2012 Summer Residency Fellows

Miranda Austin (Visual Artist): Miranda Austin uses non-traditional processes and mark-making techniques to explore ideas of loss, decay, and materiality. She received her BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz in 2012 and was the recipient of the Frank & Gertrude Eckelt Sculpture Award and the Corning Museum of Glass Art Award.

Nathan Bennett (Visual Artist): Nathan Bennett is a New York-based artist who uses photography, video, sculpture and drawing in his multidisciplinary practice. Mr. Bennett received a BFA in sculpture and painting from Miami University and a MFA in sculpture from Cornell University. He is currently participating in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has been a recipient of a CCA Individual Artist Grant, Summer Scholars Fellowship and a National Woodcarvers Association Scholarship. He was recently awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace Residency as well as a Triangle Arts Association Artist in Residency. He had also been the recipient of a DAAD Fellowship to research and produce art in Berlin. Selected exhibitions include The Bronx Museum, Momenta Art and PS122 gallery in New York, Dayton Art Institute in Ohio, Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, Illinois Central College, Lincoln Center in Colorado, Howard County Arts Council in Maryland. More info at: Nathan Bennett

Bastion Carboni (Writer): Bastion is a director, playwright, actor, and a whatever-the-hell-else-is-called-for-at-the-time for his Austin-based theatre company, Poison Apple Initiative. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and is marginally college-educated.

Diane Cook (Writer): Diane Cook is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow. Prior to that she was a producer at public radio's This American Life. She is working on a collection of stories. 

Trent Creswell (Writer): This will be Trent’s second residency at the Edward F. Albee Foundation. During his previous residency he wrote the play A House Should Have the Look of Shelter which was included in Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s F&*cking Good Play Festival. He was the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts winner in the Non-fiction category; and has been named Outstanding Graduate of a national art school by the National Art Schools Network. His work has been seen with the Neo-Futurists, Mary Archie, Rattlestick and the Baryshnikov Arts Centre. Trent recently directed, translated and starred in a new version of Uncle Vanya at Sarah Lawrence College, where he is a rising junior.

Aran Donovan (Writer): Aran Donovan is a third year MFA student in poetry and translation at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She likes it there. She is the 2010 winner of Phoebe journal’s Greg Grummer poetry prize and the 2010-2011 recipient of the Walton Family Endowment for Creative Writing: Student Author Fellowship in Translation. Her poetry has also appeared or is forthcoming in Rhino, Cider Press Review, Southern Poetry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Bayou.

Boris Fishman (Writer): Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He was a 2010-11 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and holds a 2011-12 Fellowship in Nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He's at work on "A Replacement Life," a novel about a failed journalist who starts forging Holocaust-restitution claims for old Soviet Jews in New York. Visit him at www.borisfishman.com

Veronica Frenning (Visual Artist): Veronica Frenning is an artist and educator.  She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Veronica has participated in residencies at Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.  She has also completed the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and is a recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Her recent work has been exhibited at Proteus Gowanus, Wave Hill, Galerija Palach, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Mobius Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, and MASS MoCA. www.veronicafrenning.com

Suzanne Goldenberg (Visual Artist): Suzanne Goldenberg transforms found and scavenged materials into unexpected sculptural compositions that bear traces of the emotional, the architectural and the comic, but are ultimately non-literal. She received a B.A. in Film from McGill University and an M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Awards and residencies include the Swing Space from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, the NARS foundation, Brooklyn, Aljira Emerge, Newark and a Gottlieb grant. Her work has been exhibited at STOREFRONT Gallery, BK., Art in General, NYC and CANADA Gallery, NYC. Goldenberg lives and works in New York City. Suzanne Goldenberg

Valerie Keane (Visual Artist): Valerie Keane graduated with a BFA from The Cooper Union in 2011. Her work was most recently on view at Jason Alexander in the group show Ten Ten.  She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Some of her work can be found here: Valerie Keane

Justin Kuritzkes (Writer): Justin Kuritzkes is a playwright, actor, and improviser from Los Angeles, California. Notable recent productions include: As the Boat Approaches at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival, An Autobiography About My Brother at the 2012 Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival, and Trivia About Unimportant People and Other Plays at the 45th Street Theatre. Justin will be graduating from Brown University this May with a B.A. in both Philosophy and Literary Arts, after which he plans to move to New York. His newest play, The Sensuality Party, is about a small orgy on a college campus, among other things.

Jules Lewis (Writer): Jules Lewis's first novel, Waiting for Ricky Tantrum, was published in 2010. His play, Tomasso's Party, premiered at the 2012 Next Stage Theater festival in Toronto. He has written for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and many other publications.

Pamela Loring (Writer): Pamela Loring lives in a small coastal town south of Boston, about a block from where her ancestors settled almost 400 years ago. In college and after, she wrote poetry and short stories but soon was called upon to write checks as well. She has worked as an editor, reporter, proofreader, organizer, bartender, photographer, gardener and tutor. She is now working on her first novel.

Michael Palmer (Writer): Michael Palmer is a nonfiction writer living in Lubbock, Texas, where he’s working on a PhD in English. He received his MFA from the University of Utah. He is writing a collection of essays.

Celine Song (Writer): Celine Song is a playwright currently living in Manhattan. She received Shubert Presidential Fellowship in 2011 and is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Columbia University. Visit her online project at: LettersToDeadPeople

Conrad Stojak (Writer): A born and bred New Yorker, Conrad Stojak is a writer, director & photographer whose inspiration comes from the streets of his beloved city. Graduating with a BFA from NYIT, Conrad has worked on numerous films and television programs ranging from daytime talk shows to working at City Hall. He has directed two feature films of his own, "Remembering Woodhaven" and "100 Proof" and was honored by the Mayor of New York City for his documentation of Central Park's "The Gates" installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Conrad's photography has been exhibited the world over and is looking forward to his stay at "The Barn" where he hopes to complete his first memoir. Please visit him at www.stojakfilms.com

Kirk Stoller (Visual Artist): Kirk Stoller received his BA in French Language from Portland State and his MFA from UC Berkeley. Stoller's work was recently exhibited at Storefront Bushwick Gallery and Mary Ryan Gallery in New York, Galerie Axel Obiger in Berlin, and Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco. Stoller was the 2010-2011 recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Residency in New York, and was also a studio resident at the MacDowell Art Colony in 2008 and Headlands Center for the Arts from 2004 - 2007. He maintains a studio practice in both Brooklyn and San Francisco. www.kirkstoller.com

Stephen Thomas (Writer): Stephen Thomas is a co-founder emeritus of Toronto art dance room Double Double Land (http://www.doubledoubleland.com) and is currently at work on an MFA at the University of Alabama. Almost no information about him can be found at thestephenthomas.info

Shane Tolbert (Visual Artist): Shane Tolbert was born in Corsicana, TX (pop. 18,017) in 1985 and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. He received a BFA in Painting from University of Houston in 2008 and his MFA in Painting from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. In addition, Shane Tolbert participated in the 2011 Texas Biennial and will be featured in the second anthology of Bronze Age Editions based out of South East London. He is an Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at University of Houston. www.shanetolbert.com

Tamara Zahaykevich (Visual Artist): Tamara Zahaykevich is a Ukrainian American artist based in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art. Her work has been widely exhibited in NY and across the USA, as well as in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Her resume includes a recent solo show at KANSAS, NY; group exhibitions at Feature, Inc., NY; and The ICA in Boston. Awards and residencies include The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The MacDowell Colony, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She is currently working toward a group exhibition at The Essl Museum in Austria. tamarazahaykevich.com

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