2016 Faculty & Fellows

Emily AbendrothEmily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her creative work often uses interventionist and documentary poetic strategies as exploratory tools for the investigation and “making strange” of otherwise all too familiar socio-political dynamics, relationships and intimacies. Her pieces are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Albion Press, Belladonna, Horse Less Press, Little Red Leaves, and Zumbar. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and was named a 2013 Pew Fellow in Poetry. Her poetry book ]Exclosures[ is available from Ahsahta Press. She is an active organizer with Decarcerate PA (a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania) and is co-founder of Address This! (an education and empowerment project that provides innovative, social justice correspondence courses to individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania).

Melissa Catanese and Ed PanarMelissa Catanese & Ed Panar (Faculty)
Melissa Catanese 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 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.

Brunco CeschelBruno Ceschel (Faculty) 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.


Tony CokesTony Cokes is a post-conceptualist whose practice foregrounds social critique. He makes video, installation, and other works that reframe appropriated materials to reflect upon capitalism, subjectivity, knowledge and pleasure. Sound always functions in his practice as a crucial, intertextual element, complicating minimal visuals. Cokes' works have appeared in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, ZKM, Karlsruhe, REDCAT, Los Angeles, and La Cinémathèque Française, Paris. His projects have been supported by grants and fellowships from The Rockefeller Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies from The Getty Research Institute and the Yaddo Colony. Cokes is a Professor in Media Production and former Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.