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The Walter Feldman Fellowship

Now in its 9th year, the Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the professional careers of visual artists through a solo exhibition or alternative presentation of work and curatorial and professional development support, including expert guidance on improving business skills for the effective presentation and promotion of your work. 

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About the 2023 Juror: Audrey N. Lopez, PhD  (she/her/they/them)

Audrey is a multiracial Filipina American curator, writer, and educator who works at the intersections of public art, social practice, and racial and spatial justice. She leads the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Department, whose vision is to bring innovative, contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions and programs that engage communities in meaningful dialogue with art, each other, and the most pressing issues of our time.

Audrey brings a strong track record of curating and producing award-winning public art projects by both nationally recognized and emerging artists in outdoor venues across museums, universities, and public agencies. She joined the Conservancy in 2021 following her work as Public Art and Engagement Curator at the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture and, previously, as the Curator of Community Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara. In addition to her work at the Greenway, Dr. Lopez serves as co-curator for Cosmovisión Indígena, an upcoming 2024 exhibition funded through The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles x Art x Science initiative. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught classes on decolonizing language and resisting racialization and racism through public art and activism.

“I was really excited by their explorations into new materials, sculptural work, and the depth of the themes they are exploring through their work — really getting at complex, contradictory subjectivities and perspectives. I love their unapologetic embrace of these contradictions and the dimensional world-building they are both doing, albeit in very distinct ways! Each is at a really fertile creative period ready to launch into the next stage of their careers…. and I hope this fellowship can be a small part of that!” — 2023 Feldman Fellow Juror Audrey N. Lopez

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About Walter Feldman and His Legacy

This program is made possible with the investment of celebrated abstract expressionist artist Walter Feldman (1925-2017), a renowned abstract expressionist who long held the goal to support young artists with opportunities for professional recognition and growth. As such, the application criteria were established by Walter Feldman when founding the program. As a painter, printmaker, and educator who taught students at Brown University over more than 60 years, Mr. Feldman’s legacy will continue to impact young artists through this program.


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