2018 ART & LAW PROGRAM FELLOWS
Raoul Anchondo: Anchondo (b.1989) is an artist and organizer living in New York City. In his work, he stages visual material from disparate cultural moments in order to investigate histories of place, media and the complicity of the avant-garde with larger systems of oppression. He received a BFA from The Cooper Union (2011) and was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2011) and the Wassaic Project (2012). He was a contributing artist to The Filmballad of MAMADADA (2014), a collectively authored biopic, and a principle organizer of Our [Yours & Mine] Future (2017), a benefit auction for UnLocal, a non-profit law firm that provides free legal representation and immigrant rights education to undocumented communities in New York City. He is currently working to connect UnLocal with other artists and arts institutions to develop alternative funding models and support the organization’s clients and staff..
Kiran Chandara: Born and raised in Kolkata, India, schooled in the United States, and attending residencies in Italy, Sweden and Mexico has informed a sensitivity to location, dislocation, praxis, temporality, power and place. She is currently an Adjunct lecturer at Hunter College and NYU and a Museum Educator at the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Eva Davis: Davis collaborates with artists to produce exhibitions, texts, and events. As a curator and cultural liaison her focus is on supporting multifaceted incubation spaces in the creation of conversation, visibility, and production among artists, objects, and audience. Her work in arts administration, curatorial, and programming brings together a valuable roster of collaborators, artists, and institutions.
Karen Gover: Gover teaches philosophy, with areas of specialization in Continental philosophy, Aesthetics, and Ancient Greek philosophy. She has published scholarly articles in International Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and The Journal of Aesthetic Education. Her art criticism has appeared in Sculpture magazine, Ceramics: Art and Perception, and the online magazine Artcritical. Gover is the recipient of a grant from the German Academic Exchange service, she was a fellow at Williams College’s Oakley Center for the Humanities, and she is the 2011 recipient of the John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. Her book, Art and Authority: Moral Rights and Meaning in Contemporary Visual Art, will appear from Oxford University Press in Spring 2018.
Emily Greco: Greco lives and works in Long Island, NY. In 2016 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art History. Emily has participated in and helped to organize various curatorial and diplomatic programs in Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Zagreb. She is a founder of Garret Projects, a nascent space for special projects in the Visual Arts in Brooklyn, NY. Emily works as a Legal Assistant and Receptionist at a private law firm in Nassau County, NY, and plans to attend law school in the Fall.
Pablo Montealegre: Montealegre was born in Santiago de Chile, 1985. He received his MFA from Columbia University on 2016 and MA from Universidad de Chile on 2014. Montealegre has exhibited in New York and Chile at venues including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Fisher-Landau Center of Art, and Wallach Gallery, New York City; Galeria Animal, Galeria BECH, and Balmaceda 1215, in Santiago. Awards and Fellowships include the Aaron and Betty Lee Stern Fellowship, Columbia University; AIM Bronx Museum fellowship; and Becas Chile, CONICYT. Montealegre lives and works in New York City.
Joe Riley: Riley is an artist and sailor. He has sailed atop abandoned railroads in the U.S., paraded a mobile radio network in Ukraine, and helped organize the longest student-led occupation in United States history while studying at Cooper Union. In 2013 he was faculty at Bruce High Quality Foundation University and a resident at Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kyiv) in 2014. He is a technician and adjunct instructor for the Cooper Union School of Art, a collaborator with the collective Futurefarmers, and a participant in the 2016-17 Whitney Independent Study Program. He is currently working alongside frequent collaborator Audrey Snyder as part of NYC Park’s Field R/D program at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.
Adam Liam Rose: Rose (b. 1990) is an artist working across sculpture, photography, video and installation. Born in East Jerusalem and raised mostly in the United States, his works investigate the aesthetic systems of power embedded within architecture.
Valerie Suter: Suter is from New York originally and grew up in Amagansett, NY, Washington, D.C., and Manhattan. She studied painting at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in London and has a BA in modern history from McGill University in Montreal. She is currently an MFA candidate at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Michele Thursz: Thursz (b. Lexington, Kentucky) is an independent cultural producer, consultant, and art appraiser specializing in contemporary art and electronic and time-based media (USPAP compliant) based in New York City. She has served as director of contemporary and outsider art galleries, media collectives, and art advisory companies as well as a consultant to private collections. She has written and led public conversations about contemporary art and related professional issues.
Colombina Valera: Originally from Austin, TX Colombina Valera received her MA in Art History from Hunter College, and her BA in Art History from Amherst College.Since 2016 Colombina has worked with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's Art & Antiquities Division, specifically with permanent public art and monuments. Prior to working at NYC Parks as Monuments Coordinator she worked at contemporary art galleries including Lehmann Maupin and Hauser & Wirth in New York.