Created with a generous gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, the fellowship provides support for outstanding artists who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.
The program represents the depth and breadth of Watermill’s commitment to supporting projects that integrate genres and art forms from diverse viewpoints and that break from traditional forms of representation. Through a residency at The Watermill Center, each fellow is provided with the time and space in which they can exercise creative freedom in the development of new work.
The Fellowship Program curators include Micah Bozeman (2019-present), Noah Khoshbin (2016-present), and Daneyal Mahmood (2016-2018)
photo © Chloe Bellemere
Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa | March 2020
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, works in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video. Ramírez-Figueroa reframes recent and historical events, to find new ways at looking at social, political and ecological conditions. Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including The Sixth State, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2018); The House of Kawinal, New Museum, New York (2018); Shit Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (2016); Burning Down the House, and 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014). He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Mies Van Der Rohe prize, the Franklin Furnace award, the Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship (selected by Dan Graham), and the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence fellowship.
Tomashi Jackson | May – June 2020
Tomashi Jackson is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses the formal properties of color perception as an aesthetic strategy to investigate the value of human life in public space. Her investigation into color perception as an aesthetic strategy began with a close reading of Josef Alber’s instructional text Interaction of Color, 1963. In this text, Jackson observed that the language used to describe the formal interaction of colors mirrored the language of racial segregation found in sources such as United States public policy documents, court proceedings, and other documents that shape the use of public space. Jackson’s investigation of the shared language around color, whether in reference to race or formalism, offers a narrative framework from which she constructs her own language of abstraction.
Pawel Althamer | September – October 2020
Pawel Althamer (b. 1967, Warsaw, Poland) works predominantly in sculpture, collaborative action, installation and performance art. Interested in social and artistic transformation, Althamer makes work that reimagines reality in an attempt to subtly shift conventional perceptions—social, political, psychological. Althamer’s solo exhibitions include at the Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki (2019) New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2014); Secession, Vienna (2009); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2007); Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006), and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany (2002). Group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale: Il Palazzo Enciclopedico/The Encyclopedic Palace (2013); Gwangju Biennial, South Korea: Mainbo–10,000 Lives (2010); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007); Berlin Biennial: Von Mäusen und Menschen/Of Mice and Men (2006), and the Istanbul Biennial (2005). In 2004 he won the Vincent Award, hosted by the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands. He lives and works in Warsaw.
Ville Andersson | October – November 2020
Ville Andersson (b.1986) is a versatile artist, both in his use of different media and in his variety of styles and themes. His series comprise, among others, photographs, drawings, 3D computer design, paintings, installations and texts. Ville Andersson lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. He studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. He has exhibited actively, including at: EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art; National Art Center, Tokyo; The Nordic Museum, Seattle; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo; Vitraria Glass + A Museum, Venice; Museum Weserburg, Bremen; The Centre for photography, Stockholm; FOMU – Fotomuseum, Antwerp. He was named Young Artist of the Year in Finland 2015, an honour which included two solo exhibitions – at Tampere Art Museum and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Turku – and a published volume of his works.
Marina Rosenfeld | March 2019
Marina Rosenfeld was born in New York and has been based there since 1999. A composer and artist working across disciplines, her work has explored experimental practices in sound and performance since the 1990s, when she mounted her first all-female electric-guitar ensembles under the name Sheer Frost Orchestra.
Lucien Smith | June 2019
Lucien Smith (born in Los Angeles,CA in 1989) graduated from Cooper Union in 2011 with a Bachelor in Fine Art. Smith’s work has been included in various group shows: MIDTOWN at Lever House, ANAMERICANA at the American Academy in Rome, Rome (IT); Sunsets and Pussy at Marianne Boesky, NY. The New York Times named him “the art world Wunderkind”. He currently lives and works in Montauk, NY
Lars Daniel Rehn | October 2019
Lars Daniel Rehn (b. 1974, Sweden) is a visual artist, noted for his humorous and detailed paintings depicting a world from a rather dystopic perspective.
Shaun Gladwell | November 2019
Shaun Gladwell (b. 1972) is an Australian-born, London-based artist. He completed Associate Research at Goldsmiths College, London in 2001 and has since undertaken numerous international residencies and commissions. He has exhibited prodigiously in Europe, North and South America, and in the Asia Pacific Region.
Dawn Kasper | December 2019
Dawn Kasper (b.1977, Fairfax, Virginia) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working in performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and sound. Her work emerges out of a fascination with existentialism, subjects of vulnerability, desire, and the construction of meaning.
Masako Miki | February 2018
Masako Miki will be preparing a new body of work including a large ink drawing and sculptural pieces for a site-specific installation at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2019. The series continues to explore the idea of dissolving boundaries in order to expand our perceptions.
Tania Bruguera | March 2018
For over twenty-five years Tania Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of society’s most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to the everyday political life; on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education and politics.
Anne Carson | March 2018
Anne Carson will be working on Word on the Street, an ongoing text-based public art initiative in collaboration with arts collective House of Trees consisting of original political and poetic banners created by renowned female international artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Multimedia artist Amy Khoshbin collaborated with writer Anne Carson, and artists Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, in the creation of these original banners. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the latest exhibition will appear on street pole banners and Bigbelly solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles in Times Square from August 29, 2017 – February 2018.
Barthélémy Toguo | June 2018
During his residency, Barthélémy Toguo will develop a new multimedia work to be exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum as part of the annual Platform exhibition, opening August 2018. While living at The Watermill Center, Toguo will absorb the local culture through newspapers and media and will explore the social issues he observes through paintings, collages and installation projects.
Carrie Mae Weems | April 2017
Carrie Mae Weems will be refining her song cycle/performance titled Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which examines the the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy. The first iteration of Grace Notes premiered at the Spoleto Festival in June 2016, and brings together some of the country’s most celebrated artists, poets, musicians and composers to examine the wider social implications of tensions at work in communities across America. These tensions are marked and defined by recent escalations in violence, the killings of young black men, and the tragic events of the Emanuel Nine. These events and nationwide responses have been contextualized as a song cycle. As its title suggests, the piece incorporates music, song and spoken word interwoven with text, dance, photography and video projection to explore the dimensions of its theme.
Royce Weatherly | September 2017
Royce Weatherly will work on the final layers of several paintings at once, as each work nears completion in slow, almost invisible increments. The artist looks forward to discussing his work and his process during his time at Watermill.
Carlos Bunga | October 2017
Carlos Bunga has been experimenting with the crossover between painting and sculpture for more than a decade. Creating large, site-specific installations Bunga’s work touches on issues relating to demographics, immigration, socio-economic disparity, and the fragility of contemporary city life.
Basco Vazko | March 2016
During his residency, Vazko will create a site-specific exhibition of works. Mirroring his practice of collage-graffiti, the exhibition creates an assemblage by layering new and old artworks in his infamous pop-punk aesthetic. Given that contemporary culture is concerned primarily with minimalistic imaging and clean aesthetics, graffiti and collaging pre-existing images or facades is construed as an act of artistic-terrorism. Vazko boldly creates highly graphic imagery by using robust colors and abstract patterns, in order to challenge the idea of image as ownership, questioning if image belongs to the creator, or the consumer.
G.T. Pellizzi | June 2016
CONSTELLATION IN RED, YELLOW AND BLUE is a monumental installation of light sculptures created for The Watermill Center by G.T. Pellizzi. The sculptures are derived from invented cosmologies inspired by the mythological, calendrical, and astronomical symbols found on many textiles in The Watermill Collection.
Zeinab Shahidi Marnani | September 2016
histories is an experimental video documentary project by Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, in which she conducts a series of interviews with her relatives. She collects contrary narratives of those who claim to know the story about the origin of her last name “Martyr of Marnan”, which refers to an incident that happened in the late 19th century in Isfahan around the constitutional revolution of Iran.