Albee Fellows: 2019
Note: this was a special year during which previously Wait-Listed applicants were directly awarded full residencies in lieu of an open call for submissions
Keenan Cassidy: Keenan Cassidy (b. 1994) is a visual artist from Worcester, MA and still maintains a studio there. Early exhibitions of his were hosted in places ranging from a thrift store to a tattoo parlor. These experiences planted the seeds for a lifelong interest in the power of adaptation, or regeneration when producing work. His sculptures are often multimedia - combining cast metals, ceramics, textiles, and pigments. He has a BFA in Sculpture from RISD (2016), with studies in painting, urban theory and is a European Honors Program alum (2015). Works have investigated lost places and social geography. He seeks to explore the purity of materials, resin, sound, and carnal aspects of human form; topographies that represent the built world or the apparatus of apparel that can protect or “house” the human form. Immersion into new places, or experiencing a place ‘with fresh eyes’ is a perspective that guides his work. Keenan also has a teaching practice, and can be found instructing drawing and painting students at Fitchburg High School in MA.
Madeline Cichy: Madeleine Cichy was born in San Francisco, CA in 1987 and now lives and works in Seattle, WA. She makes sculpture out of cardboard, steel, and other anonymous material that if approached could give you a trigger point face massage. She received her BA in Studio Art and Economics from Vassar College, and her MFA from Cornell University. She was awarded the John Hartell Graduate Art Award, a Cornell Council for the Arts Grant, the Weitzel Barber Art Travel Prize, a Catwalk Institute Artist Residency, and an Artist Grant from Vermont Studio Center. Madeleine's work has been exhibited in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, and Seattle. In 2018, her work was featured in “10 Years: 100 Sculptures” at anonymous gallery in Mexico City. www.maddiecichy.com/
Gordon Hall: Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York City who makes sculptures and performances and has had solo exhibitions at MIT List Visual Arts Center, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, and in the summer of 2019 at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, who will also be releasing a book of Hall's collected essays.
Debra Jenks: Debra Jenks is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and dancer from Niagara Falls, N.Y. She received a B.F.A. from SUNY Buffalo and M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Stux Gallery, White Columns, The New Museum and The Bronx Museum in New York City, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, New York, and A-Locatie Gallery in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the Blue Mountain Center, St. Michael's College in Vermont, and Villa Montalvo in California. She lives and works in New York City. www.debrajenks.com
Jessica Maffia: Jessica Maffia was born and raised in New York City. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and is currently in the Flat Files of Pierogi Gallery in downtown Manhattan. Maffia created the artwork for musician Childish Gambino’s two latest singles “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” Her solo exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea featured her large, photorealistic pencil drawings of urban cracks and residue producing unexpectedly beautiful surfaces. Maffia is the recipient of 9 artist residency fellowships and two grants from the Hells Kitchen Foundation. Her work is featured on the covers of Fabio Gironi's philosophy book “Naturalizing Badiou: Mathematical Ontology and Structural Realism” and poet Firas Sulaiman’s latest book “As if My Name is a Mistaken Sign.” The artist’s installation Lanterns for Peace was exhibited in five sites throughout the US in response to the 2016 presidential elections. Maffia worked live on her latest series of self-portraits at Spring Break Art Show in 2018. For more information, visit her website www.jessicamaffia.com or www.instagram.com/jessicamaffia/
Barbara Marks: Barbara Marks is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connecticut. She uses color to create space. A child of the sixties, Marks fell into graphic design and established her own studio specializing in book design. In 2001, she left that behind to study painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (BFA 2005), and Brooklyn College CUNY (MFA 2008). Marks has been awarded artist residencies in Italy, France, and across the United States and has shown her work throughout the Northeast. www.barbarammarks.com
Rose Nestler: Rose Nestler is an interdisciplinary artist focusing in sculpture and video. She received her MFA degree from Brooklyn College in 2017 where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of galleries and institutions including, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Thierry Goldberg, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Underdonk, Smack Mellon, University of Illinois/Springfield, Crush Curatorial, and CUCHIFRITOS Gallery and Project Space. In 2018 Rose was a recipient of the BRIC Art FP Open Call, her solo show, Gymnasia, was exhibited in their Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. Most recently her wall hangings and videos were part of a two person show presented at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2019. She has been an artist in residence at Lighthouse Works, Chashama Workspace Program, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Byrdcliffe Artists Colony. Her work has been featured and reviewed in Vulture, Maake Magazine and Art Space. She teaches art at CUNY College of Staten Island, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Arts Council and Blue School. www.rosenestler.com
Bronwyn Roe: Bronwyn Roe is a visual artist in New York City. Originally rooted in video art, she now works primarily in watercolor and charcoal. Her works explore the interstices of self-perception and representation and the connection between the act of looking and of being looked at. Her video work has been featured in the Tribeca Cinemas 2008 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival, the 400th Anniversary of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, the Pollock Krasner House, and the Montauk Lighthouse. www.BronwynRoe.com
Nana Brew-Hammond: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly hailed "a winning debut." Named among 39 promising contemporary African writers, Brew-Hammond's fiction was published in Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (Bloomsbury). Her work also appears in existing and upcoming anthologies including Everyday People (Atria), New Daughters of Africa (Amistad), and Accra Noir (Akashic), as well as the literary journals African Writing and Los Angeles Review of Books. Recently, she co-founded made-in-Ghana coat line Exit 14, which was featured on Vogue.com. Visit nanabrewhammond.com for more.
Mike Dressel: Mike Dressel is a writer and educator. His work has appeared in Burning House Press, Jellyfish Review, Chelsea Station, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among others, as well as in the anthologies Best Gay Stories 2016 and Best Gay Stories 2017. He has previously been a resident at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and an NEH Summer Seminar fellow. He lives in New York City, where he co-produces the nonfiction reading series No, YOU Tell It!
Virginia Eubanks: Virginia Eubanks is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She lives in Troy, NY. www.virginia-eubanks.com
James Hannaham: James Hannaham was born in the Bronx, grew up in Yonkers, New York, and now lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, an American Library Association honor book. He has published prose in Fence, One Story, Story Quarterly, BOMB, and a piece in Gigantic for which he won a Pushcart Prize. He has exhibited text-based visual art at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 490 Atlantic, Kimberly-Klark Gallery, and James Cohan. He teaches writing at the Pratt Institute. While at the Albee Foundation, he plans to work on a MicrosoftWord document. www.jameshannaham.com
Ashley Minihan: Ashley Minihan is a New-York based playwright who originally hails from Villanova, PA. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts; her plays include Ophelia, The Sunrise Side, The Assistant, and Remission. Her work has been produced and developed with the Actors Studio, Arizona Classical Theatre, the Lark, the New York International Fringe Festival, and Reign or Shine Productions. She taught English to high school students in Lille, France, and currently works as an ESL specialist and academic literacy instructor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). Ashley is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Elana Spivack: Elana Spivack is an essayist. She got her BA from Kenyon College, where she studied English and Spanish with a Creative Non-Fiction Emphasis. Her writing spans personal essays, satire, and arts journalism. Her work has been published by McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Belladonna Comedy, Alma, The Nosher, and the Kenyon Review Blog, and has been adapted for the stage by the Jewish Women's Theatre. She has lived, written, and performed in New York City, Ohio, Buenos Aires, and Andalusia. She has also done stints teaching English as a foreign language and volunteering with the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. She is from New Jersey, though she says New York City because it's easier, plus she hopes to move there in the near future. You can learn more at elanaspivack.com