work, the foundation provided Ms. Dennis with a direct artist grant...

Romy Achituv and Arteam Interdisciplinary Art

Romy Achituv and Arteam Interdisciplinary Art

Harpo provided funding to support Romy Achituv and Arteam's development of The Garden Library Database Visualization Project . The Garden Library is an outdoor, open-air library, located in a public park in the center of Tel Aviv. Established in 2009 to serve the...

Mercedes Dorame

Mercedes Dorame

Mercedes Dorame is a member of the Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California. The artist draws from a deep well of personal experience and cultural tradition to create photographs, sculptures, and installations. During her residency at Vermont Studio Center as a Harpo...