Residencies

Spring 2014

  • 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.

Fall 2013

  • Laura Swanson: "Self-Portraits and Anti-Self Portraits"

    Photographer Laura Swanson met with Writing and Fine Arts students during a three day visit in early fall, 2013.

    During her visits she and the students explored the behaviors of looking at difference, juxtaposition of different forms, and how bodily difference is visually articulated, objectified, and subsequently understood. Swanson made an original series of portraits of students and faculty, and gave a lecture on visual representations of difference.

    Faculty:
    Kristin Lindgren, Writing Program (Haverford)
    Vita Litvak, Fine Arts (Haverford)
    Anne Dalke, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Bryn Mawr)
    John Muse, Visual Studies (Haverford)

    Laura Swanson

    Laura Swanson

    From fantastical dwelling spaces, to anthropomorphized objects and staged photographs, Laura Swanson's work centers around a critical exploration of the behavior of looking at difference, how bodily difference is visually articulated, objectified, and subsequently understood, and the psychological effects of being conscious of alterity. Her approach is to withstand literal representation of the body through a deconstruction of the conventions of portraiture, the implementation of human attributes to inanimate objects, and the construction of refuges and surrogates. Swanson's work can be characterized by the assimilation of disparate attributes such as child and adult, animal and architecture, concealment and exposition, and dark humor and empathy.

  • Pato Hebert: "Building Stories"

    Over multiple visits during the semester, visual artist Pato Hebert collaborated with students and faculty to examine the relationship between autobiography and narrative.

    Together with Haverford faculty Theresa Tensuan and Ken Kolton-Fromm, and Swarthmore professor Erica Cho, Hebert helped to run the Tri-College’s first ever 24-hour Comics Challenge in Ryan Gym. Over the course of a weekend, students from Haverford and Swarthmore created fully realized original comic books. Later in the semester, Hebert again met with students to discuss a full-scale art installation in Ryan Gym, and assisted students in the creation of autobiographical window installations.

    Faculty:
    Theresa Tensuan, English (Haverford)
    Ken Kolton-Fromm, Religion (Haverford)
    Erica Cho, Film and Media Studies (Swarthmore)
    Andrew Friedman, History (Haverford)

    Pato Hebert

    Pato Hebert

    Patrick "Pato" Hebert is an intermedia artist, educator and cultural worker based in Los Angeles and New York. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. The practice works across a range of media including photography, installation, sculpture, social practice, language, light and graphic design. Progressive praxis, spatial dynamics and the spirit of social topographies are of particular interest. His recent projects have been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

  • Michael W. Twitty: "Three Centuries of Stirring the Pot: African American Foodways"

    Antebellum chef and culinary historian Michael W Twitty collaborated with students, faculty, and community members from Swarthmore College to examine the culture and history of African-Americans through the lense of food.

    During his visit, he visited with classes, gave a public lecture, and, with the support of students, faculty, and volunteers, cooked a community dinner combining kosher and antebellum recipes.

    Faculty:
    Allison Dorsey, History (Swarthmore)
    Hans-Jakob Werlen, Modern Languages/German (Swarthmore)
    Sydney Carpenter, Art (Swarthmore)

    Michael W. Twitty

    Michael W. Twitty

    Michael W. Twitty is an author, blogger, chef and culinary food historian whose work focuses on antebellum cooking.

  • Brian Dettmer: "Elemental Across the Centuries and Media"

    During three visits to Haverford and Bryn Mawr, visual artist Brian Dettmer worked with students and faculty to examine how form and meaning of the written word are impacted by remediation.

    His residency included the public carving of an edition of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, class visits, a public talk in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and a critique of student projects at a remediation expo at the conclusion of the semester.

    Faculty:
    Katherine Rowe, English (Bryn Mawr)
    Laura McGrane, English (Haverford)
    Markus Baenzinger, Fine Arts (Haverford)
    Jeremiah Mercurio, Writing Program (Haverford)

    Brian Dettmer

    Brian Dettmer

    Brian Dettmer is a New York based artist known for his detailed and innovative sculpture with books and other antiquated media. His work has been featured in solo and group shows, as well as at museums and art centers around the globe.

  • Dee Craig: "Murals, Memory, and Transformations"

    Muralist Dee Craig visited the Tri-Colleges over four weeks in the fall.

    His residency included a photo exhibition of murals by Craig in Belfast, Northern Ireland, public discussions, class visits, and the creation of an original mural on the Swarthmore campus, made in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. In addition, Mr. Craig worked with artists from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Wallingford Community Arts Center to hone his skills in a new mural-creating technique which he will now use is his native Belfast.

    Faculty:
    Lee Smithey, Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies (Swarthmore)
    Jill Stauffer, Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (Haverford)
    Madeline Cantor (Bryn Mawr)
    Maya Nadkarni, Anthropology (Swarthmore)
    Christopher Fraga, Anthropology (Swarthmore)
    Marge Murphy, History (Swarthmore)

    Dee Craig

    David "Dee" Craig

    A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dee Craig has been a practicing artist and muralist for all of his adult life. His mural work in Northern Ireland has played a critical role in reconciliation efforts and the re-imaging of Belfasts many murals.

  • Gamo Da Paz, Dhandha Da Hora, and Alex Shaw: "Candomble: Afro-Brazilian Spiritual Music and Movement"

    Performers Gamo Da Paz, Dhandha Da Hora, and Alex Shaw, led two workshops and held a public performance of Afro-Brazillian music and dance as inspired by the religious practice known as Candomble, which was inspired by a mix of African religious traditions.

    Faculty:
    Yvonne Chireau, Religion (Swarthmore)

    Performers

    Gamo Da Paz

    Gamo Da Paz is a Brazilian master drummer and is renowned as a ceremonial drummer in religious houses in Brazil an internationally.

    Gamo Da Paz

    Dhandha Da Hora

    Dhandha Da Hora has been a member of Ile Aiye, one of Brazil’s most important musical and cultural institutions, since she was 6 years old. She is a renowned dancer and percussionist.

    Dhandha Da Hora

    Alex Shaw

    Alex Shaw is a percussionist, vocalist, composer, and arts educator specializing in Brazilian music traditions. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College (2000) and is a member of Philadelphia's award-winning Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and Director of the renowned Brazilian ensemble, Alô Brasil.

    Alex Shaw
  • Youngmoo Kim: "Engineering Music"

    Swarthmore alumnus and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Youngmoo Kim held four open workshops with engineering students to create original instruments and music utilizing purpose built hardware and software technologies.

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

    Youngmoo Kim

    Youngmoo Kim

    Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 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.

Spring 2013

  • J Henry Fair: "Extraction and the American Dream"

    J Henry Fair visited the Tri-Colleges twice.

    During that time, he spoke publicly and in classes about his roles as an activist, journalist and artist and the tensions between those roles. He also spoke extensively about the shocking yet beautiful content of his work, which was displayed as an exhibition in the McCabe Library at Swarthmore. As with his dual roles in work, he discussed the juxtapositions in his work of industrial wastelands that are visually stunning.

    Faculty:
    Carol Nackenoff (Political Science, Swarthmore)
    Vita Litvak (Fine Arts, Haverford)

    J Henry Fair

    J Henry Fair, Photojournalist, environmental activist

    Photographer J Henry Fair is best known for his Industrial Scars series, in which he researches our world's most egregious environmental disasters and creates images that are simultaneously stunning and horrifying. His photographs captivate audiences, as they more closely resemble abstract paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe and Jackson Pollock than the disturbing scenes of actual reality that they depict. Mr. Fair's work has been featured in segments on The TODAY Show, CNN, FOX News, and WDR German TV, as well as in most major publications, including National Geographic, TIME, New York Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and GQ. Additionally, Mr. Fair's work travels around the world in fine art exhibitions at major museums, galleries, and educational institutions.

  • Louis Massiah: "Papyrus to Pixels"

    Louis Massiah, the Executive Director of Scribe Video Center, located in West Philadelphia, has a history of working with Haverford and Swarthmore faculty and students in film and cultural studies.

    For this residency, students worked with Massiah to understand the role of cinema in the diaspora. The crux of the residency was a documentary project about Massiah himself as the resident artist, and his work teaching students about documentary an cinema.

    Faculty:
    Patricia White (Film Studies, Swarthmore)
    Carina Yervasi (French, Swarthmore)

    Louis Massiah

    Louis Massiah, Executive Director of Scribe Video Center

    Louis Massiah is an independent documentary filmmaker whose films often explore historical and political subjects. His award-winning works, which have been seen widely on public television and at film festivals internationally, include W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices and Louise Alone Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words. Currently, Massiah is producing Haytian Stories, exploring the history of the 200-year relationship between the United States and Haiti.

    Massiah is the founder and executive director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts organization that provides low-cost workshops and equipment access to emerging video/filmmakers and community organizations. At Scribe, he has facilitated and executive produced over two hundred documentaries covering major issues and concerns facing urban communities. Massiah has also designed Precious Places Community History Project, a citywide oral history portrait that is composed of short documentaries produced with neighborhood organizations in Philadelphia and throughout the region.

  • "Play on, Philly"

    This residency partnered education and music students with Play On, Philly, a local music education nonprofit targeting at-risk youth.

    Education students studied how the program worked, while music students engaged with participants of Play On, Philly. POP students were able to meet with college advisors, tour the campus, and sit in on classes. Students from POP had an opportunity to perform at Swarthmore, and in return Swarthmore music students performed for POP.

    Faculty:
    Lisa Smulyan (Education, Swarthmore)
    Tom Whitman (Music, Swarthmore)

    Play on, Philly!

    Play on, Philly!

    Play On, Philly! (POP) is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Inspired by the social development and music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily musical instruction in communities that have little access to music education.

    Established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia, POP started with 110 youth, ages six to thirteen, with the goal of making a significant and sustaining impact on their lives. In 2012, POP established its second site at Freire Charter Middle School expanding its reach to 250 students. By expanding gradually, the program is able to stay flexible to curriculum adjustments and responsive to community needs. We strive to engage the entire community through partnerships, community events, and a season of thirty performances in venues across the Philadelphia region.

  • Judy Irving: "Parrots/Pelicans/Plutonium"

    Judy Irving's residency had a particularly broad reach, touching students in political science, anthropology, filmmaking, and environmental studies.

    A documentary filmmaker noted for her work on environmental issues, she was able to speak both to the content of her work in films such as Dark Circle and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, as well as her techniques. This was especially apparent when we screened a rough cut of a still in-process film, and gave students the opportunity to provide feedback. In addition, Irving and students from film courses at Swarthmore and Haverford visited the Schulykill Center for Environmental Education to explore the human relationship to nature and the perspective of the filmmaker.

    Faculty:
    Vicky Funari (Independent College Programs, Haverford)
    Erica Cho (Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore)
    Carol Hager (Political Science, Bryn Mawr)
    Tapoja Chaudhuri (Anthropology, Haverford)

    Judy Irving

    Judy Irving, filmmaker

    Judy Irving is a Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker whose previous credits include The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a feature documentary about the relationship between a homeless street musician and a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco, and Dark Circle, a feature documentary about the nuclear industry. Wild Parrots was a “Top Ten Film of the Year” (National Film Critics’ Poll), was the highest-rated program on the 2007 national PBS series “Independent Lens,” and is now in international distribution.

  • Mohamed Zakariya: "The Living Art of Islamic Calligraphy"

    World-renowned calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya visited Haverford and Bryn Mawr for four days.

    In his time on campus, he worked with Arabic students on each campus, gave a very well attended lecture, presented a short exhibition of his work, and held workshops on each campus. Mr. Zakariya also held meetings with Special Collections at Bryn Mawr to review Arabic manuscripts, and held two meetings with interfaith organizations in the area.

    Faculty:
    Manar Darwish (Arabic, Bryn Mawr & Haverford)

    Mohamed Zakariya

    Mohamed Zakariya, calligrapher

    Mohamed Zakariya is an Islamic calligrapher, artist and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. Born in California, he began the study of Islamic calligraphy in Tangier and London in 1964. In 1984, he was invited by the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul to study with the celebrated Turkish calligraphers Hasan Celebi and Ali Alparslan. He holds prized diplomas in sûlûs-nesih and ta’lik scripts. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world and he is well-known for his lectures and workshops.

  • Hank Willis Thomas: "Commercial Bodies: The Market of Sports and Race"

    This particular residency represented our efforts to extend the residency model—as we envisioned it at the time—to its logical conclusion, and originated in a desire to build programming that exported themes being explored in the Cantor Fitzgerald Galleries exhibition Other People's Property, by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, to the campus and community at large.

    Because the exhibition examined themes of race and commercialism, often in athletics, we developed panel discussions around the same issues. The first discussion consisted of a panel of academics, including experts in the history of race in sports, race in America, and race as it appears in marketing, and included Hank Willis Thomas. The second discussion involved actual sports practitioners to speak on the issue of race, sports, and commercialism. For this panel, we invited a college athletics coach, a division I college athletic director, a professional sports agent, and a sports journalist. In addition, David Karen, a sociology professor at Bryn Mawr College and co-author of The Sport and Society Reader, moderated the panel.

    Faculty:
    John Cheng (History, Haverford)
    David Karen (Sociology, Bryn Mawr)

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Hank Willis Thomas, conceptual artist

    Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at CCA and in the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and ICP/Bard and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003) and 30 Americans (RFC, 2008), as well as his monograph Pitch Blackness (Aperture, 2008). He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was an artist in residence at John Hopkins University as well as a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. Thomas's work is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport, the Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is an Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago Spring 2012 Fellow.

  • Shari Frilot: "Exploring Water"

    Shari Frilot brought with her broad experience in cultural place-making, curating, and filmmaking.

    She engaged with students on issues of sustainability, as well as gender and sexuality as portrayed in film. She was able to speak both to the scholarly study of these subjects, as well as the practical production of film. Shari’s visit also allowed for a collaboration with Mellon Artist, Jenny Price, in which they co-presented the award winning documentary film Rock the Boat, and discussed its production and content with the audience afterwards.

    Faculty:
    Roya Rastegar (Gender & Sexuality Studies, Bryn Mawr)
    Erica Cho (Film Studies, Swarthmore)
    Vicky Funari (Independent College Programs, Haverford)

    Shari Frilot

    Shari Frilot, filmmaker and senior programmer at the Sundance Film Festival

    Shari Frilot produced television for the CBS affiliate in Boston and for WNYC and WNET in New York before creating her own independent award-winning films, including Strange & Charmed, A Cosmic Demonstration of Sexuality, What Is a Line? and the feature documentary, Black Nations/Queer Nations. She is the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Media Arts Foundation. Frilot also maintains a career in festival programming, occupying a distinguished position on the curatorial vanguard through her pioneering development of immersive cinematic environments. As the festival director of the MIX festival in New York (1992–96), she co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals: MIX BRASIL and MIX MÉXICO. As co-director of programming for OUTFEST (1998–2001), she founded the Platinum section, which introduced cinematic performance installation and performance to the festival. She is the curator and driving creative force behind New Frontier, an exhibition and commissioning initiative that focuses on cinematic work being created at the intersections of art, film, and new media technology.

  • Jessica Abel: "Drawing Words, Writing Pictures"

    During a one-week visit, graphic novelist Jessica Abel collaborated with Fine Arts and English faculty and students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford.

    She engaged with English students to develop their understanding of graphic narrative as a storytelling tool, in addition to working with fine arts students to understand the role of narrative in imagery. She also made herself available to the tri-co community at large and the public through a public lecture and workshop.

    Faculty:
    Ignacio Gallup-Diaz (History, Bryn Mawr)
    Hee Sook Kim (Fine Arts, Haverford)
    Elizabeth Whalley (Fine Arts, Haverford)

    Jessica Abel

    Jessica Abel, graphic novelist

    Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel is the author of two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics (First Second Books), written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida (Pantheon Books). She's also the co-writer of the graphic novel Life Sucks. Previously, she published Soundtrack and Mirror, Window (Fantagraphics Books), two collections that gather stories and drawings from her omnibus comic book Artbabe, which she published between 1992 and 1999. She collaborated with Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a non-fiction comic about how the radio show This American Life is made. Abel won the Xeric Grant, both the Harvey and Lulu awards for "Best New Talent" in 1997; La Perdida won the 2002 "Best New Series" Harvey Award. She teaches at New York's School of Visual Arts and is at work on a new science fiction comic series called Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, for Dargaud France. Madden and Abel are also series editors for The Best American Comics. They live in Brooklyn, New York, with their two children.

  • Joe Gangemi, Bruce Graham, and Mark Rosenthal: "Film, Philosophy, and Politics"

    Over several visits during the Spring 2013 semester, filmmakers Joe Gangemi, Bruce Graham, and Mark Rosenthal, met with Ben Berger’s Film and Politics class to discuss contemporary film through the lens of various significant thinkers (Nietzche, Plato, Marx, etc).

    The class visits would consist of close readings of the texts and screenings of films, followed by discussions of the films as they reflected the readings.

    Faculty:
    Ben Berger (Political Science, Swarthmore)

    Bruce Graham, screenwriter and playwright

    Bruce Graham's plays include Burkie, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille, Minor Demons, Moon Over the Brewery, Belmont Avenue Social Club, The Champagne Charlie Stakes, Desperate Affection, According to Goldman, Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree, Full Figured Loves to Dance, and Mum Puppet Theatre's A Christmas Carol. Coyote on a Fence won the Rosenthal Prize, was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards and was produced on London's West End starting Ben Cross. The recent Arden Theatre production of Something Intangible garnered 13 Barrymore Nominations and won seven including BEST NEW PLAY and BEST PRODUCTION. His film credits include: Dunston Checks In, Steal This Movie, and Anastasia.

    Bruce Graham

    Mark Rosenthal, screenwriter

    Mark Rosenthal is an American screenwriter and film director and long-time writing partner of Lawrence Konner. Rosenthal made his debut with the pilot Cassie Co., followed by the motion picture The Legend of Billie Jean. This was followed by such films as The Jewel of the Nile, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Mercury Rising. Star Trek VI co-writer Leonard Nimoy later alleged, in his book I Am Spock, that Konner and Rosenthal actually had nothing to do with the finished script, but the studio gave them credit for political reasons. Rosenthal co-wrote (with Konner) and directed The In Crowd (1988). Most recently, Konner and Rosenthal worked on the remakes for Mighty Joe Young and Planet of the Apes. Their latest films were Mona Lisa Smile and Flicka. Mark recorded a DVD commentary for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace for the Deluxe Edition of the film in 2006. Here he reveals what the films original intentions were supposed to be, the many deleted scenes and was highly praised by Superman fans.

    Mark Rosenthal

    Joe Gangemi, screenwriter and novelist

    Joseph Gangemi is a screenwriter and novelist. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he graduated from Swarthmore College in 1992. His previous work includes Wind Chill (TV, 2007) and Spirit Box (TV, 2009). His latest film, Eliza Graves, will be released in 2014.

Fall 2012

  • Karl Schaffer: "Where Patterns Collide: Math and Dance"

    Mathematician and choreographer Karl Schaffer spent three weeks on campus working with students from Math, Education and Dance.

    During this time he and the students challenged the idea of math as a static subject. At the conclusion of the residency, Karl held an open workshop/rehearsal/performance with the public and students. This event also featured Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr students performing in a dance piece choreographed by Karl. The residency was used as a model for the development of a new education class, and inspired a math student’s senior thesis.

    Faculty:
    Amy Myers (Math, Bryn Mawr)
    Kim Arrow (Dance, Swarthmore)

    Karl Schaffer

    Karl Schaffer, mathematician and choreographer

    Karl Schaffer has co-directed the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble for the past 20 years. He and co-director Erik Stern have toured throughout North America performing at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, the Mondavi Center in Davis, and most recently in New York and Hawaii. In 2005 they were named to the artist roster of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education, which sponsors arts workshops at many of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. Schaffer and Stern have received five National Endowment for the Arts Access to the Arts awards for their cross-disciplinary performance work linking dance and mathematics. The latest grant will fund an extended choreographic residency by Schaffer and Stern in Puerto Rico in 2009.

  • Tim Bullamore: "Life After Death: Obituaries and Why They Matter"

    Award-winning British obituary writer Tim Bullamore came to Haverford to discuss the role of the obituary in contemporary literature.

    He made contacts with students and faculty from multiple departments and consulted on a large-scale art project at Temple University.

    Faculty:
    Lisa McCormick (Sociology, Haverford)

    Tim Bullamore

    Tim Bullamore, obituary writer

    Tim Bullamore is an award-winning British obituary writer. He has written obituaries for kings, princes, musicians, actors, explorers and heroes for all the major British newspapers and appears regularly on BBC radio. His obituary work was recently featured in the Public Edtior's column of the New York Times.

  • Christine Sun Kim and Carmen Papalia: "What Can a Body Do?"

    Christine Sun Kim, a hearing-impaired sonic artist, and Carmen Papalia, a visually impaired conceptual artist were slated to have their work presented in a gallery exhibition at Haverford.

    However, through the Mellon grant we brought them both here at different times to engage with students on multiple campuses. Christine worked with students to explore the idea of sound as currency, while Carmen led participants on a sight-deprived tour of campus as a way of examining sense experience. Each artist worked with students on multiple campuses.

    Faculty:
    Kristin Lindgren (Writing, Haverford)
    Deborah Sherman (English, Haverford)
    Anne Dalke (Gender & Sexuality Studies, Bryn Mawr)
    Donna Jo Napoli (Linguistics, Swarthmore)

    Christine Sun Kim, sonic artist

    Christine Sun Kim is a New York City-based performance artist who recently received her MFA in Sound/Music at Bard College. Her drawings, sculptures and performances have been featured in various exhibitions and programs, among them Recess Activities, Inc., New York City; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; TCB Gallery, Melbourne, Australia and Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany. She participated in the Youth Insights Artist Residency at Whitney Museum in 2010 and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space program in 2009. Kim has been the recipient of various awards, including the 2012 Newhouse Award through the Wynn Newhouse Foundation in New York, 2009 Harvestworks Educational Scholarship and the 2009 Emergency Grant from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Additionally, Kim has been an educator at the Whitney Museum since 2006 and is actively involved in developing the programming initiatives for deaf audiences.

    Christine Sun Kim

    Carmen Papalia, Social Practice artist

    Carmen Papalia makes experiential projects about access with regard to public space, the art institution and visual culture. His current work creates the opportunity for participants to explore the entry points to experience that are often overlooked, and to engage in non-visual methods of knowing and interpretation. His work has been shown at Pro Arts in Oakland, California; Gallery Gachet in Vancouver, British Columbia, and as part of the Mildred’s Lane residency and the Open Engagement: Art + Social Practice Conference. Papalia has contributed to programming at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Purple Thistle Center. His upcoming projects include a series of art objects that can be experienced non-visually and a performance in which he will develop a walking map with the help of a marching band for Grand Central Art Center in Los Angeles. His current writings can be found in Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth (AK Press, 2012). Read "Caning In the City" on wordgathering.com

    Carmen Papalia
  • Jenny Price: "Enact Environmental Sustainability"

    Price collaborated with students and faculty from all three campuses.

    In this case, Price’s visit was comprised of two two-week visits, with regular Skype discussion and email contact in between with students. In addition to class visits, Price took great initiative and actively sought out and worked with student groups outside of classes. In addition, she held regular meetings with students about projects related to her residency and sustainability. The projects resulted in a series of art actions across the tri-colleges and caught the attention of a large cross-section of students, faculty, and staff.

    Faculty:
    Ellen Stroud (Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr)
    Jon Wilson (Biology, Haverford)
    Craig Borowiak (Political Science, Haverford)
    Christy Schuetze (Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore)
    Tapoja Chaudhuri (Anthropology, Haverford)

    Tim Bullamore

    Jenny Price, Environmental Historian

    Jenny Price received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 1998 with a focus on the environment, the American West, and writing history. She is a freelance writer and she gives tours of the Los Angeles River on her own and as part of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, an art-performance educational group. She has published a book called Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America (1999) and has also written several book chapters including "Looking for Nature at the Mall: A Field Guide to the Nature Company" in Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature (1995) and "A Natural History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo" in The Nature of Nature: New Essays from America's Finest Writers on Nature (1994). She is also a contributing writer to LA Observed, Sunset, the Los Angeles Times, GOOD, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times, among many other publications. She recently began writing a satirical environmental advice column called "Green Me Up, J.J." for LA Observed. She was quoted in an article from the Daily Bruin about the LA Rangers: "Urban Rangers explore L.A. coast from an environmental perspective, promoting public education.

  • Carbon Dance Theatre: "Science Per Forms"

    In a collaboration between Computer Science and Dance, Linda Caruso Haviland organized a series of class visits, workshops, and panel discussions that examined the intersection of dance, robotics, and computers.

    Artists from Philadelphia dance company, Carbon Dance Theatre visited the Bryn Mawr campus to lead workshops and participate in discussions, and at the residencies conclusion, students went to see a performance inspired by the work of the residency.

    Faculty:
    Linda Caruso Haviland (Dance, Bryn Mawr)

    Carbon Dance Theatre

    Carbon Dance Theatre

    Carbon Dance Theatre is a contemporary ballet company based in Philadelphia, PA. Project based, we create opportunities to bring together artists to collaborate and produce work with Artistic Director / Choreographer Meredith Rainey.


Projects Funded under the Mellon Creative Residencies Planning Grant (2008-2011)