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Design Innovation Grant for FY2010

The Design Innovation Grant seeks to encourage design professionals to develop plans and concepts that represent a high level of creative problem solving and innovation in a design field. Meet the recipient of our DIG award in FY2010.

Announcing the first recipient of RISCA’s new Design Innovation Grant…

Shawn Wallace is an instructor with the Fab Academy at AS220 Labs, a teaching space, workspace and community junk pile for supporting open hardware and software projects. He is a member of the Bolero club and the Julian Jaynes Society. He was a founding member of the Pataphysical Circus and the performance groups Frodus and 6 Family Yard Sale Hostage Crisis.

The panel was enthusiastic about the fact that this project is open source and will, therefore, be open and available to anyone interested in designing and making. They saw this as a highly innovative project that is part of a trend that could lead to the next artistic and industrial revolution. One panelist had experienced this applicant working with children at Maker Faire and was impressed and inspired by how many kids were actively using the tools he provided to create circuit boards and electronic components. There is a potential here for radical manufacturing beginning on a local level. The panel was impressed with the aesthetic value of the applicant’s fabricated pieces which were submitted as support material, describing them as “sexy” and “gorgeous”. They felt that the work demonstrated a high level of design although the applicant is not a designer by trade. They felt that his work could also have a place as new media fine art.  The panelists selected that this proposal as demonstrating the most promise for growth and they felt that this applicant seemed to on the cusp of something great.


Fellowships for FY2010

Fellowship grants acknowledge the work of Rhode Island's finest artists in a variety of arts disciplines. Meet below the recipients of our fellowship awards in FY2010.

Heidi Henderson is the choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick up company in RI. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre (London), International Festival of Dance (Korea), Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival and in New York City, Boston and Rhode Island. Heidi has danced in the companies of  Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring and Paula Josa-Jones. She received her BA from Colby College and MFA from Smith College and is in her seventh year as Assistant Professor at Connecticut College.

The panel unanimously and enthusiastically selected this applicant for the Fellowship Award. Both of the pieces submitted were seen as extremely strong and described as “intelligent” and “thoughtful.” The first piece was performed in silence which, the panel remarked, is difficult to perform successfully, but the movement had so much content that the silence was effective. This choreographer gives the viewer space to experience the visual and kinesthetic experience of pure movement. The work presents almost an arena, where the dancers are clearly engaged in relationship to each other and the space is activated through boundaries that the dancers perform within and outside of. The inclusion of a virtual dancer on screen also works very successfully and shows this artist’s ability to push the boundaries of choreography. Both works incorporate stillness, framing, depth, pairing and solo movements, suspense and rhythm, all to great effect. The second piece demonstrates the choreographer’s command and precision in perfectly directing and framing 20 capable bodies. Even the camera was positioned perfectly, reflecting the artist’s control of how her work should be viewed.


Jamie Jewett received his BA in Dance and Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, an MFA in Dance and Technology from the Ohio State University, an MA from Brown University’s MEME@Brown program (Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments @ Brown) and recently received his Ph.D. from Brown in New Media and Performance. He is the director of Lostwax Productions, a multi-media dance theater company that seeks to examine the visceral cusp between installation, performance space and narrative through the use of technology. Jewett has choreographed, performed and taught across the U.S. as well as in Bali, Canada, France, Java, Nepal and the United Kingdom

The panel responded very favorably to the applicant’s piece titled Melt. They appreciated the multi-media aspect of this hour long performance, including real time video projection and imagery of ice, water, clouds, etc. The panel acknowledged the difficulty of choreographing an hour long piece for three dancers and they watched much of the piece, finding it interesting throughout. This choreographer incorporates everyday movements, varying speeds and tempos, interaction between dancers and solo movements very successfully. Overall, this work was described as strong, visually interesting work.


Jenine Bressner took birth outside of New York City in the summer of 1979. She studied glass at the Rhode Island School of Design and has lived in Providence since the spring of 1998. Jenine wants to see things she has never seen before. She aims to make things that satisfy this wish by drawing with glass rods in a torch flame, and by working in other various media.

The 2010 Craft Panel was impressed by the amount of flamework glass this artist puts into a single piece. They commented on the integrity of the artist’s craftsmanship and the traditional approach to glassmaking combined with a new and unusual approach to composition. The jewelry is outside of current trends in jewelry making and has both excellent aesthetic and conceptual appeal. The panel appreciated the amount of work that goes into the pieces, yet each piece maintains a sense of fun and playfulness. This artist is not just making jewelry, but experimenting with the form. The panel described these works as refreshing, fantastic, exuberant and outrageous. This artist’s work is exceptionally well crafted, but doesn't take itself too seriously.


Joshua Enck creates unique sculptural forms in wood and metal. He earned an M.F.A. with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and his B.S.A.S. from the University of Illinois. Combining his training as an architect and furniture maker, he constructs pieces that are conceptually rigorous and well-crafted. His work draws inspiration from agricultural and industrial landscapes. Enck's work juxtaposes organic and inorganic materials that gather markings of age, weather with interaction, and collect narrations of use.

The 2010 Craft Panel expressed a tremendous amount of respect for the craftsmanship demonstrated in this artist’s work, especially in the incorporation of difficult techniques such as coopering. They appreciated the artist’s constrained aesthetic and excellent design sensibility. They commented on the diversity of the pieces submitted, as well as the varied media that the artist is adept at using. The panel described the furniture as "exquisite" with a “postmodern” look. Overall, the panel had great respect for this artist’s process and range.



Jungil Hong received her BFA from RISD in 1999 and she has won scholarships to the Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She has previously won the RISCA Fellowship Merit Awards in the Drawing & Printmaking and Crafts categories. Her work has been shown at Gallery Agniel in Providence, New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, Space 1026 in Philadelphia, and The Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, among others in the US and abroad. She lives and works in Providence.

The panel saw this as the work of a mature artist who is able to innovate and take risks within a recognizable style and always with exceptional craftsmanship. Each work is distinct and able to stand on its own, but they each also fit within a greater whole. The panel appreciated the artist’s ability to use garish colors without compromising beauty. They recognized her “impeccable technique” and one panelist commented “this artist really loves to register”. They saw the work as rooted in traditions including poster art and sumi-e painting, but pushed in a completely new direction and revealing the artist’s own original language and iconography. They felt that she has created an accomplished body of work that is almost decorative, yet edgy in a way that makes it compelling and sophisticated.


Jessica Ciocci worked for several years with the group Paper Rad, which has produced comic books, a website, videos, performances and more. The group has exhibited internationally and Jessica has been reviewed in the New York Times. Jessica recently exhibited at the Migros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. Her work includes drawing, photo, video, and music. Jessica lives and works in Providence.

The panel agreed that this work stood out among the pool of artwork that they reviewed. They described it as falling outside of what you would expect to see in a gallery. There is a ridiculous aspect to the work that seems to reference Lite-Brite, macramé friendship bracelets, or the idea of artist as computer. The panel recognized it as a tight and cohesive body of work. Each mark is executed with precision and purpose, even if the process is stream of consciousness. The works were described as little jewels and one of the more original approaches to color that the panelists had seen.

Lisa Young holds a BFA from the University of Illinois, an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.  Young's work explores the relationship between the temporal and the sublime through installation, books, video, and web projects. 

Young's work has been exhibited at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, the Cue Art Foundation and White Columns, New York, NY, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, Bard College, Annondale-oh-Hudson, NY, and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Her commissioned projects include a billboard at 6150 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (Clockshop/Julia Meltzer), an artist project for Cabinet Magazine, and the web project fortunehunting.org developed with the Scholarly Technologies Group at Brown University. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Harvard University Art Museums, the New York Public Library, Cornell University, and the Neues Museum Weserberg in Bremen Germany. She is currently a Visiting Critic in the Photography Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The 2010 Film and Video Panel used terms such as "meditative" and "sublime" to describe Young's filmmaking. They appreciated the work's beautiful imagery, the quality of the rhythm, and the exploration of original concepts. They described this filmmaker's approach as "innovative, simple and sophisticated."


The 2010 Film and Video Panel described this filmmaker's work as beautiful and compelling. They admired the works' kinesthetic quality and they enjoyed the way the filmmaker plays with textures and editing. The panel appreciated the fact that this filmmaker shoots and edits his work, as well as often creating the musical score. They described this applicant as a truly experimental filmmaker with a lot of potential.

Mike Stoltz lives in Providence, RI where he makes films, videos, music, and food.



Lydia Perez, a national artist, Provider and Artist/teacher, directs traditional “Bomba”, “Plena”, “Jibaro” and Caribbean music and dance with YORUBA2 (her national group).   They appear and perform for colleges, schools, churches, galleries, libraries, museums and festivals across the State of Rhode Island and New England. She also offers private classes in Afro-Caribbean dance and music at her studio in Warwick and also conducts classes around the state upon request. She teaches students at public schools in after school programs in RI.  Lydia is active member of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and New England For the arts (NEFA).

Her mastery and dedication in the Caribbean rhythms gave her the idea to share that knowledge with the Puerto Rican and Latino Communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, giving her the name of the Master and ambassador of “La Bomba.” She has been working with the Puerto Rican community for nineteen years.   She has a vast experience in working as an arts educator, developing artistic areas in children such as dramatization, dance, vocals, Caribbean percussion rhythms and storytelling. She also makes Vejigante masks, bringing them to the stage with COMPARSAS AND RHYTMS.

She has worked with numerous Non-Profit Organizations, after school programs, Department of Tourism of Providence and with Galleries from Puerto Rico.  She has worked as a Master Educator/Teaching in residency with Explorations in the Puerto Rican Culture, a collaborative project of Springfield Public Schools and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Lydia has received twenty three individual awards and the highest honor for traditional and folklore arts in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and some at the National level. She received a Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation and the 2000 Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She won the 1999 and 2000 “American Tradition” project Tourism award with the Southern Arts Federation and travels nationwide to demonstrate that her “Puerto Rican” culture is alive.
Her contribution with the City of Providence and Rhode Island has brought great diversity and respect for the Puerto Rican Culture. With the Department of Art and Tourism of Providence, they have been able to bring National Puerto Rican groups such as “La Rondalla de Puerto Rico”, “Guarayson” Quartet, The National group of “Los Pleneros de la 21” and the International  group of Jibaro, “MAPEYE” from Puerto Rico.  These groups are examples of the highest quality of Puerto Rican music ensembles brought to Rhode Island. 

Lydia and Yoruba2 brings a variety of Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture connecting the authentic folklore of her beautiful Island through the Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Inc. State of Rhode Island. (PRIAA).

Lydia and her husband Wendell Rivera are founders of the Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Inc, State of RI.  (PRIAA in 1995).  A non- profit organization that has received from the Rhode Island Foundation the 2007 Award of Economic and Community Development 

Lydia is member of the National Association of Professional Women and Cambridge Who’s  Who


Michael Stewart received his M.F.A. from Brown University in 2007 where he currently teaches creative nonfiction. His work has been published in many top literary journals including: Denver Quarterly, Elimae, American Letters & Commentary and Conjunctions. Recently, he has been anthologized in both Thirty Under Thirty and Best of the Web.

The 2010 Fiction Panel described this author's work as clever, whimsical and sophisticated. They enjoyed the way the author played with a mosaic of nouns and made common words interesting. This writer is clearly engaged in the art of crafting language; they are in full control of their style and avoid sounding precious or affected. The panel felt the work was moving on multiple levels. They expressed an appreciation of the author's choice to resist conventional narrative structures, therefore retaining "a poetic tightness, suspended in an unresolved state."


Alison Bundy’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Chicago Review, Kenyon Review, and Harper’s Magazine.  Two collections of her fiction— A Bad Business (Lost Roads) and DunceCap (Burning Deck)—have been published, as well as a short novel, Tale of a Good Cook (paradigm press). 

The 2010 Fiction Panel described this author's work as interesting and atmospheric. They observed that the events occurring in the work felt very alive, while avoiding the risk of becoming dramatic or overwrought. The author maintained a subtly of style, engaging the reader by retaining a sense of the unknown. Overall, the panel felt that the author possesses an exciting approach to their craft and has the potential to emerge as a strong, unique voice.



Michael Stewart received his M.F.A. from Brown University in 2007 where he currently teaches creative nonfiction. His work has been published in many top literary journals including: Denver Quarterly, Elimae, American Letters & Commentary and Conjunctions. Recently, he has been anthologized in both Thirty Under Thirty and Best of the Web.

The 2010 Poetry Panel unanimously and enthusiastically selected this applicant for the Fellowship Award. The panel appreciated the way the poet remains committed to the figures represented in his poems through each piece. They felt that this poet successfully makes unexpected connections and unusual juxtapositions. The panel commented that they would like to own a book of this poet’s work and be able re-read the poems in their free time. The poems were described as sensuous, accomplished, intelligent, fresh, and very American.


Julie Danho O'Connell received an MFA from Ohio State University and currently works as a writer and editor in Providence. Her poems and essays have appeared in Barrow Street, Southern Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, and West Branch, among others. She is currently at work on her first full-length collection.

The 2010 Poetry Panel described these poems as mysterious, eloquent, accomplished and well crafted. They commented on the range of functional variety in this poet’s work, with excellent use of formal constraints. The poems revealed “a good ear”, good use of beats and excellent diction. They complimented the poet’s strong use of metaphor and unrestrained imagery. They also commented on the nice tension between the title and body of each poem. The panel felt that this writer takes on a challenging approach to writing and succeeds.



As a writer/director/editor, Laura Colella has made several short films and videos and two feature films, TAX DAY and STAY UNTIL TOMORROW. With the latter project, she was a Sundance Institute Directing and Screenwriting Fellow. Her two features and her short STATUARY have cumulatively screened at about a hundred film festivals and venues internationally, winning numerous awards.

Laura's current projects include a series of videos for songs by Alec K. Redfearn, as well as a feature length narrative film to be executive produced by the New York production company This Is That. She is also working on two other screenplays, and often serves as a video collaborator with Everett Dance Theatre.  

Laura is a graduate of Harvard College and has received grants and fellowships from the LEF Foundation, the Sundance Institute, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Harvard University, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches Film Production and Directing part-time at RISD, and does freelance film/video production work and consulting. Her feature films are distributed by Passion River Films and she is represented by United Talent Agency. 

The 2010 Play and Screenwriting Panel felt that this was the strongest of the screenplay samples. They commented that the writing style is very visual and the playwright is in command of their craft.  Panelists described the manuscript as "so fantastic" and remarked that it "affected" them. They felt that this work could easily go "from script to screen".


Leigh Medeiros graduated from the University of Hartford in 1994 with a Fine arts major and an English minor. After college Leigh naturally gravitated toward screenwriting, an art that combined both her visual and storytelling skills.

In 2000 Leigh moved to Los Angeles to hone the screenwriting craft and work in the filmmaking industry. She worked as a personal assistant to screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, Hollow Man) to whom she provided story research and plot breakdowns, and learned the business side of the screenwriting industry. She also interned as a script reader for John Crosby Management Company providing coverage and development notes to eager executives.

In 2004 her feature-length romantic comedy, Cursed in Love, won a top prize in the Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and became a finalist in the competitive San Diego International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. In 2005 Island Bound, a short film she wrote and co-produced, won a Judges Commendation in the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Also in 2005 Leigh founded Silver Wing Script Services, to provide script notes and editing to screenwriters. From 2006 to 2008 Leigh also taught Screenwriting at RISD in the Continuing Education department. In addition to her screenwriting and filmmaking work, Leigh has taught art and writing for 15 years in traditional classrooms and workshop settings. She lives between Warren and Block Island.

The 2010 Play and Screenwriting Panel complimented this writer's manuscript as for its strong dialogue, solid structure, and original story. The writing was described by as "tight". They described the story as "fun" and "kooky" - a lighthearted comedy. One panelist explained that there was a sense of "anarchy and joyfulness" in the script that was appealing. The panel felt that this applicant shows excellent ability in the genre.


Kirsten Volness grew up in a small town in southern a place that fostered in her a keen interest in the outdoors and the wonders of nature.  The magic to be found in the natural world informs and inspires her creative work as do Earth-based spiritual traditions. 
She received her DMA in Composition from the University of Michigan (from which she also holds an MM). She received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. Kirsten was named winner of the 2007 BMI Women's Music Commission and received a 2007 ASCAP/SEAMUS student commission.

Her electronic work has been performed at numerous festivals including Bourges, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, Electronic Music Midwest, and Third Practice. Her acoustic work has been performed by the NOW Ensemble, Colorado Quartet, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, featured at Midwest Composers' Symposia, the Montreal and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and presented at various concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. She currently resides and teaches privately in Providence, RI.

The panel immediately and unanimously responded favorably to this composer’s music. They described it as sophisticated and interesting. They were impressed by the level of performance in the recordings and they commented on the amount of rehearsal evident in the performances and the control the composer has over her work. The scores provided with the musical recordings had excellent notation and were evidence that the composer’s vision and goals for the compositions were achieved in the performance recordings. The panel felt that this composer’s submission showed a range of musical exploration, all resulting in good, solid compositions. They felt sure that this composer would use the Fellowship Award to go on to create compelling and innovative new works.


Multi-reedist, vocalist and composer Ashley Paul has been actively involved in improvised and experimental music in New York City, Boston and Providence for the past decade. Her debut solo album “DOL” released in late 2008 was picked as album of the column by Wire Magazine, on one of Rare Frequency’s top 10 lists, and featured in German magazine Spex.

In 2008 she performed the World Premiere of Phil Niblick’s piece composed for her and percussionist Eli Keszler to be published by Touch Records and performed as part of the US Premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s “Der Schall”. She was also selected as artist-in-residence by ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY. In 2009 Ashley founded her own small imprint Wagtail which released her second solo recording “if only goodnight”. She just completed her third solo record to be released by REL Records in early 2010.

Some panelists found this work to be the most interesting of all of the Fellowship applications on a purely aesthetic level.  The entire panel commented on this composer’s interesting use of instruments and the high level of performance on the CD recordings. The work was so consistent that they wondered if the 3 pieces, recorded over the past three years, were performed by the same ensemble. Overall, the panel felt that this applicant’s music is beautiful, interesting, and compelling and they were enthusiastic about supporting her work.


Alison Owen makes site-responsive installations that alter the environment in subtly invasive ways. Owen received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and has exhibited extensively across the US, including Smack Mellon and the Bronx Museum of Art in NY; the Soap Factory in Minneapolis; Vox Populi in Philadelphia; Tilt Gallery in Portland; and Bank Gallery, Creative Artists Agency and Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles. Alison Owen recently participated in the id11 artist residency in Delft, the Netherlands.

The selection of this artist for the Fellowship Award was unanimous and enthusiastic. The panel felt that it was the most simple and conceptually clear work that they reviewed, yet it is also site-responsive, idea-driven, thoughtful, well-considered, and formally beautiful. The artist’s process is rigorous – collecting carpet fibers, dust, dirt, etc – from the site where the artwork will be installed and transforming those materials into elegant, almost Victorian designs. The collection of materials from the site also creates a color scheme which is inherently appropriate for the site, making the work appear seamless in each environment. The work was described as “subdued” and “strong”. From far away the work is beautiful and graceful, but up close it becomes almost repulsive. Panelists expressed interest in seeing this work in person and they were enthusiastic about supporting the artist in her future work.


Aaron Jungels, a cofounder of Everett Dance Theatre, graduated Hope High School’s Art Magnet. Aaron went on to study fashion, theater, film, and sculpture. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and the Trinity Rep Conservatory, eventually discovering in dance a way of integrating his interests in kinetic sculpture and performance.

The panel found this artist’s work to be engaging and interesting. They acknowledged that it is difficult to keep an audience’s attention throughout an hour long multi-media piece, yet this work succeeded in holding their interest and they were left wanting to see more. The work was described as ambitious and brave. They were impressed with the scope and scale of the project, especially dealing with such personal subject matter. There was some critique of the breaks between the movement and narrative sequences. Panelists hoped the work might be more fluid and combine narrative and movement more seamlessly. They felt that the choreography was solid and expressive, evoking feelings relevant to the experience of caring for an autistic child. Overall, they were impressed by the piece and were interested in supporting this artist’s future work, or the continued development of this piece.


Lloyd Martin was born in Rhode Island and currently lives in North Providence. He received his BFA in 1980 from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a full scholarship.  His work is included in numerous collections and publications nationwide. He is represented by the Stephen Haller Gallery in New York.

Lloyd Martin begins his process by photographing the decaying industrial environment surrounding his studio. It is the essence of these urban images captured in his photographs that serve as inspiration for his virile, richly layered paintings. His work is at once both assertive and delicate. In his statement for his 2007 solo exhibition Martin says: “These compositions have been derived from observations of architectural incidents. Unlike the reductionists’ interests of mid-century, (20th), painting and sculpture, these works do not contemplate an end game. A formal rigor that may suggest innate or static staging, instead exact a capacity for incident and nuance. An implicit pictorial space advanced by a series of organized painting events.” 

The panel saw this as the work of a very mature artist, reflecting sophisticated decisions about color, texture, and composition. Spacially, the pieces initially look flat, but upon closer look, depth is created through subtle shifts in line, color and texture. The works have a nuanced geometry that feels mysterious and intriguing, masculine and beautiful. The panel felt that this is clearly an accomplished artist whose work is at first cool, but subtly inventive once the viewer engages with the work and appreciates the artist’s command of color, composition, and material.


Irene Lawrence is a painter who was born in California and grew up on Long Island. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and studied printmaking in San Francisco with Crown Point Press. She has exhibited widely in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, most notably in three solo exhibitions at Steven Harris Architects in New York City. Lawrence is honored as an American Abstract Painter and has work in several public collections including the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University and the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. She draws on performing arts as well as visual arts traditions in her painting practice. She is also a musician and proponent of listening to live concert music. She lives and works in Providence.

The panel described these works as possessing richness and a “real beauty”. The work as a whole was seen as consistent and strong, with beautiful colors, textures, and interesting mark making. Panelists felt that they could spend time in front of these works and that their beauty and mystery would keep them engaged. They felt that even the smallest and simplest of the works draw you in and expressed that they would like to see these works in person.


Traer Scott, author of the bestselling books Shelter Dogs (Merrell Publishers 2006), and Street Dogs (October 2007) is a New England based fine art photographer specializing in narrative and editorial portraiture as well as animal photography. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, Life, Vogue, People, the British Journal of Photography and many other national and international publications. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held in New York, Providence and Tokyo. Her third book Wild Horses; Endangered Beauty was released in October 2008.

The 2010 Photography Panel felt that this photographer's work is universal, as well as beautiful. They were impressed by the "solid" and "cohesive" feel of the group of photographs submitted. They felt that the images transcend a mere technical approach to photography and reach a deeper level. They remarked that the photographs "take [you] in and hold [you] there" and described them as a beautiful and impressive body of work. 


Matthew’s recent exhibitions include Sepia International, New York City, the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ, 2009 Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China, 2006 Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Netherlands and the 2005 Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal Photo Biennale in Canada.

In 2007, Matthew was the first of three artists to be awarded the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in Visual Arts. Among the list of other grants recently supporting Matthew‘s work include the John Gutmann Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship and the American Institute of Indian Studies Creative Arts fellowship. She was recently an artist in residence at the Yaddo Colony, Saratoga Springs, NY and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH. Her work can be found in the collection of the George Eastman House, Fogg Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Center for Creative Photography and the RISD Museum among others. Matthew’s work is included in the book BLINKfrom Phaidon, that according to the publisher celebrates the quality and vision of today's 100 most exciting international contemporary photographers and the upcoming book Self-Portraits by Susan Bright.

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is Professor of Art (Photography) at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island and is represented by Sepia International Inc., New York City & Tasveer Gallery, India

The 2010 Photography Panel was impressed with the cohesiveness of this photographer's work. The photographs explore a very specific issue, yet they evoke many layers of meaning. This photographer is exploring an important contemporary issue and successfully devised a thoughtful and beautiful approach to documenting and presenting it. The resulting photographs are images that "ask questions, rather than answer them." The amount of research invested in the project is evident. Panelists commented that it is a challenge to combine text and image in photography and this photographer does so successfully.



Maureen Keaveny received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 and her B.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago. She has participated in numerous exhibitions held in Rhode Island and the Northeast, most recently at Dead Cat Gallery in Providence, and Plane Space Gallery in New York.

The 2010 Three Dimensional Art Panel unanimously chose this artist for the Fellowship Award. They discussed the ways that each of this artist's pieces transform the spaces they inhabit. The panel appreciated the size and scale of the works and described them as "grand statements." The work was also described as exciting and creative with excellent content and substance. The selection of artworks was aesthetically cohesive, yet each individual piece was interesting and unique. The panelists remarked that they would love to see this work in person and they were enthusiastic about seeing what this artist does next.


Elizabeth Duffy's sculpture, installations, and drawings reexamine everyday materials to explore themes of transience and transformation, using techniques that are repetitive and labor-intensive. Her work has been shown widely in such places as the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Islip Art Museum, Wave Hill, White Columns, and Holland Tunnel Gallery in New York and at Raw and Co. Gallery in Cleveland and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She has won awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and several fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

The 2010 Three Dimensional Art Panel described this artists' small wall pieces as clean and sculptural "little jewels". The panel felt that this artist successfully transforms common materials into compelling artworks, employing creative and unexpected structural design and installation techniques. They described this artist's work as "pristine" and "impressive."