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Montalvo Announces New Lucas Artists Fellows in Visual Arts for 2019–2022

SARATOGA, Calif. — Montalvo Arts Center’s Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program is proud to announce its most recent Lucas Artists Fellowship awards to 33 artists of exceptional talent from across the US and the world. This distinguished group includes individuals from 16 countries working in the fields of visual arts, architecture, urbanism, and design. This includes visual arts media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, design, and printmaking, as well as artists working in the fields of performance, social practice, and sound art. These Fellows were born or reside in the following countries: the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, South Africa, Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Taiwan, the Philippines, Italy, Venezuela, and England. 

Every three years, by discipline, the Lucas Artists Program (LAP) invites a distinguished panel of international nominators to identify up to three emerging, mid-career, or established artists who have the potential to become significant voices of their generation. These artists then pass through a highly selective jury process. Each artist selected is awarded three months in the Lucas Artists Residency over three years, with the ability to return multiple times. Lucas Artists Fellows are also welcomed to bring collaborators into residence with them. This represents significant ongoing support for an artist’s work over a three-year period.

Located within a 175-acre public park and historic property in the heart of the Silicon Valley in California, the Lucas Artists Program (LAP) is an interdisciplinary creative incubator and cultural producer dedicated to investing in artists from all disciplines and geographical locations and to supporting the creative process and sharing of ideas. The LAP provides artists with time and space to develop new work, take risks, and forge collaborative partnerships. The LAP also supports artists as they engage the community in critical conversation through the creation and presentation of new work and varied public program offerings. This approach is grounded in Montalvo’s belief that artists’ voices enrich our world and serve as a catalyst for debate about issues important to us all.

Montalvo houses the oldest artist residency program on the West Coast of the US, hosting artists since 1939. The new LAP facility at Montalvo was inaugurated in late 2004 and has hosted over 1,000 artists from more than thirty countries since its opening. The LAP’s campus comprises 11 free-standing, state-of-the-art artist studios and residence spaces designed by artist-and-architect collaborative teams, and a Commons and Library. As part of this selection, Montalvo inaugurates a new residency fellowship in collaboration with Santa Clara University, through the generous support of Charmaine and Dan Warmenhoven. The first Fellow of this collaboration is Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Rafa Esparza.

“The Lucas Artists Residency Program is the soul of Montalvo,” said Executive Director Angela McConnell. “It is one of the key ways in which we reaffirm our mission to engage the community in the creative process and has gained us international recognition as a creative incubator and a model of curatorial practice.”

Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program Director Kelly Sicat said, “We look forward to welcoming this truly remarkable group of artists into the creative community of the Lucas Artists Program. We are honored to have the opportunity to support their practice in such an incredible facility, and to be able to share their work with the greater Silicon Valley community.”

The 2019 Visual Arts jury has awarded Lucas Artists Visual Arts Fellowships to the following artists: 

Indira Allegra

Oakland, California, United States

Indira Allegra’s memorial practices articulate the presence of and communicate with unseen forces behind haunting events and desires. She uses weaving as an ideology and methodology to re-imagine what a memorial can feel like, the scale on which it can exist, and how it can function. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Museum of the African Diaspora and The Alice, and group exhibitions at the Center for Craft Creativity and Design, The Arts Incubator in Chicago, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. Her commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, and City of Oakland. She has been the recipient of the Artadia Award, Tosa Studio Award, Windgate Craft Fellowship, and Jackson Literary Award, and has received support from the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, MAP Fund and Queer Cultural Center. Allegra’s work has been featured by BBC Radio 4, Art Journal, KQED, and Surface Design Magazine. She has been a visiting artist at Southern Denmark University and Mills College, a former Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University, a Shelly Osborne guest artist at UC Berkeley, and a Lia Cook Jacquard artist in residence at the California College of the Arts. Read more.

Indira Allegra, Casting II, 2017

Ali Asgar (Tara)

Orono, Maine, United States

Born in Bangladesh, Ali Asgar (Tara) is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose work focuses primarily on the body and the relationship between body and space. Asgar’s early work and activism were around the areas of gender, sexuality, and social norms, which often reflects upon their personal struggle and experience of growing up in conservative Bangladeshi patriarchal society and its attitude toward members of the LGBTQI community. The controversial and politically charged nature of Asgar’s work—exploring gender and eroticism—exposed them to significant risk in their home city of Dhaka, where Asgar staged provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions intentionally designed to challenge the conservative sexual mores of the culture. Isolation and displacement play a key role in Asgar’s current works and thought process. As an artist whose provocative art and personal identity placed them at extreme risk, Asgar was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Artist Protection Fund in 2016. Asgar is currently working on an MFA in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Read more.

Ali Asgar (Tara), The Virus of Faith, 2016

Chloë Bass

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Bass has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2018 included a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews, among others. Her monograph was published by The Operating System in December 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens CUNY, where she co-runs the unique MFA program Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette. Read more.  

Chloë Bass, The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Three: We Walk the world two by two (Jerry), 2016

Lex Brown

The Bronx, New York, United States

Lex Brown is an artist, musician, and writer. Her work plays with the scale of personal and emotional experience in relation to large systems of social and economic organization. Brown has performed and exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; The Hammer Museum, REDCAT Theater, 356 Mission, and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in Los Angeles; the Kitchen, New Museum, the High Line, International Center of Photography, and Deli Gallery in New York; and the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Brown is the recipient of various awards and residencies, including a Sommerakademie Fellowship in Bern, Switzerland; Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine; and the Susan B. Whedon Award in Sculpture from Yale University. Brown holds a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Yale University. Consciousness, a survey of Brown's work spanning the past 8 years, is newly available from GenderFail. Her first paperback work of fiction, My Wet Hot Drone Summer, a sci-fi erotic novella that takes on surveillance and social justice, is also available online. Read more.     

Lex Brown, Lip Gloss Alurt, 2017

Rashayla Brown

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) manages an "undisciplinary" studio practice through photography, performance, writing, installation, and video. A lifelong nomad who has moved 24 times, she began her artistic practice as a poet in London and as the founder of the graphic design company Selah Vibe, Inc. in Atlanta. From 2013–17, RMB served as the inaugural Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). An Artadia and Franklin Furnace grantee, RMB has presented work internationally at Tate Modern, London; Krabbesholm Højskole, Copenhagen; Turbine Hall, Johannesburg; and in commissions at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Rhodes College, Memphis; among others. Her work and words appear in Artforum, Blouin Modern Painters, Hyperallergic, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Prospect.4 New Orleans, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston), and the cover of the Chicago Reader. Her essay "Open Letter to My Fellow Young Artists and Scholars on the Margins" was shared over 10,000 times online. RMB holds degrees from Yale, SAIC, and Northwestern. Read more.

Rashayla Brown, Rage to Master: Michelle Grabner's Poor Farm, 2016

Jonathan Calm

Palo Alto, California, United States    

Jonathan Calm is a visual artist in the media of photography and video, and assistant professor at Stanford University. His imagery explores aesthetic and ideological tenets of architecture and documentary journalism. In earlier work, Calm primarily engages with the relationship between photography and urban architecture, and the powerful role of images in the way architectural constructs shape the lives of individuals and communities.

More recently, Calm has pointed his critical eye toward American car culture, exposing how the mythical promise of a boundless journey across the land masks a more sinister reality of African American automobility. His new work draws inspiration from the Green Book, a travel guide published during the last three decades of the Jim Crow era to direct travelers of color to safe and dignified accommodations. Through a varied array of media—including performance, installation, and portraiture—Calm creates complex representations of the Black American experience on the road as a precarious privilege rather than an inalienable right. Read more. 

Jonathan Calm, Double Vision (Recording I), 2018

Bethany Collins

Chicago, Illinois, United States    

Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptually driven work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact. Language is both her subject and primary material—from dictionaries and encyclopedias to literary journals and newspaper archives. Language is also a prism through which she explores American history and the nuance of racial and national identities.

Collins’ work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem; Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa); Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis); Birmingham Museum of Art; Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Locust Projects (Miami); Depaul Art Museum (Chicago); and the Center for Book Arts (New York); among others. She has also received grants, awards, and residencies from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Hyde Park Art Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artadia, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Collins was the 2015 recipient of the Hudgens Prize from the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Georgia, and a 2018 recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Read more.    

Bethany Collins, Do You Know Them? (1898) detail, 2018

Stephanie Dinkins

Brooklyn, New York, United States    

Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more inclusive, fair, and ethical AI ecosystems. Dinkins employs lens-based practices, emerging technologies, and community engagement to confront questions of bias in AI, consciousness, data sovereignty, and social equity.

Dinkins earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Studies Program. She exhibits and publicly advocates for inclusive AI internationally at a spectrum of community, private, and institutional venues. Dinkins is currently 2018–19 Soros Equality Fellow and 2019 Creative Capital Grantee.

The New York Times recently featured Dinkins in its pages as an AI influencer. Wired, Art In America, Artsy, Art21, Hyperallergic, the BBC, Wilson Quarterly, Apple, and many popular podcasts have recently highlighted Dinkins' art and ideas. Read more.

Stephanie Dinkins, Dinkins_8, 2018

Rafa Esparza

Los Angeles, California, United States    

Rafa Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist who was born, raised, and lives in Los Angeles. Woven into Esparza’s bodies of work are his interests in history, personal narrative, and kinship. He is inspired by his own relationship to colonization, and the disrupted genealogies that come forth as a result. Using live performance as his main mode of inquiry, Esparza employs site-specificity, materiality, memory, and (non)documentation as primary tools to interrogate and critique ideologies, power structures, and binaries that problematize the “survival” process of historicized narratives and the environments where people currently navigate and socialize. Esparza’s recent projects evolve through experimental collaborative projects grounded by laboring with land vis-à-vis adobe, a labor inherited by his father Ramon Esparza, where the artist shares institutional space and resources with invited Brown and Queer artists and cultural producers. Esparza is invested in working in the local geographies of his hometown and that of the Southwest, including Mexico and Latin America. Read more.

Rafa Esparza, Figure Ground: beyond the white field, 2017

Óscar Farfán   

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico    

Óscar Farfán works predominantly with photography—including video, text, and installation—addressing issues such as memory and representation of social narratives. His work has been shown in Mexico, the United States, China, Switzerland, Spain, France, Colombia, and Guatemala. He has won the Emerging Artist Grant & Commissions Program of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), as well as the Acquisition Prize at the IX Bienal FEMSA in Monterrey, Mexico. He has received the FONCA (National Endowment for Culture and Arts, Mexico) SNCA grant twice (2011-13 and 2015-17), and the FONCA Fomento y Coinversiones Grant. He has had solo and single project shows in Mexico at Centro Cultural de España, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, as well as at the Museo de Arte de Sonora MUSAS, and in Miami at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. He is represented at the FEMSA, CIFO, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG) and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO) Collections. Farfán lives and works in Mexico City. Read more.

Óscar Farfán, Labor Anonymous, 2016–2018

Alicia Framis   

Amsterdam, The Netherlands    

Alicia Framis is a multidisciplinary artist whose artistic practice focuses on different aspects of human existence within contemporary society. She studied at Barcelona University (BA), École de Beaux Arts Paris (BA), Institut d’Hautes Etudes Paris (MA), and Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam (MA). She has won both the Prix de Rome award and Spain's Prix Lleida Contemporary Art. She exhibited internationally in renowned biennials (Venice 50th edition, Berlinale, Performa 09, Manifesta 2), museums (Kunsthalle Nurenberg, CREATIVETIME New, Museum Moderne Kunst Arnhem, La Frac Haute-Normandie, Ullens Center Contemporary Art Beijing, MACBA, Palais de Tokyo Paris), and her work is featured in numerous collections (Frac Lorraine, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, MUSAC de Castilla y Léon, Rabo Art Collection, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Avalon Park New York).

Her artistic practice recently resulted in her founding a new MA program, The Commoners' Society, at the Sandberg Instituut. Mentors and frequent collaborators are Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lawrence Weiner, Dan Graham, and John Hejduk. Read more.

Alicia Framis, Is My Body Public?, 2018

Ann Hamilton   

Columbus, Ohio, United States   

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist known for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Responsive to the contingencies of the sites where they are made—cloth, texts spoken and written, animals, and people suspended or in motion—her installations offer viewers a poetic immersion, at once visceral and literary. 

Born in Lima, Ohio, Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 1985. Hamilton has received a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, the Heinz Award, and was chosen to represent the United States at the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal and the 1999 Venice Biennale. In 2015, she was the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama. In 1992, she established her home and practice in Columbus, Ohio. Presently, she is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at The Ohio State University. Read more.

Ann Hamilton, The Event of a Thread, 2012–2013

Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo (Lead Pencil Studio)   

Seattle, Washington, United States   

Korean-born Annie Han and US-born Daniel Mihalyo have been collaborators in the Seattle-based Lead Pencil Studio since 2002, working in the area of installation art and sculpture on an architectural scale. Their work ranges widely in media, materials, scales, and disciplines, with a pervading interest in architectural space and the urban environment—often in relationship to the natural world. Their media include ceramics, photography, laser scanning, video, sculpture, drawing, publishing, and installation. Their work is exhibited throughout the US with locations in Europe and Asia—with over 15 solo museum exhibitions and 30 group shows. 

Exhibition venues include the UT Austin Visual Art Center, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, MassArt Boston, Henry Art Museum, San Francisco MOMA, Boise Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Emily Carr Institute (BC), The Exploratorium, American Academy in Rome, Center on Contemporary Art, and the Aichi Triennale and Prague Quadrennials.

They are recipients of the Rome Prize, The Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices, Contemporary Northwest Art Award, and the New York Prize from the Van Alen Institute. Read more.

Lead Pencil Studio/Annie Han, Non-Sign II, 2010

Maria Hupfield

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Maria Hupfield is a transdisciplinary artist operating at the intersections of community, craft/visual arts, and Native Feminisms. Based in Brooklyn, she is the Assistant Professor of Indigenous Digital Arts and Performance at the University of Toronto, and an Anishinaabe citizen of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. A recipient of the 2018 Hnatyshyn Foundation award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career artist; she exhibited in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design, BRIC, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and represented Canada at SITE Santa Fe (2016). She traveled with Beat Nation from 2012-14, performing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Brooklyn Museum. Hupfield's upcoming solo exhibition Nine Years Towards the Sun opens at Heard Museum in Phoenix in December, 2019, and follows her first major exhibition The One Who Keeps on Giving, a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto). She co-owns Native Art Department International with Jason Lujan, is a member of the Indigenous Womxn Collective NY, and is a Guest Curator with the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Season. Read more.

Maria Hupfield, Jingle Spiral, 2016
Maria Hupfield, Jingle Spiral, 2016

Sohrab Hura   

Gurgaon, Haryana, India 

Sohrab Hura has published Life Is Elsewhere and its paired book Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!! under the self-publishing moniker UGLY DOG. He also published his manifesto in the form of A Proposition For Departure, a 20-page music notation book to lay out the blueprint of his attempt at creating a three-movement composition using the sound extractions he makes from his photographs. He also makes films out of his photographs. In 2019, a sequence of twelve different forms of his film The Lost Head & the Bird went on to win The Videonale Award at Kunstmuseum Bonn. The Lost Head & the Bird has additionally been screened at and won awards at short film festivals internationally. This movement between the various forms of the image, including film, photographs, sound, and text, is his acknowledgment of the malleability of the image and part of his proposal to expand the meaning of photography. 

He is an associate member of Magnum Photos and is represented by Experimenter Gallery in Kolkata and will have his first museum solo exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2019. Read more.

Sohrab Hura, Look It's Getting Sunny Outside!!!, 2018

Xandra Ibarra   

Oakland, California, United States 

Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the US/Mexico border of El Paso/Juarez who sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses performance, video, and sculpture to address abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subject

Ibarra’s work has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporañeo (Bogotá), The Broad Museum (Los Angeles), CITRU-Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Joe’s Pub (New York City) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco) to name a few. Recent residencies include Marble House Project, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, National Performance Network, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has been awarded grants from Art Matters, NALAC Fund for the Arts, and ReGen Artist Fund. She has won the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Award in Film and Video, the Franklin Furnace Performance and Variable Media Award, and the Queer|Art|Prize for Recent Work with The Hook Up/Displacement/Barhopping/Drama Tour. Recently, Ibarra and Nao Bustamante curated a year-long feminist performance art series entitled En Cuatro Patas at The Broad. Read more.

Xandra Ibarra, Strobelite Honey, 2018

Meiro Koizumi   

Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 

Meiro Koizumi attended the International Christian University, Tokyo; Chelsea College of Arts, London; as well as the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Perez Art Museum (Miami, 2018), Annet Gelink Gallery (Amsterdam, 2017), Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem, 2016), Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City, 2015), Arts Maebashi (2015), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, 2014), Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2013), Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos (Burgos, 2012), and the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2009). He participated in numerous group shows such as Shanghai Biennale (2018), Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane, 2018), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, 2017), La Biennale Montréal  (2016), Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2014), Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev, 2012), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, 2011), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, 2011), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Media City (Seoul, 2010), and many others. Read more.

Meiro Koizumi, Sacrifice, 2018

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori  

London, Great Britain 

Working across a range of media including sculpture, print, and interactive installations, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori is inspired by the language of power of corporate structures and their effect on the belief systems of the individual. He graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths (2013) with an MFA in Computational Studio Arts. 

Antinori's work has been shown at Kanal-Centre Pompidou (2019), SeMa Seoul Museum of Art (2018), V&A (2018), London Science Gallery (2018), Holon Design Museum (2017), Galerie Für Gegenwartskunst Freiburg (2017), The RYDER projects (2018 and 2016), MoCA Shanghai (2016), Zhejiang Art Museum (2016), Pi Artworks (2015), Kaunas Biennial (2015), and MAK Museum Vienna (2013).

He was selected for the MMCA International Artist in Residence Program (2018) and was awarded the First Plinth: Public Art Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors (2019). His work has been supported by the Italian Cultural Institute, the A-N Bursary for Extraordinary Research (2016), the British Council (2016) and the Arts Council (2015).

Public collections include SeMA Seoul, MMCA Seoul and the V&A. Read more.

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, The Capital Standard, 2018

Francisco López 

The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands 

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures in the realm of sound, art, and experimental music. Over the past forty years, he has developed an impressive sound universe that is completely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening to the world. He has realized hundreds of sound installations, projects with field recordings, and concerts/performances in over seventy countries across the six continents, including the major international concert halls, museums, galleries and festivals, such as: PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Paris), International Film Festival (Rotterdam), EMPAC (Troy), Darwin Fringe (Darwin), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Center of Contemporary Art (Kita-Kyushu), National Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), etc. His extensive catalog of sound pieces has been released by 400 recording labels/publishers all over the world. Among other prizes, López has been awarded honorary mentions at the prestigious Ars Electronica Festival in Austria five times, and is the recipient of a Qwartz Award for best sound anthology. Read more.

Francisco López, Performance Contemporary Art Museum Yucatan, 2009

Rebeca Méndez 

Los Angeles, California, United States 

Rebeca Méndez is a designer and artist who has achieved excellence and distinction in both fields. She is a professor at UCLA Design Media Arts, where she is the founder of the CounterForce Lab, a research and fieldwork studio for art, design, and environment. Her research and practice investigate design and media art in public space, critical approaches to public identities, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. Her diverse works develop within science, design, and art through immersive installations, sound, video, photography, book arts, and drawing, with a focus on post-humanism, eco-feminism, the Anthropocene, and environmental justice. Méndez is known for her career-long commitment to design and art as a social and environmental force. Méndez has received significant recognition, including all three of the most prestigious awards—The National Design Award (2012), the AIGA Medal (2017), and induction to the One Club Creative Hall of Fame (2017). Méndez is the first Latina to be recognized since the inceptions of all three awards in 2000, 1920, and 1963, respectively. Her work is collected and exhibited widely in major art museums, including LACMA, SFMOMA, and MACO, Oaxaca. Read more.   

Rebeca Méndez, CircumSolar Migration 1, 2013

Ranu Mukherjee 

San Francisco, California, United States

Ranu Mukherjee works across media, composing with drawing, painting, and print alongside video, animation and, choreography. Her recent projects address the confluence of tensions between colonial legacy, indigenous power, and ways the colonized speak to the future. She engages an elemental perspective in making art that embodies forces of otherness, of the hybrid, the somatic, the diasporic, the temporal, and the speculative.

Mukherjee has shown widely, with recent solo exhibitions and projects presented by the De Young Museum, Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She will be a participating artist in the 2019 Karachi Biennial.

Mukherjee’s work is included in the collections of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Avery Collection, Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, Kadist Foundation, JP Morgan Collection, Oakland Museum of California, and the San Jose Museum of Art. She is a co-founder of 0rphan drift, a cyber-feminist media collective that began in London in 1994. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris. Read more.

Ranu Mukherjee, Succession, 2018

Wawi Navarroza 

Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines    

Wawi Navarroza is a Filipino contemporary artist known for her works in photography, actively exhibiting in galleries and museums both in the Philippines and internationally. Her images explore self and surrounding as seen in her works in contemporary landscape, constructed tableaux, and self-portraits. Informed by crises and natural disasters, her works transmute personal experience to the symbolic, probing locations, materials, and constant movement, then synthesizing these all in the artist’s studio—all perhaps to mirror a path to understanding a deeper sense of place and identity.

She studied photography in De La Salle University, Manila, attended continuing education at the International Center of Photography in New York City with a Fellowship Grant from the Asian Cultural Council, and finished her Masters awarded by Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. She has received numerous awards and is a recipient of the CCP 13 Artists Award, Ateneo Art Awards, and finalist at Lumi Helsinki & Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Her works are surveyed in the books Photography Today (Phaidon) and Contemporary Photography in Asia (Prestel). She has also published her own books, DOMINION and Hunt & Gather, Terraria. Read more.

Wawi Navarroza, X (after the storm, nº2), 2010

Alison O'Daniel 

Los Angeles, California, United States    

Alison O'Daniel works across cinema, performance, collaboration, sculpture, and installation. O'Daniel, who is hard of hearing, foregrounds the deaf and hard of hearing experience through process, collaboration, and material.

Her projects, screenings, and performances have been included in Made in LA 2018 (Hammer Museum); Infinite Ear (The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow); Performa (New York); Exchange Value (Los Angeles Nomadic Division); and Louder than Words, (Zuckerman Museum of Art, Atlanta). Solo exhibitions include The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha); Studio 13-16 project and screening at the Centre Pompidou (Paris); Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles); Art In General (New York); Samuel Freeman Gallery (Los Angeles); Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle (Brest). She is a recipient of grants from Creative Capital; the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation; California Community Foundation; and more. She will be included in the upcoming exhibition Infinite Ear (CentroCentro, Madrid) in fall of 2019. Read more.

Alison O'Daniel, Zamboni Storyboard and Arp Soundproofer, 2016

Jenny Odell 

San Francisco, California, United States

Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is research-based, often involving encounters with archives or the creation of new ones. Most of her work encourages close observation of one's physical environment, whether ecological or infrastructural. In both her art and writing, Odell is compelled by the ways in which attention (or lack thereof) leads to consequential shifts in perception at the level of the everyday.

Her work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, the New York Public Library, Ever Gold Projects, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Apexart, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, East Wing (Dubai), and the NATO building in Brussels. Odell has been an artist in residence at Recology SF, Facebook, the Internet Archive, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and was the inaugural artist in residence at the San Francisco Planning Department. She has taught digital art and design at Stanford since 2013.

Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, McSweeney’s, and Sierra Magazine. This year, Melville House published her nonfiction book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Read more.

Jenny Odell, The Bureau of Suspended Objects, 2015

Anila Quayyum Agha 

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States    

Anila Quayyum Agha was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and received her BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore and an MFA from the University of North Texas. Agha’s work has been exhibited in multiple international/national art fairs, biennials, and exhibitions. Recent solo shows include the National Sculpture Museum (Valladolid), Cincinnati Art Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Jacksonville). For the 2019 Venice Biennale, Agha was included in a collateral event titled She Persists along with 22 contemporary feminist artists. Agha has received the Efroymson Art Fellowship, the Creative Renewal Fellowship from Indy Arts Council, Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize, and the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award. Agha won the two top prizes at ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan where her entry, titled Intersections, earned the Public Vote Grand Prize and split the Juried Grand Prize in a tie. In 2017, she was awarded the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD Research Scholar Award by Indiana University. Her work has been collected by both institutions and private collectors. Read more.

Anila Quayyum Agha, All the Flowers are for Me, 2017

Paul Rucker

Seattle, Washington, United States

Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, musician, and historian who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, video, animation, original compositions, storytelling, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impact, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on dismantling inequity in order to create positive change. Rucker is a 2012 Creative Capital awardee in visual art, a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient, a 2016 Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow, a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow (for which he is the first artist in residence at the new National Museum of African American Culture), a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2018 TED Fellow. He has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Headlands, Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, Art OMI, Banff Centre, Pilchuck Glass School, Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Hemera Artist Retreat, Air Serembe, and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. He is currently an Assistant Professor and iCube Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. Read more.

Paul Rucker, REWIND, 2015
Paul Rucker, REWIND, 2015

Jimena Sarno

Los Angeles, California, United States

Jimena Sarno is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer. She works across a range of media including installation, sound, video, text, and sculpture. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently living in Los Angeles, her experience as a South American immigrant informs her practice. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at LACE, Visitor Welcome Center, Grand Central Art Center, the Museum of Latin American Art, The Mistake Room, Human Resources, PØST, UCI Contemporary Art Center, Control Room, The Luminary, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea de Santiago De Compostela, Fellows of Contemporary Art, and Small Editions. She is the recipient of a 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and a 2019 Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant. Read more.

Jimena Sarno, Taracata Trabaja
Jimena Sarno, Taracatá Trabaja

Elisa Silva

Caracas, Venezuela

Elisa Silva is director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura and Enlace Foundation, established in Caracas, Venezuela. These projects focus on raising awareness of spatial inequality in the urban environment through public space interventions, informal settlement integration, and strengthening rural landscapes. Enlace’s work has been recognized in international biennials, competitions, and design exhibitions. Silva received a Graham Foundation Grant for the publication Pure Space: Expanding the Public Sphere through Public Space Transformations in Latin American Informal Settlements (Actar, 2019) and co-authored CABA Cartography of the Caracas Barrios 1966-2014 (2015). She was awarded the Wheelwright Prize from Harvard University in 2011 and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005. She has a Masters in Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at Harvard, and has worked as a Professor at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas since 2011. Read more.

Elisa Silva, Iglesia San Juan Maria Vianney - Media Legua, 2008-2018
Elisa Silva, Iglesia San Juan Maria Vianney - Media Legua, 2008–2018

Penny Siopis

Cape Town, South Africa

Penny Siopis is a visual artist whose solo exhibitions include Warm Water Imaginaries at the Stevenson, Johannesburg (2019), This is a True Story: Six Films (1997–2017) at the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town (2018); Incarnations at ICAIO in Mauritius (2016); Time and Again: A Retrospective Exhibition at the South African National Gallery (2014/2015); Obscure White Messenger at the Brandts Museum in Odense (2014); and Three Essays on Shame at the Freud Museum in London (2005). She has shown at the Tate Modern and the British Museum, Kunsthaus Dresden, the Beirut Art Centre, the Pérez Art Museum (Miami), Jeu de Paume (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Oslo), The Walther Collection, and the biennials of New Orleans, Venice, Taipei, Sydney, Johannesburg, Gwangju, and Havana. She received an Onassis fellowship and lifetime achievement award, has held residencies at Delfina and Gasworks, and her work is in the collections at Centre Pompidou, the Smithsonian, Moderna Museet, the Tate, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has an Honorary Doctorate from Rhodes University, Makhanda, lectured at Wits University, Johannesburg, has been a Visiting Professor at Umeå University, and she is currently an Honorary Professor at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Read more.

Penny Siopolis, Warm Water Imaginaries, 2019
Penny Siopis, Warm Water Imaginaries, 2019

Tina Takemoto

Daly City, California, United States

Tina Takemoto’s experimental films explore queer Asian American history and memory by following traces of same-sex intimacy left in the historical record. Takemoto manipulates found footage and archival materials through a labor-intensive processes of painting, scratching, and lifting 35mm and 16mm film emulsion with scotch tape, razor blades, and nail polish. By engaging the tactile and sensory dimensions of queer history, Takemoto conjures up immersive fantasies involving butch bentos, femme fish filleting, and homoerotic breadmaking. Takemoto has exhibited widely and received grants from Art Matters, ArtPlace, Fleishhacker Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Takemoto was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Slamdance Film Festival and Best Experimental Film Jury Award at the Austin LGBT International Film Festival; other screenings include the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, BFI Flare, CAAMfest, MIX Milano, Outfest, Queer Forever! (Hanoi), TranScreen (Amsterdam), and the Xposed International Queer Film Festival (Berlin). Takemoto is a board member of Queer Cultural Center and Dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts. Read more.

Tina Takemoto, Looking for Jiro, 2011
Tina Takemoto, Looking for Jiro, 2011

Lava Thomas

Berkeley, California, United States

Lava Thomas’s project-based practice examines notions of visibility, resilience, and empowerment in the face of erasure, trauma, and oppression. Thomas has exhibited work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco), the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art (Napa), the International Print Center (New York), and the California African American Museum (Los Angeles). Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the United States Consulate (Johannesburg), the de Young Museum (San Francisco), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia). Her residencies have included the Headlands Center for the Arts and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Thomas is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and a grant through the Getty Foundation. She was an Artadia Award Finalist and a finalist for the National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Thomas studied at UCLA’s School of Art Practice and received a BFA from California College of the Arts. Read more.

Lava Thomas, Looking Back 1 (installation view), 2015
Lava Thomas, Looking Back 1, 2015

Kuang-Yu Tsui

New Taipei City, Taiwan

Kuang-Yu Tsui's work responds to the relationships between humans and society from a biological point of view. He also attempts to redefine or question the institutions we inhabit through different actions and experiments that ignore the accustomed norm. His repetitive body experiments accent the absurdity of the social values and the reality to which people have grown accustomed. Tsui was born in Taipei, Taiwan; he graduated from the National Institute of the Arts in 1997 and he has exhibited internationally since—including at the Venice Biennale, the Liverpool Biennale, the Werkleitz Biennial, the Contour Biennial, Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Germany), the Chelsea Art Museum (New York), the Mori Museum (Tokyo), and OK Centrum (Austria). Read more.

Kuang-Yu Tsui, Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Pentration: The Perspective, 2001
Kuang-Yu Tsui, Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration: The Perceptive, 2001

Jenifer Wofford

San Francisco, California, United States

Jenifer K Wofford is an artist and educator whose work plays with notions of hybridity, history, and global culture, often with a humorous bent. She is also 1/3 of the Filipina-American artist trio M.O.B. Born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, Dubai, Malaysia, and the Bay Area, Wofford lives and works in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Berkeley Art Museum, OMCA, YBCA, SJMA, Southern Exposure, and the Kearny Street Workshop. Further afield, she has shown at New Image Art (Los Angeles), Wing Luke Museum (Seattle), DePaul Museum (Chicago), Silverlens (Philippines), VWFA (Malaysia), and Osage (Hong Kong). Wofford was a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Her other awards include the Eureka Fellowship, the Murphy Fellowship, and grants from SFAC, CCI, and Art Matters. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Living Room (Philippines), Liguria Study Center (Italy) and KinoKino (Norway). Wofford is part-time faculty in Fine Arts and Philippine Studies at the University of San Francisco. She has also taught at UC Berkeley, Mills, SFAI, CCA and SFSU. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and UC Berkeley (MFA). Read more.

Jenifer Wofford, Woffords, paint, 2007
Jenifer Wofford, Woffords, 2007

2019 Visual Arts Selection Jury

Binh Danh

Binh Danh (MFA Stanford; BFA San Jose State University) emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes, applying them in an investigation of battlefield landscapes and contemporary memorials. A recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National Park system during its anniversary year. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The DeYoung Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman Museum, and many others. He received the 2010 Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, and in 2012 he was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia. He is represented by Haines Gallery (San Francisco) and Lisa Sette Gallery (Phoenix). He lives and works in San Jose and teaches photography at San Jose State University. Read more.

Nellie King Solomon

Nellie King Solomon is not interested in making traditional paintings. She instead experiments with materials to see what they can say about painting. Solomon's background in architecture and Supergraphics has laid a foundation for her work. She studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, and holds a BA in Art from University of California Santa Cruz and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She has taught at Stanford University and California College of the Arts and has worked as an artist assistant to David Ireland, and in architectural restoration on the Palazzo St Polo in Venice. She lived in Paris, Venice, Barcelona, and New York City before returning to California. Solomon’s work has been featured in Art in America, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Art Practical, Wallpaper, Harvard Review, ArtBlitzLA, Zyzzyva, and Architectural Digest, among other publications. She has exhibited at The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Crocker Art Museum, Bolinas Museum, Brian Gross Fine Art, Braunstein/Quay, The Battery, Ochi Projects LA, Ochi Gallery Sun Valley, N’Namdi Contemporary in Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. Her work is collected by Steve Wynn, Blue Shield, Visa, Yves Béhar, Sabrina Buell, and The UC Berkeley Art Museum. Read more.

Betti-Sue Hertz

Betti-Sue Hertz is a contemporary arts curator, writer, and educator working at the intersection of visual art, transcultural exchange, and socially relevant issues. Her current highlights include being the Public Arts Director at TLS Landscape Architecture for Lion Mountain Park in Suzhou, China; Project Curator at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis; and Co-Director of On Susan Sontag: Media, Modernity & Morality, a San Francisco Art Institute lead multi-venue season of programs that will take place in the fall of 2019. Hertz was Director of Visual Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 2008–2015, where she curated numerous exhibitions that often focused on global art and political agency. In 2019, she was appointed as director and chief curator of the Wallach Art Gallery. Read more.

Takeshi Moro

Takeshi Moro was born in Japan, raised in the UK, and currently works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moro studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. He completed his MFA graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Moro’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and Serlachius Museot (Finland). His work resides in the permanent collection at Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), as well as in various private collections. Read more.

Rory Padeken

Rory Padeken is Assistant Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. He is currently developing exhibitions with Diana Thater, Richard Misrach, and Tabaimo. In 2013, he led SJMA’s curatorial team on the museum’s largest and most ambitious exhibition program to date, Around the Table: food, creativity, community, which included 30 artists, 18 commissions, and 43 community partners. He has also curated several exhibitions from SJMA’s permanent collection and served as curator of record for traveling exhibitions from museums across the nation. Prior to his first appointment at SJMA as curatorial assistant, he was the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council Fellow at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He received a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His MA thesis focused on British artist Tacita Dean. Read more.

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