FALL 2018 ART & LAW PROGRAM FELLOWS

Emily Chow Bluck: Bluck is an artist, educator, and organizer based in New York City. Working primarily with communities of color in urban neighborhoods, she uses her art praxis to build local campaigns for social justice. These creative campaigns harness experiences of struggle and oppression to manifest new narratives of overcoming, social value, and self-determined futures. In the studio, her work is interdisciplinary with a focus on employing materials that relate to a diasporic Chinese experience. Bluck holds a MFA in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Politics & International Relations from Scripps College.

Veronica Constable: Constable is an interdisciplinary artist who uses drawing and film to investigate the various social, political, and cultural forces that shape perceptions of and complacency in institutional, structural, and personal abuses. Constable has a BFA in Fine Arts and minors in Spanish, Visual Studies, and Art History from Cornell University. During her time as an undergraduate, she pursued various interests, such as psychology and sociology, as a means of maintaining an interdisciplinary practice. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and locally, including the Academia de Belle Arte and Palazzo Lazzaroni in Rome, 26 Broadway in New York, Olive Tjaden Gallery at Cornell University, and Inliquid Gallery in Philadelphia. Her work has been published in Association Magazine in the United States and Nero Magazine in Europe. Constable is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Charles Baskerville Painting Award, Edith Stone and Walter King Memorial Prize, and the David R. Bean Prize. She currently serves as Associate Director at Boccara Gallery. 

Christhian Diaz: Diaz grew up in Latin America and then in Florida where as an undocumented immigrant he and his mother cleaned offices, did housekeeping, and worked in chain restaurants. He then attended art school in New York City where he began making performance art, while trying to create a space to unpack the sagging sack of emotions that his own family, immigration, and labor histories have left him. He currently works as Immigration Intake Paralegal with Queens Legal Services Immigrant Advocacy Project. He has performed at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA PS1 Printshop, the Museum of Arts and Design, Movement Research at Judson Church, and Abrons Arts Center, among others. Christhian holds an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from The Cooper Union. He was a 2013 MacDowell fellow, co-organizer of TradeSchool.coop, and currently organizes a series of open performance nights out of his living room called Fifteen Minutes of Doing Something Now.

Katya Grokhovsky: Grokhovsky is an NYC based artist, curator, educator and a Founding Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) and Feminist Urgent (FU). Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Studios Program, Wythe Hotel Residency, BRICworkspace Residency, Ox-BOW School of Art Residency, Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Studios at MASS MoCA, SOHO20 Gallery Residency, BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, VOX Populi AUX Curatorial Fellowship, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, NARS Residency Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center International Summer Residency, NY and more. She has been awarded the NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, Australia and others. In 2018 Grokhovsky is the curator of Art in Odd Places BODY NYC Festival and exhibition. Her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. 

Clare Kambhu: Kambhu is an artist/educator. She maintains a painting based studio practice in the Bronx and teaches art at Pan American International High School in Queens. She holds a BFA in studio art and an MA in art education from NYU and an MFA from Yale School of Art.

Lisa McCleary: McCleary (b.1992) is an Irish-Australian artist currently living in New York. In 2015 she received her BFA Honours Degree from UNSW Art & Design Sydney, and in 2018 completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree at Parsons, The New School, NYC. She has exhibited internationally with a solo show at Palmer Art Projects in both 2015 and 2016. McCleary showcased her work in several group exhibitions last year including Unsentimental, Recoded: Strategies of Queer Abstraction and Between. She has won the Art Scene and Eckersley’s Painting Awards, and in 2018 the International Juried Exhibition, Show Your World, at Gallery MC, NYC. In 2018 her work will be showcased in Art on 52nd St., Growing Pebbles, The Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and From Minuscule to Monumental at The Factory LIC, New York. 

Melany Nugent-Noble: Informed by professional experiences working in public service, Melany Nugent-Noble makes work that explores filter of language that democratic and decision making processes pass through, and how they change over time, across jurisdictions and across political lines.  As such, texts and speeches of various governments and institutions have become primary source material that she works with and since 2014, she has created a number of ongoing, limited run publishing-based projects using reproduced government texts and speeches from points in history that have resonance with current Canadian and international events.

Chris Watts: Watts is a New York based multidisciplinary artist from North Carolina. His work has been exhibited at Abrons Arts Center, New York (2018); Knockdown Center, Queens, NY, (2018); Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC, (2017); Winston Salem State University, NC, (2016); Greensboro College, NC, (2015) and High Point University, NC, (2016); Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France, (2015); and at Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC, (2015). Watts completed residency programs at Abrons Arts Center, New York, (2018); Lower Manhattan Culture Council Workspace Program, New York, NY (2016-2017); and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, (2014). He received training from the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and from the Yale University School of Art.