2020 Faculty & Fellows



Tisa Bryant (Faculty) is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays on black presences in film, literature and visual arts, and co-editor of the cross-referenced literary journal, The Encyclopedia Project, which released its final book, Encyclopedia Vol. 3 L-Z, in Fall 2017.   She was a commissioned writer/archival researcher for Radio Imagination, a year-long Los Angeles celebration of science fiction writer Octavia Butler, sponsored by Los Angeles-based arts organization, Clockshop, in collaboration with the Huntington Library in Pasadena, where Butler’s papers are held.  In addition to recent performances and talks with film, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Body Forms: Queer Writing and the Essay, Flesh, Lana Turner, Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/ Radical WRITING, and in exhibition catalogs for Cauleen Smith, Sam Durant, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and MADE IN L.A.: 2018.  She is working on The Curator, a novel of Black female subjectivity and imagined cinema, and on Residual, writings on grief, longing, desire and archival research, forthcoming from Nightboat Books.  She is Director of the Creative Writing Program at CalArts, where she teaches fiction, nonfiction, and experimental forms.  She lives in Los Angeles.
Bruno Ceschel (Faculty) is the founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy and a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His latest book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto was published by Aperture in 2015. He founded Self Publish, Be Happy in 2010, and has since organised events at leading arts institutions including Tate Modern (Britain), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), MoMA PS1 (United States) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), and published books by Lucas Blalock, Carmen Winant, Lorenzo Vitturi and many more. Ceschel gives lectures and workshops internationally, and also consults for leading companies interested in contemporary photography.
Tonya Foster
Tonya M. Foster is a poet, essayist and Black feminist scholar. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; and co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing through Visual Art. Her writing and research focus on poetry, poetics, ideas of place and emplacement, and on intersections between the visual and the written. She is a poetry editor at Fence Magazine and a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Forthcoming publications include poetry collections—Thingifications (Ugly Duckling Presse); a chapbook—AHotB; a 2-volume compendium on the Umbra Writers Workshop; and an anthology of experimental creative drafts. Dr. Foster’s poetry and prose have appeared in a range of journals and anthologies. She was a member of the multi-disciplinary advisory committee for the exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. In 2020, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and is a recipient of a Creative Capital fellowship. A recipient of residencies and grants from Macdowell, Headlands Center for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Ford and Mellon Foundations, among others. Dr. Foster serves as the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University.

David Hartt (Faculty) (b. 1967, Montréal) lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His work explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time.

Recent solo exhibitions include in the forest at the Graham Foundation and My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt at The Art Institute of Chicago.  Additionally, his work has been included in several group exhibitions including Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art, America Is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Hedges, Edges, Dirt at the ICA in Richmond. His work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, The RISD Museum, Providence, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. In 2018 Hartt was the recipient of both a Pew Fellowship and a Graham Foundation Fellowship, in 2015 he was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant, in 2012 he received an Artadia Award and was named a United States Artists Cruz Fellow and in 2011 he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Hartt is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, David Nolan Gallery, New York and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

Whitney Hubbs
Whitney Hubbs (Faculty): Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA > feminism and punk rock life mostly taking place in Portland, OR > BFA from CCA > work in San Francisco > MFA from UCLA > work in L.A. > solo shows at M+B in LA > group shows in NYC > book with Hesse Press > group show at the Getty Museum > Assistant Professor at Alfred University in western NY > turned 40 > upcoming book with Self Publish Be Happy and a show at Situations Gallery in NYC > learning to play the guitar.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman (Faculty) is an artist and the author of three books of poems, 19 Names For Our Band (Fence, 2008), James Brown is Dead (Future Plan and Program, 2011) and Sleeper Hold (Fence, 2015). In 2017 he collaborated with the artist Daniel Gordon on a suite of prose poems published in conjunction with Gordon's monograph, Intermissions. His recent and forthcoming exhibitions and performances include MoCA Cleveland, The Kitchen, Ballroom Marfa, Kadist, Atlanta Contemporary, the Hammer Museum, MOCA Detroit, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jewish Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Swiss Institute. In fall 2020 he will present a new body of work along with a selection of recent projects at Tufts University Art Galleries. Huffman was a 2015-16 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and lives and works in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Lucy Ives (Fellow) is the author of two novels: Impossible Views of the World and Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World, published by Penguin Press and Soft Skull Press, respectively. She is also a regular contributor to Art in America, The Baffler, frieze, and Granta. In 2020, Siglio Press will publish The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, a selection of Gins's poetry and prose, edited by Ives; a collection of Ives's short stories is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in early 2021.
Mark Nowak (Faculty) is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” His new book, Social Poetics, tracks “a people’s history” of the poetry workshop in Watts, Attica, South African anti-apartheid struggles, and contemporary social movements and workers uprisings across the globe. Nowak is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism (2015), and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, He is founding director of the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America, Domestic Workers United, and other worker centers.
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. (Photo: Ross Mantle)
Jo-ey Tang (Faculty) is an artist, writer and curator based in Columbus, OH and Paris, France. Currently as Director of Exhibitions of Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, he temporalizes each season of programming with its own rhythm. Season One: arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified explored the resonances between the individual practices of the queer art collective fierce pussy, with chapters at Beeler Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Season Two: Follow the Mudis structured as a series of instances in a process of accumulation, with images, sounds, movements and words by Michel Auder, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Heide Hinrichs, Daniel Marcus, Robert Slifkin, Michael Stickrod, Julia Trotta, Vier5, and C. Spencer Yeh. Tang co-founded with Thomas Fougeirol The plates of the present, a photogram project with over 1000 prints by 130 artists, which was gifted to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and will be the focus of an exhibition in fall 2020. He is an advisor to second shelf, a book acquisition project to diversify library holdings at Columbus College of Art & Design; Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp; and University of Bristol, UK. He has curated and organized events and exhibitions at FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; Rupert, Vilnius; Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai; and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. His writing has appeared in Artforum.com, Flash Art, and ArtAsiaPacific. He has interviewed and written on artists Barbara Bloom, Josephine Halvorson, Gabriel Kuri, Jean-Luc Moulène, Pratchaya Phinthong, Carissa Rodriguez, Elaine Cameron-Weir, R.H. Quaytman, Wang Bing, and Yu Ji. Tang is represented by Lyles & King, New York and Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris. (Photo: JiaHao Peng)
Res (Fellow) (b. 1985 in Paterson, NJ) is an artist and curator. They received their BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Smith College in 2008 and their MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art in 2017. Res’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States including at Invisible-Exports, New York; BRIC, Brooklyn; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; and Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco. In 2017 Res was a winner of the Baxter Street Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Competition, a recipient of the FLAGS (Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Award from Yale University and shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 their book, Towers of Thanks, was a finalist for The Lucie Photo Book Prize.