José Ramón Ais
Basque Region of Spain, Eremuak Fellowship at Art Omi
José Ramón Ais received his BFA from the University of the Basque Country, training that has been complemented with studies of gardening design. Ais’ work could be considered as a reflection of concepts related to the construction and representation of landscape, taking into consideration both an intellectual notion and a daily relationship with the natural environment. Ais creates photo compositions using techniques and concepts inherited from the history of painting, cinema and digital media. Subjects include a mix of botanical studies, particular moments of history, myths, emotional links with nature, and his own experience of cultivation.
Andrés Aizicovich (b. 1985) received his Bachelors in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires and his masters from Torcuato DiTella University. His work has been exhibited in public and private institutions in Argentina and abroad, such as SESC Sorocaba, Palais de Tokyo, Museum of Modern Art, Recoleta Cultural Center, Galeire Papillon, Museum Muntref, Nora Fisch Gallery among others. In 2019, he will have his first institutional solo exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Leilah Babirye (b. 1985, Uganda) lives in the Bronx and works in Brooklyn, NY. She studied art at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency in 2015. She has since received asylum due to the support of the African Services Committee and the NYC Anti-Violence Project. Babirye has recently been featured in Modern Painters, OUT Magazine, NY Magzine, and Cultured Magazine. In 2019, Leilah’s work will be included in Flight: A Collective History at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and in Stonewall 50 at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.
Rogelio Báez Vega
Rogelio Báez Vega (b. 1974) studied Visual Art and Photography at University of the Sacred Heart and Painting at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, both in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In his paintings, he uses the rhetoric of Caribbean architecture and current landscape contradictions to problematize the political environment within the colonial context of his native island. He has participated in numerous local and international exhibitions. His work is held in collections of major contemporary art museums and private collections in Puerto Rico. He lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Uta P. Bekaia
Uta Bekaia (b. 1974, Georgia) studied Industrial Design at Tbilisi Mtsire Academy. Bekaia engages in multiple artistic mediums, creating wearable sculptures, performances, and videos, where the borders between the disciplines are blurred, and the cultural references are synthesized in his personalized vision. Inspired by ancient mythology, fairy tales, Italian Baroque, and Georgian Dada, Bekaia with his exuberant, sculptural costumes, reinvents and re-stages long lost, never-before-documented rituals. With a belief in genetic transferability of communal memory, Bekaia attempts to reconnect with the ancient knowledge, and to impregnate it with his own experiences and new meaning. He lives and works in New York and Tbilisi.
Soufïa Bensaïd was lucky enough to cross multiple cultures and social, professional environments between Tunisia where she was born, France where she studied hydraulic engineering and Canada where she works. This atypical path allowed her to live a transformational identity, to question the perception gaps and the foundation of identity and existence. Since 2009, her art work was presented as exhibition, art performance, installation, artist book, conference, residency and workshop in Europe, Tunisia, India, Canada and the USA. She lives now in the Laurentides mountains near Montreal.
Mandy Cano Villalobos
Mandy Cano Villalobos received her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC; she is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses installation, performance, and object / textile-based work. Her versatile projects center upon notions of life’s ephemerality and identity shaped by location and culture. Cano Villalobos’ work has been featured in numerous venues in the US and Chile, and has participated in several residencies. She has also received grants from multiple organizations including the Puffin and Frey Foundations. Her work has been reviewed in The Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, Hyperallergic, Culturehall, Performa Magazine and Bad-at-Sports, among others. and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
Philippe Caron Lefebvre
Canada, Explore Habland Award
Philippe Caron Lefebvre is an artist from Montreal, Canada. He holds a master degree from Concordia University and a Bachelor’s degree from Université du Québec à Montréal. His work has been shown in Canada, United States, Mexico and Japan. His interests and conceptual research lies in the relation between art and science fiction, the notion of evolution as seen in nature and material experimentation. He works primarily with sculpture, drawing, collages, video and installation.
Diakota Mabilama Serge (b.1 988 D.R. Congo) studied interior design at Cardinal Etsou and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kinshasa. He participated in 50/60 Milobela project in Strasbourg at the School of Decorative Arts as part of the 50th anniversary of Congo’s independence. His artistic approach is in line with the questions of being human in the face of social and political problems from a local and global perspective; to which he questions, challenges and denounces its social and political realities in a quest for a universal identity and a positive change.
Rehab El Sadek
Rehab El Sadek is a conceptual artist. El Sadek holds a degree in art from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Meditation on space and immersion into overlooked places inform the artistic inquiries of her practice. Her current work draws inspiration from ancient and classical architecture, modern architectural theory and explores broad themes of immigration, belonging, communication, and language. She has initiated workshops and creative social practice interventions on issues ranging from women’s rights to the challenges facing disadvantaged children. El Sadek has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout the world, and has been the recipient of several awards and residencies.
Yasmine Elmeleegy (b. 1991, Cairo, Egypt) is an artist practicing in sculpture, video, installation and other interdisciplinary approaches. Upon receiving her BFA in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo in 2013, Elmeleegy studied multi media at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes (ESBAN) in France, and was part of the 2016 MASS ALEXANDRIA independent study program for Contemporary Arts in Alexandria. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout the world.
USA, Art Omi Local Fellowship
Adriana Farmiga is an interdisciplinary artist and a first generation Ukrainian-American by way of Argentina. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley, and is a faculty member and Associate Dean at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York. Farmiga’s work aims to uncover hidden or overlooked elements in the relationships between ideas, people, and the quotidian. Farmiga has participated in several artist’s residencies and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited domestically and abroad.
USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Cianne Fragione’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Italy, Bulgaria, and Lithuania. She has participated in several residencies and fellowships in the US and Italy, and her work is included in numerous collections, domestic and abroad. Nominated for the 2018 Joan Mitchel Painting and Sculpture award, and the 2016 Anonymous was a Women Award for her artistic achievement. . She is represented by Gallery Neptune & Brown, Washington, DC.
Anna Garner is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice crosses photography, video, performance, and sculpture to address themes of risk, strength, and control. Anna grew up in San Diego, CA and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Garner has participated in several residencies and in 2016 was the recipient of a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and featured in an exhibition at PAM. Garner has been included in several exhibitions throughout the US. Anna has additionally contributed writing to Artillery Magazine and Carla and curated at The Echo Park Film Center.
Leonardo Gonzalez (b. 1982 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras) is a cultural manager and producer, and he is currently direc-tor and founder of “LL projects”; a space dedicated to art, research and investigation of contemporary art. He currently works and lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He received his BFA from National School of Fine Arts in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (where he lives and works), as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication. Gonzalez’s work develops as he wanders around the city, building “maps and landscapes”. Mapping the “everyday” through records such as photography, video, notes, or a collection of objects, allows him to translate them into actions, performances and installations.
India, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict
Rajyashri Goody completed her BA in Sociology at Fergusson College, and an MA in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Goody’s art practice is informed by her background in the social sciences as well as her Dalit roots. Through the use of various media, she attempts to decode and make visible instances of everyday power and resistance within Dalit communities in India. She has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and abroad, and has participated in several residencies. She lives and works in Pune, India.
David Gumbs is a multidisciplinary artist from the island of Saint-Martin based in Martinique. His work has been shown at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 2018; Wallach Gallery NY, 2018; TVE Caribbean visual Exchange in Melbourne, 2018; MOLAA Los Angeles, 2017; Prizm Art Fair, 2017; Jamaica Biennial, 2017; World Art Museum, 2016; Memorial Acte Museum in Guadeloupe, 2015; BIAC Biennial, 2013; Happy Island Project Biennial in Aruba, 2012, and others. He has taken part in numerous new media festivals in Europe and in France. He is a faculty member at the CCA visual arts school where he teaches.
Taiye Idahor lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied Fine Art at the Yaba College of Technology and graduated with an HND in sculpture. Idahor works within the concepts of identity and explores women’s issues using hair as a visual language in her work. Idahor uses collage, drawing, sculpture and mixed media to express these ideas through the lens of memory, culture and modernity. Idahor has exhibited both locally and abroad, and her work is part of the permanent collection of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town South Africa.
Canada/USA, Cecily Brown Fellowship
Sara Jimenez is a Filipina-Canadian interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Jimenez received her BA from the University of Toronto and her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design. Jiminez has participated in numerous residencies from 2014-present. Jimenez has exhibited at the Pinto Art Museum (Philippines), El Museo del Barrio, Rush Arts Gallery, BRIC Gallery, BronxArtSpace, FiveMyles Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, Smack Mellon and Wayfarers Gallery, among others. She has performed numerous venues including The Noguchi Museum, Jack, The Glasshouse, and Dixon Place. Currently, she teaches at Parsons the New School for Design, NYU, BMCC, and is an Art Practice Mentor at SVA.
USA, Charlotte Street Foundation
Glyneisha Johnson (b. Dallas, Texas) is a multimedia artist currently living and working in the USA. Johnson received her BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2017. In 2017, she was an artist in residence at Charlotte St Foundation in Kansas City. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Haw Contemporary, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, and La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri; Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri; and the Hudson Foundation Gallery in Dallas, Texas, among others. Johnson’s work is included in several collections in the USA.
USA/Australia, Art Omi Australia Committee Fellowship
Kate Just is an American born Australian artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles and photography to produce contemporary art works that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Specific to Just’s practice is the use of knitting as engaging sculptural medium and an unwitting political tool. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to create large scale, public projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women. Just holds a PhD in Sculpture from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts where she is the Head of the Master of Contemporary Art Program. Just has exhibited her artwork extensively across Australia in over one hundred group and solo exhibitions including at The National Gallery of Australia, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Artspace, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gertrude Contemporary and The Centre for Contemporary Photography. Internationally she has exhibited her work at AIR Gallery and the AC Institute in New York, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond Virginia, the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Auckland Art Fair, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, Sanskriti Gallery in New Delhi, Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo and Titanik Galleria in Turku, Finland.
Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe
Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a graduate of the Kinshasa Academy of Fine Arts. He is co-founder of Vision Total Group (vi.to). He has participated in several group exhibitions and residency workshops in his country and abroad, and he works in collaboration with Kin Art Studio (KAS). Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe combines painting, drawing, sculpture and installation in his artistic practice. His favorite medium is the “door”, which for him is synonymous with openness, meeting and discovery in an increasingly universal society.
Le Hien Minh
Le Hien Minh (b. 1979, Hanoi, Vietnam) works with a Vietnamese traditional handmade paper called Dó, with which she constructs large scale installations. Le Hien Minh’s work acts as a bridge between contemporary and traditional Vietnamese art and also between modern and historical Vietnamese culture. She studied traditional Lacquer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Art and acquired a degree in Fine Art from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, USA. Her works have been exhibited in major museums and galleries in Vietnam as well as in Korea, Taiwan, and the USA since 2003. Le Hien Minh currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.
Harry Leigh's (b.1931, USA) father was a cotton-spinner immigrant from Manchester, England, and his mother a farm girl from the Finger Lakes. Leigh attended Albright Art School and SUNY Buffalo where he received his BA in 1953. He has worked as a laborer on construction sites, steel mills, and Ford assembly line, was drafted into the US Army in 1954, trained as a radio operator, and studied on the GI bill for MA at Columbia University. He taught for over 30 years in public and private school and at the college level.
Croatia, Fellowship for an Artist Living and Working in Croatia
Mario Matoković (b. 1985, Croatia) graduated from the Academy of Arts in Osijek, Department of Fine Arts in 2010. He is a multimedia artist working in graphics, video, instal-lations and art photography. He has participated in several workshops, has exhibited in numerous Croatian and interna-tional exhibitions, and is the recipient of several awards. He is the founder of MMML Studio Artist in Residence program.
Kristyna and Marek Milde
Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists duo, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Kristyna studied painting at the Assenza Malschule in Basel, Switzerland. Marek studied Sculpture at Atelier Dodekaeder in Germany. In 2007 they received MFAs in studio art from the Queens College, CUNY. Their work takes a form of installations, site interventions and participatory projects investigating the shifting relationship between culture, nature, and environment. They have been awarded several residencies, been featured in numerous publications, and have presented their work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the USA and Europe.
Joiri Minaya (b. 1990, USA) is a Dominican-American multi-disciplinary artist whose work navigates binaries in search of inbetweenness, investigating the female body within constructions of identity, multicultural social spaces and hierarchies. Recent works focus on destabilizing historic and contemporary representations of black and brown womanhood in relation to an imagined tropical identity. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (D.R.), the Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons: The New School for Design. Minaya has exhibited internationally across the Caribbean and the United States.
Nkembo Moswala (b. 1989, D.R. Congo) earned a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts from Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa. Nkembo’s work was presented at the Yango Biennale in 2014 in Kinshasa. His work currently works with ideas of renaissance and renewal. Throughout his artistic journey, and in his creations, he has stressed the harmful nature of the present day global society. Through his work on tarps, which he incises or brands, he denotes the wounds that we, as citizens of this world, are enduring. Nkembo lives and works in Kinshasa.
Diana Shpungin is a Brooklyn based multi-disciplinary artist who has exhibited extensively in solo/group exhibitions nationally and abroad. Shpungin’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, New York Magazine, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, Timeout New York, and Timeout London. Shpungin is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies. Born in Latvia’s seaside capital of Riga under Soviet rule, Shpungin immigrated as a child to New York City. Shpungin received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and is currently a professor at Parsons: The New School for Design.
Israel/USA, Unlimit Art Fellowship
Rotem Tamir is an Israeli sculptor, and received her BFA from Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the recipient of numerous residencies and awards, and has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and abroad. The questions covered in Rotem Tamir’s work revolve around time and place, and the creation of alternative, timeless identities devoid of history and geography. She currently serves as Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the Art and Art History Department at Washington and Lee University, and lives and works in Lexington, VA.