Harpo Fellowship

Image Credit: Nick Rivers

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship are now closed, the 2020 Fellowship applications will be announced in August 2019.

The Harpo Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute is a prestigious award established in 2013 to provide an emerging visual artist with strong artistic ability and an evolving practice, the space and time to explore ideas and start new projects in a residency context at a pivotal moment in their professional development.

For more information about the HARPO Foundation and the Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency, please visit their website at www.harpofoundation.org.


Ssu-ya Hsiung / 2018

Ssu-ya Hsiung is a performance and jewelry artist based in Brooklyn. Working through installations and performance with multiple mediums and materials. Her interests lie in showing the escapism from the reality that she is unwilling to stay in. Through her practice, she aims to negate our personal responsibility and to avoid the discomfort of existential angst that we all must deal with. She runs away from unpleasant thoughts by creating her own fantasy with personal connection physically and emotionally.

Ssu-ya was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her MFA from Visual and Performance Art and majored in metalsmithing at Syracuse University. After she mastered the majority technique of metal, she shifted her interest to performance art by using her own body to express emotions and discovered the different concepts and meanings behind multiple mediums of the art.


Mr. Rivers’ artwork moves between the universal and the specific and reflects a search for experience, possibility, and meaning. The artist writes, “I see myself as a construction worker who has chosen to challenge his own buildings. Within the frame of masculinity and the body, I dream of love, creation, decay, and violence. I question why one should build anything at all. Yet, somewhere between the universal and the specific lay a reconciliation of the sacred; that sinuous tether which binds all people as one.”




Annesofie Sandal / 2016 

Annesofie Sandal (b.1977, Seoul, South Korea) lives and works in Copenhagen and New York. She holds a MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Visual Arts in Copenhagen. Beside her individual praxis, she is founder and member of the exhibition group Island Life with Charlotte B. Johansen, Christina Hamre and Nanna Starck with whom she still collaborates. In between solo projects she organizes group shows with a roster of international artists. More info can be found on Sandaleum.org.