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Hamiltonian Artists Opens Fellowship Applications and Jurors Announced

Washington, DC— Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce the jurors for the 2020 – 2022 Fellowship Program. For the first time in its history, the jury panel includes jurors from outside the region and is being announced publicly in advance of the jurying process. The jurors are Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, head of public programs with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Larry Cook, former Hamiltonian fellow and assistant professor of photography at Howard University, Washington, DC; Hasan Elahi, professor and director of the School of Art at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Carl Gunhouse, co-founder and director of Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Erin Jane Nelson, executive director of Burnaway, Atlanta.

Clockwise from top left: Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell (photo credit: Colin Stevens), Larry Cook, Erin Jane Nelson, Carl Gunhouse, and Hasan Elahi. Image courtesy Hamiltonian Artists.

The Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship serves as a steppingstone for visual artists who have an active studio practice and are seeking assistance in creating a sustainable professional art career. The fellowship program seeks to create a stimulating environment for continued artistic and professional growth.

Through a comprehensive suite of professional exhibition opportunities, programming, field trips, and one-on-one attention and support, gain valuable insight into the contemporary art market, while learning how to manage and promote their careers. They enjoy heightened visibility and actively grow their professional networks over the course of the two-year program. 

“I am very excited to be working with this talented and renowned group of jurors. An important part of supporting artists in the region is providing exposure of their work to arts leaders who might otherwise not have the opportunity to engage with their practice,” says Siegel. “We are introducing a new structure to the Fellowship Program, beginning with the application process, including greater access to a wide range of professionals in the field.”

Juror Bios 

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is a Washington, DC, native and cultural planner with over 10 years of museum and gallery experience, devoted to exploring ways to cultivate marginalized audiences through art, museum, and social justice practice. As Head of Public Programs with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery she is responsible for an extensive calendar of programs across two museums, leading new outreach and inclusion initiatives towards developing new audiences and cultivating public engagement.

Larry Cook is a conceptual artist whose work spans installation, video, and photography. Cook received his MFA from George Washington University and has exhibited his work nationally at the National Portrait Gallery (2019), The National Gallery of Art (2017), and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2016).  Cook was awarded the 2020 Nicholson Project Artist in Residency and was a Hamiltonian Artists Fellow (2013–2015). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Howard University.

Hasan Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University.

Carl Gunhouse is an Adjunct Faculty member at Nassau Community College and Montclair State University. He received his MFA from Yale University and BFA from Fordham University. His work has been exhibited at Photoville, Spring Break Art Show, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Modern Art, the Foto Galería FCE-UNC, Córdoba, Argentina, and featured in publications such as Vice and The New York Times. He has had monographs published by Halfmoon Press and Arts & Sciences Press. He is a co-founder and director of Transmitter Gallery and director of Waal-boght Press.

Erin Jane Nelson is an artist living and working in Atlanta and the Executive Director of Burnaway, a non-profit publication dedicated to contemporary art of the American South. Prior to joining Burnaway, Nelson was the Curatorial Assistant of Photography and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum and the co-owner of Species, an artist-run project space and curatorial platform, with her husband. She received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and was a fellow at Ox-bow School of Art in 2011. She was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in Arts & Culture for 2019 and is a 2020 recipient of the Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism.

For full bios and information on how to apply visit https://www.hamiltonianartists.org/about

About Hamiltonian Artists

Hamiltonian Artists’ mission is to build a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders by providing professional development opportunities to innovative new artists and by advancing their entrepreneurial success. Through its unique investment into the next generation of cutting-edge artists, Hamiltonian helps artists to develop important business skills, professional experiences, and visibility to support and sustain their art career. Through artist talks, public events and its membership program, the organization contributes to the vitality of DC’s burgeoning arts scene by deepening the appreciation for contemporary art and culture throughout Washington, DC, and beyond.

Current Fellows

2019 – 2021
Amber Eve Anderson
Tommy Bobo
Akea Brionne Brown
Yacine Fall
Madeline Stratton

2018 – 2020
Sera Boeno
Brian Dunn
Luke Ikard
Kaitlin Jencso
Curtis Miller

For more information visit www.hamiltonianartists.org

(Source: Hamiltonian Artists).