The Mellon Creative Residencies Program offers both curricular programming and events open to the wider public. Learn about this semester's Mellon Creative Residents below.

  • Ganzeer: Art of the Arab World Uprisings

    January 22 –29

    One of the most influential artists of the Tahrir Square movement in Egypt, Ganzeer, will visit during the Bryn Mawr College exhibition of “Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings.” His residency will stimulate conversations on the role of art in political dissent, and deepen understanding of the political issues being debated in the Middle East.


    Alicia Walker (History of Art, Bryn Mawr College)
    Carol Solomon (Independent College Programs, Haverford College)
    Hee Sook Kim (Fine Arts, Haverford College)
    Manar Darwish (Arabic, Bryn Mawr College)
    Omar Foda (History, Bryn Mawr College)

    Egyptian artist Ganzer stands in front of an exhibition of his work at Bryn Mawr College in January 2015. Ganzeer speaks at Bryn Mawr College in January, 2015. Ganzeer speaking at a public event about his work, which gained notoriety in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

    About the Artist

    Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian artist operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. He is not an author, comicbook artist, installation artist, painter, speaker, street artist, or videographer, though he has assumed these roles in a number of places around the world. His art has been shown in Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Jordan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States, as well as in myriad Cairo galleries.

    Art in America Magazine has referred to Ganzeer’s work as “New Realism,” and the Huffington Post ranked him among “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art,” but Ganzeer rejects both labels and regards Bidoun magazine’s description of him as a “contingency artist” as probably the most accurate, while Ganzeer refers to his own practice as Concept Pop. has placed him on a list of "50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East" (2013), and he is also one of the protagonists in a critically acclaimed documentary “Art War” (2014) by German director Marco Wilms.

  • Zoe Strauss: Undocumented Places

    The weeks of January 26, February 16, March 23, and April 13

    Photographer and multimedia artist Zoe Strauss is expert at documenting and memorializing hidden pains and joys in everyday life. With her, students and faculty will explore ways of making visible the invisible but significant historic sites in the Philadelphia area and on our campuses.


    Ellen Stroud (Urban Environmental Policy, Bryn Mawr College)
    Patty White (Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore College)
    Erica Cho (Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore College)
    Paul Farber (Writing Fellow, Haverford College)

    Zoe Strauss
    • Exhibition Opening and Discussion
      Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
      Friday, January 23rd
      4:30–7:30 p.m.
    • Crosslisted
      Outside the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
      Friday, January 30th
      12:00–1:00 p.m.

    About the Artist

    Zoe Strauss, born in 1970, is a photographer and installation artist living and working in her hometown of Philadelphia. She began photography in 2000 and recently completed “Under I-95,” a 10-year project that resulted in a photography installation of those photographed under a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Strauss has been recognized for her many accomplishments, including a Pew Fellowship, the George Gund Foundation Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation Seedling Award, among others. Strauss is currently serving as the 2014-2015 Lamar Dodd Chair at the University of Georgia.

  • Katherine Ruffin: Making Papyrus

    February 16–20

    Wellesley College Book Arts Program Director Katherine Ruffin will give students a hands-on acquaintance with one of the fundamental material elements of ancient literary production and one of the instruments of the survival of ancient literature, and will contextualize this experience in the larger context of book studies and book arts.


    Deborah Roberts (Classics and Comparative Literature, Haverford College)
    Brett Mulligan (Classics, Haverford College)
    Hee-Sook Kim (Fine Arts, Haverford College)
    Darin Hayton (History, Haverford College)
    Radcliffe Edmonds (Classics, Bryn Mawr College)
    Alice Donohue (Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College)
    Laura McGrane (English, Haverford College)

    Katherine Ruffin
    • Artist talk: papermaking and letter press printing
      Philips Wing, Magill Library, Haverford College
      Monday, February 16th
      Tea: 7:15–7:30 p.m.
      Talk: 7:30–8:15 p.m.
    • Workshops: Making paper out of papyrus
      Ryan Gym, Haverford College
      Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th
      4:30–6:00 p.m.

    Resident artist Katherine Ruffin demonstrates how to create paper from papyrus strips at a workshop in February 2015.

    Students create paper from soaked strips of papyrus during a workshop with Melllon Creative Resident Katherine Ruffin in February 2015.

    Students create paper from soaked strips of papyrus during a workshop with Melllon Creative Resident Katherine Ruffin in February 2015.

    About the Artist

    Katherine McCanless Ruffin is Book Studies and Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College. Katherine has been the Book Arts Program Director since 2002, and has taught letterpress printing, bookbinding, and hand papermaking in the Book Arts Lab in Clapp Library and the Papermaking Studio in Pendleton West since 2000. Book Studies is an interdisciplinary support model for teaching and research that is focused on book in its many forms.

    In addition to her work at Wellesley, Katherine teaches a course on the history of 19th and 20th century typography and printing with John Kristensen of Firefly Press at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Katherine also teaches the book arts in the Masters of Art Education Program and the Printmaking Department in the Boston University College of Fine Arts.

    Katherine holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, and she completed her philosophy major in the Philosophy Department at Haverford College. She earned an M.F.A. in the Book Arts from the University of Alabama in 1996. Katherine is currently a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Her dissertation is titled “Carl Purington Rollins, the Bibliographical Press at Yale University, and the Origins of the Bibliographic Press Movement in America.”

    Katherine has published limited editions under her own imprint of Shinola Press since 1994. She has taught letterpress printing at the Bow and Arrow Press at Harvard College, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, Penland School of Crafts, and the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute. She is currently a trustee of the American Printing History Association and a member of the editorial board of Openings: Studies in Book Art, the journal of the College Book Art Association.

  • Eduardo Abaroa: Archaeologies of Destruction

    March 16–21

    An artist and writer, Eduardo Abaroa’s proposed destruction of Mexico’s National Anthropology Museum anchors the forthcoming exhibition, Arqueologías de destrucción, 1958–2014.

    In his residency at the Tri-Co this spring, Abaroa will meet with faculty and students to explore his evolving inquiry into the ethical and critical potential of destruction in the context of current debates in Mexico as well as his broader practice.

    Eduardo Abaroa

    Christopher Fraga (Anthropology, Swarthmore College)
    Laura McGrane (English, Haverford College)
    Jill Stauffer (Director of Peace, Justice and Human Rights Concentration, Haverford College)


    About the Artist

    Eduardo Abaroa was born in 1968 in Mexico City and has been exhibiting his work internationally since the mid-1990s. He often produces seemingly absurd installations and models that combine a strikingly colorful and toy-like choice of materials with severe, often depressing or outright violent subject matter.

  • Leticia El Halli Obeid: Media/Mediums

    March 16–April 9

    Leticia Obeid examines the dynamics of globalization from a Latin American perspective, using video to explore how mass mediated sounds and images affect individual emotional lives and memories from afar.

    For this residency, Obeid focuses on the identities of the voice actors themselves; or more precisely, on the specificity of their voices. Weaving together visual content from disparate film and television sources, all of which were dubbed into Spanish by the same small cast of voice actors, the artist will create a set of dreamlike narratives that reflect and re-imagine the disjunctions between image and sound in Latin Americans' experiences of Anglo-American media.


    Christopher Fraga (Anthropology, Swarthmore College)
    Ariana Huberman (Spanish, Haverford College)
    Jesse Shipley (Anthropology, Haverford College)
    Rosi Song (Spanish, Bryn Mawr College)
    Lisa Saltzman (History of Art, Bryn Mawr College)
    Homay King (History of Art, Bryn Mawr College)
    Victoria Reyes (Growth and Structure of Cities, Bryn Mawr College)
    Diego Armus (History, Swarthmore College)
    Nanci Buiza (Spanish, Swarthmore College)
    Patricia White (Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore College)
    Sunka Simon (German Studies, Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore College)

    Leticia El Halli Obeid

    About the Artist

    Leticia El Halli Obeid studied arts at the National University of Córdoba, School of Arts: 1995/2001. Worked at the Museum of Fine Arts Caraffa, Córdoba, 2000/2003, researching at the permanent collection. Received a Grant of Antorchas Foundation for research in the area of video, 2003-2005. Participated of the Petrobras Prize, at Arteba Fair, edition 2006 and Mercosul Biennial 2007, Portoalegre, Brazil.

    Residency at Cité International des Arts, Paris, France, 2007 with a grant for video-artists, given by the City of Paris and the French Embassy in Argentina and at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, U.S.A., with Paul Miller a.k.a. Dj Spooky, 2001.

    During 2008 developed a program of audiovisual documentation at the San Martin Theater, Buenos Aires. Teaching experience: CIA; workshop/critic with Tulio de Sagastizabal; LIPAC; Untref, Carrier or Electronic Arts, etc.

    Works and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Shing Khor, Sarah Becan: Food and Memory: The Elemental in a Digital Age

    April 6–12

    What accounts for our preoccupation with food?

    Whether it is the proliferation of television shows dedicated to cooking, concerns about endangered animals, food contamination, and the ethics of slaughterhouse practices; or film, fiction, and art about food; food is the preeminent metaphor for conversations on social and cultural issues. Artists Sarah Becan and Shing Khor share how they have used food to express their thoughts on identity, memory, and history.


    Shiamin Kwa (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Bryn Mawr College)
    Ken Koltun-Fromm (Religion, Haverford College)

    Students at Bryn Mawr designed and created original zines as part of Shing Yin Khor’s residency, “Food and Memory”. A Bryn Mawr student reads an Otaku-themed edition of the comedy magazine Devastator during a workshop with comic artist and Mellon Creative Resident Shing Yin Khor. Students at Bryn Mawr examine comics by resident artist Shing Yin Khor.

    About the Artists

    Shing Yin Khor

    Shing Yin Khor is a former theatrical painter, designer and propmaker. She makes and comics about awkward, charming, and awkwardly charming creatures trapped in a world of bumbling science and human fallibility. Her themes are inspired by historical hoaxes, old museums, cabintes of curiosity, pre-Linnean taxonomy, and her multicultural upbringing; her palletes are inspired by the more obnoxiously.

    Sarah Becan

    Sarah Becan is a Chicago-based graphic novelist and illustrator. She is the creative director at Fathead Design, works as a freelance illustrator, and contributes comics about food to Saveur Magazine. Becan maintains the food-centric autobiographical blog “I think you’re Sauceome.” Her graphic novel The Complete Ouija Interviews received the Xeric Award.

  • Adam Haslett, Daniel Thomas Davis: Sensuous Thinking, Intermediality, and the Creative Process

    April 27–May 1

    The process of artmaking is often thought of as involving sudden flashes of inspiration leading to immediate production.

    As all working artists know, however, this picture radically scants the importance of craft, sustained thought, control of form, and self-criticism within the creative process. Working arts professionals, Adam Haslett and Daniel Thomas Davis, will visit to engage in a public discussion of sensuous thinking, intermediality, and the artistic process.


    Betsy Bolton (English, Swarthmore College)
    Richard Eldridge (Philosophy, Swarthmore College)
    Gerald Levinson (Music, Swarthmore College)
    Peter Schmidt (English, Swarthmore College)
    Asali Solomon (English, Haverford College)
    Daniel Torday (English, Bryn Mawr College)
    Tina Zwarg (English, Haverford College)

    About the Artists

    Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here and the novel Union Atlantic. His story collection was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and his books have been translated into eighteen languages. His journalism and fiction have appeared in The Financial Times, Esquire, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope All-Story, Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories, and National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center, and in 2006, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for accomplishment in short fiction. He has also won the PEN/Winship Award for the best book by a New England author. A graduate of Swarthmore College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Yale Law School, he has been a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University.

    Adam Haslett

    Composer Daniel Thomas Davis' wide range of musical activities has taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House to monasteries in the Horn of Africa to directing new-music festivals in the rural South. His music has been performed and/or recorded by cellist Lynn Harrell, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Lontano Ensemble, Charlotte Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Ossian Ensemble, Latvia International Festival, BBC Singers, Boston's Back Bay Chorale, eighth blackbird and the Meehan/Perkins Duo. Other performers of his music have included members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Anonymous 4, as well as performers from the Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, English Chamber, BBC Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. A committed collaborator with artists in other media, Davis recently scored the awarding-winning feature film "An Encounter with Simone Weil," which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam before its American theatrical release. Davis has received fellowships from the British Government (Marshall Scholar), the Bogliasco Foundation and the Yaddo Colony, and has been honored by awards from BMI and ASCAP. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Music, School of Oriental and African Studies, Peabody Conservatory of Music and Johns Hopkins University, and has studied composition with William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Chris Theofanidis, and Judith Weir. Immersed in shaped-note singing since his childhood in the rural South, he has strong interests in American popular and traditional musics – especially blues, old-time country, and congregational singing. Fascinated by the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the human voice, Davis has also studied ethnomusicology and several East African vocal/string traditions, primarily with master artists in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    Daniel Thomas Davis