Gentlemen Bosses Project Residency

GENTLEMEN BOSSES: The Gentlemen Bosses is a writing collective formed in 2012 and consisting of writers Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown, a trio of award-winning, internationally touring poets who are joined in their commitment to creating engaging, freshly modern work that is powerful on the stage as well as on the page. 

AIR Serenbe is pleased to support the Gentlemen Bosses for a 2016 Project Residency: two weeks of time and space to collaborate, experiment, and share new work with new audiences.

CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ is a New York Times Best Selling nonfiction writer and author of six books of poetry, including her latest collection, The Year of No Mistakes, which was named the Texas Book of the Year for Poetry in 2014. Her latest nonfiction book, Dr Mutter's Marvels, spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller List. Her most recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Amy Clampitt House residency and the ArtsEdge writer-in-residency position at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit: www.aptowicz.com 

ANIS MOJGANI is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner for the International World Cup Poetry Slam and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-in-the-Schools program. Anis has performed in venues around the globe, and his work has appeared on HBO, NPR and numerous literary journals. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including his most recent: the fully illustrated poetry-memoir, The Pocketknife Bible. He lives in Portland, OR. For more information, please visit: www.pianofarm.com

DERRICK BROWN is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of the Year for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president and founder of Write Bloody Publishing, what Forbes and Filter Magazine call "one of the best independent poetry presses in the country. The New York Times calls his work, "...a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words." He is the author of five books of poetry, and is publishing a sixth collection, Uh-Oh, this Fall. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.brownpoetry.com/

 

 

Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriter's Retreat

This short residency pairs the winners of ATLFF’s Screenplay Competition with screenwriting mentors for two days at Serenbe. 

More Information to follow.

2016 Screenwriters' Retreat Mentors:

  • Michael Lucker is an acclaimed writer/director with twenty years experience creating film, television and animation. He began his career writing and directing television commercials in college in Boston. Soon after he landed in Los Angeles working in production on series for ABC, NBC, CBS and HBO before taking a job as assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment on feature films Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Back To The Future ll & lll and Jurassic Park. He went on to work in creative affairs at Hollywood Pictures, helping develop the movies Crimson Tide, Terminal Velocity, Taking Care of Business and Straight Talk. He then went onto write movies for DreamWorks, Paramount, Disney, Fox, Universal and more, including “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” which was nominated for the Academy Award for best-animated movie. Michael hosts a quarterly Screenwriter School and hosted 2014's ATLFF Screenplay Reading.
  • Robin Henry is a writer and comedian who loves to make people laugh. She's written for "The Queen Latifah Show," "East Los High," "The Rickey Smiley Show," and "House of Payne." Robin writes, directs and produces sketches for Sketchworks, the premier sketch comedy theater in metro Atlanta, and teaches introductory and advanced sketch writing. A co-founder of Joke Pony and “The Black Nerd Show,” Robin can be found performing stand-up comedy in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
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Oxblood Project Residency

AIR Serenbe & New Noise Partnership

Innovative New Orleans theater ensemble NEW NOISE presents Oxblood, a panoramic new outdoor performance about land, labor, and home in the contemporary South. Estranged sisters Rose and Laurel reunite in rural Georgia after their centuries­ old family home burns to the ground. While Rose's husband Jacob loses himself in the scarred farmland, the two sisters grapple over its uncertain future. Oxblood unfolds in a fearless blend of dialogue, dance, and sweeping choral music. With rich, keening harmonies composed by Brendan Connelly, and deeply intimate, unflinching choreography by Angelle Hebert, Oxblood unearths the tangled histories buried deep in the land and asks what happens to us as we struggle to leave that land behind.

Oxblood is the second work in NEW NOISE's New Southern Hymnal trilogy, following 2013's nationally­ touring Runnin' Down the Mountain.

New Territories Project Residency

AIR serenbe & Serenbe Playhouse Partnership

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are proud to announce a new play development program unlike any other: the 1st Annual New Territories Playwriting Residency, a Writers-in-Residence Program for Outdoor, Site-Specific Plays.

New Territories will bring three playwrights to Serenbe to develop new outdoor, site-specific theater. While the primary goal of the New Territories Playwriting Residency is to provide a nurturing and supportive space for playwrights to develop new environmental work, Serenbe Playhouse also commits to further developing one or more of these plays in subsequent seasons. By supporting playwrights who share mission and vision, the Playhouse will continue to cement its reputation for exciting, innovative performances of groundbreaking American plays – all in concert with AIR Serenbe’s commitment to artists and their creative process.

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are excited to announce the playwrights for the inaugural year: Liz Duffy Adams, Edith Feiny, and David Hilder. "Serenbe Playhouse selects material and performance locations hand in hand. We have a strong mission to expand our support of new works and New Territories will do just that,” said Clowdus. “The playwrights are coming with a blank page. They’ll explore Serenbe and choose a location that inspires them. That inspiration will spark their pen to paper creating a work that goes hand in hand with the environment they have chosen with the long term possibility of developing into a fully realized production as part of our mainstage season." In addition, Serenbe’s resident apprentice acting company will be available for cold reads and table work of the plays being developed. Finally, Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe will host a Speaking of Making artist talk with the three playwrights and an informal reading of the works in progress with the Serenbe and the Atlanta communities.

“We are continually floored by the caliber of artists working with Serenbe Playhouse,” said Brandon Hinman. “In 2015 we partnered with the Playhouse to host a residency for Broadway set designer Adam Koch. It was exciting to see Adam have the space and time to dig deeper into the land here in Georgia, cultivate his own practice, and elevate the caliber of the Playhouse’s future productions. An ongoing commitment of our program is to provide residencies for artists—some who have never done a residency—at pivotal spots in their careers. It is this deep investment in the creative process that grounds our vision. We like to say the work of AIR Serenbe is to nurture critical moments of imagination—New Territories will do just that.”

The Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship

Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is 2016’s recipient of The Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship.  This fellowship is awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.

January 29- Feb 27


ABOUT ANIS

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Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as RattleForklift OhioPaper Darts, and Thrush

Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Weaving dream-like tales that dip into imaginative imagery, Anis’s poems make the ordinary almost surreal and, through jolts of wide-eyed writing and striking honesty, make that which is fantastical remarkably relatable. Both innocent and heartbreaking, introspective and curious, the humanity his work carries causes listeners to remember and experience a childhood that is not their own but feels like it was.

A founding member of the no longer touring Poetry Revival, Anis is also the author of three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody PublishingSongs From Under the RiverThe Feather RoomOver the Anvil We Stretch. A visual artist as well, his latest book, The Pocketknife Bible, is a fully illustrated poetry-novella. Originally from New Orleans, Anis lives in Oregon. He is represented by Blue Flower Arts.

During his residency at Serenbe, Anis will be working on a new book of poetry and illustration for young children.


ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR CHILD SUCCESS

Launched in 2010, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is a private, nonpartisan research and policy organization. ICS works to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children. ICS supports policymakers, service providers, government agencies, funders, and business leaders focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education - all to coordinate, enhance, and improve those efforts for the maximum effect in the lives of young children (prenatal to age five). Rather than being a direct service provider, the Institute's approach focuses on helping those who help young children succeed by working with stakeholders to seek holistic solutions to complex early childhood challenges.

Message from Joe Waters, Vice President of ICS:

“The Institute for Child Success, in partnership with AIR Serenbe, is excited to announce a new initiative focused on leveraging the arts to foster the success of all young children and their families. 

In recent weeks we have been asked why a research and policy organization- a “think tank”- is interested in supporting a program for artists and how we anticipate this program to inform and support our existing work. We believe in the value of this initiative for three main reasons: 

  • We believe that the arts can help us unwind the entrenched cultural narratives that undermine child success and wellbeing. The arts can also shape alternative cultural narratives and norms that support child success.
  • Consistent with our mission pillar of fostering the next generation of leaders for America’s young children, we must include leaders in the arts and provide them with development opportunities just as we would any other rising leaders who can catalyze change for kids.
  • We believe that the stories children are told are of critical importance in shaping their own narratives, conceptions of self and of the world, and their location within our broader cultural narratives of race, gender, and class. We want more good stories out there for children to hear and be told. This is our own modest contribution to that effort.

The Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe is an important new initiative for advancing our vision of the success of all young children. AIR Serenbe is pleased to partner with ICS to provide artists making work for young children time and space to create, and to think with ICS staff and friends about the role that the arts can play in supporting the success of young children and their families. 

We are excited that our first artist, Anis Mojgani, a poet, illustrator, and spoken word performer, will take up residence at Serenbe on January 29th. During his residency, Anis will be working on a new book of poetry and illustration for young children.”


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The Line & Chance Focus Fellowship

Hannah Israel

Hannah Israel is the 2016 recipient of The Line & Chance Focus Fellowship.  This award residency supports an artist using drawing as a dynamic medium for experimentation.

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About Hannah

Israel draws beauty out of tangible and intangible materials, as a poetic gesture that reflects the fragility of the world. Without a specific reference point, She investigates line, volume, texture, shape, and form that imbues a sense of intuition and informs a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concern in her work.

Israel is interested in using information as a form of abstraction.  The nature of her work maps the relationships of our existence by illustrating how fragile time can be and how predictable our experiences can be based on the temperament of the world around us. Influenced by process art, she creates art that resemble subsets of sorting, gathering, tearing, cutting, and patterning.  

Hannah Israel lives and works at Columbus, GA, USA.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her work is across various interests including sculpture, installation, video, and mark making.

Israel has exhibited her work at the High Museum of Art, Zuckerman Museum of Art, The Vargas Museum of Art in the Philippines, Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, I-Space in Chicago, the Krannert Art Museum, among others.  Hannah Israel has received the Daedalus Art Grant (NYC), the Creative and Performance Art Fellowship at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL and the Artist Fellowship at Cornell University, NY among others. She has also curated numerous solo and group exhibition.  Her works are collected in museums and private collection. 

Currently her work has been accepted in the Flat Files of the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn. Hannah will also have a solo exhibition at the Brenau University Museum in Gainesville, GA in August of 2016 as well as a curatorial project titled, Methodologies, at the Madelon Arts Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, PA, October of 2016.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and the Gallery Director at Columbus State University in Georgia. 


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The Inkpot Focus Fellowship

Aatmaja Pandya

Awarded to an artist working in sequential narrative: illustration, comics, graphic novels, animation, gaming, et al.

May 1 - 31


About Aatmaja

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Aatmaja Pandya is a cartoonist and illustrator from New York! She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 with a BFA Illustration degree. Her work is inspired by the stories she loved growing up, but set in a cultural context more familiar to her. Her current project is "Travelogue", a fantasy diary webcomic with a focus on character vignettes and world-building. 


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The Chrysalis Focus Fellowship

Peter Happel Christian

The Chrysalis Focus Fellowship is awarded to an artist of any discipline making work that integrates science and the natural world. 

May 9 - 23


About Peter

Peter Happel Christian lives and works in St. Cloud, Minnesota where he teaches at the local university. He a photographer who makes sculpture, installations and books. His work considers the nature of time and place while embracing photography as a malleable set of materials. Peter holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the University of Iowa. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at venues including the Tucson Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), Law Warschaw Gallery (St. Paul, MN), Johalla Projects (Chicago), and Higher Pictures (New York). Peter has received funding for his work from the Ohio Arts Council, Central Minnesota Arts Board, Minnesota State Arts Board, numerous research grants from St. Cloud State University and is a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship in Photography and an Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography. He regularly collaborates with other artists, designers and writers on various projects and printed matter. His first monograph, Half Wild, was published by Conveyor Editions in 2014.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The Walker Evans Focus Fellowship

Sarah Hobbs

The Walker Evans Focus Fellowship is awarded to an artist photographing the American South.

June 20 - July 10


About Sarah

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.

Statement by Artist:

A desire to construct psychological space has always been the driving force behind my work. My intent is to explore the human psyche and illustrate the idea that we are all beautifully flawed. I construct installations in private spaces specifically to photograph them. 
    I am fascinated by how we come to see ourselves, see others, and how others may come to see us through our quirks. My work illustrates how we relate to others and the world at large, how our traits affect other people, and how the world affects us given our various traits. Further, I am examining our attempts to manage our issues ourselves, and the inevitable pitfalls these efforts create. 
It is ultimately the viewer who completes this work. There can be a comfort in recognizing that one is not the only person with such a problem. However, there is discomfort in the possibility of being face to face with an aspect of oneself that is in general negative. Each piece is a kind of self-test. 

ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The SWACC! Focus Fellowship

Mahogany L. Browne

The SWACC! Focus Fellowship is awarded to a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration

June 26 - July 10, September 4 - 11


About Mahogany

The Cave Canem and Poets House alum is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada's The Word and UK's MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is the author of several poetry collections including: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & is a part of the groundbreaking anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC Poet-in-Residence (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices), founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room (housed on Pratt Institute) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Browne is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently a 2nd year MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute. 


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The Frances Focus Fellowship

Dame Wilburn

The Frances Focus Fellowship is awarded to a storyteller with deep ties to the American South.

August 1 - 14


About Dame

Dame S. Wilburn was born in Macon, Georgia. Her family moved to Detroit when she was very young but felt that connection to home was essential. Dame spent all of her summers in Macon with both sides of her family. The summers spent in her grandmother’s backyard are the foundation of her work. At an early age she was able to craft stories that entertained adults and kids. It wasn’t long before her mother enrolled her in a private school with an arts based curriculum. Dame spent yeas listening to stories, writing poetry, and developed a love of words and how they convey ideas. This love of words lead to her “story poem” style of writing.

Currently, Dame is a community educator with Generation With Promise out of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Dame spends her free time writing poetry, singing and painting. Dame has performed her stories at several Moth Mainstage events. She is also working on her first book “Sugar Plum”.

Excerpt from Azalea:
Back outside with a new glass of tea and a
New pan of peas
You smell the azaleas, the hyacinths, the magnolias
And you wonder How could heaven possibly be better than this?

ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

The CoEsistere Focus Fellowship

Pam Longobardi

The CoEsistere Focus Fellowship is awarded to an artist of any discipline whose work explores the human population growth and its impact on wildlife.

July 26 - August 1, December 5-11


About Pam

Pam Longobardi has had over 40 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the US, China, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland, Japan and elsewhere. Her artworks are in numerous collections, including commissions for Benziger Winery, the Hyatt Corporation, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Facility and First Tennessee Bank, Memphis.  Her large installation “1614-1914” was included in the 2004 exhibition Birdspace  at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, and travelling for 2 years to the Norton Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum and four other US museums.

She received a SAF\NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, Tennessee Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship, and was artist in residence with the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy, in Kasterlee, Belgium, and in Beijing at NY ARTS/Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. In 2005 Longobardi was named recipient of Georgia State University’s Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, where she is Professor of Art. 

Longobardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has created the Drifters Project in 2006, addressing global plastic pollution and the changing ocean. Working solo or with communities, she has made scores of interventions, cleaning beaches of plastic all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it within the cultural context. This work was shown in the 2009 Venice Biennale ARTE VISIVI collateral exhibitions, and in 2010, Edizione Charta (Milan, NY) published a book on her project. 

Additional public projects have occurred in Atlanta, Georgia (New Genre Landscape, 2008); in Nicoya, Costa Rica (Universidad Nacional, 2009); in Samothraki, Greece (EVROS Cultural Association, 2010); in Lecce, Italy (Primo Piano Gallery, 2010). 2011 exhibitions include Voyages on an Uncanny Sea at Gallery Diet in Miami; Oceanomania at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, a large scale project curated by Mark Dion, Sarina Basta and Cristiano Raimondi; and at the Ionion Center in Kefalonia, Greece.  Her 2012 work is a project addressing plastic and oil at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin in May, and a major expedition sponsored by the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska SeaLife Center taking artists and scientists along Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

Bess McCrary

Bess McCrary hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and was a performer from her first words, crafting stories and fibs so magnificent that her mother had no choice but to enroll her in acting classes as a toddler. Born into a musical family and bitten by the stage bug at age four, Bess acted professionally until she was ten, and began composing her own songs when she was 13. Bess was still writing songs while she studied Musical Theatre at Catawba College—her work as raw and sincere as it was bold and complex. After two years, Bess was eager to test the limits of her instrument and become a better musician, so she transferred to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There she trained classically as a mezzo-soprano and took to her training so well that she was cast by Piedmont Opera Theatre, becoming a professional singer before she graduated, in a genre she had only begun studying two years prior. During this time she perfected a voice powerful enough to fill an auditorium and yet persuasive enough to feel like she was sharing an intimate secret with each member of the audience. Also, it was here that swing and jazz first made an appearance in Ms. McCrary’s musical history and left indelible impressions on her compositional style. Bess’s earliest musical influences include Maria Muldaur, Betty Everett and Miss Piggy. A young Bess played (and replayed) Muldaur and Everett’s records, belting them out with her mother and even memorizing the skips from the vinyl. Over time, a teenaged angst-filled Bess found Tori Amos and her haunting, quirky sound as a touchstone for her own experimentations with confession and discordance. The great female jazz vocalists, specifically Nina and Ella, still resonate with Bess on a daily basis as does the work and lifestyle of American modernist composer, Charles Ives.

At the age of 24, it was time to turn all this study into a life, and it was time to leave the South behind. Bess moved to New York City to pursue her passion for singing jazz and swing. Her first years in New York found Bess gigging regularly with her band, The Drinks Are Cheap, as well as a popular swing band. Her early professional years were challenging personally, as her mother, Happy McCrary, lost her extraordinary life in 2008 after a long battle with four different diagnoses of cancer. Bess’s first commercially released studio album of original songs, “for Happy,” is dedicated to her mother, who was her best friend. During post-production on “for Happy,” Bess McCrary received a jarring cancer diagnosis herself that threatened her ability to ever sing again. Bess tackled her treatment and the uncertainties that followed as any born performer would: she sang on, sometimes with no words, sometimes while cursing the sky, but always from her heart. Bess sings today in her new voice, one that while changed, is still potent, striking, and sublime. Bess knows that these heart-wrenching and head-wracking experiences have left her all the more ready to make her music and her mark. Her voice and art are the better for walking this ragged, yet rich road. Her songs don’t ask questions of the listener: they demand answers. Bess McCrary is back. Bess resumed performing in the winter of 2013, and will be recording her next studio album of original songs in May 2014. As for the songs, Bess channels the immortal Miss Piggy: “Express your feelings all the time unless you’re trying to hide something.”

Erika Adams

Erika Adams, born in Seattle, Washington, is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. She earned a BA in both Art and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and studied at the Tamarind Institute where she became a Master Printer. Looking to ideas of interdependence, natural systems and language, Erika Adams’ studio practice draws connections between phenomena, experience and meaning.  The images and installations she creates contain a sense of experimentation and are inspired by the natural world, insect swarms, flocks of birds, wrestlers and poetry. Her work has been shown at numerous national and international exhibitions. She was an artist in residence at the Hall Farm Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, Penland School of Crafts and Djerassi. She currently teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.

Sally Bradley

Sally Bradley is a native of Columbus, GA.  She received her BA in painting from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Art Education from the University of Georgia.   She pursued postgraduate studies in painting at the Art Student’s League of New York and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  She has lived in Columbus, GA, New York, NY and Melbourne, Australia.  She is currently completing a Masters of Fine Art in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  She currently teaches and resides in Columbus, GA.

 The landscape of the Chattahoochee Valley features prominently in her current body of work.  She continues to explore ideas of memory and experience through exploration of landscape and figure.  

René Treviño

René Treviño was born in Kingsville, Texas.  He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 2003 and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2005.

He has shown at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goliath Visual Space in Brooklyn, NY; White Box in New York; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.  He was also included in the 2007 WPA/Corcoran OPTIONS Biennial in Washington DC and was awarded a 2009 Baltimore Creative Fund Individual Artist Grant and won the 2009 Trawick Prize. 

His work has been featured in Art Papers, New American Painters, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper, Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Blade, Washington Post as well as several online publications.

Treviño currently resides in Baltimore, MD and teaches at MICA and at Towson University; he is represented by the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, MD and Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, TX.

Adam Koch

Over the past 15 years Adam’s 100+ scenic designs for theater and opera have been seen in New York City and across the country.  As a creative director and show doctor Adam has overseen and shaped numerous theatrical and nightlife events.

A 2015 Helen Hayes nominee for Outstanding Set Design (1st Stage Theatre’s ‘Bat Boy’), and a 2009 Helen Hayes nominee for Outstanding Set Design (Signature Theatre’s 'Kiss of the Spiderwoman’). Adam is the recipient of both the USITT Oren Parker Award for Excellence in Scene Design, and the 2007 Kennedy Center Design Fellowship.

Theater credits include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Syracuse Stage, Portland Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, TheaterWorks USA, Casa Mañana, Bristol Riverside Theatre, The Human Race Theatre Company, 1st Stage, The Engeman Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Algonquin Arts Theatre, MetroStage, Vital Theatre Co., as well as commercial productions at The Goodman Theatre, Apollo Theater, New World Stages and Theatre Row in NYC.

Adam is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Andrew Carnegie Society. Mr. Koch is a credited contributor to the widely used collegiate textbook ‘Scene Design and Stage Lighting’ by R. Craig Wolf & Dick Block (Wadsworth 2009 – 2014). Member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore was born 1957 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. He is best known for his richly colored images of architectural and urban scenes particularly in Cuba, Russia, and Detroit. He teaches in the Photography M.F.A. program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Library of Congress, the Israel Museum, the High Museum, the Eastman House and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Moore has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The New York State Council on the Arts, and several private foundations.

Throughout Andrew Moore’s 35-year photographic career, he has positioned himself at the forefront of contemporary photography, capturing places of historical significance in all of their beauty and squalor. His work in Cuba, Russia, and post-recession Detroit has garnered international attention, and now his interest has turned to a regional exploration of the United States, particularly the American south, an area that has fascinated him since he first began to take pictures. Moore’s Southern renaissance is a revisitation and a way of marking time, allowing the artist to reflect on changes to the landscape as well as in his own life.