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The Walter Feldman Fellowship

Now in its 10th year, the Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the professional careers of visual artists through gained knowledge of exhibition practices 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 work. 

Congratulations to Jo Nanjian and Rowan Raskin, who have been accepted as the 2024 Walter Feldman Fellows!

As ‘artists have a duty to reflect the times,’ it is an even rarer gift to provide glimpses of the future. Jo Nanijian (she/her) and Rowan Raskin (they/them) document, commemorate, and excavate symbols of folks in their communities. The painterly sculptures or sculptural paintings by Nanijian are mementos to the missed moments with family abroad and portraits/fossils of our empathy. Raskin reflects the interplanetary bond of queer kinship told in the setting of the Southwest — rodeos, roadkill, and dessert bones. They even endow the edge of each painting with fringe, sequins, or an object leaping off the canvas. Each artist has so much potential. I’m excited to see how the Walter Feldman Fellowship launches them into solo shows, nurturing relationships in the arts, and experimentation of their work.

—Chenoa Baker, Walter Feldman Fellowship Juror, 2024

Photo credit Sian Michael

About the 2024 Juror: Chenoa Baker (she/her)

Chenoa Baker (she/her) is an independent curator, wordsmith, cultural strategist, and descendant of self-emancipators. She teaches curatorial practice at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Previously, she led the exhibition program at ShowUp as the Associate Curator and consulted on Gio Swaby: Fresh Up at the Peabody Essex Museum and Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas at MFA/Boston. She’s an editor at Sixty Inches From Center, her writing has been awarded the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art (AICA) Young Art Critics Prize in 2023, and appears in Hyperallergic, Public Parking, Material Intelligence, and Studio Potter.

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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