The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty and fellows all work closely with the program’s students, and are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.
Co-Directors Nicholas Muellner and Catherine Taylor serve as the core faculty members; they will be joined every summer by additional faculty and visiting fellows.
We are pleased to announce our 2017 faculty and fellows:
Lucas Blalock (Faculty) is a photographer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his pictures at the Dallas Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Hauser and Wirth, and Marian Goodman Gallery amongst others; and has recently had solo exhibitions at White Cube (London), Ramiken Crucible (New York), and White Flag Projects (St. Louis). Blalock’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, and Foam. Blalock has also published a number of artist books; most recently, Inside the White Cub (Peradam / Ramiken, 2014) and SPBH Subscription Series VII (SPBH, 2014).
Melissa Catanese (Faculty) lives in Pittsburgh and is founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photobook shop and project space. She most recently exhibited in Secondhand at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco and in The Photographer’s Playspace at the Aperture Foundation in New York. She has been editing from a vast collection of over 20,000 photographs belonging to collector Peter J. Cohen for some years, and in 2012 she authored the celebrated photobook Dive Dark Dream Slow (The Ice Plant, 2012).
Ed Panar (Faculty) is a photographer and bookmaker currently residing in the forested hills and hollows of Pittsburgh. He has published numerous photobooks including: Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes (Spaces Corners & The Ice Plant, 2013), Salad Days (Gottlund Verlag, 2011), Animals That Saw Me (The Ice Plant, 2011), Same Difference (Gottlund Verlag, 2010), and Golden Palms (J&L Books, 2007). His photographs and books have been exhibited internationally at venues including: The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Nofound Photofair, Paris, The New York Photography Festival and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In 2014, Catanese and Panar were artists-in-residence at the Carnegie Museum of Art where they programmed The Sandbox: At Play With The Photobook. Together in 2016, they served as The Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the Hartford Art School.
Bruno Ceschel (Fellow) is a writer, curator and lecturer at the University of the Arts London. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy (SPBH), an organization that supports and promotes the work of emerging photographers. SPBH has organised events at a number of institutions around the world, including The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA London, The Serpentine Galleries, C/O Berlin, Aperture Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg amongst others. Most recently, SPBH has published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Cristina De Middel, Mariah Robertson and Lorenzo Vitturi.
Ceschel writes regularly for a number of publications including FOAM, The British Journal of Photography and Aperture Magazine and has guest-edited issues of Photography and Culture, Ojo de Pez and The PhotoBook Review.
Matthew Connors (Fellow) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. He has received the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Lightwork Artist Residency, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship, the William Hicks Faculty Fellowship from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and the Alice Kimball English Travelling Fellowship from the Yale School of Art. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 ICP Infinity Award for his book Fire in Cairo.
He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. Since 2004 he has been teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston where he is currently a Professor in the Photography Department.
Renee Gladman (Faculty) is an artist and writer preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, geographies, and syntaxes as they play out in the interstices of poetry and fiction. She is the author of nine works of prose and one collection of poetry. Her recent titles include Calamities (Wave Books, forthcoming 2016), the Ravicka novels Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), all published by Danielle Dutton’s Dorothy Project, and a short crime novel Morelia forthcoming from Solid Objects Press. Her own publishing ventures comprise the zine Clamour (1996-1999), Leroy Chapbook series (1999-2003), and the perfect-bound press Leon Works (since 2005). Born in Atlanta, GA, in 1971, Gladman studied Philosophy at Vassar College and Poetics at New College of California. She has taught at several U.S. universities, most extensively as a professor of creative writing at Brown University. In 2014-2015, she was a fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where she worked on Prose Architectures, an interdisciplinary project exploring the continuum between sentences and drawings. She lives in Providence, RI, with poet-ceramicist, Danielle Vogel.
Lucy Ives (Faculty) is the author of five books of poetry and prose, most recently The Hermit (The Song Cave, 2016), a collection of aphorisms and extremely short stories. In 2017, Penguin Press will release her first full-length novel, Impossible Views of the World, about the travails of a young curator.
Claudia Rankine (Fellow) is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen & Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and the play, Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn). Rankine is co-editor of American Women Poets in the 21st Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind with Fence Books. A recipient of awards and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Lannan Foundation, Poets and Writers the National Endowments for the Arts, and a finalist for The National Book Award and a recent recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She is currently the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.
Elana Schlenker (Faculty) is an art director and graphic designer. Through her independent studio practice she creates visual identities, books and publications, interactive projects, and environmental graphics.
Elana has received the Art Directors Club Young Gun award (2015) and been named to Print magazine’s annual New Visual Artist list (2013), a distinction recognizing the top twenty creative talents under age thirty. She was also selected for the Center for Architecture’s Graphic Design Shortlist (2015). Prior to the establishment of her studio practice, Elana worked as an art director at Condé Nast and senior designer at Princeton Architectural Press.
Elana publishes Gratuitous Type, an occasional pamphlet of typographic smut, and is the creator of Less Than 100, a traveling pop up shop for gender wage parity. Elana serves on the Board of Directors of the Silver Eye Center for Photography.
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa (Faculty) is a photographer, writer, and editor of The Great Leap Sideways. He has contributed essays to catalogues and monographs by Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, and Paul Graham, written for Aperture and FOAM magazine, guest edited the Aperture Photobook Review, and is a faculty member in the photography department at Purchase College, SUNY.