Inaugural recipients for the
Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists,
2014–2015 Queens Museum Studio program, and Open A.I.R. Artist
Services program

Inaugural recipients for the
Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists,
2014–2015 Queens Museum Studio program, and Open A.I.R. Artist
Services program

Queens Museum

Image courtesy of the Queens Museum.
January 21, 2015
Inaugural recipients for the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, 2014–2015 Queens Museum Studio program, and Open A.I.R. Artist Services program

The Queens Museum
NYC Building
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

The Queens Museum announces the inaugural recipients of the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the 2014–2015 Queens Museum Studio program artists, and the Open A.I.R. Artist Services program—three initiatives that exemplify the Museum’s commitment to serving artists. The artists themselves represent the intersection of creative vitality and social engagement that the Museum embodies, and individually bring tremendous vision and skill to their practice.

The Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists was established in 2014 to help emerging visual artists in New York City. Each year, three dynamic artists will receive stipends of 20,000 USD each, the opportunity to exhibit a project at the Queens Museum, and professional development support from the Museum’s staff. The following artists were selected out of more than 800 applications by a selection panel consisting of Hitomi Iwasaki, the Museum’s Director of Exhibitions; Herb Tam, curator and Director of Exhibitions, Museum of Chinese in America; and Naomi Beckwith, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Meredith James: Encompassing video, sculpture, and theater, James’s workexplores the mechanism of perception and the fallibility of observation to reveal the surprising and disorienting potential in the world around us.
Kameelah Rasheed: As an artist-archivist and material-based historian, Rasheed’s work attempts to reconcile her experiences of displacement through archival installations.
Casey Tang: A self-described “Romantic Conceptualist,” Tang incorporates ’60s Conceptualist methodology to portray 18th-century romantic themes like death and isolation.

As part of its recent expansion, the Museum added eight artist studios and in 2013 introduced the Queens Museum Studio program. One of the only US studio programs housed within a major museum, these highly subsidized spaces are available for one-year terms with a possible extension to a second year. Artists are selected through a juried open call and are encouraged to avail themselves of all resources of the Museum and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The 2014–2015 cohort brings two new artists and one new artists’ collective—Nobutaka Aozaki, Brian Zegeer and galeria perdida—to the existing group: Juan Betancurth, Onyedika Chuke, Caitlin Keogh, Jewyo Rhii, and Caroline Woolard. An exhibition of their work, which will also include 2013–14 studio artists Michael Kenney,  Bunny Rogers & Filip Olszewski,will be on view March 22–June 28, 2015. 

The Open A.I.R. Artist Services program draws on the Museum’s resources, staff expertise, and networks to provide opportunities to help artists grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Open A.I.R. seeks to expand the notion of who is an artist, and, moreover, develop a holistic view of how to support their potential to thrive and contribute to the cultural landscape of Queens and New York City more broadly. Open A.I.R. prioritizes the needs of artists of color, LGBTQ artists, and immigrant artists, facilitating conversations where art meets activism, and organizing experiences that bring together artists and non-artists for public talks by artists and curators, technical workshops by museum professionals, professional development, and networking.

The Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Artist services at the Museum are made possible by a generous grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature.


About the Queens Museum
The Queens Museum is a local international art space in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with contemporary art, events and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. The Museum presents the work of emerging and established artists, changing exhibitions that speak to contemporary urban issues, and projects that focus on the rich history of its site. It seeks to exact positive change in surrounding communities through artistic programming.

Press contact
Pema Domingo-Barker, Queens Museum: [email protected] / T +1 718 592 9700 x 243


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