Residencies

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.

  • C.D. Wright: "One Big Self"

    January 30–31, 2014

    National Book Award winner C.D. Wright visits the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery for a reading from her book One Big Self, and a discussion with Prison Obscura curator Pete Brook.

    Faculty:
    Tom Devaney, English (Haverford)

    Events
    C.D. Wright

    C.D. Wright

    C.D. Wright was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She has published over a dozen books, including Rising, Falling, Hovering, Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems, and a text edition of One Big Self: An Investigation, focused on Louisiana inmates. As a professor of Literary Arts at Brown University, C.D. was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in March 2011 for her most recent title, One With Others: [a little book of her days], which was also a finalist for the National Book Award and was selected as winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her honors include awards from the Wallace Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts as well as the Lannan Literary Award. In 2004 Wright was named a MacArthur Fellow; in 2005 she was given the Robert Creeley Award, and elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009,Rising, Falling, Hovering won the International Griffin Poetry Prize.

  • Ava Blitz: "Re-Seeing and Re-Imagining Landscapes"

    January 30–May 9, 2014

    Visual artist and former Bryn Mawr College Fine Arts Director, Ava Blitz, will work throughout the semester with students as part of a 360° cluster of courses titled, "Ecological Literacy: Economics, Education, Expression."

    Asking what might be imagined that has not yet been experienced, “Ecological Literacy” will guide students both in creating their own multi-modal representations of the spaces they visit, and in re-creating, in some way, the space that is Bryn Mawr. As a creative resident, Ava will model her own process; collaborate with students in apprehending our field sites, learning ways of representing them; and then drawing on those experiences to reshape some portion of the BMC campus.

    The residency will include regular class visits, field-trips, and the design and creation of an outdoor art instillation at the Bryn Mawr campus.

    Faculty:
    Anne Dalke, English and Gender Studies (Bryn Mawr)
    Jody Cohen, Education (Bryn Mawr)
    David Ross, Economics (Bryn Mawr)

    Events
    Ava Blitz

    Ava Blitz

    Ava Blitz is a visual artist who currently divides her time between studio work in sculpture, works on paper, photography, and public art. Blitz's public works and commissions are many, including installations in Tokyo, Japan, at the Philadelphia International Airport, and at the University City Science Center. Ava Blitz served on an International Sculpture Symposium panel in Japan, and has lectured on public art for the American Institute of Architects, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Michener Art Museum. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and fellowships, many of which have funded her public art projects. These include grants from the Japan Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. Blitz has shown locally at the Michener Art Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Allentown Art Museum. From 1986 to 1998 she taught at Bryn Mawr College, where she directed the fine art department.

    To learn more about Ava Blitz, visit www.avablitz.com

  • Mohamed El Baz and Mustapha Akrim: "Memory || Place || Desire: Art of the Maghreb in 2014"

    Mohamed El Baz: February 24–March 7, 2014
    Mustapha Akrim: March 1–March 27, 2014

    Moroccan artists Mohamed El baz and Mustapha Akrim will be in residence for an immersive six-week interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary art in the Maghreb.

    In conjunction with class engagements across the Tri-Colleges and public discussions, El Baz and Akrim will create original art works to be featured in the Fall 2014 Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Exhibition Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and the Maghrebi Diaspora, opening October 24th, 2014. Members of the public are invited to two open studio nights to meet the artists and capture firsthand their creative processes.

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    Faculty:
    Carol Solomon, Art History (Haverford)
    John Muse, Independent College Programs (Haverford)
    Erin Schoneveld, East Asian Studies (Haverford)
    Manar Darwish, Arabic (Bryn Mawr, Haverford)
    Alexandra Gueydan-Turek, French (Swarthmore)

    Mohamed El Baz

    Born in 1967 in Ksiba, Morocco, Mohamed El baz studied art in Dunkirk and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure, Paris-Cergy. Working in several formats (photography, video, installation), he takes on geopolitical and Orientalist themes. His highly symbolic and evocative works are all part of an ongoing project entitled Bricoler l’incurable (Mending the Incurable), begun in 1993. El baz has had numerous solo shows and participated in group exhibitions in Casablanca, Paris, Lille, Kuwait, Johannesburg, Dusseldorf, and Copenhagen. His works are found in private and public collections in France, Morocco, and the Middle East.

    Mohamed El Baz

    Mustapha Akrim

    Mustapha Akrim is recognized as one of the most promising young artists in Morocco today. Primarily a sculptor, he was born in 1981 in Sale, Morocco, and spent his youth assisting his father who worked as a stone mason. Labor issues, the status of the unemployed, and the rights of workers are the central themes of his art. Concrete is his primary material. Akrim is a 2008 graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tétouan, Morocco. He has participated in several group shows in Morocco, France, Britain, and Austria, and he has had solo exhibitions in 2011 in Rabat and in 2012 in Casablanca. He has had residencies in South Korea, Jordon, and Namibia.

    Mustapha Akrim
  • Kevin Huizenga: "Curses, Crises, and Transformations"

    February 26–March 1, 2014

    Caroonist Kevin Huizenga will work with students to transform the textual to graphic through analysis and illustration of Chinese lyric poetry.

    In addition to visiting classes, Mr. Huizenga will present a public reading of his work, followed by a discussion.

    Faculty:
    Shiamin Kwa, East Asian Studies (Bryn Mawr)

    Events
    • Reading Pictures with Kevin Huizenga
      Quita Woodward Room, Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College
      February 27th
      4:00—6:00 p.m.
    Kevin Huizenga

    Kevin Huizenga

    Kevin Huizenga is a comic artist and cartoonist, known for his work that is at once straight-forward and wide-ranging. He illustrates the comic Amazing Facts and Beyond! With Leon Beyond. He is widely known for his critically acclaimed works, Curses, Ganges, and Or Else. Philosophies of normality, sleep, and belonging are explored in the bold black lines and Chinese landscape painting inspired panels of Kevin Huizenga's comics. His works put seemingly ordinary characters into seemingly ordinary situations, and then engage in extraordinary thought experiments, meditations, and insights. Influences include Italo Calvino and Buddhist doctrine.

  • Micheal O'Siadhail

    March 25–28, 2014

    Faculty:

    Events
    Micheal O'Siadhail

    Micheal O'Siadhail

  • jesikah maria ross: "Troubled Waters: Tracing Waste in the Delaware River" An Interdisciplinary Documentary Project

    February 4–April 30, 2014

    Mellon Creative Resident jesikah maria ross collaborates with faculty and students from three disciplines–Chemistry, Political Science, and Documentary Film–to explore the presence and quantity of different kinds of waste polluting the Delaware River, with particular attention to how globalization affects the river ecosystem.

    Students will research and produce samples, charts, maps, and short documentaries, and, in partnership with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, present their work to each other, environmental advocates, and the wider public.

    Faculty:
    Vicky Funari, Independent College Programs (Haverford) and Film Studies (Bryn Mawr)
    Craig Borowiak, Political Science (Haverford)
    Helen White, Chemistry (Haverford)

    Events
    jesikah maria ross

    jesikah maria ross

    jesikah maria ross is a community mediamaker who facilitates collaborative documentary projects that help residents identify issues and advocate solutions for the places they live. For the past 20 she has worked with schools, non-governmental organizations, social action groups, and public media stations to create participatory projects that generate citizen storytelling, public dialogue, and community change. She is the founding director of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change a university-community engagement initiative that brings students, scholars, artists, and activists together to produce place-based storytelling projects that catalyze social change. She is also the Creative Director for Praxis Projects, a group dedicated to crafting multiplatform and “open space” documentaries that bring community voices into public media. jesikah co-directed Saving The Sierra: Voices of Conservation In Action a regional media project that documents community efforts to conserve the culture, economy, and environment of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California through public radio broadcasts, online forums, and citizen storytelling activities. jesikah has served as a board member for the Alliance for Community Media, co-founded KDRT LPFM, launched the Bioneers Reel Change Youth Media Program, co-created the annual national Media Arts Leadership Institute and consults with community media organizations in Europe, Africa, and the United States.

  • Dr. Bernard O'Kane: "Islamic Art and Architecture"

    April 14–18, 2014

    Working with Arabic and Art History students, art historian and photographer Dr. Bernard O'Kane, of the American University in Cairo, will explore the history and evolution of architecture in the Middle East and Egypt.

    In addition to class visits and a public lecture, photography of Islamic architecture in Egypt by Dr. O'Kane will be on exhibit.

    Faculty:
    Manar Darwish, Arabic (Bryn Mawr)
    Carol Solomon, Art History (Haverford)

    Events
    • "The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo"
      Room 224, Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College
      April 16th
      12:30 p.m.
    • "Full Circle: Images of Kalila and Dimna Animal Fables from India to the Middle East and Back Again"
      Location TBA
      April 16th
      7:30 p.m.
    Dr. Bernard O'Kane

    Dr. Bernard O'Kane

    Bernard O'Kane is a professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. His work centers around the study and photography of religious artifacts, with his two most current books being Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo, and The Churches of Egypt. O'Kane's work has been presented and published in various formats, including DVDs, photography exhibits, public lectures, literature reviews, and articles.

  • Youngmoo Kim: "Engineering Music"

    January–May, 2014

    Youngmoo Kim '93, of Drexel University's EXciTe Center, returns to lead workshops that explore how music, the performing arts, and technology can be combined to create new instruments.

    Faculty:
    Tom Whitman, Music (Swarthmore)
    Carr Everbach, Engineering (Swarthmore)

    Youngmoo Kim

    Youngmoo Kim

    Youngmoo Kim is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Assistant Dean of Engineering for Media Technologies at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT in 2003 and also holds Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well as a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College.

    His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) focuses on the machine understanding of audio, particularly for music information retrieval. Other areas of active research at MET-lab include human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, analysis-synthesis of sound, and K-12 outreach for engineering, science, and mathematics education. He served as a member of the MPEG standards committee, contributing to the MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 audio standards, and he co-chaired the 2008 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (hosted at Drexel). His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award in 2007, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.