Albee Fellows: 2017
Michelle Brandemuehl: Based in San Francisco, CA, Michelle Brandemuehl studied painting and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her process explores the qualities of opposites and how two opposing forces hold the same space, as examined through her choice of materials – the grit of spray paint on linen, black on white, the defined lines of the rectangle and the soft glow of fog. Her recent work explores the idea of landscapes in outer space: using the vantage point of looking through a window, questioning what we think we see and the possibilities that lie in the unseen. Michelle has exhibited her work in Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA. www.michellebrandemuehl.com
Marcy Chevali: Marcy Chevali creates sculptures, installations and works on paper with themes of patience, desire, restriction, fluidity, stillness and hope. Usually achromatic, her work evokes a sense of stillness and subtlety. She was awarded a 2015 Individual Artist Grant from the Queens Art Fund and a residency at Playa Summer Lake in 2016. She grew up in Ohio, received an MFA from Maine College of Art and is currently based in New York.
Katherine Gagnon: Katherine Gagnon is a visual artist from New York, NY. Exploring visceral experience through painting, she is interested in the moment when mark making takes on meaning, specifically when form and gesture become body. She holds a MFA from MICA’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting and a BA from Colby College. Prior residencies include Art Farm in Marquette, NE and being the Artist House Teaching Fellow in Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014. She will be in a two person show titled Inverse Variants with Jinie Park this fall at Lazy Susan Gallery in New York City. www.katherinegagnon.com
Rivkah Gevinson: Rivkah Gevinson (b. 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Oak Park, Illinois. She has a BS in Art from Skidmore College. After living in Norway and Germany for a few years, she is now based in the US again. Her many homes inform her work, which often draws on the relationship between physical surroundings, perception, and memory. Rivkah's work has been exhibited in Norway, Germany, Northern Ireland, and New York. Recently, a photograph of her's was included in the book Desdemona for Celia by Hilton, by Hilton Als and Celia Paul. She was a resident at Atelier Austmarka, Norway in 2016. rivkahgevinson.com
Corina Kennedy: Corina Kennedy is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal and New York. She received a BFA from Concordia University and a MFA and MA from Purchase College, SUNY. In 2007 she co-founded Room and Board, an artist-run gallery and studio collective in Montreal. Her work has been included in exhibitions in New York, Houston, Washington DC, Toronto and Montreal, most notably in the 2009 Montreal Biennale. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Valentine Alumni Artist-In-Residence grant from Purchase College which culminated in the solo exhibition Tender for All. www.corinakennedy.com
Ilse Sorensen Murdock: lse Sorensen Murdock studied philosophy and religious studies at New York University and observational painting and sculpture at the New York Studio School before earning her BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2000, and MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, 2009. Her recent works often develop out of forays into local wild natural spaces and touch on topics concerning the human relationship to the natural environment. By working with waste, her studio debris, found shipping pallets, bottle caps and leftover painting pallets, she inserts conversations about how we treat our waste byproducts and the natural world. Murdock has been a resident of the Vermont Studio Center, DNA Residency and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She has exhibited in group and two person shows in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle and Provincetown. In 2013, she held her first solo exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. She currently produces work in her studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Wade Schaming: Wade Schaming was born in 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His sculptures are built through assemblage, allowing materials to remain unchanged from how they are found; they are used as is. This process gives new life to discarded and forgotten objects. He received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Previous residencies include the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, Vermont Studio Center, Residency 108, Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop, Yaddo and Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. He lives and works in New York City. www.wadeschaming.com
Spencer Sutton: Spencer Sutton is a graphite artist, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His artwork combines surreal imagery from folklore and mythology with contemporary settings to explore the ongoing relevance of antiquity in modern life. Since receiving his BA in studio art at Connecticut College in 2010 he has worked as an illustrator for Science Source Inc. in Manhattan and has published his work in books and articles worldwide. He has exhibited his art in galleries throughout the New York area, including The Greenpoint Gallery, Secret Project Robot and the Wix Event Space. His work was featured in 2015 at “The Seven Deadly Sins” show at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. www.spencersutton.com
Rachel Aherin: Rachel Aherin is a writer born and raised in the farm country of central Illinois. After college, she spent a few years drinking ridiculous amounts of water in the Arizonan desert before taking her mostly black wardrobe to New York City, where it belongs. Rachel has worked with the International Rescue Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union and now pays the bills through freelance fundraising. She earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. Rachel lives in Brooklyn with a very needy orchid and is hard at work on her first novel.
Raluca Albu: Raluca Albu was born in Romania and raised in the Bronx. She's an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University and her nonfiction has appeared in The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Village Voice, Words without Borders, and others. She's the online literature editor for BOMB Magazine and a senior nonfiction editor for Guernica. She's working on a nonfiction project about child refugees.
Madeline Carey: Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Madeline Beach Carey studied literature and creative writing at Bard College. Since 2000 she has lived in Barcelona, Spain, where she has worked as an English teacher, translator, and cultural manager. For the past six years she has served as senior advisor and speechwriter to the Catalan minister of culture. She writes both fiction and poetry and is currently revising a collection of short stories and working on a novel. In 2016 she was a work-study scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. You can follow her on twitter at @madelinebcarey
Brandy N. Carie: Brandy N. Carie is a Houston-based playwright, director, and producer, but she is a Chicagoan at heart. Her plays are mostly about awkward women and smart women and cruel women and powerful women, but sometimes she throws in a rude-ish man or a cute-ish man for decoration. Carie is the literary assistant at the Alley Theatre. She is a founding member of Collective 48, with whom she produced the Houston outpost of the inaugural Future is Female Festival, which featured over thirty female artists, and her own play, TOMORROW GAME. Carie directed and produced her play, THE FUTURE in the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival. She also directed and produced her play, WHAT THE LADIES DO, in Collective 48’s house party/performance, TWO! SHORT! PLAYS! Her plays have been presented by companies across the US, and her 5-minute play TWININGS was published by Smith and Kraus. See what’s next at brandyncarie.com
Matthew Dunivan: Matthew Dunivan is a writer, a visual artist, and an actor born in California, currently living in New York City. He received his MFA at Columbia University. He has served as a cinematographer and director on numerous projects. His own films include “Happy Birthday Dickweed”, and “Ode to My Father”.
Shannon Fandler: Shannon Fandler is a Philadelphia-area writer whose work has appeared in Catapult, Vela, Hippocampus, Apiary, and elsewhere. She teaches at Rutgers University - Camden and is a staff writer for Child's World NEWS. She'll spend her time at the Barn working on essays about making pilgrimages and staying home.
Megan Fernandes: Megan Fernandes is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at Lafayette College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Tin House, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Thrush, Pank, The Common, Rattle, Guernica, and many others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University and a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in NYC.
Ben Holbrook: Ben Holbrook is a Brooklyn-based (originally from NC) playwright and filmmaker whose works have been produced, developed, or commissioned by: Fundamental Theater Project, Ruddy
Productions, The New York International Fringe Festival, Ugly Rhino(LA), Seoul Players (SK),
Holiday House, Find the Light (LA), The Irish Arts Council, 45th Street Block Association, and
Paper Lantern Theatre Company (NC). His prose has been published in “Call of the Void”, a journal of visual and literary arts, and his films have been seen at the Big Apple Film Festival, The Imaginarium Convention, The Comedy of Horrors Festival, The Sickest Short Films Festival, and The Films Open Mic Festival. He's been awarded the Drama League Rough Draft Residency (partnering with Sam Underwood) and is the inaugural recipient of the Peter Shaffer Award for Excellence in Playwriting. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Fundamental Theater Project's resident playwright. More info at http://holbrook.nyc
Aimee LaBrie: Aimee LaBrie writes short fiction and is working on a novel. Her first short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was chosen as the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007. Her second story collection, Animal Shelters, is forthcoming from Running Wild Press. Stories from this collection have appeared in Zoetrope, Per Contra, Cleaver Magazine, and Philadelphia Noir. Her short stories have also appeared in Pleiades, Beloit Fiction Journal, Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Permafrost, and others. Aimee lives in Princeton, NJ and works as a communications director for the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. She loves her dog.
Meadhbh McHugh: Meadhbh McHugh is an Irish playwright and writer living in New York. Meadhbh’s debut play, Helen and I, was staged by Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland in 2016. The play then transferred to the Dublin Theatre Festival, and was recently nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award for best Irish debut play in 2016. Meadhbh’s debut radio play, April Showers, won a PJ O’Connor award for new writing and was broadcast on Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE Radio One, in 2014. She holds a first-class B.A. in English Literature and Drama Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a M.F.A in Playwriting from The Lir Academy, Dublin, and a M.Phil. in Theatre from Columbia University in New York, where she is currently a doctoral candidate and teaches Undergraduate Writing. She also contributes to the arts and culture pages of The Irish Times, profiling the likes of Toni Morrison and Paul Auster from the USA.
Ian Richards-Karamarkovich: Ian Richards-Karamarkovich is a poet from Chesterfield, Virginia, though he currently calls Raleigh, North Carolina home. He holds an MFA in poetry from NC State and a BA in literature from Longwood University. Ian has also been awarded a residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He intends to spend his time at the Barn revising and producing new material for what will become his first full-length poetry collection.
Scott Loring Sanders: Scott Loring Sanders is the author of two novels, a short story collection, and a forthcoming memoir/essay collection. His work has been included in Best American Mystery Stories, noted in Best American Essays, and widely published and anthologized. While at The Barn, he will be working on a new novel, as well as tweaking the finer points of casting for blues and stripers. He teaches at Emerson College.