May Readings & Open Studios

Maria Pithara in her SFAI studio

SFAI’s Artist & Writer Residency Program

May Readings & Open Studios

Thursday May 26
5:50pm SFAI

May Residents:

Teresa Gómez-Martorell

Teresa Gómez-Martorell is an artist living and working in Austin, TX. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, she graduated in printmaking from the SMU-Dallas and she received a grant to study color printmaking techniques at the Atelier 17 –Contrepoint in Paris. Her primary medium is printmaking and she uses it as a way to develop ideas by printing an image onto different surfaces and repeating and transforming it. Words, poetry, and storytelling are some of her other interests, and she uses surrealism as language to develop a more narrative way to combine sets of images. Teresa’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally (at places such as IPCNY and the Austin Museum of Modern Art) and recently she participated in the Arts Libris Artist’s books fair in Barcelona with her project, The Library of the Loba. Teresa has just been awarded first prize in the Live Oak Art Center Juried Exhibition.

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.

Liza Kurzyna – Brooklyn, NY

Luiza Kurzyna is a Brooklyn-based artist working on both paper, and immersive sculptural installations. Inspired by relationships within nature, Luiza combines the many ways that living things relate to each other (for example, through touch, mating rituals or gender roles) with elements of fantasy. Growing, bulging and decaying forms give objecthood to emotion and life’s transitions. The fantastic elements are intuitive, abstract; they create a space where the emotional inside can merge with the physical outside. Luiza completed her MFA at Brooklyn College where she was awarded the highly competitive Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Scrawl at Artspace New Haven, Body Image at Pen and Brush in NYC, Hell, No! at St. Cecilia’s Convent in Greenpoint and Denatured at the Gershwin Hotel, NYC, where her work is now displayed on permanent loan. Her work has been published in Atlantis; Women, Art, Politics and Power and in Drawing: Space, Form and Expression.

Emilee Lord – Santa Fe, NM

Emilee Lord grew up in Maine where she was surrounded by the snow, ocean, fog, and forests. That landscape has been a major influence on the aesthetic choices in her work. She received her MFA in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007 and her BA in dance and sculpture from Bennington College in 2004. Her work a research take her into the spaces between movement, sound, landscape, image, language, material and abstraction.

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.

Annie Murphy – Portland, OR

Annie Murphy is obsessed with symbols and pictorial systems. Born and raised in rainy Portland, OR, Annie developed several indoor activities. After years of reading, writing, and drawing, she combined these talents to crate graphic narratives of creative non-fiction with a bias toward social justice and lesser-known histories. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Xeric Grant for her graphic novella I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist. An instructor at the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s comics certificate program, she is currently editing the anthology, “Gay Genius Comics.” To see her work, visit

Kristin Schimik – Gainsville, FL

Kristin Scimik is a mixed media sculptor from Michigan. Her highly detailed and meticulous work explores cosmography with an emphasis on the tactility of from. Kristin has been an Artist in Residence and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and the Holter Museum of Art in Montana, Umdang Ceramics in Thailand, and was recently a Resident Artist in Spatial Art at San Jose University in California. Schimik holds a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Michigan University and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship by the University of Florida, earning her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 2010.

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