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2018 Summer Residency


Natalie Bell is associate curator at the New Museum where she has curated and co-curated recent solo exhibitions by Kahlil Joseph, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Jonathas de Andrade, Anri Sala, Albert Oehlen, and Andra Ursuta, among others. She has also co-curated several of the museum’s recent large-scale group exhibitions, including Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2017); The Keeper (2015), and Here and Elsewhere (2014). Prior to joining the New Museum, she was assistant curator for The Encyclopedic Palace, the International Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).



Since 2010 Mary Birmingham has been Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she directs an ambitious program of contemporary art exhibitions.  She has previously worked at the Whitney Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and from 2007-2010 was Director of Exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum.  She has an MA in Art History from Hunter College, with a concentration in American Modernism.  She has organized numerous exhibitions, and has written and lectured on a variety of topics in American and contemporary art. She is the author of Dynamic Impulse: The Drawings of Stuart Davis.



Peter L’Official teaches in the literature program in the division of languages and literature at Bard College, and was recently a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. His scholarly interests lie at the intersections of American literature and American art, architecture, and urban history, and he has written about art, music, sports, and culture for various publications. His first book, Urban Legends: The South Bronx in Representation and Ruin, is in progress, and he currently serves on the Advisory Committee for A Marvelous Order, an opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs.


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Eileen Isagon Skyers is an artist, writer and curator. She has worked with contemporary art and non-profit arts organizations including Rhizome (New York, NY), the New Museum, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), and the Digital Museum of Digital Art (Various Locations). Her moving image work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Her first book, Vanishing Acts, was published by LINK Editions (Brescia, Italy) in 2015, and her writing has been published in Natasha, Wreath, Glass Press of the Future, Web Safe 2k16, Printed Web, and New World UNLTD, among others. She is the creative director of HOUSING, an art space dedicated to artists of color, and she has performed at Downs & Ross (New York, NY), Littlefield (Brooklyn, NY), the Knockdown Center (Brooklyn, NY), Housing Works Books (New York, NY) and Shoot the Lobster (New York, NY). Skyers holds a BA in Philosophy and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) and an MA in Critical Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, (Portland, OR).



Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a publication he created in 2009 in response to the changes in the art world, publishing, and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions, and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach over 1 million readers a month. Hrag launched the Hyperallergic podcast in 2016 which travels around the globe to uncover the evolving world of art.

In addition, he has curated projects, exhibitions and has organized public events since 1997. Highlights of his curatorial efforts include exhibitions at BAM, Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and #theSocialGraph at Outpost, the world’s first multi-disciplinary exhibition of social media-related art in 2010. He has visited many universities and colleges as a visiting critic including RISD, Brooklyn College, UC Davis, Pratt, Columbia and UNLV, as well as moderated panel discussions and juried exhibitions for various organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Chautauqua Institution. Beyond his writing, he is an avid photographer and collector of photographs. He is committed to serious, playful, and radical storytelling that pushes the boundaries of writing.

2017/18 Winter Residency



Alex Paik is a Brooklyn-based artist using cut and folded hand-colored paper to create fugue-like works that explore ephemerality, repetition, and visual counterpoint. His work is influenced by his childhood training as a classical musician and his interest in polyphonic musical structures. Paik’s work has been exhibited in galleries and art fairs nationally and internationally. He is represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and is the Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a non-profit network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He is the curator of Satellite Art Show, an alternative art fair in Miami.



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Elizabeth Rooklidge is the Associate Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art, where she has organized exhibitions such as The Nest: An Exhibition of Art and Natureand OnSite Katonah, as well as large-scale public works such as Victoria Fu’s Egg and Keiran Brennan Hinton’s Chappaqua Mural. Much of her curatorial work focuses on supporting emerging artists in the creation of ambitious projects new to their practices. Before joining the KMA, she served as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.



Molly Schoemann is a New York City-based writer and editor. She is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Blog, and her work has appeared in Bitch Magazine and on websites including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Jezebel, and The Rumpus.


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Carolyn Sickles is an artist and arts worker living in Brooklyn, New York. Sickles currently works in Manhattan’s Lower East Side as Director of Engagement and Visual Arts at Abrons Arts Center overseeing exhibitions, studio and curatorial residencies, public programs, classes, and school-based artist teaching residencies. She has facilitated workshops and artist talks for New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, Wassaic Artist Residency, Textile Arts Center, and e-flux; guest lectured for Teachers College Columbia University, The New School, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University; and presented at National Guild for Community Arts Education and NYCMER annual conferences. Previous institutions include the Norton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Sickles received her M.S. Edu. in Museum Leadership at Bank Street College, B.F.A. in Sculpture and B.A. in Art History attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, and Florida Atlantic University. Select residencies, exhibitions, and curatorial projects include Shift, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York); Hidden in Plain Sight, Projekt722 (Brooklyn); Truck n’ South, Living Room Gallery (Miami); Beyond Delicate, Whitespace at The Mordes Collection and Materially Speaking, Armory Art Center (Palm Beaches).



Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Her practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language. She works from the archive of her own body creating new syntax for knowing and not knowing, thereby marking the difference between witnessing and watching. To see is unbearable. She has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, Eyebeam, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Her work has also been screened at Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, and MoMA Ps1, New York. Her writing has been published in Radical Teacher, Studio Magazine and No Tofu Magazine and she is currently working on her first book. Smith has received grants & fellowships from Creative Capital, Fine Arts Work Center,  the Queens Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and Art Matters. She is currently part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and will be a visiting Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University this Fall in the Sculpture and Extended Media department.


2017 Summer Residency

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw have been featured in NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NY Mag, Paper Mag, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Artnet News, and have performed and shown work in Brooklyn Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Richmond Center, and most recently, a solo show at Postmasters Gallery.  Jen Catron, who grew up in Southern Illinois, and Paul Outlaw, born and raised in Fairhope Alabama, met and began collaborating at Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit. After graduating, they moved their art practice to Brooklyn, NY, where they live and collaborate today.  Jen and Paul create and manipulate multi-media environments engulfing the viewers in the spectacle along the way. Drawing on American culture of extreme excess, their projects involve mechanical automations, video, painting, photography, and performance to create immersive participatory experiences. Creating absurd indoor boat rides, double-decker tour buses, irreverent food trucks, and misplaced hot air balloons, they create immersive, humorous and challenging experiences. As we enter a world where new chronicles of the future permeate our culture, the artists grapple with concepts of hyper-reality, apprehension, belief, and hope within their work and the world at large. Using humor and wit, they explore contradictory realities of life vs death, sincerity and the grotesque, while exploring correlations between the past, present, and future.


Denise Markonish is the curator at MASS MoCA, where her exhibitions include Nick Cave: Until (catalogue: DelMonico/Prestel); Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder (catalogue: DelMonico/Prestel); Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts; Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below (catalogue); Oh, Canada, the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art (catalogue: MIT Press); Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum (catalogue); Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With (catalogue: D.A.P); These Days: Elegies for Modern Times; and Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape (catalogue: MIT Press). Markonish edited the books Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding (DelMonico/Prestel) and 50 Years of RISD Glass: Wonder, and with Susan Cross co-edited Sol LeWitt: 100 Views (Yale University Press). She has taught at Williams College and the Rhode Island School of Design, and was the fall 2016 curator for Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program in San Antonio, Texas. Markonish is currently working on projects with Sarah Oppenheimer, Anya Gallaccio and Glenn Kaino.


Ryan Murphy is the author of Millbrook, The Redcoats, and Down with the Ship. He has received grants and awards from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Chelsea Magazine, The Fund For Poetry, and The New York State Foundation for the Arts. He is an associate director of Four Way Books.


Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who grew up in the south of France and on the west coast of Canada, and now lives approximately halfway in between, in Brooklyn. He is the News Editor at Hyperallergic, and his articles on the challenges of environmentalist art, the tedium of art fairs, and the relentlessly innovative practice of art crime have also appeared in The L Magazine, Modern Painters, Art+Auction, artnet News, BKLYNR, and Brooklyn Magazine. He has curated exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop, Field Projects, the Spring Break Art Show, and the Gowanus Loft.



Previous Jurors

Laylah Ali, Artist

Chad Alligood, Assistant Curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum

Man Bartlett, Artist

Tom Beale, Artist, Founder of Honey Space

Bill Carroll, Artist + Director of of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

Susan Cross, Curator of Visual Arts, MASS MoCA

Anna Maria Cuevas, Director of Cuevas Tilleard

Annica Cuppetelli, Artist

Jen Dalton, Artist

Kim Drew, Founder of Black Contemporary Art Blog

Meredith Drum, Artist + Previous Resident

Aliza Kelly Faragher, Curator, Writer, Art Consultant

Carley Gaebe, Artist

Alex Gingrow, Artist + Previous Resident

 Eric Gleason, Director at Paul Kasmin

Anna Harsanyi, Curator + Educator

Katherine Hill, Writer

Jason Huff, Artist

Maud Jacquin, Independent Curator and Scholar

Paddy Johnson, Founding Editor of Art F City

Martha Joseph, MASS MoCA Curatorial Fellow

Kirstin Lamb, Artist + Previous Resident

Emily Noelle Lambert, Artist + Previous Resident

Zoe Larkin, Whitney Curatorial Assistant

Nora Lawrence, Associate Curator, Storm King Art Center

Amanda Lechner, Artist + Previous Resident

Sally Morgan Lehman and Jay Lehman, Owner + Director, Morgan Lehman Gallery

Jon Lutz, Curator and Director of Sardine

Cybele Malone, Director Urban Glass, NYKevin McCoy, Artist

Leeza Meksin, Artist + Co-Founder and Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects

Cristobal Mendoza, Artist and Assistant Professor, Electronic Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Mitch Miller, Artist + Previous Resident

Bryant Musgrave, Writer

Amani Olu, Independent Curator

Lauren Pakroondi, Artist + Previous Resident

Liz Parks, Art Advisor, Parks Fine Art

Bridget Potter, Writer

Andrew Prayzner, Artist + Previous Resident + Co-Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY

John Ros, Artist + Writer + Previous Resident

Sara Maria Salamone, Artist + Curator + Director of Mrs. Gallery

Michael Scoggins, Artist

Julia Sedlock and Mark RownTree (Architects, Artists, Past Residents)

Arden Sherman, Curator of Hunter College’s East Harlem Gallery

John Silvis, Artist, Curator

Jessica Steller, The Curator Gallery, FLATT Magazine

Stephan Stoyanov, Owner + Director of the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery

Lexi Lee Sullivan, Assistant Curator, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Jenny Tang, Curator

Caroline Tilleard, Director of Cuevas Tilleard

Christina Vassallo, Executive DirectorSPACES

Sarah Walko, Artist, Writer, Programs Director Marble House Project

Jodi Waynberg, Executive Director of Artists Alliance

Jess Wilcox, Programs Coordinator, The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art,Brooklyn Museum

Katia Zavistovski, Independent Curator