Julia will use her fellowship to undertake a month-long term of research and network building in Hong Kong. There she will survey how artists, curators, and institutions respond to a rapidly changing material culture through video and internet-based art, examining themes of beauty, consumption, and interface between technology and the body.
Julia is looking forward to establishing contacts within the arts community of Hong Kong which is currently generating a strong body of work that addresses the impact of digital media and technology, a crucial topic both in China and in the United States. Engaging with the arts community of Hong Kong represents a chance for Julia to take a larger role in increasing the diversity of new media artists exhibiting locally.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Julia began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project.
Klara will use her fellowship to conduct research that will lead to the establishment of a short-term residency program for Seattle artists in the Czech Republic. This summer she will travel to the outskirts of Brno to conduct site feasibility studies at the farm house she hopes to convert for her residency program. She will also spend time traveling and meeting with colleagues at existing European residencies and artist run organizations.
Klara was born in Brno, Czech Republic. She is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, clay, and installation. Her work intertwines her personal history of political activism in Eastern Europe with her experience as an artist and mother and (above all) a curiosity and playfulness that extends to both concept and materials. Klara’s work was featured in recent solo exhibitions at Aedas LA Gallery, Vignettes, Gallery 4Culture and Bryan Ohno Gallery, and has been included in shows at the International Print Center NY and the Frye Art Museum. She was awarded 2014 Kayla Skinner Award, Seattle Magazine’s 2013 Spotlight Award and nominated for James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award. In addition to her own artistic practice Glosova is the founder of NEPO House and organizer of the annual NEPO 5k Don’t Run – a popular community-based art event.
Jayme’s fellowship supports her work as a curator and designer at the 2014 International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno, the Czech Republic (June 19 – October 26, 2014). Jayme and designer Layla Tweedie-Cullen (NZ), have led the development of a collaborative project titled distracted-workshop #1: may change. distracted-workshop is part of the Biennial’s OFF Program, a space devoted to workshops, interventions, presentations, and activities related to graphic design. Addressing the 2014 Biennial’s theme of art and design education, distracted-workshop explores a hypothetical education model based on informal methods of learning. During the four months of the Biennial, distracted-workshop takes the form of an interactive exhibition by translating the methods and practices of multi-disciplinary artists and designers into ‘actions’ that invite viewer participation.
In addition to her work on distracted-workshop, the New Fellows Grant also allows Jayme to attend one of highest-profile design events of the year, a gathering that includes the best designers and design theoreticians from around the world. She will be able to attend the opening weekend’s many lectures, panels, and talks, furthering her development as a designer and expanding her community of contacts. As a form of research, the project and the trip to the Biennial will also provide material for further thinking and writing on design. The Biennial and the New Fellows Grant is critical to Jayme’s creative and professional development, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for her to be challenged and inspired.
Thuy-Van plans to use her fellowship to travel to local and national history museums, including the Viet Museum in San Jose, the National Museum of American History and the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute. These trips will allow her to expand her research into Vietnamese artifacts in museum collections and examine visual narratives currently on display in U.S. institutions relating to Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American culture, art and history. Photographs taken of installations and objects on display will serve as source materials for future paintings.
Thuy-Van’s art practice and research is currently focused around diaspora, cultural memory, and post-memory. She wants her work to reflect her study of cultural and historical objects as an artist, dislocated heritage seeker, and tourist from Arizona.
Whitney will use her fellowship to develop her curatorial practice through a series of strategic European site visits. As a curator and adventure cyclist Whitney is interested in the conceptual ley lines between fieldwork, artistic research, post-studio practice, endurance, cultural corridors, psycho-geography, narrative landscapes, and regional arts festivals/biennials. Her expedition, snaking through 1000+ miles of European landscape between Brussels and Berlin, will be done by bicycle. Through in-person interviews and conversations she will gather information about the ways in which artists and curators are currently accessing these concepts in both independent and institutional contexts. Her auxiliary aim is to explore the cultural corridors between these sites to gain a better trans-regional awareness of how ideas diffuse across the landscape. The self-sufficient and humble pace of bicycle travel is both unassuming and efficient, providing unique access to the people and perspectives which comprise these regional, national, and international networks. This mode of transportation will be a key component of her research methodology.
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