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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. 

“This year’s Fellows, AJ Rombach and Yuko Okabe, create work that draws from their personal histories, their communities, and their immediate surroundings. Both technically skilled, yet thoughtful and tender, these two artists have an eye for capturing the details that transform the mundane of everyday life into captivating scenes. — 2022 Feldman Fellow Juror Jameson Johnson

AJ Rombach, Reverance, Oil on Canvas

Photo credit Zach Mendez

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.

This program is made possible with the investment of celebrated abstract expressionist artist Walter Feldman, 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.

About Walter Feldman

Walter Feldman (1925-2017) was a renowned abstract expressionist artist. He studied at Yale School of the Fine Arts with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers, receiving his BFA and MFA.  In 1953 he was appointed to the art faculty at Brown University. His paintings have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, DeCordova Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Obelisk Gallery, Pace Gallery, and Kraushaar Galleries. Over the course of his career he won numerous prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the print prize at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a senior Fulbright Fellowship, the gold medal in Milan’s “Mostra International,” the Childe Hassam Purchase prize from the National Academy of Design and the Tonner prize from the American Color Print Society. His works are in over a 150 public collections including the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


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