April Artists and Writers Residency Program Readings & Open Studios

Lisa Von Koch at March Open Studio

March Readings & Open Studios

Thursday, April 28
5:30 pm SFAI

Join us to check out the work of our incredible April artists and writers!

April Residents:

Jennilie Brewster – Brooklyn, NY

Jennilie Brewster graduated with an MFA (2007) from Bard College in Upstate New York and with a BFA (2002) from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has traveled around the country making art including residencies at: Santa Fe Art Institute; Headlands Center for the Arts and Djerassi in California; UCROSS Foundation in Wyoming; and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska. She has also completed projects in Nevada, New Hampshire, Idaho and Maine, and currently has a show, ‘We Are Our Stuff: Seeing from above’ (a collaboration with Robert Prichard), on view at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Brewster grew up on a farm in Maryland and now lives in Brooklyn.


Judith Hoffman – Brooklyn, NY

Judith Hoffman is an artist, explorer, amateur mathematician and community organizer, creating works in a wide variety of materials and media. Her subject matter runs the gamut from natural systems to refuges, impermanence and bringing folks together. She received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 2008 and a BA from Smith College in 1999. She has recently been a resident at ArtFarm, Vermont Studio Center, invited to Spiro Arts and will be in residency at Sculpture Space in 2012.  She has been honored to exhibit at ‘Art in General’, ‘Deitch Projects’, ‘Sarah Lawrence College Museum’ and others. Home base is Brookyn, NY where she spends as much time as possible on her bicycle.


Kristiana Kahakauwila – Honolulu, HI

Kristiana Kahakauwila’s writing focuses on Hawai’i and the Pacific. Her current work, a short story collection titled This Is Paradise, questions Western and Oceanic notions of tradition, culture, ethnic identity, gender, and Native rights. Kristiana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has worked as a writer and editor for publications such as Wine Spectator, Cigar Afficionado, and shareyourtable.com, and with former SFAI resident Maria Pithara, is about to launch Raiding the Larder, a journal at the junction of food and art.


Dani Katz – Los Angeles, CA

Dani Katz established her reputation as one of Los Angeles’ finest literary talents by way of her bold voice, her expanded perspective and her mastery of language, having published over a hundred articles in the LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Whole Life Times, LA Yoga and Swindle, among others. In addition to her broad spectrum of practical experience and formal studies, including a Master’s Degree in Journalism, she has spent the past five years immersed in the study of empowered languaging and conscious communication, researching and perfecting the myriad ways, whys and hows that language influences our every human experience.


Nikki Nojima Louis – Seattle, WA

She’s lived the rich and precarious life of a working artist—a professional dancer in her youth; a playwright in middle age with nine professional productions; and in this late-blooming stage, a creative writer with fellowships and publications to her credit. New Mexico and SFAI have been serendipitous for her–a year of teaching Creative Writing and Asian American Literature at UNM and many new friendships.  Upcoming projects include research on the WW II enemy alien camp in Santa Fe, where her father was incarcerated, and a collection of Japanese ghost stories. Forty-five years elapsed between a BA in English and a Ph.D. in Creative writing, but breaking stereotypes has been an unexpected consequence of her life’s journey.  And the stories keep coming and coming.


Andrew Milward – San Francisco, CA

Andrew Milward grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and lives in San Francisco, where he teaches creative writing at an arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities. He was a 2008 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a 2009 McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, and a 2010 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. This winter he was a Writing Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is currently a Resident Artist at the Santa Fe Art Institute. A former finalist for the National Magazine Award, his fiction has appeared in many places, including Zoetrope, The Southern Review, Columbia, Conjunctions, and Best New American Voices 2010. His first book, a collection of stories called The Agriculture Hall of Fame, will be published next year.

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