Looking forward to participating again in the NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, the only known program of its kind in the United States, that has provided over 400 immigrants with mentorship, community, and exposure for their work since it was founded in 2007. The New York program includes sessions in Visual/Multidisciplinary Art, Performing and Literary Arts, and Social Practice.
As an alumni of SCAD, my work in included on the SCAD art sales website. SCAD was founded with a mission to cultivate and celebrate careers in art and design, prioritizing professionalism in the context of creative practice. This approach extends to SCAD Art Sales, the embodiment of SCAD’s worldwide network of emerging artists and industry leaders intent on making the world a more well-designed place.
INDEX is a group exhibition of works in all mediums by artists currently participating as both mentors and mentees in the New York Foundation of the Arts 2019 Immigrant Artist Mentor Program, Newark. (Image design by Gisel Endara)
Exhibiting Artists: Ole Lie Vandal, Ananda Lima, Anne Trauben, Jin Jung, Ceaphas Stubbs, Kimmah Dennis, Colleen Gutwein, Daniela Puliti, Agnieszka Wszolkowska, fayemi shakur, Olu…funke Ogundimu, Jen Mazza, Mariejon de Jong-Buijs, Jo-El Lopez, Francisco Pena , Kati Vilim , Eka Pramuditha, Katrina Bello, Mic Boekelmann. Malik Whitaker, Kanako Tsutsumi, Matthew Gosser, Diana Candelejo, paulA neves, Gisel Endara, Sally Helmi, Sarah Walko, Adishetu Oyibo, Yvette Molina, Shiza Chaudhary
I was interviewed for their Split Lip blog as well and that will publish next week! For the blog they asked why I use matches in my work. My reply, “I always think of them as offering potential light, or even an explosion and I like that tension – light a candle to read by or touch the flame. I realized recently that a good number of my influences are mystics – Walt Whitman, Hadewijch II, Thomas Merton, Saint Augustine, and many more. I read a beautiful description that all mystics have a fire that burns with radical curiosity for continuously deepening levels of being and this comes directly off the pages of their work. I love any work that exists in that realme of intense fiery aliveness.”
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey recently welcomed a new Director of Education & Community Engagement, Sarah Walko – read full press release here.