2017 Walter Feldman Fellows
Juror: Laura Knott
Gabriel Sosa is an artist, linguist, and curator based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Born into a Cuban family in Miami, Florida in 1985, he earned an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2016. He also holds a degree in philosophy from Boston University as well as a diploma from New World School of the Arts in Miami. Recent exhibitions include Boston Young Contemporaries at the Boston University Art Gallery, SKIN at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and the Independent Artist Fair in London. Some of his curatorial projects include Stark Naked at Gallery Kayafas and Drawing Connections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California in 2016. His work will be featured in the upcoming Yud Video Project at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California.
“My career as a court interpreter and my career as an artist are intimately linked; they both complement and strengthen each other as I explore memory, text, and narrative. I have not only challenged myself to create work that is both incisive and meaningful but also share that work with others through exhibitions, screenings, curatorial projects, and digital media.”
Juan Sosa es considerado por muchos…/ Juan Sosa is considered by many…, 2016
Oil, oil pastel, charcoal and graphite on paper
Jessica Tam was born in Sacramento, California and has exhibited work in New York at Schroeder Romero, The Painting Center, and Slag Gallery as well as in Chicago at LG Space. She has been an NEA Fellowship Recipient at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and was the Al Held Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Most recently, she has shown at The Box at Knox College, the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, and the Joanne Toor Cummings Gallery at Connecticut College. She received a BA from Dartmouth College, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. More images of her work, including her most recent show DECKLE LOG: a site-specific painting can be seen here: www.jessicaJtam.com
“My paintings typically deal with scenes from sensational popular culture such as professional wrestling, and I emphasize richly varied ways to reflect on even the most marketed and repetitive entertainments by presenting them through series of mutating images. I started creating large-scale site-specific paintings to envelop the viewer after considering the theatricality and cinematic nature of my serial work, and studying how Italian frescoes work with the architecture of their specific residences. The viewer is surrounded by the large-scale site-specific paintings; at times is inside the wrestling ring and other times pushed out into a whole another fray.”
Detail from DECKLE LOG, a site-specific painting installed at The Seerveld Gallery in Chicago, IL, 2016
10 ft. high and wraps around gallery walls
About the Juror: Laura Knott
A curator, editor, and author in contemporary art, technology and culture, Laura Knott has had a dynamic career as an artist as well, with presentations of her choreography and performances at the documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany, on public television in the U.S. and abroad, and in venues ranging from the California desert to the Internet.
For the Tufts University Experimental College, Laura developed and taught the course, “Money and Ethics in the Contemporary Art World.” In her “spare time,” Laura is writing a book, Welcome to Cultureburg, that opens doors to the art world.
She is currently working with the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology to develop exhibitions and events for the 50th anniversary of the renowned Center for Advanced Visual Studies, where she studied with Group Zero co-founder Otto Piene. An invited member of The Art Table, a national organization for women leaders in the visual arts, Laura is also the President of the Board of the Cambridge (MA) Art Association.
2016 Walter Feldman Fellows
Juror: Liz Munsell
Julia Traub Csekö received her MFA from the school of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 2013. Though she has lived in the Boston area for five years now, she previously worked and resided in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cseko’s primary artistic focus explores the relationship between the artist and the viewer through painting.
Her most recent series of paintings, titled “Straight from the Heart: The Rant Series” hold a conversation with each other while also including the viewer in the discussion. These works question the necessity of art making, address Cseko’s origins as an artist, and evoke the insecurities and faltering faith that pervades the artistic process. With these written paintings, Cesko says she “is able to share thoughts and ideas that [she] finds extremely beautiful and of utmost social, philosophical and emotional importance, but that would otherwise reside exclusively in the privacy of [her] own thoughts”. Julia Cseko’s work can be viewed in mural form around Boston and abroad, as well as at Emerson College.
“Straight from the Heart – Rant series #1”, Julia Cseko
The work of Sarah Husley combines an interest in the structure of language and a fascination with the visual forms of maps and scientific diagrams. Through prints and artists’ books, she explores ways of adapting the visual systems of various historical diagrams to use as a metaphor for language. Husley is most interested in drawing attention to aspects of language that often go unnoticed by speakers such (i.e. syntax, phonology, etymology) and presenting some of the more intriguing patterns that emerge.
Husley’s artwork is strongly influenced by her educational background in Linguistics. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she received a Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Linguistics, focusing on the fields of Syntax and Semantics.
Husley gravitates towards techniques that reflect some of the conceptual concerns of her work: repetition, seriality, and discrete marks built up into larger forms. Many linguistic structures are made up of small parts combined through linguistic rules. Therefore, art processes that are inherently iterative and repeatable are of particular interest to her. Husley works primarily with printmaking—woodcut, etching, screenprint, and letterpress. Within these media, she explores new ways to visualize the complex systems behind language.
“In the Words of Fourier”, Sarah Hulsey
About the Juror: Liz Munsell
Liz Munsell is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs and has instituted a number of new programs in video art and performance since joining the MFA in 2009. In the collection galleries she curated Slippery Surfaces (2012), and the Museum-wide performance art exhibition Odd Spaces (2013). Munsell has worked with the Museum’s Film Department on French Edges (July 2012) and Other French Loves (July 2011)–the MFA’s first video art programs to be featured in an international film festival, and VideoSur III: Experimental Shorts from Chile, Argentina and Brazil (December 2010)–partnering with the Latino community in Boston. A Fulbright Scholar to Chile in 2006, she holds a Masters in cultural studies from the Universidad de Chile and a B.A. from Tufts University in international letters and visual studies. Munsell’s exhibitions outside the Museum include Cuban Virtualities: New Media Art from the Island at Tufts Univeristy (2013), Everyday Angles at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2012) and Close Distance at the Boston Center for the Arts (2011). Her writings have been published in English, Spanish and Japanese in print and online publications such as Bomb Magazine and ArtForum.com. Learn more about her in this Boston.com interview.
2015 Feldman Fellows
Juror: Katherine French
Kelly Carmody has exhibited at venues including the Portrait Society of America and the Art Students League. Most recently, she was selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award Show at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the 2016 Outwin Boochever Award at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. In addition, the historic Guild of Boston Artists elected her to become a member in 2015, she won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award in her first juried members show. The winning portrait is on the cover of July/August edition of Fine Art Connoisseur. In June of 2015 she received the Blanche E. Colman Award. She was invited to exhibit in the 2016 American Masters show at the Salmagundi Club.
She currently has work at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Ann Long Gallery in Charleston, SC. Publications that have featured her work include American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine, Fine Art Today, Southwest Art, Studio Visit Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Carmody has won grants from the Ludwig Foundation, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as receiving an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant and the Walter Feldman Grant. In 2014 she won 3rd place in the Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition.
Carmody attended Massachusetts College of Art and furthered her studies at the Art Students League and in the studio of Numael Pulido. She paints and teaches in her Waltham, MA studio. kellycarmody.com
“Carmody’s virtuosic handling of paint is quietly gestural,” says curator Katherine French. “Her paintings are not only intelligently composed, but also filled with an exquisite sensitivity to light. In them, she manages to successfully re-interpret 19th century realism for contemporary audiences in a way that is fresh, original and absolutely sincere.”
Sarah Meyers Brent is featured as a 2016 Best of Boston artist by The Improper Bostonian magazine. Brent has exhibited works in numerous venues, including her recent exhibit, Seep, Spill, Grow, at The Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, which was featured in Artscope Magazine. She was the recipient of the 2015 Walter Feldman Fellowship, culminating in an exhibit at the Walter Feldman Gallery in Boston titled Primal Garden, which also received critical acclaim in Artscope Magazine and The Boston Globe. Brent was awarded the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist award through the City of Boston.
Twice awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Brent is also a recipient of an Artist Resource Trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, who designated her a 25 at 25 Fellow. Brent’s work appears in collections at The Danforth Musuem, The Liquitex Corporate Collection, and numerous private collections. She was also featured in Volume 16 of New American Painting Northeast edition. Born in Hadley, NY, Sarah Meyers Brent received her BFA from Skidmore College, her Post- Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University, and her MFA from the University of New Hampshire at Durham. The artist maintains a studio at Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA. sarahartist.com
“Brent’s paintings are about life,” says curator Katherine French. “While they might include elements of landscape—actual flowers and earth covered roots coming proud of the surface—these lush and emotive paintings go beyond that. Pulsing with energy, they are about creation and creativity—and our potential for growth.”
About the Juror: Katherine French
Katherine French is currently Gallery Director at Catamount Arts, northern New England’s largest independent arts center, where she not only curates exhibitions, but also works to expand professional opportunities for area artists at Catamount Arts. Before joining Catamount in 2015, French was Executive Director of Danforth Art for more than 10 years, where she was responsible for all aspects of managing the museum and school and curating exhibitions. She has been acclaimed for numerous exhibitions on historical and contemporary expressionism, as well as featured in both Art New England and Boston Globe profiles. Recipient of awards for curatorial excellence from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, French was also named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the Boston Art Awards. Twice recognized as one of the Worcester Business Journal’s Ten to Watch, she has been designated a Distinguished Alumna by Boston University. Under her direction, Danforth Art was named an Outstanding Cultural Organization by the Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative. French now resides both in Barton, Vermont, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with her husband Tim Hamilton, a conservator of antique keyboard instruments.