Alex West

In residence July 25 - July 28, 2018

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Alex West is an Atlanta native and software entrepreneur focused on using technology as a tool to deliver business solutions. After graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006, Alex founded Ontologic where he now serves as President and CEO. Ontologic’s clients include Cox Communications, St. Joseph’s Hospital, CB Richard Ellis, and clients in Atlanta and beyond.

Alex is a co-founder of WonderRoot and a leader within Atlanta’s arts community as both a patron and collector. Since its beginning in 2004, WonderRoot has risen as one of Atlanta’s most critical and influential arts organizations.

Beyond the arts, Alex has been acknowledged for his accomplishments in education and business. His college thesis was the recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award in 2006. In 2008, he was named one of the Top 30 Graduates Under 30 by the Georgia Institute of Technology. And most recently, he was awarded the 2012 Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award from GA Tech University. Alex is an Eagle Scout, Troup 463.

Kate Atwood

In residence July 12 - July 22, 2018

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Since 2015, Kate Atwood has been executive director of ChooseATL, an initiative that focuses on attracting and retaining the next generation of top talent. In short, ChooseATL shines a national spotlight on metro Atlanta’s unique careers, culture, and community through a strategic approach that makes millennials say “hashtag goals” when they think about ATL.

Most recently, Kate led activations at the 2017 SXSW Festival where she interviewed rapper and actor Ludacris and reached 20,000 young job-seekers with messages about career opportunities in Atlanta and the region’s unique offerings. ChooseATL has received recognition for its industry-leading approach to talent attraction from media powerhouses such as Forbes, Bloomberg, and Vogue, as well as received a Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council.

Kate has participated in her fair share of media along the way. She has been featured in People Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Huffington Post, and has had appearances on the Today Show, the Meredith Vieira Show, CNN, and ABC-TV’s The View. She was recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s feature “Up and Comers: Top 40 under 40”, and was honored by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s “40 under 40.” In 2013, she was named to GOOD Magazine’s global “GOOD 100” list for her commitment to helping others.

Kate has been featured in six books as a thought-leader on personal giving and social entrepreneurship. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pete Schulte

In residence May 10 - May 13, 2018

Pete Schulte, along with Amy Pleasant, is the founder of The Fuel & Lumber Company. They have partnered with AIR Serenbe on The Fuel & Lumber Project Residency where they—and a set of artists they select—will have the time and space needed to develop an exciting new exhibition to be installed in Whitespace Gallery in July of 2018. This Project Residency, designed to bring production and presentation together in one season, offers a rare opportunity to support artists and curators (and artists who are also curators) and to directly link our residency program with an Atlanta gallery.

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Drawing is the primary medium of Pete Schulte’s practice, which includes the integration of sculpture, site-specific, and curatorial activities. His drawings engage variations of square, circular and triangular forms, appearing like architectural shadows of graphite. Evoking everything from film stills to mechanical parts, Schulte’s work elevates the simplicity of abstraction through precise technical skill. 

Schulte’s exhibitions include whitespace in Atlanta, Drawings and Paintings with John Dilg at Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York, The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Luise Ross Gallery in New York. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Look&Listen, Saint-Chamas, France and Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Atlantic Center For Art and Threewalls. Schulte teaches at The University of Alabama. He co-founded The Fuel And Lumber Company with Amy Pleasant in summer of 2013.  

Amy Pleasant

In residence May 10 - May 13, 2018

Amy Pleasant, along with Pete Schulte, is the founder of The Fuel & Lumber Company. They have partnered with AIR Serenbe on The Fuel & Lumber Project Residency where they—and a set of artists they select—will have the time and space needed to develop an exciting new exhibition to be installed in Whitespace Gallery in July of 2018. This Project Residency, designed to bring production and presentation together in one season, offers a rare opportunity to support artists and curators (and artists who are also curators) and to directly link our residency program with an Atlanta gallery.

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Amy Pleasant received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1999).

She has held solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, (Hudson/NYC), whitespace gallery (Atlanta, GA), Augusta University (Columbus, GA), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IN), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Atlanta Contemporary (GA), Auburn University’s School of Liberal Arts (AL), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Candyland (Stockholm, Sweden), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL).

Group shows include the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (AL), Adams and Ollman (OR), Cuevas Tilleard Projects (NY), Zuckerman Museum of Art (GA), Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art (GA), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), Weatherspoon Museum of Art (NC), Hunter Museum of American Art (TN), Columbus Museum of Art (GA), National Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC), The Mobile Museum of Art (AL), and the U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic.

Her work has been reviewed in publications such as World Sculpture News, SculptureThe Brooklyn RailArt in America, artforum.comArt PapersBad at Sports and BURNAWAY.

She was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2018).  Other awards include the South Arts Prize for the State of Alabama (2018), Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award (2015), Mary Hambidge Distinguished Artist Award (2015), Cultural Alliance of Birmingham Individual Artist Fellowship (2008), and Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2003).

Amy Pleasant currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama and is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York and whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia. She also co-founded the curatorial initiative The Fuel And Lumber Company with artist Pete Schulte in 2013.

Eric Deines

In residence October 1 - October 5, 2018

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Eric Deines, 36, was born into that slim slice of time that future scholars will decidedly pronounce The Sunset of Generation X or The Dawn of Millennials. The simple truth is that he was born into a no-man’s land — culturally, geographically, and even within his own genealogy. It is fitting, then, that his absurdist art attempts in no discernible way to reconcile the paradoxes of living in the material world at this Particular Moment as someone who was born at A Particular Time. By day, in his work as Director of A&R at global record label Jagjaguwar, Deines helps artists achieve their unique visions. By night, he cooks up his own. His rather large works on paper are influenced by Petier Bruegel the Elder (whom Deines considers one of the funniest painters in history) as much as they are Adventure Time, by Horace Pippin as much as Disney’s 1929 skeleton dance short, ‘Silly Symphony.’ Pencil scratches pile up into odd textures that depict sometimes-caustic, sometimes-daffy scenes — often featuring a cast of reoccurring characters like ogling, anthropomorphic tombstones; homunculi in tall red dunce hats; and the screaming horse from Picasso’s Guernica (who is most-likely a stand-in for Deines' biological father). At Air Serenbe in early October, Deines will be at work on six big works on paper for a Charlotte, NC exhibition at Good Year Arts Gallery titled A Posthumous Performance.

Isa Borgeson

IN RESIDENCE MAY 3 - MAY 6, 2018

Isa is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Isabella Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American poet from Oakland. In 2012, Isa won "Best Poem" of the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where she represented UC Berkeley for three years. Isa has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. She performed at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Paris for COP21, where she spoke out about the impact of climate change on her homeland. Her commitment toward teaching poetry as a tool for resistance keeps her grounded in her communities across the Pacific Ocean – from Oakland to Tanauan.

Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Matthew is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet, speaker, and performance coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured as far as Abu Dhabi and nearly every major city in the United States and Europe, performing, teaching and coaching poetry. A teaching artist for nearly ten years, Matthew has spent the last four years working in youth detention centers across Los Angeles County. He has opened for artists such as Wu-Tang and has performed for platforms such as BuzzFeed and NPR. Matthew is also a three time Southern Fried poetry slam champion and an award-winning poetry coach. Cuban’s favorite activity is making people feel great; sometimes he does this through poetry.

Sarah Kay

IN residence April 29 - May 8, 2018

Sarah is an AIR Serenbe alumni artist and a member of the National Advisory Council. She is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Sarah Kay is a New Yorker. a poetry writer and reader. an educator. the founder and co-director of Project VOICE. a witty banter enthusiast. a postcard lover. a foodie. a playwright. a singer. a songwriter. a photographer. a best-selling author of four books of poetry including BNo Matter the WreckageThe Type, and All Our Wild Wonder. a celebrated performer in over 25 countries. an editor for Write Bloody Publishing. a Gemini. a mediocre driver at best. a musical theater geek. a smoothie expert. the daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father. a hapa. less cool than her little brother. an alum of the United Nations International School and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. an alum of Brown University. an alum of Brown University Graduate School’s Masters Program in the Art of Teaching Secondary English. a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College. 

José Olivarez

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

José is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors. A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival, his work has been published in the BreakBeat Poets, the Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, & Hyperallergic, among other places. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, will be released in September 2018 from Haymarket Books. He lives in Chicago.

Mahogany L. Browne

In residence April 29 - May 6, 2018

Mahogany is an AIR Serenbe alumni artist, recipient of 2016's SWACC! Focus Fellowship. She is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Mahogany and Sarah Kay.

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Mahogany L. Browne is writer, organizer & educator. Currently, the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC Browne has received literary fellowships from Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House & Rauschenberg. She hosts/curates the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Slam Series and has authored: Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books), Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books) &s co-editor of BreakBeatPoets Vol 2.: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket).

Whitney Greenaway

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Whitney is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne

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Whitney Greenaway is a Caribbean author, whose work deftly dissects societal structure, introducing conversations of pride, classism, and patriarchy to cultures where these injustices are often deemed acceptable. Whitney has performed across North America and the West Indies, also facilitating workshops using writing as a tool for demystifying shame and hierarchies perpetuated by cultural expectations. She is the author of the chapbook 'Reasons I Will Leave My Lover', and her writings have been featured in Pluck! Magazine.

Sofía Snow

In residence may 3 - may 6, 2018

Sofía is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Sofía Snow is a Boston-raised multi-media artist, educator, and arts administrator.  Her work has been featured in a range of publications, television, and theater, as well as in The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan Magazine, American Girl, WWE Network, The Public Theater, and elsewhere. Sofía is currently the Deputy Director of Urban Word NYC, a literary arts organization serving 25,000 youth across all five boroughs of New York City.

 

Qiana Cutts

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Qiana is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Qiana M. Cutts is a queer Black feminist educator and poet. She’s has been an educator for 19 years and has taught English and poetry to students in K-16. Qiana currently is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University where she teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, research, and teacher education. She also facilitates “True Maroon Voices”, a course on written and slam poetry, to freshman students.

Qiana published her debut poetry collection, In Somebody Else’s Blood, in 2017 and describes the collection as a self-care text that asserts love as a shaping, binding and freeing practice. Explorations of love are staples in her poetry, but she also focuses on her experiences as an eclectic girl raised in the South and examines identity, race,  sexuality, and social issues. Qiana’s been a judge for Poetry Out Loud and has read and performed the Decatur Book Festival, Scene Missing, Song Missing, Bleux Stockings Society, and QueerLit.

Ebony Glenn

IN RESIDENCE October 2 - October 31, 2018
 

Ebony is 2018's Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship recipient,  awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.

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Ebony Glenn is an Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery. A passion for the arts and great storytelling, she aims to create illustrations that will provide rich literary experiences for young readers as well as incite more magic and joy into others' lives.

Jan Banning

In residence May 15 - May 31, 2018 | October 5 - October 18, 2018

Jan is serving an Independent Project Residency in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

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Jan Banning is a Dutch autonomous artist/photographer, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was born in Almelo (Netherlands) on May 4, 1954, from Dutch East Indies parents, and he studied social and economic history at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Both of these facts have had a strong influence on his photographic works.

His origin is expressed in the choice of subjects, such as Indonesian women who were forced to become prostitutes for the Japanese army during the Second World War in ‘Comfort Women’; or former forced labourers in South East Asia during the same period in ‘Traces of War: Survivors of the Burma and Sumatra Railways’; also the repatriation of elderly Moluccans from the Netherlands to the Indonesian Moluccas in ‘Pulang: Back to Maluku’.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) aims to make Atlanta a leading center for the world's fastest growing art form. Primarily, by producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, we provide experiences that engage and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.

Matt Phillips

In residence April 16 - April 23, 2018

Matt is a 2018 artist-in-residence with Fuel & Lumber Project Residency, which will provide The Fuel & Lumber Company founders, Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte—and a set of artists they select—the time and space needed to develop an exciting new exhibition to be installed in Whitespace Gallery in July of 2018. This Project Residency, designed to bring production and presentation together in one season, offers a rare opportunity to support artists and curators (and artists who are also curators) and to directly link our residency program with an Atlanta gallery.

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Matt Phillips is a Brooklyn based painter. Recent solo exhibitions include Comfort Inn at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects (NY,NY), Yard Sale at Devening Projects and Editions (Chicago, IL), and Piano, Piano at Studio d’Arte Raffaelli (Trento, Italy). Matt has done residences at both The McDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is also a co-founder of TSA New York – a cooperative gallery, performance, and exhibition space. Matt is a professor of art at FIT in New York City.

FUEL & LUMBER COMPANY

In our collective past, most American towns had a fuel and lumber company to provide basic goods and services.  Believing art and culture to be among the needs vital to the health of any community, artists Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte founded The Fuel And Lumber Company in Birmingham, Alabama to facilitate exhibitions and related programming in the Southeast and beyond. The Fuel And Lumber Company is an idea, not a traditional brick and mortar space, dedicated to contemporary art and community engagement.

Sarah Phyllis Smith

In residence May 29 - June 7, 2018

Sarah is a 2018 artist-in-residence with Fuel & Lumber Project Residency, which will provide The Fuel & Lumber Company founders, Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte—and a set of artists they select—the time and space needed to develop an exciting new exhibition to be installed in Whitespace Gallery in July of 2018. This Project Residency, designed to bring production and presentation together in one season, offers a rare opportunity to support artists and curators (and artists who are also curators) and to directly link our residency program with an Atlanta gallery.

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Originally from Middletown, New York, Sarah Phyllis Smith currently lives in Chicago where she teaches photography at Chicago State University. She received a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa and a BFA from Murray State University. Recent exhibitions include Where the Great Lakes Leap to the Sea at The Shed Space in Brooklyn, NY, Sharpless at Fluorescent Gallery in Knoxville, TN, and Developed Workat the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, KS. Sarah’s work has recently been featured by several online publications including Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, Light Leaked, AINT-BAD Magazine, Vulgaris Magazine and Locate Arts. Sarah currently serves as the Assistant Artistic Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts: Media Arts program.

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In our collective past, most American towns had a fuel and lumber company to provide basic goods and services.  Believing art and culture to be among the needs vital to the health of any community, artists Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte founded The Fuel And Lumber Company in Birmingham, Alabama to facilitate exhibitions and related programming in the Southeast and beyond. The Fuel And Lumber Company is an idea, not a traditional brick and mortar space, dedicated to contemporary art and community engagement.

Melissa Messina

In residence March 19 - March 24, 2018

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Melissa Messina is a nationally recognized arts professional who has developed thought provoking exhibitions, dynamic site-responsive projects, and engaging educational public programming both independently and in leadership positions at museums and non-profit arts organizations. For over 15 years, her work with regional, national and international artists has been presented in the U.S., in Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami, New York, New Orleans, Richmond, Savannah, and Washington, D.C., and abroad in France and Hong Kong. She has lectured extensively, published widely, and her research and curatorial work has been funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation, among other granting organizations.

Her recent exhibition Magnetic Fields, Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, co-curated with Erin Dziedzic, opened at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and traveled to The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. In 2016-17 she was the guest curator for several group and solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and also served as the first Artistic Director of Flux Projects in Atlanta. Messina was recently selected as the co-curator of the 2018 Bermuda Biennial. In addition to serving select public and private clients, she is the curator of the Mildred Thompson Legacy Project.

Lauren Jefferson

In residence May 7 - May 14, 2018

Lauren is a recipient of a Focus Fellowship Alumni Pay-It-Forward Residency. 

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"I'm a native born Georgia artist. Who just enjoys creating. I don't always make things that make sense to other people and sometimes they don't even make sense to me. But it's the act of doing something that I'm most intrigued with. It's the struggle of trying to convey something from within like breaking through the walls on a maze. To get to the heart of things one generally has to go through some stuff. Through my work I hope to convey that satisfying search to welcoming that deep and rich place within."

Sarah Hobbs

In residence May 16 - May 20, 2018

Sarah is a 2018 artist-in-residence with Volumes Project Residency with Bentley Rare Book Museum.

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Sarah Hobbs’s work is an ongoing exploration of the neurotic tendencies that exist in us all. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia and holds a BA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. She lives and works in Atlanta. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others. Hobbs’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been included in several group shows across the country. Her first monograph, Small Problems in Living, was published in 2012.

Bentley Rare Book Museum

Housed within the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University, the Bentley Rare Book Museum serves as a University and community resource on the history and significance of the written and printed word.

The Bentley Rare Book Museum preserves and makes available a diverse collection of manuscripts, rare books, and fine press materials used in teaching and research. Through the development of course curriculum and assignments, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and community outreach, the Museum engages diverse audiences and provides educational
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