May Artists in Residence Readings and Open Studio

Artist in Residence Alexander Kroll speaking with a guest in his SFAI Studio

Artist in Residence Alexander Kroll speaking with a guest in his SFAI Studio

May Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, May 23

Emily Davis Adams – Brooklyn, NY
Emily was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, California. Her work reflects her interest in and involvement with the landscape and artists of the American West, and is informed by an ongoing dialogue between Conceptualist, Minimalist and realist painting. Emily studied at UCLA, the California College of Arts, UC Berkeley, and the New York Academy of Art, receiving a BS in environmental policy and an MFA in studio art. Her group exhibitions include shows at Sloan Fine Art, Flowers Gallery, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, Forbes Gallery, RH Gallery, Sotheby’s and the New York Academy of Art. Her awards include the Post-Graduate Fellowship at the New York Academy of Art; a residency at the Terra Foundation for American art in France; and grants from Vasari Oil Paint, the Southwest Indian Foundation, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Thomas Cummins – San Antonio, TX
Thomas Cummins is a photographer and painter based out of his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. His photographs of architecture capture vast empty spaces and disclose how individuals define themselves throughout surrounding social structures. After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and Critical Theory, Mr. Cummins returned to his hometown to work on large format lightbox photography with a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Thomas has also received grants and fellowships from ArtPace, the Cultural Collaborative, Public Art San Antonio, Millay, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Byrdcliffe, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Baie Sainte-Marie Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, and the NCCA Residency in Kronstadt, Russia. He is also currently finishing a public art project for the University Health System.

Victor Ekpuk – Alexandria, VA
Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-born contemporary artist, currently based in Washington, DC. His art began as an exploration of nsibidi “traditional” graphics and writing systems in Nigeria from which he has developed a style of mark making that is the interplay of art and writing. Ekpuk’s work embraces a wider spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses. His art reflects his experiences as a global artist and subject matter of his work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and Identity. Ekpuk has had numerous exhibitions and residencies in Europe, Africa, and the United States. His works are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, the Newark Museum, and the World Bank, among others.

Vesna Jovanovic – Chicago, IL
Science, the body, and perceptual phenomena fascinate Vesna Jovanovic, an artist from Chicago. In her work she combines spontaneous inkblots with distorted medical illustrations that evoke mad science or alchemy. Jovanovic holds degrees in ceramics, chemistry, studio art, and photography. Her work has been featured in various publications such as Newcity and Time Out Chicago, and on numerous blogs including Discover Magazine, Seed Magazine, and Art:21. She has had over fifty exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the International Museum of Surgical Science and at the University of Chicago Gordon Center for Integrative Science.

Alexander Kroll – Los Angeles, CA
I was born in New York City and raised there and in Paris, France. I received my undergraduate degree at Yale University in 2004. While at Yale I studied with a range of artists, as influenced by the sculpture department as the painting department. I was especially moved by working with Jessica Stockholder, Robert Reed, Sam Messer and Kurt Kauper. During this time period I also studied at the Slade School of Art in London which is part of the University College London. While at the Slade I took an advanced, experimental drawing course and did independent work in painting After graduating with my BA in art from Yale, I moved back to New York, where I had a studio in Chinatown. After two years of independent studio work i applied to graduate school. Eager to break with my life at the time, I accepted a position int he MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Otis, and life in Los Angeles both proved to be essential steps in my development as an artist and a human being. Immediately after graduating Otis I began showing my work in group shows throughout California including venues such as Silverman Gallery in San Francisco and ACME in Los Angeles. I am now represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles and James Harris Gallery in Seattle. I met my wife while a graduate student at Otis. We now have an 18 month old daughter named Roza.

Casandra Lopez – San Bernardino, CA
Casandra was raised in Southern California’s Inland Empire and is Chicana, Cahuilla, Luiseño and Tongva. She has been selected by the School of Advanced Research to be their 2013 Indigenous writer in residence. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in various literary journals such as Potomac Review, Hobart, Acentos Review, Weber–Contemporary West, and Unmanned Press. She is a founding editor of the journal As/Us: A Space For Women Of The World.

Ivor Shearer – Houston, TX
Ivor Hartley Shearer is an artist working with film, video, and installation. He lives and works in Houston, Texas. His work has shown nationally and internationally, including the Wexner Center for the Arts and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has an MFA from Columbia University (2010), and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program (2011). He was recently a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2012 Biennial Award. 

Sally Strom – Portland, OR
Sal Strom is a native Oregonian, nurtured by the spirit of the Northwest. Sal has studied many places around the world and earned an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Strom’s video work has been presented at Portland International Film Festival, the DaVinci Festival, and the Newport Performing Art Center. Her film “Arctic Christmas” was accepted into the NW Film Festival and is traveling this year as part of a 39th NW Filmmakers’ Festival Tour. She was awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in 2012. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Frye Museum in Seattle, WA, Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, WA, Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, the Provincetown Art Associate Museum, MA. She has shown her videos and paintings nationally and internationally. Strom has been the recipient of fellowships at IPark in Connecticut, St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Idaho, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Playa at Summer Lake, Oregon, Elsewhere Studios in Colorado and the Hungarian Multicultural Center, Hungary. She implemented an Arts program in Romanian Orphanages in Pietra Neamt & Bucharest in conjunction with the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation. She has been published in Women’s Journal, Statesman Journal, InkFish, Newport News-Times, amongst others. In March 2013 a feature article about her WWII project entitled “Saving Veterans’ Stories ~ with a Twist” was distributed in dozens of small communities in Oregon. While at at the Santa Fe Art Institute for 3 months Sal will continue her project “Dropping Like Flies”. The work done here will be included in her August 2013 installation at Milepost 5 in Portland, OR. Sal has collected over a hundred hours from 24 states of first hand stories from WWII veterans. She is actively looking for WWII veterans and those who aided in the war effort. If you can help please contact her from her web site at

Chelsey Wood – Vermillion, SD
Chelsey Wood received her B.F.A. from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 04 and her M.F.A from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11. She has exhibited at places including C. Schlosberg Gallery in Beverly MA, 808 Commonwealth Gallery in Boston MA and Huret and Spector Gallery in Boston MA. Awards received include Blanche E. Coleman Award, Dana Pond Award, Springborn Fellowship and the Montague Travel Grant. Her publications include Boston Globe, Preview magazine and Big red and Shiny. In 2012 she will be appearing in New Amercian Painting #98 NE. Wood is currently a Post Graduate Teaching fellow at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. You can see her work online at


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