Cultural Space Subsidy Program Recipients
Sharon Butler is a painter and publisher Two Coats of Paint, an influential art blog that was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program grant in 2013. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and other awards, and has exhibited at NADA New York, Storefront Ten Eyck, Theodore:Art, Pocket Utopia, The Painting Center, Union College, George Lawson (San Francisco), and SEASON (Seattle). In 2014 she was the Artist-in-Residence at Counterproof Press at the University of Connecticut, and she lives in New York City.
Davide Cantoni has been a DUMBO-based artist since 1996. Cantoni’s recent burn drawings and white paintings treat the impermanence of news imagery in our collective memory, particularly those images published in the New York Times. He has shown widely in the US, Europe and Asia. His work is in major private and public collections including: MoMA and OSRAM (Munich).
Jennifer Paige Cohen is a sculptor from Brooklyn, New York. Her works have been exhibited in public and private venues including White Columns, Salon 94, Rachel Uffner Gallery, Creative Time, The Public Art Fund, among others. She is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery where she recently had a solo exhibition of her semi-figurative sculptures of clothing and plaster.
Tom Fruin has been a DUMBO-based sculptor since 1996, best known for his iconic "stained-glass" Watertower, 2012 installed on the top of a building on the Brooklyn waterfront. Fruin works in a variety of material including neon, discarded trash, steel, acrylic and electricity. His Kolonihavehus "house" sculpture is currently on display in Brooklyn Bridge Park through spring 2015; its US premiere after having been installed in Vienna, Prague, Copenhagen and other European cites.
Kyle Goen has been a DUMBO-based artist since 2002. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and on street corners. His first major project Elect a Madman You Get Madness was mass distributed as a sticker to over ten thousand people. The themes of this street project were then reinterpreted as two installations exhibited at White Box and Gallery Klinkogbang in Reykjavik. Most recently, his installation Who's Chelsea Manning? won "Best Project" in the 2013 DUMBO Arts Festival.
Pavel Kraus has been a DUMBO-based sculptor since 2000. Over the past 20 years, he has been focusing on an extensive body of work entitled “Sex, Death, Offerings”. These works incorporate variations of media and techniques, including the ancient Pietre Dure, and culminated in the recent Roman Wedding, partially funded by a grant from the Peter C. Reed Foundation. His works have been exhibited extensively nationally, in Europe, and in 2014 Stephen Romano Gallery mounted a retrospective of Kraus’s work curated by David Ebony.
Eric LoPresti has been a DUMBO-based artist since 2002. His artwork examines the aftermath of the Cold War and the imposition of technology upon the environment. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Galapagos (DUMBO / Brooklyn), the National Atomic Test Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution (Nevada), and the University of Rochester (New York). A winner of the Faber Birren Foundation Award and the Miami Young Painters Award, LoPresti’s work has received mentions in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum.com, NY Arts, ArtLog.com, Nature, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, Vegas Seven Magazine, and The Village Voice.
Anne Peabody is a sculptor whose art frames the forms and patterns of human speech within the broader context of the natural world that surrounds the speakers. Her work features portraits of gossip, folklore, secrets, confessions and tall tales depicted in images drawn from landscapes both urban and rural. Peabody's works have been included in many significant group and solo shows including The Venice Biennale, KY Museum of Art and Craft, Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm Sweden, Smack Mellon, and New York City's "40 Years: 40 Artists" show, celebrating 40 Years of Art in New York City Parks.
Elizabeth Riley works with video, installation, and sculpture, often producing elaborate multidimensional works where standalone videos become the formative visual element, combined with reproduced video stills and materials such as raw plywood, furniture, and found materials. Themes interwoven into her work include urbanism, architectural space, sense of place, and human connection. Her videos have appeared in screenings at home and abroad, and her three-dimensional work, most recently sculptures/installations including embedded video elements, has appeared in galleries and alterative spaces nationwide. She has been honored with eight artist residencies, most recently the SIM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2011, and the Fall Residency at Ox-Bow, in Michigan, in 2009. She was chosen for the Aljira Emerge Program, 2001.
Deborah Simon’s work walks the line between taxidermy, toy, and sculpture. She sees archival methods of codifying, labeling, and categorizing scientific specimens as a radical disjunction from their origins in the natural world, and mines this discord as inspiration for her meticulously constructed, and unnervingly uncanny, animal amalgamations. Her recent Flayed Bear sculptures have been mentioned widely online in publications including Design Boom, Complex, and Beautiful Decay.
Art F City is an influential art blog that creates and archives critical discourse, and commissions ambitious artist projects. Since its founding in 2008, Art F City has added a daily mix of blunt criticism, commentary, community-minded journalism, and often biting opinion-based reporting to the contemporary art community.
Founded in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. From Cave Canem’s administrative and programming headquarters, based in DUMBO since 2009, the organization serves a city-wide and national audience with an annual writing retreat, community-based workshops, readings, panels, lectures, book prize competitions and anthology publications.
Edible Schoolyard NYC transforms the hearts, minds and eating habits young New Yorkers through an integrated seed-to-table education. Edible Schoolyard NYC works with historically disadvantaged elementary and middle schools teaching experiential kitchen and garden classes as part of each school's core curriculum.
Girl Be Heard is a non-profit theatre company and educational program that uses theatre to empower young women to become brave, socially conscious leaders and, through writing and performance, raise awareness of issues affecting women and girls in their communities. Girl Be Heard creates cutting-edge, cause-related theatre, inspired, written and performed by girls ages 12 to 21, about the issues they care about most, such as bullying, body image, and self-harm, and also on issues affecting girls worldwide such as domestic violence, sexual assault, gun violence, sex trafficking and forced child marriage. Girl Be Heard also runs after school programs and performs workshops at school assemblies, detention centers, and for governmental agencies, NGOs, and community organizations around the city, country and internationally. Girl Be Heard has also performed at the United Nations, TED conferences and The White House.
Since 1996, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories. Collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers, Radio Diaries has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism, won every major award in broadcast journalism, and produced some of the most memorable documentaries ever heard on public radio. Radio Diaries’ stories are broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered, This American Life, BBC, and on The Radio Diaries Podcast.
United Photo Industries brings the photographic community together by presenting photography installations and events in unique locations and focusing on content that is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life. UPI has been working from their gallery headquarters in DUMBO since 2011 to identify, harness, and conjure unexpected exhibition opportunities, champion new directions in photography and cultivate ties within an ever-expanding, globe-trotting community of photographers.
Blane De St. Croix creates sculpture and drawing encompassing the geopolitical landscape. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors; The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; The MassArt Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment, The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. His work has been widely exhibited, in venues including Fredericks and Freiser (NYC), Sculpture Center (NYC), Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC), The Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans, LA), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, MO), Gasworks Gallery (London, UK), Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo), Art In Embassies (U.S. Department of State, D.C.), Socrates Sculpture Park (NYC), Wave Hill (NYC), Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL), and The Sheila Johnson Design Center at the New School (NYC).
Marc Dennis is known for his hyperrealistic paintings of staged images that juxtapose contemporary culture and art history, focusing on the psychological, physical, and social roles art plays in contemporary society. His work has been shown internationally and has been written about in Art News, Modern Painters, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Chicago Tribune among others.
Peter Drake is a visual artist working in painting and video. His most recent work focuses on a collection of lead play figurines from the early 20th century. In 2015 Waiting for Toydot, a permanent MTA Arts and Design public art commission for the Long Island Rail Road Massapequa Station opened to the public. In addition to his artistic practice, Drake is the Academic Dean at the New York Academy of Art.
Gabriele Evertz is a key figure in the renowned Hunter Color School. Her work has been exhibited internationally including in Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. Her recent museum exhibitions include MoMA PS1 (NYC), Heckscher Museum (Huntington, NY), Hillwood Art Museum (Brookville, NY), Columbus Museum (Columbus, OH), Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Ulrich Museum (Wichita, KS), and Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum (Hagen, Germany). In addition to her painting practice, Evertz is a full professor at Hunter College’s Department of Art & Art History with curatorial record and published writer on painting, color theory, and related issues.
Chitra Ganesh is a visual artist whose drawing-based work includes large scale installation and comics. She borrows images and themes from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, literature, and popular culture to present alternative feminist and queer narratives. Her work has been shown both locally and internationally, including at the Queens Museum, Asia Society (NYC), Berkeley Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, with solo presentations at PS1/MOMA (NYC), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA) and Goteborgs Konsthalle (Sweden), and most recently, at the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Jerry Kearns’s paintings depict iconic figures from Western popular culture collaged in various modes of representation to create narratives of conflict and struggle. He has exhibited internationally across the Americas, Europe, and Asia since the 1980s. He has been featured many times in New York Times, Art and Auction, ARTnews, and ARTFORUM, among others. His paintings are included in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), National Galerie (Berlin, Germany), Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Norton Family Collection (Los Angeles, CA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Queensland Art Gallery (Queensland, Australia).
Jeanine Oleson is a visual artist with a broad multidisciplinary practice that uses photography, performance, film/video, and installation work to engage contemporary societal topics and challenge political and social norms. She has recently exhibited and performed at: New Museum (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico), X-Initiative (NYC), Grand Arts (Kansas City, MO), Socrates Sculpture Park (NYC), and MoMA/P.S.1 (NYC). Oleson was in residence at the New Museum, Smack Mellon Studio Program, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In addition to her art practice, Oleson is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design.
Shelter Serra is mixed media artist whose sculptures and drawings explore notions of mass consumption and cultural identity. He is best known for his interpretations of luxury commercial goods, recasting iconic handbags and watches in resin, rubber, plaster, and copper. His work has been exhibited internationally from New York to Tokyo.
Thomas Stevenson is a visual artist whose participatory art installations and artist-constructed social events question the line between public and private space and offer alternative models of interaction with the urban environment. His projects have been presented on streets and rooftops throughout New York City, at the New Museum Idea City Festival and Art Basel Miami, and internationally in Beijing, Belarus, and Wales.
Founded in 1981, Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists local and international artists to create groundbreaking and major new works that would otherwise not be realized, and engages the public with the key ideas that these artworks address. In its thirty-four years, the organization has emerged as one of New York City’s leading nonprofits devoted to supporting the creation of contemporary art, providing an environment in which artists can exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers.
Cey Adams is a New York City native. He emerged from the downtown graffiti movement 1970’s and is inspired by 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books. The founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings, he is a pioneer of hip-hop graphic design. His work explores the relationship between transformation and discovery, focusing on pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.
Ben Thorp Brown creates sculptures, prints, video installations, and performances. that explore how human experience is transformed by technology and capitalism. His work seeks to explore the possibilities for human agency within complex systems through embedded research, process, and collaboration with a range of participants. His recent work was included in exhibitions such as Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art from 1905-2016, The Whitney Museum of American Art; Greater New York, MoMA PS1; 24/7 the human condition, Vienna Biennale; and Chance Motives, SculptureCenter.
Marsha Cotrrell utilizes a desktop computer and office laser printer in the creation of unique, abstract works on paper. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Wall Street Journal. Cottrell’s work is included in public collections such as Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Morgan Library and Museum (NYC), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Beth Dary’s work explores global themes in a variety of media, often creating site-specific and public art installations that are responsive to the local environment. Dary focuses on environments under stress, either from evolutionary change, natural disasters, direct human interaction, or climate change. Dary exhibits nationally and internationally and has received numerous fellowships, residencies and awards including Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She is currently an Artist Mentor at Smack Mellon and serves as the curator for "Main Window," a public art window in DUMBO that showcases Brooklyn and New York City artists.
Eva Davidova is a Bulgarian/Spanish media artist utilizing animation, 3D sculpture, drawing and Virtual Reality performance. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent projects include Playground for Drowning Animals and Transfer and Disappearance, both presented in DUMBO; Happenland at Radiator Gallery and Feeding Alice at the Holographic Center (NYC); the Moscow Biennale; LOOP (Bracelona); Scope Basel Video; Roma Contemporary; and solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center La Regenta (Tenerife, Spain) and the Everson Museum’s Urban Video Project (Syracuse, NY).
Anne Gilman’s works consist of large-scale drawings and multi-panel projects that map information, thought, and emotion. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with two recent solo shows: In any one day, how all the things get mixed together at Five Points Gallery (Torrington, CT) and Descifrar/ to decipher, decode, figure out at Instituto Cervantes (NY). She has received a Chenven Foundation Award, fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and MacDowell Colony. Her work has been featured in Bomb Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Publishing Perspectives, and Literal.
Brian Kokoska primarily paints and sculpts invented, cartoonish faces, both mask-like and impenetrable, while at the same time vulnerable and expressive. He is influenced by the history and practice of portraiture; masks and their uses across cultures; youth culture; androgyny; and what he describes as “post-gender identity.”His recent solo and group exhibitions include: Reality Bytes, Frank F. Yang Art & Education Foundation (Shenzhen); Trauma Sauna, Ashes/Ashes (Los Angeles); Hush Hook, LOYAL (Stockholm); I’m a horse now, East Hampton Shed (East Hampton, NY); Poison IV, Valentin (Paris); Rare Angel (w/ Debo Eilers), American Medium, (Brooklyn, NY); and Blood Reply, Ohmydays (Singapore). His work has been featured and reviewed in Mousse, Dazed, New York Observer, Art in America, The Philadelphia Inquirer and VICE.
Bundith Phunsombatlert works in printmaking and digital media. He uses new technology to create new definitions of space in traditional, mass, and cultural media. Carefully considering the history of a culture or a place, he analyzes and synthesizes these situations to develop artwork that reconsiders new identities in the globalization era, by engaging a diversity of perceptions, uncovering social meaning as it affects our day-to-day lives. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, in the United States, Finland, Australia, and China, among others. Among his selected awards and fellowships are the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2001, the Second Prize UNESCO Digital Art Award from ISEA 2004, and the Asian Cultural Council Fellow in 2007.
Jennifer Riley is a painter, contributing editor for ArtCritical.com, exhibitions curator at IUCA+D, and chairman of the board of directors for Triangle Arts Association. She is active in the New York art scene exhibiting, curating and writing about art. She is one of the 16 featured artists in New York Studio Conversations, edited by Stephanie Buhmann, published by The Green Box, Berlin.
Kara Rooney is an artist and critic, working in performance, sculpture, and new media installation. Her visual work has been widely exhibited in international and domestic venues including Fridman Gallery, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, the Chelsea Art Museum (NYC); the International Women’s Museum (San Diego); the Jersey City Museum (Jersey City, NJ); the Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ); and the Pera Museum (Istanbul). Rooney is an Editor-at-Large for The Brooklyn Rail.
Bernardo Siciliano paints portraits of people and places he knows well, particularly DUMBO, where he has resided for the last 10 years.
Artie Vierkant works with images and objects that focus on the “post-internet” age and to its contemporaneous Intellectual Property rights. He received his MFA from the University of California San Diego and is represented by New Galerie, Paris. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany), New Galerie (Paris), and Mesler / Feuer and Untitled (NYC). His work will be included in upcoming group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Kiasma Museum (Helsinki). His writing has appeared in October Journal and other publications.
Meta Meta Meta is a collaborative arts organization run by artists Leah Wolff and Guy Ben-Ari. Since 2009, they have been facilitating creative and discursive activities with the aim of supporting a diverse community of underrepresented artists through collaboration and community engagement. Meta Meta Meta teaches workshops, organizes events, and produces publications in order to empower the public through increased access to the arts.
Brooklyn Boatworks encourages, inspires, and empowers young people through the unique craft of wooden boat building and on the water experiences. They teach the values of learning by doing, cooperation, perseverance, and craftsmanship. Working inside New York City schools, their programs build students' STEM skills and support positive behaviors, critical thinking, leadership, and self-esteem.