SMFA at Tufts University Traveling Fellows Recipients 2017
Created in 1894 to encourage post-graduate work and travel, the Traveling Fellowships remain one of the most important and enduring gifts given to support alumni of the SMFA. Through independent work, exploration, and exhibition opportunities, these awards help launch individual careers.
In August, a jury composed of Lucas Cowan, Public Art Curator of the Rose Kennedy Conservancy in Boston; Amanda McDonald Crowley , cultural worker, curator and facilitator for the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC); and Dina Deitsch, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Interim Director at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, awarded 10 fellowships from a pool of more than 200 applicants.
John Anderson (MFA 1985)
John Anderson is a mixed-media/found object artist working primarily in sculpture. He plans to travel to Le Musée De La Contrefaçon (The Museum of Counterfeiting) located in Paris and wants to visit the factories that make Louis Vuitton. Anderson says, “My work has been progressing towards more illusion through copying and simulating object.”
Artist Website: https://sculpturebyjohnanderson.wordpress.com
Amanda Curreri (BA/BFA 2000)
Amanda Curreri is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working between Cincinnati, OH and the Bay Area, CA. The artist plans to travel to Japan to study textile traditions. She uses textiles as a way to prompt “discussions of labor, class, use-value, gender, and notions of time."
Artist Website: http://amandacurreri.com
Georgie Freidman (MFA 2008)
Georgie Friedman is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale video installations, single and multi-channel videos, and several photographic series. The artist plans to travel to Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula. Regarding her art she says, “I investigate a wide range of powerful atmospheric and oceanic conditions, and am fascinated by the power of these natural elements in relationship to human fragility.”
Megan Herwig (MFA 2013)
Megan is a primarily 2-D artist currently working and living in Pittsburgh, PA. Megan is planning a classic American road trip and plans to use the National Park System in the west as a framework. “…to experience the potential in the vastness of the desert and the mystery and myth inherent in the wilderness and to explore the role of American mythology in my own myth.”
Artist Website: http://meganherwig.tumblr.com
Suje Garcia (MFA 2014)
Suje Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist based in Charlotte, NC. Suje was a member of the US military and plans to travel to Amman, Jordan. The artist has become drawn to “explore concerns related to global conflict and with this project hopes to provide a broader perspective of the world.”
Artist Website: http://www.sujegarcia.com
Jodie Goodnough (MFA 2013)
Jodie Mim Goodnough is a Providence, Rhode Island-based artist whose work revolves around the use of images in psychology and psychiatry, and includes photography, sculpture, performance, video and sound. Goodnough plans on traveling to Okutama, Japan to experience forest bathing at a Forest Medicine Center where she will explore further the concept of the therapeutic landscape.
Artist Website: http://www.jodiemim.com
Sara Jones (MFA 2007)
Sara Jones is an artist and curator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Jones plans on traveling to France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland. This journey will retrace one taken by her ancestors in 1844 who traveled from Tennessee to Europe. The trip will “…be an investigation into place, memory, and the ways that souvenirs shape the experience of both.”
Artist Website: http://sara-jones.com
Cassandra Klos (BFA 2014)
Cassandra Klos is a Boston-based artist. Klos plans on traveling to Houston, Texas; Gennargentu National Park; and Sardinia, Italy. “For several weeks I will document how NASA’s Johnson Space Center permeates the culture of the city. I will also be photographing and interviewing a crew of the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) following their 30-day simulation.”
Artist Website: http://cassandraklos.com
Emily Lombardo (MFA 2013)
Emily Lombardo is an artist who has been living and working in Boston for more than 15 years. Lombardo plans on traveling to Pescia and Venice in Italy. As an Italian American gay artist, she wants to explore an attitude of denial and condemnation in Renaissance Europe regarding sexual acts between women that caused the disappearance from historical and cultural memory of complex, intimate narratives between women.
Artist Website: http://www.emilylombardo.com
Gregory Lookerse (MFA 2014)
Greg is an interdisciplinary artist originally from California; he currently works in Boston and the New England area. He plans on traveling to Hirado, Ise City, and Kyoto in Japan. In Japan, he will explore the absurdity of the human belief that physical objects can have transcendent meaning or value. The Japanese emphasis on the impermanence of reality has been the largest influence on the aesthetics of Lookerse’s work.
Artist Website: http://www.greglookerse.com
About the Jurors
Lucas Cowan is the Public Art Curator of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston. He is interested in working with the arts community to build collaborative environments, creating transparency within the artistic process, creating civic pride for the communities we live in, and studying the impact contemporary art has within the public sphere. Cowan was previously the Director of Public Art Programs with the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Senior Curator of Exhibits for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture and Millennium Park in Chicago. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Sculpture Center, is a publisher of Sculpture magazine, and was a founding member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Junior Board.
Amanda McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker, curator, and facilitator who is interested in cross-disciplinary practices, collaboration, and exchange. She is currently based out of NYC, but has lived and worked in Australia, Germany, Finland, and the United States. Amanda is working as an independent curator across the U.S. and Europe, and currently serves as a board member of the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC) in the U.S. She recently participated in the Santa Fe Art Institute's food justice residency cycle. Other recent curatorial efforts include her participation in the Finnish Society for Bioart’s Field Notes: Deep Time research residency and symposium; and collaborating with Pixelache and Ruoantulevaisus on programming the Foodycle event during a residency with HIAP in Helsinki.
Dina Deitsch is the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Interim Director at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. She previously managed Goodman Taft’s public art initiatives and artist commissions. She was also a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a member of the faculty in the MFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Until 2015 she was Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts where she spearheaded the PLATFORM series of site-specific commissions by emerging and mid-career artists and organized the 2010 and 2012 deCordova Biennials. Previously, Dina held curatorial positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dina’s writing has been featured in Phaidon Press’s Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography, Visualizing Rituals: Critical Analysis of Art and Ritual Practice, and in various art magazines and journals including Women’s Art Journal, Art Papers, C Magazine, Art Fairs International, Octopus, MIT’s Thresholds, and Art Journal Open.