2019 Faculty & Fellows
Stephanie Barber (Faculty) is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas. Each ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of empathy, play, story and humor. Barber’s films and videos have screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her books Night Moves and these here separated… were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015. Barber is currently a resident artist at The Mt. Royal MFA for Interdisciplinary Art at MICA in Baltimore, MD
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).
Danielle Dutton (Faculty) is the author of the books Margaret the First, SPRAWL, and Attempts at a Life,and she wrote the texts for Richard Kraft's Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, BOMB, Fence,The Paris Review, The White Review, etc. She is co-founder and editor of the feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project. The press is named for Dutton’s great aunt, a librarian who drove a bookmobile through the backroads of Southern California, delivering books to rural desert communities. Born and raised in California, Dutton now lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Tonya M. Foster (Faculty) was raised in New Orleans, LA. She is the author of the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os and the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court, which critic Stephen Burt describes as “the long-delayed American apotheosis of haiku form.” In a review, poet Patricia Spears Jones notes that “Foster’ s imaginative work glories in language’s ambiguities, discords, emotions, and logic—she allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction.” A coeditor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art, Foster’s work has been published in Best American Experimental Writing (2016), boundary2, Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015, Callaloo, MiPoesias, Western Humanities Review, the Hat, and elsewhere. Foster has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Center, CUNY, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Pan African literary Festival, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature, and of Graduate Writing at California College of the Arts.
Justine Kurland (Faculty), known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes and their fringe communities, has spent the better part of the last twenty years on the road. Since 2004, Kurland traveled with her son, Casper—her life as an artist finely balanced with the demands of a parent. Casper appears at different ages in the photographs, against open vistas and among the subcultures of train-hoppers and drifters. Recent work returns home after so long on the road to her apartment in New York City, her hometown of Fulton, New York, and her mother’s home in rural Virginia.
Justine Kurland (born in Warsaw, New York, 1969) received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums in the United States and internationally. Recent museum exhibitions include The Open Road at the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan; More American Photographs, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; and Off the Grid, Fotodok, in the Netherlands. She was the focus of a solo exhibition at Mitchell-Innes and Nash this past spring and a two-person exhibition at Higher Pictures this summer. Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and International Center of Photography, among others.
Drew Sawyer (Faculty) is the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum, and has previously held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Chazen Museum of Art. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University, and is a specialist in the history of experimental and radical documentary practices. His recent exhibitions include Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston (2018), Allan Sekula: Aerospace Folktales and Other Stories(2017); Lucy Raven: Low Relief (2016), and Family Pictures (2018), which explored the legacy of Roy DeCarava's landmark 1955 book The Sweet Flypaper of Life. For 2019, Sawyer is currently organizing Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, a touring exhibition that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots; Garry Winogrand: Color, the first exhibition dedicated to the photographer's color work; and the first museum solo show on the Russian-Ghanaian photographer Liz Johnson Artur.
Paul Soulellis is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. He is the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists' books, zines and other printout matter, now housed at MoMA Library. In 2018 he began QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK, a collaborative zine project that aims to circulate non-normative work by artists and writers from historically marginalized positions. He is faculty at RISD and a contributing editor at Rhizome.