Past Resident

Michael Watson

Michael Watson is a multidisciplinary artist who engages in material investigations, chance operations and extreme interventions with materials such as plywood, rice and fire to produce mixed media paintings, installation and performance art. His work explores themes related to the body such being, substance and imperceptibility through subverting the figure and the landscape. 

Watson received his MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School of Design in 2013 and a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2006. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited throughout the US including the Hunterdon Art Museum (May - Sept 2017), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NYC (2015,16), Brooklyn Museum (2014-15), Leila Heller Gallery, NYC (2014), SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (2014), Strange Loop Gallery, NYC (2014), Ideas City Festival via AiOP affiliated with The New Museum (2013), The Kitchen, NYC (2013), Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC (2012/13), and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN (2006). His residency experience include Arts, Letters and Numbers, Averill Park NY (2017), AIR Program 4heads Organization, NYC (2013) and the New York Studio Program, NYC (2006). Currently, he is in the chashama studio program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.


Past Resident

Julie Puma

Brought as a baby to England by well-traveled parents, Julie Puma spent her first fourteen years there with summers spent in her native Brooklyn. Her earliest memory of art is at age five when her mother gave her a set of oil paints which she used to paint a flower on a Styrofoam meat package. Only a year later her mother would pass away from breast cancer. Her father remarried and his work with IBM moved Julie, her sister, and the new family back to the United States where they settled in the Chicago area. An interest in art wasn’t apparent in high school, but after graduating from Western Illinois State University, Julie went on to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to achieve a Masters of Art in Art Therapy. Her passion for painting was kindled as she practiced art therapy while experiencing its healing powers for herself and deepening her own creative talent.

Julie made her way to Colorado to care for her sister who was also afflicted with breast cancer. Here she met her husband, gave birth to a daughter, and continued to refine and cultivate her artistic growth. Fueled by her family tragedies, Julie’s painting and art evolved as a means for greater communication and exploration of social and political themes. She earned a second Master’s degree in Fine Art in Visual Art with the Vermont College of Fine Art. Currently, Julie is a full-time Faculty Member in Foundations at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. Julie’s work has been exhibited nationally and locally in several solo and col- laborative shows since 1997. Prized by collectors, her drawings and paintings are personal and powerful, resonant and relevant contemporary realism.

Noticing the way in which her teen-aged daughter communicates almost completely in imagery instead of words through the popular social media platform, Snapchat, inspired Julie to give substantive form through oil paintings and drawings to those urgent, ten-second disappearing screen captures. In creating tangible, preserved art from those rapidly fleeting images, their urgency is slowed to offer closer contemplation and context.


Past Resident

Han Na Shin

Han Na Shin (b. 1995) is a Washington D.C. based designer and artist. Hailing from the midwest, she received a Bachelors of Science in Information and minor in Art & Design from the University of Michigan in 2017. She has worked in the design field at Humble Design and General Electric.

Han Na's creative aspects comes from her childhood upbringing. Being an immigrant and a daughter of immigrants, her days were spent at her parent's laundromat. There she learned how to sew, saw the colors of the clothing blend in together, and most importantly - learned the aspects of balance through design. Her objective is to capture the fine lining between design and fine arts - by manifesting itself by having to solve a problem and for ones own self reflection. Recently, she has been working on design to help users navigate, understand, and easily have access to the information they need.

Her intention is to capture her identity, personality, and what "the past can teach about the future". With those in mind, she hopes to create work that will capture the audience that sympathizes what it means to be an their own individual.

Past Resident

Jordan Long and Tara Perry

Tara Perry and Jordan Wayne Long hail from Arkansas but both live/work in Los Angeles, CA. Tara Perry was on the Emmy award winning kids T.V. show "The Fresh Beat Band" for 5 years. Jordan is a performance artist whose performances have garnered him international attention and a Guinness world record. 

"What's something you think your mind would enjoy but you won't let yourself think about?"

As kids we're unhindered, but as we grow older we stack layer on layer hiding who we really are, who we really want to be. Tara and Jordan's work help people uncover their true selves. 

In their daily lives they are writers/actors/producers

Past Resident

Kaitlyn Schwalje

Kaitlyn Schwalje (b.1987) is a Brooklyn based artist. In 2010, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University before completing her postgraduate studies in Interaction Design at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in 2014. Kaitlyn has served as research associate at Walt Disney Imagineering as well as contributing producer for WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show. Her work appears in Wired, The Creators Project, and Fast Company.

As the daughter of a safety engineer, Kaitlyn received an early education in disaster. Airplane crashes, assassination attempts, poisonings, and space shuttle malfunctions were all fodder for research. Breaking down cataclysmic events was a family activity. The tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in 2004, for example, was both a study in geophysics as well as risk management. And the explosion of nitrous oxide tankers in Florida that caused a nationwide shortage of whipped cream was an illustration of the intricate commodity chain of consumer goods. 

Kaitlyn examines disasters not as isolated events but as products of human systems, believing that the way we fail and the way we react to failure speaks to a culture's values and fears. The exercise of breaking down an event into its respective parts became a lens through which to better understand the world. Kaitlyn’s work focuses on the mechanisms that govern how everything works and fails, from physical architectures to people and their behaviors. 


Past Resident

Kristen Gudsnuk

Kristen Gudsnuk is a Queens, NY-based comic book artist and writer. She began self-publishing her comic series Henchgirl online in 2013 and at conventions in 2014. Along with illustrating the book series VIP for Little, Brown, Gudsnuk illustrated the graphic novella Toolbox, contributed to the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, and wrote for IDW. Henchgirl was released in trade paperback in March 2017 by Dark Horse Comics. Paste Magazine said Henchgirl "nails all the best parts of 'becoming an adult' bildungsromans," and Barnes and Noble chose Henchgirl as a top graphic novel pick. Bust Magazine said: "Gudsnuk’s wit shines through in the dialogue and her artwork shows a refreshing take on the typical comic drawing. A softer, more human-like protagonist promotes body positivity and shows not all heroes or animation have to look the same." 

Gudsnuk's comics frequently focus on friendship, the crushing burden of reality, feminism, promoting multifaceted female characters, and poking holes into narrative and genre tropes. In residence, she is working on a middle grade graphic novel, which will be released in July 2018 from Graphix.


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Past Resident

Madison Manning

My work is made for the body as it navigates space; those known and unknown, familiar and distant. I locate relationships between seemingly dissonant materials, often hair and eyelashes, construction materials and textiles; materials that are soft, or made to appear so. My work is genderless, though it evokes romance, longing, tragedy, comfort and confusion. They are inviting and tactile; enticing to touch as they seem familiar yet removed. My work aims to create a new language of the body, it’s space and it’s memories.

I am currently completing my MFA in Sculpture at New Mexico State University after receiving my BFA in Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing (2015) from Texas Tech University. In 2018 I will be relocating to Brooklyn, New York and I can be followed on Instagram @madisonmanning.

Past Resident

Augustine Cordero

I had always been encouraged to make things as a child. My father, a home renovator. My mother, a serious crafter and appreciator of foreign arts. We always had stacks of books in our home filled with ancient art.

Later, I discovered influences through popular media in the late 80s and early 90s. The root of these influences stemed primarily from cartoons, video games and toys. Drawing my favorite characters during these cartoon shows or pause my current adventure in a game to admire the dynamics and colors of whichever current protagonist I was in control of. I wanted to make up my own heroes and narratives and would devised elaborate battle scenes with my toys. Even sometimes creating my own figures from broken parts.

This lead me further into visual investigations as a teen. Ones that I later understood to be low brow at the root: graffiti characters, low rider arte, comics, and even horror magazines.

After this, a career in the visual arts became my primary focus. Later earning me a BFA from the University of North Texas where I discovered traditional subject matter and honed my techniques. 

Past Resident

Kory Reeder

Kory Reeder (b. 1993) is a Graduate composer currently pursuing a master’s degree in music composition at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Kory’s music investigates meditative and atmospheric qualities, unfolding slowly and creating their own sonic worlds in which they reside. His work experiments with compositional techniques found in visual arts and how they may be incorporated with music structurally or as a formal element. His music has also used structural elements found in nature and astronomy, as well as using historical timelines as proportional units in composition. Recently, his work has been focused on durations and proportions of time, particularly working in extended pieces such as his hour long ‘Liturgy’ for choir, percussion quartet, and string quartet.

Kory has frequently collaborated with theater and dance programs, writing incidental music for Jack Garrison and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Theater productions of Euripides’ Hecuba, Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, as well as writing for Dayna DeFilippis 2016 Dance Recital. Additionally, his music has been performed on the 2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the 2017 New Music gathering, Composer’s Circle, The New Music Conflagration’s Traveling Tunes // Traveling Sounds, and has been selected and performed by the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble.  His work for Hecuba was awarded by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for achievement in Original Composition Music and Sound Effects.

Past Resident

Ruby Jayaseelan

Ruby Jayaseelan did not know what to do so she decided to dance it away. She spent 8 years acquiring formal training in Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, in Singapore and India, only to realize that she wanted to use this age-old art form in every way possible except the traditionally. Over the years, she also exposed herself intensively to physical theatre, neo-classical, contemporary, somatic and experimental movement, making inter-disciplinary art with amazing human beings. She focuses on living her art and life as holistically and organically possible, without boundaries hoping to connect on a cosmos level. All this, clearly to travel the world in the name of art. Or maybe, it's the other way around. 

Past Resident

Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood is a visual artist from Columbus, Ohio. He has a bfa from the Columbus College of Art and Design(2006) and education certification (art k-12) from Norte Dame college. He currently runs a mural and painting business.

Past Resident

Jessica Nichols

Jessica Nichols is an emerging artist and graduate of Ohio University specializing her fine arts degree in Photography and Integrated Media. Not wanting to be constrained by one area of practice, she explore a number of different areas, including film, ceramics, sculpture, painting, collage, and 3D modeling software. 

Jessica's work right now is heading down an investigative road. She has been looking into social subjects at a national level, a local level, and also an individual level. Her work touches on topics and stems from her environment and research into our changing society also from an internal, individual search for understanding oneself. 

In the coming future, she plans to expand her art to better emcomphus and engage the community and not only ask questions, but answer them in the environment she is in, wherever that may be.

Past Resident

Hannah Lowe Corman

Hannah Lowe Corman is former investment banker who's always had a passion for creating art. She is now a full-time painter living in NYC, working mostly in acrylic.

She has studied art and art history at Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland, the Sorbonne, the Ann Arbor Art Center and the Art Students League of NYC. She also teaches yoga and believes the practice of living in the moment and focusing on the full breath is integral to her work, as she tries to infuse a sense of meditation into her paintings.

Past Resident

Ann Mirjam Vaikla

Ann Mirjam Vaikla (EST) (born 1990) is a theatre and visual artist from Estonia. She is currently based in New York where she does her curatorial internship at Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery, works at Byrd Hoffman Foundation and at The Invisible Dog artist studio. Being interested in coherence of everyday life and artificiality in the context of performance art and architecture she has done art projects at the Folkoperan in Stockholm (2013-2014), Antonin Artaud Center in London (2015), Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo (2014), Prague Quadrennial (2015) etc. For last two years she has participated The Watermill Center International Summer Program at Long Island, New York. She graduated her studies in scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy / Østfold University College in 2015. Since 2017 she is a member of Estonian Scenography Association.

Lærke and Ann Mirjam are collaborating to create the theatre performance “Uncanny You” that is co-produced by Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, Estonia where it will premiere in September 2017. The project is also supported by Teater Momentum in Denmark and TOU Scene in Norway.

Past Resident

Lærke Grøntved

Lærke Grøntved (DK) (born 1988) is a choreographer, composer and performer. She graduated in Acting (BA) from Norwegian Theatre Academy, Fredrikstad, Norway 2015, with exchange in Contemporary Dance (BA) from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. In 2014, she received the Danceweb Scholarship to the international dance festival Impulstanz, Vienna, Austria. Lærke has choreographed “REactions – A Ballad Of Spectatorship”, and the piece has been showed in Montreal, Copenhagen and Prague. Autumn 2015 she performed with the American musician Bianca Casady (CocoRosie) on her Europe Tour, and performed at several venues in Denmark, Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Italia, England and Austria, (ex. at DR Concert hall, München Kammerspiele and brut, Vienna.)  

Lærke has been in 2015/2016 on residences in Budapest (SIN residency), in Trondheim (dansiT), in Hammerfest (Dansarena Nord), in Fredrikstad (Blå Grotte and Scene K60 Scenekunst Østfold), Gran (Glasslåven Art Center) and in Tallinn (Kanuti Gildi SAAL). She is developing works in collaboration with various artists for the dance, theatre and music scene. She is always looking for the spaces between the familiar and the uncanny, for the unpredictable and for another surprise around the corner. She is looking for opportunities to find out what live art can be and how it can feel like, and on this journey she is crossing the different borders of dance, film, theatre, architecture and music. 

Lærke and Ann Mirjam are collaborating to create the theatre performance “Uncanny You” that is co-produced by Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, Estonia where it will premiere in September 2017. The project is also supported by Teater Momentum in Denmark and TOU Scene in Norway.

Past Resident

Thomas Lanfranchi

I was born in Marseille south of France in 1964, from a family of fishermen and sailors.

For some reasons, I can’t really explain ever since I was a child, I have been drawn by the vastness and evanescence of the sky through stories I heard on the radio, saw on TV or read about these « luminous phenomenons » either religious or extra-terrestrial, school of thought that our current modernity has inscribed to the paranormal.

In 1985 after studing sciences, I enroled Marseille School of Art. In 1991 I did a postgraduate course in Joseph Kosuth’s studio in Düsseldorf kunst Akademie/Germany.

I soon felt to get the universe of the matter of forms with a more personal way, motivated by phenomenons beyond representation. In that period, one of my first performance was intitled, « cube of sky ». My aim was to remodel a cloud by concentration of my mind and to act on the masses of gasses that contitues a clound, and to make it into a cube.

In 1992, in order to latch with something more real, I began drawing on the envelopes of post I received. They were mini events of my dayly life. Very soon images of science fiction’s phenomenons, unusual and paranormal fantasms began to invad my drawings.

At the same time, I began making out cubes of paper, cardboards, scotch and plastic. My objectives was to put them outside as meditation’s space. They were ligth and open air. It was from these artefact made up, scotch, plastic and nylon that the flying shapes were born, inhabited with ideas of transparency, ligthness and levitation of a volume in space which were and has been since the start, the base of my researches. 

The only traces of my outdoors performances are photos and films, taken closest to the action.

Since 1993 to today, I did some exhibitions, residences in France.

Between 1996 and 2001, I drove cross country in south west of America and Australia, showing my works in Pasadena Norton Simeon Museum and have been invited at Sydney, Liverpool (U.K) and Gent (Belgium) biennales of art.

In 2008, I did my first solo exhibition in Semiose gallery, Paris.

In 2012, the piece of writing « A wasp in the K.way, close encunters of the 2nd and 3rd type in Gascony », was published with Semiose édition, Paris.

Past Resident

Agnès Aubague

I live in Paris and in the southwest of France.

My project Le Bureau© has been ongoing 24/7 since 2002, after a Master in Social Psychology in Bordeaux and a diploma in Cultural Mediation. Through this platform of investigation, I question the power of words with installations of objects, sounds, videos, and photos. I do live performances & readings of poetry in France and abroad, playing with the spirit of words, shaped by associations and ideas. Le Bureau© presents itself as a work of art - it is a concept, tool, object / subject, and a place of fantasmatic projections, which propose a contemplative attitude. Paradoxically, it only claims one thing, that it works. 

The Polyglots Dictapoems project is composed by texts recorded with a dictaphone (in french, english, spanish and birds language - and other jumps from the cock to the donkey or the frog)... I create some Speakers' Corners, climbing on something like a chair, a box, a plinth, a car, etc… and sometimes I talk in poetic codes with alchimic whistlings of angels, and in the contemporary agora of Spoken Word evenings. 

My Dictapoems are linked to intimate and absurd themes, connected to a je-ne-sais-quoi of the universality of words: a stroll through stories of imaginary families, chimerical bestiary, children's nursery rhymes transposed to the professional world... All this is tied up in the form of lists, repetitions, and alliterations like a series of exclamations tinged with astonishment, anger, sadness, ecstasy, fear, or joy "Oh my God! Oh my GOD!"

Recently, I completed a residency at the Ottawa School of Art with an exhibition in the Lee Matasi Gallery. I put a sentence on the window, a red broom in the corner and held a live reading-performance about my new little book I HAD A NAP WITH. Recent projects include Socles de paroles, a participatory project with the University of Québec in Trois Rivières. I have also done happenings in Frasq performance festival, Générateur, Gentilly, Paris for the 100 years of Dada, Halle St Pierre, Paris and Spoken word Paris or a residence with Art Clinic, Berlin, Germany.

The Bureau has obtained grants from the Ministry of Culture in France (DRAC Ile-de-France, DRAC Aquitaine), the Ministry of Foreign Office (French Consulate in Montréal/AFAA, 2003 and in Quebec, 2017), the Aquitaine Council, the Ottawa School of Art, and the University of Québec.


Past Resident

Dan Thorpe

Dan Thorpe is a queer Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms.

As a composer, Dan’s work has been performed as part of highSCORE Festival [IT], Fresh Minds Festival [Tx, US], Æpex Ensemble’s Soundsystem Takeover  [US, Mi], and he has had works premiered by Ensemble Offspring[AU, NSW], Soundstream Collective [AU, SA], the Australian String Quartet [AU], Kelsey Walsh [US, Ca/DE (Berlin)], and Conrad Tao [US, NY]. His work was an inaugural winner of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, the Major Commission prize of Soundstream's Emerging Composers' Forum, and a finalist in the Fresh Minds Festival [Tx] and South Australian Music Awards. As a performer, he has performed around Australia and Internationally at iconic experimental venues (from Sydney’s Red Rattler and Melbourne's Testing Grounds to San Francisco’s Center for New Music and New York's Spectrum), has self released an LP and EP, an EP on thiswaterfallisyours and a tape on 3BS records. He was named emerging artist of the year in 2016 by the Adelaide Critics' Circle. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (Sonic Arts/Composition) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide.

Complementary to his practice, Dan teaches at the University of Adelaide, Audio Describes for Access2Arts, and volunteers for Peak Australian Youth Mental Health Body headspace. He is committed to and invigorated by the intersections of practice, community, and radical queer politics.

Past Resident

Adela Wagner

Adela Wagner is a New York - based visual activist, photographer and educator.
Working towards making an impact through art, she devotes time to education as a teacher assistant at the International Center of Photography or developing conceptual art projects with emphasis on contemporary social issues such as violence against women, refugee crisis or gender-related stereotypes.

Her artistic journey started with performing classical music all around Europe. At age 17 when a diagnosis unexpectedly stopped her career as a singer, she followed the footsteps of her father and redirected her creativity towards visual arts.

In 2007 she was awarded first place in "Alter Ego," a European art competition on cultural diversity, followed by a residency and a traveling exhibition. At the age of 22, she taught photography at The University of Economics in Prague.
During her studies she founded and led a student-based non-profit organization, "Indivisuals," a multi-disciplinary platform connecting artists and helping them develop and execute large-scale projects oriented on education and charity work.

Adela's work was chosen for exhibitions among others in A.I.R. Gallery, NY; The Greenpoint Gallery and for "Pixels of Identities" in Argentina. In February 2016, Adela was commissioned a solo-exhibition in the Czech Center Gallery, NY titled "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" opening a dialogue about gender roles, exploring their forms, stereotypes, limitations and the social pressure to fit into them.

Additionally, her interactive and socially engaged conceptual project "All People Are"; focusing on breaking stereotypes and generalization by using Google Search suggestion algorithm; was included in the "Up for Debate" art show in BRIC and is currently traveling through Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and Denmark) individually and as a part of The Global Village exhibition.

Adela Wagner currently acts as a human rights advocate, visual activist and a mentee in NYFA Immigrant Artist mentorship program: Social Practice. Through her work; transforming contemporary social issues into visual concepts with an emphasis on interactive elements and social engagement; she hopes to incite debate, questions and raise awareness to contribute to change.

Past Resident

Mary Prescott

Mary Prescott is an adventurous pianist and composer who juxtaposes traditional and nontraditional elements to examine universal questions through experimentation and musical storytelling.

She performs classical and improvised music at venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Steinway Hall, Abrons Art Center, and MacPhail Center for Music, as well as eclectic, independent, and experimental stages. She has performed in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Josip Kasman Festival in Croatia, Opensound Series in Boston, and others; collaborating with artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Her Carnegie Hall masterclass performance with Richard Goode appears in the documentary  film, Prelude to Debussy. Prescott’s current season includes performances of her original improvised piano solo, ALICE.

A 2016 Composer-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House (NY), Prescott’s solo works and interdisciplinary collaborations include her blog-based recording project, Where We Go When (2011/12); Hook & Eye (2013/14), with visual artist Angela Costanzo Paris; and Nocecrepa (2015), a film score for Austrian visual artist, Thereska Gregor, and dancers from the SEAD Academy of Salzburg.

Named a 2016 Emerging Leader by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and head of the piano and chamber music departments for several years. She has been on faculty at music schools and festivals worldwide, including the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and the Great Neck Music Conservatory. She currently maintains a private studio in Manhattan, and is a guest clinician, lecturer and adjudicator at events throughout the United States.

Prescott holds piano performance degrees from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Bachelor of Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).