2019

Past Resident

Earl Carlson

Earl is an artist and designer. His work explores what makes us human and what we have control over. Earl's primary field of work is getting himself and others into a flow state where they can start to explore those questions in an in depth manner with one another. In his design career he works in large complex systems, currently he is at Facebook on the news team working on the news integrity initiative.

Past Resident

Kristina Kassem

Kristina is a visual designer and artist. She currently works in branding and identity within the hospitality realm. She's worked with a range of brands and non-profits including The Plaza Hotel, The Global Oneness Project, The William Vale, and Chelsea Piers. As an artist assistant she has worked with Candy Chang to help Candy establish the Before I Die project which has been installed in over 70 countries including Iraq, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.

Past Resident

Rúni Weihe

Rúni Weihe was born in 1985 on the Faroe Islands. He graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2012. During his master's degree he had exchange studies at Hogeschool vor Wetenschap en Kunst - Sint Lucas in Brussels, interned for New York based work ac, and had an extended semestre at the Aarhus University studying epistemology and the history of ideas. Upon graduating he worked for a few years at smaller offices first in Aalesund, Norway and then later in Copenhagen, Denmark, before turning his attention towards teaching and writing. In 2016 he got accepted to the two-year programme at the school for creative writing Forfatterskolen in Copenhagen where he graduated in the summer of 2018. Rúni writes poetry, prose, and essayistic travelogue, and holds an interest in space, place, history, privacy, movement, monotony, rhythm and melancholy amongst other things.


Past Resident

Yurika Higashikawa

YU is a research driven, performance-based art-worker currently living in Dublin. They graduated from NCAD with a Joint BA degree in Sculpture and Visual Culture in 2017. Since exiting the academic institution as a student, YU has continued to evolve their practice through a series of lectures and guided tours in and Dublin City Centre.

YU’s practice evolved out of a provisional act of resistance against the imposed heterogeneous hierarchies implicit in a university and aimed to highlight how certain classist, gendered and racist structures can affect and direct creative workers within the wider field of the Irish State. Since graduating from university, the antagonism of the knowledge economy remains a core consideration within their practice however YU has become predominantly concerned about the contingent realms of historical turmoil in relation to contemporary site of social unrest under neliberalism. They interrogate the ever-evolving, ever-shifting physical and metaphysical terrain of Ireland through the use of socially engaged actions and performances as well as guerrilla style object interjections. By using ‘The testimony’ or ‘The Complaint’ as their modus operandi, YU unravels ideas of agency, precarity, hope, adaptability, institutional pain and opportunity.

Alongside these key considerations, YU has also become increasingly concerned about the relationship between ethics and art. Having developed a profound distrust of the state’s co-option and utilisation of art in regeneration projects, YU poses their performances alongside capitalist entities as a tactic to erode or undermine their ideological actions. Placing their final iterations of their work in the public sphere, methods of co-option, over-identification and consent have become central to how they execute their work.

Current research has lead YU to consider what roles can be assigned to art in relation to the housing crisis and what links can be made to grassroots organising. Should it be a soothing agent, to propose band-aid solutions? Should it be the voice of dissent, using its autonomy to propagate or disperse hidden narratives? Can it effectively support communities in times of crisis and if so, what are the ethical considerations that should be taken into account? YU’s work is an interrogation of arts radical possibilities, paradoxical conventions and responsibilities in a post-relational art and institutional art context.

Past Resident

Emily Stroud

Emily Stroud is currently working out of Birmingham, Alabama. She has received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in oil painting. Her work has been exhibited in southeast region galleries such as The Birmingham Museum of Art, Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts, and The Wiregrass Museum of Art. Her work focuses on the attitudes surrounding gender and sexuality that still exist in the south. By painting soft realistic figures that do not fit into societal norms, she makes the viewer think about the ways gender and sexuality inevitably vary. Her work challenges gender norms and stems from her own experiences growing up as a woman from Alabama. 

Past Resident

Reenie Charrière

Reenie Charrière

Beginning with chance, and one mark, systems unfold into dream-like environments. I am most interested in how objects accumulate in our everyday spaces. My work is motivated by the drama of landscapes and waterways, urban and rural. I experiment by collecting, and transforming everyday materials, especially throwaways. Through drawing, and sculptural installation my notions play upon the unpredictable juxtaposition of natural and synthetic matter.

Reenie Is originally from Lexington, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Communications from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and her MFA in Studio Arts from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine She has received two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants, and a Roderick Dew Travel Grant. She has been awarded Artist Residencies by Draw-International in France, Hannacc Can Bourni in Spain, Maine College of Art, the La Napoule Art Foundation in France, SF MOMA, Arts Benicia and Vermont Studio. Her work has been exhibited in venues internationally including Galeria Espai B, in Barcelona, 2017, and the Bojagi Forum in Seoul, Korea, 2016, and at the Chateau de la Napoule, Mandelieu-La Napoule, France, 2014 as well as all over the United States. Her work has been commissioned by San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery in 2011, as well as by the Marin Sanitary Service in 2014, and by the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum in 2018.

Past Resident

Luxin Zhang

Luxin Zhang is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of performance, video, sound and photography. As a classically trained vocalist, she creates video and performance that seek to break down the hierarchy of the stage by bringing the performance to the viewer, and playing with audience expectation. Widening the lens of performance and stage to include original audience, gallery viewers and mundane “off stage” scenes expands the spectrum of a song’s larger subliminal language. Luxin Zhang holds a B.S from Far Eastern University and received her MFA from Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has exhibited and performed both internationally in galleries, museums, concert halls, including Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse; David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. Her work was also shown at Light Work in Syracuse, N.Y. She recently joined Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA as an artist collective.

Past Resident

Cara Farnan

Cara Farnan is a Visual Artist based in Dublin. She is drawn to the space between what we know about the world, and what we sense about it. In this in-between, binaries collapse and definitive edges are lost. Our physical experience becomes irreversibly intertwined with our imaginary experience. Her work stems from a fascination for the inherent magic and quiet monumentality of stuff – observing, and reflecting on the strange quirks of and interactions between often familiar things.Cara works in a variety of forms including sculptural and site-specific installation, sound, text, video, drawing and printmaking. Since graduating with a BA(Hons) in Fine Print from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2016, Cara has completed residencies in the RHA School, Dublin; Haihatus, Finland and Cow House Studios, Wexford. In 2018, Cara curated a one-day exhibition, Gathering on Dollymount Strand and produced Emma Brennan’s performance Heed, to the Mound at Dublin Fringe Festival. She is an active member of artist-led studio Ormond Art Studios and of Black Church Print Studio. Cara works as a STEAM educator alongside her practice, introducing children to the wonders of science, design and technology. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ireland and internationally. 

Past Resident

Julie Timm Vejleaa

Julie attended architecture school at The Royal Danish Academy og Fine Arts during 2014-2017 and received her diploma in 2017. She attented the cultural institute at The Royal Danish Academy and has been on several study trips around the world to explore and study vernicular architecture and the cultural impact on the way we build and inhabit. With the institute she has also participated in a exhibition in Shanghai in collaboration with the architecture school in Hong Kong. Julie did her last semester of her bachelor at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2017. In Vienna she studied various fields beside architecture such as print-making, abstract painting, urban installations and curatorial studies. Before architecture school, Julie attended Krabbesholm residential school in 2014 where she studied art, architecture and design. In 2016, she did an independent project with students she met at this school challenging spatial structures, objects and phenomenons. The project became an exhibition named 12 squaremeters. As Julie is interested in learning different crafts, she also spend one year after she received her bachelor degree in a bakery and was trained to become a baker and to learn the crafts and skills that is needed when working with sourdough. Before continuing her studies with a master degree, Julie has an atelier in which she is rounding out her education with independent projects focusing on small-scale and more free-form artistic experiments.

Past Resident

Eunbi Kim

Pianist Eunbi Kim (pronounced OOn-bee, like book) is creating new ways of experiencing concert music as a performer, speaker, and arts advocate. Her adventurous performances are characterized by their vividly personal themes ranging from mental illness to familial memories. For her efforts, Kim has received international recognition on television and in print, including from the BBC, I Care If You Listen, the Houston Chronicle, The Japan Times, and NHK Television. Kim is most known as the creator, performer, and producer of the music-theater work Murakami Music, for which she is recognized as a leading Murakami expert. Her debut album, A House of Many Rooms released on Albany Records, features a collection of premiere recordings of relatively unknown contemporary classical works by luminary jazz composer Fred Hersch. Kim has shown off her unconventional and immersive performance concepts in venues across the country. Notably, she has performed Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s dedicated work “It Feels Like a Mountain, Chasing Me,” over 50 times across the United States, including its premiere at The Kennedy Center. Off-stage, Kim’s entrepreneurial efforts include launching a music mentorship program for women, transgender, and nonbinary musicians, bespoken, alongside co-founder Gina Izzo in addition to speaking engagements at organizations, universities, and institutions across the country. Her 2017 TEDx talk, “Performing Through Fear,” discusses conquering performance anxiety through learning to trust. Originally from Maryland, Eunbi Kim is based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Past Resident

Louna Dekker-Vargas

Louna Dekker-Vargas is a flutist, chamber musician, improviser and composer. The first time she heard an orchestra tuning before a performance she thought that their sensuous bending into tune was music in itself. Ever since her open, curious ears have led her into adventures with classical, jazz and experimental music, playing the flute and singing. Louna has served as a substitute flutist for the International Contemporary Ensemble, and subs for the Broadway musical, Wicked. She also plays with NY jazz quintet Atlantic Extraction, led by bassist Nick Dunston. Her minimalist composition Ah was commissioned for chamber orchestra by Mind on Fire in September of 2018. Her duo, The Witches, with Ledah Finck combines classical chamber artistry with inquisitive free improvisations and their own compositions for flute, violin and voice. The duo has performed in the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, Spectrum, the High Zero stage at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, the Red Room, Rhizome, Andrea Clearfield’s Salon Series, The Union Square Chamber Music Series (Baltimore), and at the Baltimore Art Museum. Their album project Behind the Curtain: New Music on Women was the recipient of a Johns Hopkins Research Grant. She is also a founding member of Trio Jinx- a flute, double bass and viola trio active from 2015-2018 performing residencies at the Sikta Chamber Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, the Mesa Performing Arts Center, and the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

Past Resident

Ledah Finck

Ledah Finck is a violinist, violist, improviser, and composer residing in Baltimore, Maryland. A passionate performer, creator, and curator of  contemporary classical music, she is an active member of experimental duo The Witches, the Bergamot String Quartet, Atlantic Extraction (jazz quintet led by bassist Nick Dunston) and earspace ensemble. In addition to music for those ensembles, she has been commissioned by Imani Winds, Alarm Will Sound/Now Hear This, the Bridge Ensemble, and The Peabody Community Chorus among others. Her music embodies a desire to create and share a sound-world in which the classical tradition, the folk music with which she grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and extensive improvisatory elements can be in productive dialogue. 

Past Resident

Clare Lyons

Clare Lyons is a photographer and visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work is typically deeply private and explores themes of trauma, memory, and her personal struggle with mental illness. Clare's current practice examines the process of uncovering and recalling repressed and suppressed memories using paper-folding and other sculptural methods of working with photographs. Clare is currently Assistant Editor at Junior Magazine which is an annual journal showcasing young Irish photographic talent, and since 2018 has worked with the PhotoIreland Foundation as a volunteer at The Library Project in Dublin. 

Past Resident

Carley Zarzeka

Carley Zarzeka is a sculpture and installation artist who builds assemblages from found objects and construction materials. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Studio Art from Dickinson College and her MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Zarzeka has exhibited her work at The Guest Room, The Cleve Carney Gallery, Anchorlight, The Ackland Museum, and The Trout Gallery. Zarzeka currently lives and works in Doylestown, PA.

Critical to evoking a sense of “home,” Zarzeka prefers to utilize common domestic materials in her artwork such as wool, concrete, wood, and cotton, in addition to selectively integrating collected objects that are both found and personal. Layered throughout Zarzeka’s constant relation to the domestic space is the present of the grid and how this axillary structure has imprinted its features on household objects and structures.

Past Resident

Tyler Mills

Tyler Mills is a Providence, RI based architectural designer. He grew up in Maryland working in carpentry with his dad. Those experiences propelled him to pursue an education at the Rhode Island School of Design where he got his B.ARCH degree. His work explores the intersection of history, queerness and the built environment. An ongoing project "Queer the Church" is an proposal for continuing construction on St. Peter's Basilica which would open new space and new interpretations of the Catholic faith through a queer lens. Although his work can be viewed as simply "paper architecture," look closer and you will find in the detailing that it can be constructed. Currently he is working towards being a licensed architect.  

Past Resident

Stephen Chan

Stephen was born in Methuen, Massachusetts and raised in the neighboring town of Andover until college. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he spent the next four years professionally choreographing and teaching dance in Boston and New York for studios and theaters, until fully dedicating his artistic efforts towards playwriting in 2015.

An alum of HB Studio in the West Village and a selected playwright resident for The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow and Arts Letters & Numbers, most of Stephen’s works can be found in readings and staged readings in the cultural melting pot of New York City. His latest production was at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, debuting his play “Et tu, Padre?”.

Internalizing his father’s words to ‘create jobs - not take them away’, Stephen considers himself to be an everlasting ally to artists of all trades. When not crafting and producing new works of his for the stage, Stephen works as a product manager for Artsy, building products to help art collectors discovery and evaluate art they love. He is passionate about making art as accessible as music. Stephen also consults part-time for Network of Ensemble Theaters, helping the NET team tell compelling stories with data.

Past Resident

Kari Watson

Kari Watson has a passion for narrative, and works to create music that is energetic, tactile and emotionally driven. Her work has been premiered in the United States, Europe and Japan by ensembles such as the Rosetta Contemporary ensemble, Ensemble MISE-EN, and Soli Chamber Ensemble. She is currently serving as composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra for their 2018-2019 concert season with an upcoming premier of her piece “Night Music for Fish”. Additional current projects include a commission for the Eschaton Contemporary Ensemble at Vanderbilt University and a collection of pieces for Oberlin’s Experimental Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Kari is a third year composition student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studies under a dean’s .

Past Resident

Natsumi Osborn

Natsumi Osborn (b.1999) is a Japanese-American composer from Tokyo, Japan. Finding her interest in composition at a young age, she has since written for film and ballet as well as concert music. She was named Winner of the 2017 American Composer’s Forum NextNotes Awards, of the WCSMS 2017 Promising Young Composer’s Competition and of the 2017 Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition. Her work has also been recognized by the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and have been selected for multiple Society of Composers, Inc National Conferences. Natsumi currently studies composition at Oberlin Conservatory while simultaneously also pursuing a B. A. at Oberlin College.

Past Resident

Soomin Kim

Composer Soomin Kim is currently in her fourth year at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music studying under the tutelage of Stephen Hartke. Kim was the composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra during their 2017-18 concert season, for whom she wrote a piece titled “The Blue Marble.” Her work has also been featured at the 2017 Alba Music Festival, 2018 Norfolk New Music Workshop, 2018 soundSCAPE Festival and the 2018 Young & Emerging Composers Project of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Upcoming projects involve premiere of “Four Love Songs,” which was commissioned by Tim Weiss, director of Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.