Artists & Writers in Residence Open Studio

Jeesoo Lee speaking in studio at the November Open Studio event

Thursday, December 17


Santa Fe Art Institute

Admission is Free!

Come join us on Thursday, December 17th to see and hear the incredible work that our artists & writers do in their time and space at SFAI. It’s a rare sneak peek into studio practice and process. We will have very brief readings by our three writers this month, and brief studio tours of the artists’ work spaces. We will then allow guests time to revisit the artists

December Artists:

Jeesoo Lee – sculptor
Pinar Yolacan – photographer
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig – writer
Edward Carey – sculptor
Maria Michails – installation
Liliana Orozco – painter
Joy Wood – writer
Merissa Nathan Gerson – writer

Artist Bios:

Edward Carey – Artist-in-Residence
Edward (Ted) Carey was born and raised in Wynnewood, PA just outside of Philadelphia. He has a BFA from The University of the Arts and an MFA from The University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia. He was a 2009 recipient of the Charles Addams Memorial Prize, and just completed a residency on the island Schiermonnikoog, in The Netherlands. In the Penn 2009 MFA Thesis Catalogue, Matt Freedman says of Carey, “Edward Carey works with the drastic insightfulness of an absurdist poet. His elegantly distressed objects, funny and sad and oddly exquisite, undermine varied sacred cows of culture and commerce. More, they affirm the vitality and importance of the mindful eye and heart in a world that overlooks beauty and numbs the senses.”

Merissa Nathan Gerson – Writer-in-Residence
Merissa holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, a Buddhist-based institution. She has been a teacher and arts program director on and off for nearly ten years in Quaker, Catholic, Jewish, bilingual and juvenile detention high schools teaching subjects ranging from Modern African History and WWII History, to Creative Writing and Honors English. She is presently doing research for a work of creative non-fiction.

Jeesoo Lee – Artist-in-Residence
Jeesoo Lee, a New York based artist, bases her work on psychological states of being and redefines them through the physicality of her material. The deconstruction/construction of her imagery investigates the search for enlightenment and reason. Ms. Lee received MFA from State University of New York, New Paltz, NY. Solo and 2 person exhibitions include Oregon State University Gallery, OR, 2010, C3 Gallery, New York, NY, Purchase College, NY and Amy Simon Fine Art, CT 2010. Her work was been written about in The Chronogram and The New York Times. Selected exhibitions include: Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, NY, NY and Dieu Donne, NY, NY. She is an awardee of the prestigious Thayer/Patricia Kerr Ross Award and nominee for the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.

Maria Michails – Artist-in-Residence

Maria Michails is a multi-disciplinary artist whose art practice bridges the sciences, engineering and architecture. Her human-powered mechanisms are the nucleus of interactive installations that parallel human expenditure with human consumption to address broader ecological and social issues specific to place. She’s a recipient of numerous creative and research grants and her work has been exhibited in Canada, United States, France and Greece. She earned an MFA from Arizona State University and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Liliana Orozco – Artist-in-Residence

Liliana studied painting at the University of Texas at El Paso, and in places like Wisconsin, Mexico City, and Florence, Italy. In 2008, she won the Best Regional Artist Award (El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez), and 1st prize in both the Chalk the Block (El Paso) and the Mission Santa Fe (Ciudad Juarez). Contests and 2nd place in the America the Beautiful Exhibition. She was named the Muralist of the year at the Universidad Tecnológico de Monterrey in both 1997 and 1998.

Liliana says of her work, “My art is about my interpretation of what intrigue me the most: the heart of the human. In my paintings and sculptures of horses I try to capture the souls, spirits and the essences of different people. The incorporation of the sphere into my sculpture is a symbol of God, the eternal, no beginning and no end, that exists inside of every living creature.”

Joy Wood – Writer-in-Residence
Joy Wood was born and raised in Michigan. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she recently was a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Creative Writing. Her story “The Man in the Elevator” was a finalist in the 2008 Hyphen magazine/Asian American Writers’ Workshop Short Story Contest. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig – Writer-in-Residence
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s full-length plays include 410[GONE] and LIDLESS, which will be published by Yale University Press in 2010. She is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers, the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and Brown University. She grew up in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei, and Bejing, and most recently lived in Austin, Texas.

Pinar Yolacan – Artist-in-Residence

Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1981, Pinar Yolacan studied fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Fine Art Media in Chelsea School of Art before graduating from The Cooper Union with a BFA in 2004. Yolacan has had solo shows at Rivington Arms Gallery in New York, Yapi Kredi Foundation in Istanbul, and Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki and her work has been included in a number of important group shows around the world. Some of Yolacan’s work was featured in the book, The Portrait Now, published by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtReview, Bidoun, Dutch and i-D magazines. Yolacan’s work is in the permanent collections of The Getty Museum, Museum of Fine Art-Boston, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki and International Center of Photography in New York. Yolacan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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