2023 SUMMER RESIDENCY JURY PANEL
ChaNorth is pleased to announce the jurors for the 2023 Summer Residency Season. Each year, ChaNorth invites a cohort of jurors to review applications and make the recommendations for our finalists. This year we invited art professionals who are already part of ChaNorth extended art community either as visiting artists or resident artists. We are very grateful and fortunate to have these professionals helping us in 2023.
Sonja John is a queer, first generation Bronx-based artist, educator, and curator. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. Her contributions to museum education have been featured at the RISD Museum, The New Yorker, and Hyperallergic. She is resident curator for The Yard, Greenpoint. Her visual art has been featured on I Like Your Work Podcast, n+1 magazine and Seeing Color Podcast with Zhiwan Cheung. She has been awarded residencies with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, ChaNorth Artist residency, and the Vermont Studio Center. In addition to her visual arts practice, she has performed at Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and at the Don’t Get Naked! poetry reading series at Brande Saloon, hosted by Janelle Tan. She is currently working towards her first solo exhibition, Yard Work, with the Rio Galleries at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem.
An avid collector of animal bones, she is probably best friends with the skeletons in your closet.
Hayley Ferber is an independent curator, educator and artist living in Brooklyn, New York. In her current role as Associate Director of Operations of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center and previous role as Deputy Director of Chashama, she supports a creative community of multidisciplinary artists. Her curatorial projects include an upcoming Guest Curator Residency with Residency Unlimited and collaborations with the New York Artist Equity Association, the New York Artists Circle, and the Robert Berry Gallery among others. As a visiting curator, Hayley has worked with artists from the NARS Foundation and ChaNorth, served as guest juror for Apexart, the Brooklyn Arts Council, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Queens Council on the Arts and as guest speaker for the School of Visual Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and POWArts. Her personal artistic practice centers around bookmaking and printmaking and her works have been shown at Equity Gallery, Pelham Art Center, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Chashama, Superfine Art Fair, 92Y and Aqua Art Miami. Hayley received her MAT in Art & Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design, BS in Studio Art from New York University and is a New York Community Trust Non-profit Fellow. She currently holds the title of President of the board of the University Council for Art Education.
Marisa Espe is a curator based in the Hudson Valley, New York. She currently works at Steven Holl Architects and 'T' Space Gallery (Rhinebeck, NY). She received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), and BA in History of Art from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). In 2014 she co-founded MINT, an artist-run gallery, studio, and performance venue in Columbus, OH where she organized exhibitions and programs until 2017. Past appointments include September Gallery (Hudson, NY), Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH). Recent curatorial projects include an exhibition about the publication Pamphlet Architecture; a new commissioned video by the artist Amanda Pohan Turner; a group exhibition featuring works by Roger Brown, Agnes Denes, and Fred Sandback; and a forthcoming blog Turtle Turtle.
Engaged in broad fields of practice from public art and traditional gallery work to activist based Community Theater, Owens tackles issues of hierarchical social conditions, environmental destruction, consumption and the points where these things intersect. Working sculpturally, performatively and socially, she uses material as meaning: what the sculpture is made of- is what the sculpture means- is what the sculpture does. Bottle shards, cardboard, coal, cut up humvees, and the dust of marble are all used to convey meaning, emotion, and action as they take on forms from porch to iceberg. Often with jobs beyond metaphor, the sculptures become stages, public seating, centers for protest and elevated vantage points.
Owens has been included in exhibitions both in the US and internationally including The X Krasnoyarsk Biennial, RU; Franco Soffiantino Contemporary, IT; Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; The Frist Museum, TN; Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC; and the New Museum Window, NY among others. In February of 2020, her solo museum show, The Hypogean Tip opened at The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport CT and is currently on view at the Sugar Hill Museum of Art and Storytelling in NYC. She has had reviews and inclusion in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Modern Painters, Flash Art and Triple Canopy Anthology and she has received grants from the Joan Mitchell, Pollack Krasner, and Harpo Foundations as well as a Cultural Humanitarian Grant from the US Consulate. Her work can be found in many collections in the US and abroad, among them; The Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection and The Bunker, The Pritzker Family Collection, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Housatonic Museum of Art, Sprint Collection, and The Fidelity Collection.
Owens is Associate Professor of Art & Design and Chair of the Sculpture Department at SUNY Purchase College.
2021-2022 SUMMER RESIDENCY JURY PANEL
ChaNorth is pleased to announce the jurors for the 2021-2022 Summer Residency Season. Each year, ChaNorth invites a cohort of jurors to review applications and make the recommendations for our finalists. This year we invited art professionals who are already part of ChaNorth extended art community either as visiting artists or resident artists. We are very grateful and fortunate to have these professionals helping us in 2021.
Yasmeen Siddiqui is an editor and writer, founding director of Minerva Projects. Guiding her practice is an overarching commitment to testing perceptions of either specific artists or existing art movements through the synchronized interplay of writing and exhibition making.
Siddiqui’s pasts subjects in writing and curating have included Do Ho Suh, Consuelo Castañeda, Hassan Khan, Linda Ganjian, Pia Lindman, Lara Baladi, Mary Carothers, Matt Lynch and Chris Vorhees, and Mel Charney. Her writing has appeared on Hyperallergic and in ART PAPERS, the Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail, and in books and exhibition catalogues including: Fault Lines Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes; Do Ho Suh: A Contingent Object of Research; “Do Ho Suh” in If you were to live here: The 5th Auckland Triennial; On Architecture. Melvin Charney a Critical Anthology, edited by Louis Martin.
Born in Germany, Stefan Hagen studied photography in Berlin and moved in 1989 to New York to pursue commercial photography and work on independent photography projects. As a photographer, his work has been shown in solo shows in galleries in New York, Boston, Elko, NV and Munich, Germany and is in numerous private and institutional collections. www.stefanhagenphotography.com
In 2008 he founded the Montello Foundation, a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster our understanding of nature. While still setting up an artist residency program in a remote location in northeast Nevada, he organized exhibitions, notably with Richard Torchia at a Chashama storefront location in Midtown, NYC. The residency program is now in the 7th year and has given over 70 artists a solitary retreat in the desert. In 2018 he spearheaded a complimentary project for the general public, a waypoint for exhibitions and as a point of rest. Currently he is curating with Hikmet Loe a large scale exhibition of Montello Foundation alumni at the Southern Utah Museum of Art.
Hwang received her MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and her BFA from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. She has been awarded residencies from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, ChaNorth Artist residency, Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center. Hwang is also the recipient of an Emma Bee Bernstein award from A.I.R. Gallery and their Fellowship program in Brooklyn, New York. Hwang has actively participated in solo and group exhibitions at a diverse range of venues including A.I.R Gallery, Korean Cultural Center in New York, The Wassaic Project, Museum of Northern California in Chico and have been represented Accola Griefen Gallery in New York.
Hwang is currently based in Hays, Kansas, teaching painting as an Assistant Professor in painting at Fort Hays State University.
Audra Lambert (b. 1987 Mississippi, raised Louisiana) is an Independent Curator based in the metro New York City area since 2005.
Lambert serves as Gallery Director, Amos Eno Gallery, and has worked for eight years as an Independent Curator. She is Curator-in-Residence at The Yard, Williamsburg Bridge, and Editor-in-Chief, ANTE mag (2014.) She is a founding member of the femme-forward Ninth Street Collective artist consulting team. Curated exhibitions include “Home Room” at Radiator Gallery (2020-21); “Where’er His Silent Beams Intrude” at Amos Eno Gallery (2020-21); "Intrinsic” at The Yard, Williamsburg Bridge (2020); “Hey, Wow: Works by Oded Halahmy” at the Center for Jewish History (2019) and “Re-Orientations” at the Living Gallery (2019), among others.
She is completing her MA thesis on Second-wave feminism at Lindenwood University (Spring 2021.) Lambert speaks Japanese and French and has lived abroad in Germany and Japan. She is currently based in Queens, NY.
2020 SUMMER RESIDENCY JURY PANEL
ChaNorth is pleased to announce the jurors for the 2020 Summer Residency Season. Each year, ChaNorth invites a cohort of jurors to review applications and make the recommendations for our finalists. This year we invited art professionals who are already part of ChaNorth extended art community either as visiting artists or resident artists. We are very grateful and fortunate to have these professionals helping us in 2020.
Yasmeen Siddiqui founded Minerva Projects after nearly twenty years working with artists and institutions. Minerva Projects primary objective is publishing books. Three titles are scheduled for 2020. In tandem with this work, Yasmeen writes and edits: Current projects include a book length manuscript on the subject of home and historically agrarian communities in the Northeastern United States and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors over the last hundred years. She is co-editing the anthology, The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2021). When not living in the Hudson Valley, she spends intense bursts of time working as core faculty at the School of Visual Art at Chautauqua Institution in Western New York and now in the MA in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College.
Artist driven projects define her curatorial record, for instance the exhibition and book addressing a project by Do Ho Suh, The Bridge Project, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture; as well the monographic exhibition of Consuelo Castañeda at the Americas Society. Yasmeen’s other subjects in writing and curating have included Hassan Khan, Linda Ganjian, Pia Lindman, Lara Baladi, Mary Carothers, Matt Lynch and Chris Vorhees, and Mel Charney. Her writing has appeared on Hyperallergic and in ART PAPERS, the Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail, and in books and exhibition catalogues including: Fault Lines Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes; Do Ho Suh: A Contingent Object of Research; “Do Ho Suh” in If you were to live here: The 5th Auckland Triennial; On Architecture. Melvin Charney a Critical Anthology, edited by Louis Martin.
Yasmeen has been the lucky recipient of the following awards and honors: 2018 Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow; 2018 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee; 2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship.
Lauren Bierly is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and arts administrator. Bierly’s artwork is grounded in perception theory, and inspired by neurology, ecology, and literature. Through methods of mapping, her work takes the form of mixed-media installations, text-to-color translations, and sensory libraries. As a synaesthete, Bierly is interested in the intersection of sensory languages—like color perception and sound—and how these sensory vocabularies shape one’s subjective experience of identity and place.
Bierly has exhibited in upstate New York, New York City, Oregon, and Kolkata, India. She was artist-in-residence at chaNorth Residency (2018); Starry Night (2017); Panoply Performance Lab (2016) and Trestle Gallery (2015). In 2015, she joined collective Incredible Witness developing perception-based exercises through the lens of game theory. She is a regular participant of the University of Sussex’s ongoing research on Synesthesia since 2013.
Bierly is also Manager of Special Exhibitions and Projects for The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has led production for In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection (2019), Camp: Notes on Fashion (2019), Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (2018), Rei Kawakubo | Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between (2017), Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion (2016), and Manus x Machina: Art in An Age of Technology (2016).
She has participated on panels organized by Harlem School of Arts, Women in Bio, AlterConf NYC, Feldenheimer Gallery, Pratt Institute, and Artists Talk on Art, and been a guest critic at chaNorth Residency, Trestle Art Space, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Bierly earned a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Art History from Pennsylvania State University (2009), Masters of Art in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education (2010), and Certificate in Executive Museum Leadership from Columbia University Business School (2019).
Peter Gynd is a fifth generation artist, independent curator, and the director at Lesley Heller Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Originally from Vancouver Canada, Gynd studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and has exhibited in both Canada and the US.
Notable exhibitions curated by Gynd include a permanent exhibition at the Foundation Center, NY; an acclaimed two-person presentation at SPRING/BREAK Art Show (2015); and group exhibitions at Present Company, NY; NARS Foundation, NY; the Northside Festival, NY; Lesley Heller Workspace, NY; and at the Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver Canada. Gynd’s exhibitions have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Carnegie Reporter, Blouin Artinfo, and Gothamist.
Peter Gynd has been a guest critic at Residencies Unlimited, Kunstraum, ChaNorth Artist Residency; a consultant at NYFA’s Doctors Hours; guest lecture at Pratt Institute; and guest juror at 440 Gallery, Equity Gallery, and Sweet Lorraine Gallery. Recent and upcoming projects include curating a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Jody MacDonald at Radiator Gallery (November 2019) and a guest juror for the second edition of the Art Fair 14C (2020).
Mia S. Willis
Mia S. Willis (they/them) is a Black performance poet whose work has been featured by or is forthcoming in Under the Belly of the Beast (Dissonance Press), FreezeRay, Curating Alexandria, WORDPEACE, Peculiar, Foothill, Button Poetry, and Slamfind.
In 2019, Mia was named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, a collaborator in Forward Together's Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project, and a performing artist on RADAR Productions' upcoming Sister Spit 2020 Tour. Their debut poetry collection, monster house., was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books.
2019 SUMMER RESIDENCY JURY PANEL
ChaNorth is pleased to announce the jurors for the 2019 Summer Residency Season. Each year, ChaNorth invites a new cohort of jurors to review applications and make the recommendations for our finalists. This year Lauren Alyssa Bierly, chaNorth Resident artist 2018, Manager of Special Exhibitions and Projects for The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, helped ChaNorth to put the Jury Panel together. We are very grateful and fortunate to have these professionals helping us in 2019.
Adrienne Elise Tarver
Adrienne Elise Tarver is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Thinking about private versus public and inclusion versus exclusion, her work addresses the complexity and invisibility of the black female identity in the American landscape-- from the history within domestic spaces to the fantasy of the tropical seductress. She has exhibited nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space in Bronx, NY; Victori+Mo in Brooklyn, NY; BRIC Project Room in Brooklyn, New York; Ochi Projects in Los Angeles, CA; A-M Gallery in Sydney, Australia; and Art Matrix in Chicago, Illinois. She was selected by ArtNet as one of “14 Emerging Female Artists to watch in 2017” and has been featured in online and print publications like Brooklyn Magazine, Blouin Art Info, Whitewall Magazine, Hyperallergic, among others. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from Boston University.
David Rios Ferreira has exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and abroad including CoCA (Seattle, WA), Nemeth Art Center (Park Rapids, MN) and Kunstraum Richard Sorge Gallery (Berlin, Germany). He has held residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY) and The Center for Book Arts (New York, NY). Rios Ferreira has participated in professional development programs such as Emerge 11 at Aljira (Newark, NJ) and the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program (Bronx, NY). Awards include a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship from the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, a National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Fund for the Arts grant and the ArtSlant Grand Prize. Group exhibitions include Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY), Uproot at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY) and Mirrored by Nature at Welancora Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Recent solo exhibitions include And by each crime and every kindness, Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), Ni de aquí, Ni de allá at Rush Arts, Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and most recently And I Hear Your Words That I Made Up, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (Vermont). David Rios Ferreira lives and works in New York and Jersey City, and holds a BFA from The Cooper Union.
Lauren Bierly is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and arts administrator. As artist, Bierly draws on the synaesthetic condition to process sensory information in the form of mixed-media installations, photographic and A/V documentation, and color palettes. She exhibited at chaNorth’s Sculpture Field (Pine Plains, NY), Harlem School of Arts (NYC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Trestle Art Gallery (NYC), Panoply Performance Lab (NYC), Tagore Center (Kolkata, India), and Feldenheimer Gallery (Portland, OR). Bierly was an artist-in-residence at chaNorth (Pine Plains, NY, 2018); Starry Night (Truth or Consequences, NM, 2017); Panoply Performance Lab (Brooklyn, NY, 2016) and Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY, 2015). She joined artist collective Incredible Witness in 2015 to develop conversations about neurological differences, like synaesthesia, through the lens of game theory.
As administrator, Bierly is Manager of Special Exhibitions and Projects for The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Productions include Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (2018); Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017); Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion (2016); and Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016). She participated on panels organized by Harlem School of Arts, Women in Bio, AlterConf NYC, Feldenheimer Gallery, Pratt Institute, and Artists Talk on Art. And conducted studio visits at chaNorth Residency, Brooklyn Art Space, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Bierly earned a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Art History from Pennsylvania State University (2009), and Masters of Art in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education (2010).
Michelle Levy is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer with eighteen years of experience working with arts organizations in New York City. From 2008 to 2018, she was Founding Director of EFA Project Space, a collaborative, cross-disciplinary exhibition program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in NYC, where she also founded the SHIFT Residency (2010) supporting the creative practices of artists who work for arts organizations. Levy’s initiatives at EFA received significant support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, among others. From 2000- 2008, Levy was Program Manager of International Print Center New York, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting fine art contemporary printmaking. Levy's trans-media storytelling practice uses text, visuals, performance, and ritual to explore the nature of identity and personal belief. She holds an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from The City College of New York, and a BA in Studio art at Wesleyan University, CT. Recent honors include; a CCNY Connor Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; support from the Czech Center NY for a curatorial residency at MeetFactory in Prague; and the Asylum Arts/POLIN Museum Poland Retreat for Jewish Artists in Warsaw. Levy is currently in Poland (2018-19) conducting artistic research in cooperation with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews for her project “Paulina (She is alone).”