2008 ARTSLINK FELLOWS
ALEXEI BIRYUKOFF, RUSSIA
Host: Fine Arts Work Center - Provincetown, MA
A former ArtsLink grantee, The Fine Arts Work Center is one of the oldest artists’ colonies in the U.S. and has been providing residencies for U.S. and international artists and writers for over forty years. Mr. Biryukoff was integrated into the FAWC community of 20 writing and visual Fellows and attended several potluck dinners and special events. He was given a private work studio and completed a new series of 12 oil paintings that were exhibited at the FAWC gallery. He also collaborated with another FAWC Fellow on a performance piece which was presented during the opening of his exhibition.
NATASA BODROZIC, CROATIA
Hosts: On the Boards - Seattle, WA / Portland Institute for Contemporary Art - Portland, OR
On the Boards (OtB), a former ArtsLink grantee presents over 40 shows and festivals each year and supports the development of artists and companies who are creating ground-breaking new work. Ms. Bodrožić met regularly with OtB staff and attended board and committee meetings. She was introduced to local and international artists and attended exhibitions and performances at OtB and other venues in the area. She also visited numerous local organizations including the Henry Art Gallery, 911 Media, Western Bridge and DX ARTS at Washington State University.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, a former ArtsLink grantee, is dedicated to presenting artists’ projects on the leading edge of contemporary art. Ms. Bodrožić was integrated into PICA’s activities and assisted with preparation for a performance, exhibition opening and donor event. She participated in staff meetings and in a public salon for artists and community organizers. PICA also organized a short trip to Chicago for Ms. Bodrožić where she visited numerous arts organizations.
SYLWIA GORAK, POLAND
Host: Headlands Center for the Arts - Sausalito, CA
Since 1986, Headlands, a former ArtsLink grantee, has hosted over 600 international artists, providing an opportunity for investigation and exchange. Ms. Gorak was provided with a studio and access to a darkroom, wood shop, letter press, computers, video equipment and a reference library. She had opportunity to interact with other artists in residence and collaborated with several on a public performance, film and video. She also completed seven pastel drawings on paper, inspired by the scenic location of Headlands and participated in Artist Presentation Night at Headlands.
RICHARD GREGOR, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Host: DiverseWorks - Houston, TX
A former ArtsLink grantee, DiverseWorks is a multi-disciplinary art center that serves as an open venue for artists and a training ground for future arts administrators. Mr. Gregor worked with the DW programming and production staff and with guest curator Mary Ross Taylor during the design and installation of two multi-media exhibitions. He also met DW with marketing and development staff and assisted with a 25th anniversary archiving project and with selection of artists for a professional enhancement program. He had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Houston’s diverse arts organizations including The Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Project Row Houses, and the Contemporary Arts Museum.
MILENA IVANOVA, BULGARIA
Hosts: LIVE from the NYPL / New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - New York City, NY
LIVE at NYPL, is a series of public programs at the New York Public Library that seeks to excite and provoke the public’s imagination and thoughtful examination of ideas through theatrical conversations, discussions and debates. Ms. Ivanova participated in the organization and production of LIVE events and discussed proposals for future events with LIVE staff. She attended numerous readings and events and met with writers to potentially present their work and lead workshops in Bulgaria and publishers interested in translating Bulgarian literature to English.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is the largest and most comprehensive performing arts resource of its kind and presents an extensive program of free public events. Ms. Ivanova worked with Library staff and provided useful insights on an upcoming exhibition and festival on the topic Revolution through the Performing Arts in Central and Eastern Europe. She had full access to the library’s extensive archives and learned new approaches to utilizing and enriching archival material in events and exhibitions.
DEJAN KALUDJEROVIC, SERBIA
Host: 18th Street Arts Center - Santa Monica, CA
18th Street Arts Center supports the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art and fosters collaboration and interaction between artists and arts organizations. Its International Program is a worldwide leader in artist exchange programs and has hosted artists from two dozen countries. 18th Street center introduced Mr. Kaludjerović to contacts at local museums and galleries including the Hammer Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, LAxArt and Peres Project, as well independent artists, videographers and scholars. He was able to develop professional relationships with other visiting international artists and make contacts for potential projects in the future.
SERGIU LUPSE, ROMANIA
Host: Austin Film Society - Austin, TX
Austin Film Society promotes film appreciation and creative filmmaking with screenings, grants and support to filmmakers, classes for children and adults and a 100,000-square-foot film production facility, Mr. Lupse was immersed in AFS programming and attended numerous screenings at AFS and at the Austin Film Festival. He wrote an article for the award-winning AFS journal, Persistence of Vision and presented his work to the Austin film community. Working in collaboration with AFS Director of Education, Lupse held filmmaking workshops at a local disadvantaged school and created a short film using students as actors and as camera assistants. He also developed a new script through a screenwriting workshop and produced his film working with Texas filmmakers and actors and AFS interns.
MARTIN PAPCUN, CZECH REPUBLIC
Host: SPACES - Cleveland, OH
A former ArtsLink grantee, SPACES is an artist-run gallery that provides artists with the freedom to experiment with new processes and ideas. Mr. Papcún met with numerous artists, architects, professionals from major museums and universities as well as engineers, urban designers and councilmen. He gave presentations of his work at SPACES, the Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences, and Miami and Kent State Universities, and prepared a new sculptural work that was exhibited at SPACES and a site-specific installation at an empty house and lot in Slavic Village, Cleveland. He also developed ideas for other projects and installations reflecting his experience in Cleveland.
EUGEN RADESCU, ROMANIA
Host: apexart - New York City, NY
apexart, a former ArtsLink grantee, is a venue for cultural exchange among international curators, artists, arts managers and writers. Mr. Radescu was introduced to an extensive list of artists and curators as well as professionals from museums and other cultural organizations including the New Museum, PS1, Printed Matter, Art Forum, Americans for the Arts, Location 1 and Cabinet magazine. He also gave a public presentation at apexart with Brooklyn-based artist and writer Bosko Blagojevic.
ANILA RUBIKU, ALBANIA
Host: Arizona State University Art Museum - Tempe, AZ
The Arizona State University Art Museum serves a diverse community of artists and audiences through innovative programming that is both interdisciplinary and educational. Ms. Rubiku was introduced to numerous faculty and students at ASU as well as local artists and architects and individuals from Taliesin, Future Arts Research, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and others. She worked with a graduate faculty member on a series of prints and, in collaboration with ASU students and members of the community, she created a new project, based on her impressions of Arizona, during daily workshops in the ASU Art Museum Americas Gallery. She also gave a public presentation of her work at ASU and exhibited a video installation at Taliesin West’s main theater space.
KOLJA SAKSIDA, SLOVENIA
Host: Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology is consistently rated as one of the top universities for digital and stop motion animation. Mr. Saksida attended classes at RIT and exchanged ideas, approaches and skills with students and faculty there. He presented two screenings of his animated works at RIT and gave a demonstration of silicone casting techniques to students. In addition, he toured the George Eastman House and commercial and independent stop-motion studios in Toronto, Ontario, Boston and New York City. He was also able to visit major museums in these cities.
EMILIA SALIEVA, KYRGYZSTAN
Host: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - New York City, NY
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a former ArtsLink grantee, is a wide-reaching organization that serves as arts advocate, presenter, re-granter and arts service provider. Ms. Salieva met regularly with LMCC staff and was involved in the working process of the organization. LMCC organized over 40 meetings for her with arts and academic professionals from the Drawing Center, the Folk Art Museum, Bard College, the School of Visual Arts, Governor’s Island Open Studios, the Sculpture Center and many other organizations. She gave an interview on contemporary cultural issues in Central Asia which was broadcast on WPS1’s Art Radio show.
OKSANA SHATALOVA, KAZAKHSTAN
Host: Athens Center for Film and Video - Athens, OH
A former ArtsLink grantee, the Athens Center for Film and Video at Ohio University supports independent, community and alternative media arts and hosts the International Film & Video Festival. Ms. Shatalova met with students and faculty from Ohio University and gave two lectures there on contemporary art in Kazakhstan. She created three new series of photographic works which were exhibited at the Athens Cinema gallery.
MAIA SIMONISHVILI, GEORGIA
Host: Yale University Libraries - New Haven, CT
The second largest university library in the United States, Yale University Library has 8.8 million volumes in its collection. Ms. Simonishvili met with staff from many library divisions including the Beinecke, Arts, Medical and Social Sciences libraries and departments including preservation, economic growth, public relations and catalog and metadata services. She gave a presentation on Georgian cultural heritage and, working with the curator of the Slavic, East European and Central Asian Collection, she assessed Georgian resources in the Library collection and identified a number of Georgia books, journal articles and films which will be considered for acquisition. She also attended a conference at the New York Public Library and visited the Library of Congress, the Connecticut State Library, the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum and other area libraries and museums.
MARKO STAMENKOVIC, SERBIA
Host: Slought Foundation - Philadelphia, PA
Slought Foundation offers a program of exhibitions, lectures, symposia and publications, with an emphasis on art, geopolitics, critical theory and interdisciplinary programming. Mr. Stamenkovic worked with Slought staff on an upcoming publication in collaboration with the Neue Galerie, Graz. He was integrated into organizational planning sessions and was introduced to Philadelphia-area artists, curators and arts organizations. He also had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to view Prospect 1.
OLGA TATOSIYAN, RUSSIA
Host: Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
Northwest Film Forum promotes film exhibition and production with two cinemas, film production and post-production facilities, educational workshop space and, a film vault with over 1,000 titles. Ms. Tatosiyan spent time with NWFF staff, learning about the organization’s operations and artistic direction and presented a screening of contemporary Russian video there. She also met with independent filmmakers and professionals from numerous Seattle arts organizations including the Henry Art Museum, On the Boards, 911 Media and the Seattle Architectural Foundation. She participated as an actress and production assistant in the shooting of an independent film and researched contemporary Seattle films for inclusion in a screening in Russia.
VLADIMIR US, MOLDOVA
Host: Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
The Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a former ArtsLink grantee, hosts about 50 public presentations a year in lectures, symposia, performances and screenings by artists, curators, critics, and historians working in all media. Mr. Us presented a lecture, participated in a graduate seminar in arts administration and attended artists’ talks and events at the SAIC. He met with students and faculty at the SAIC and in the Chicago cultural community; visited organizations including the Renaissance Society, InCUBATE, Experimental Station, Threewalls and the University of Illinois.