It is with great pleasure that we announce that eight individuals have been chosen to enter The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House during the Fall 2012 term (July to November): Rachel Tzvia Back, Nancy Bowen, Peter Doroshenko, Tillar Mazzeo, Greg Miller, Nadine Pinede, Anzhelina Polonskaya, Evelyn Toynton, Anne Vilsboell.
We wish to thank all those who applied to the fellowship program. It was a privilege to read each entry. The limited list of fellowships we can award does not do justice to the many excellent applications we received.
Brief biographical sketches:
Rachel Tzvia Back, October. Rachel Tzvia Back is a poet, translator, and professor of literature. She teaches English Literature at Oranim College in Kiryat Tivon, Israel. She has lectured widely in the US and has been the scholar-in-residence at numerous universities including Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Barnard, Princeton, Cabrini, and more. While at the Dora Maar House she will be working on a representative collection of the preeminent Hebrew poet Tuvia Ruebner.
Nancy Bowen, July & August. Nancy Bowen is a mixed media artist known for her eclectic mixtures of imagery and materials in both two and three dimensions. Bowen has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo among others. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Purchase College, SUNY. She maintains a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Peter Doroshenko, August. Peter Doroshenko is the Executive Director at the Dallas Contemporary, Texas. He has held director and curator positions at the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine; the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England; SMAK - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; inova (Institute of Visual Arts), Milwaukee; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. In 2002, France awarded Doroshenko with the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. While at Dora Maar he plans to complete his manuscript Wake-Up Call: How to Navigate the Art World Waters.
Tilar Mazzeo, July & August. Tilar Mazzeo is a scholar of comparative literature and cultural studies. She earned her PhD from University of Washington. She is a professor at Colby College. She is the author of Plagiarism and Literary Property in the Romantic Period (University of Pennsylvania Press 2007), the New York Times best-selling biography The Widow Clicquot (Harper Collins 2008), and The Secret of Chanel No. 5 (Harper Collins, 2010). While at the Dora Maar House, Dr. Mazzeo will be completing her forthcoming book The Ritz at War.
Greg Miller, July. Greg Miller is a professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University. He was awarded fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, MacDowell and at the Camargo Foundation. While at Dora Maar, Miller will work on a long essay about his work over the last ten years with Sudanese refugees The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan.
Nadine Pinede, October & November. Nadine Pinede graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. As Rhodes Scholar she earned her Masters from St. John’s College, Oxford University. She has a Ph.D. from Indiana University. She is currently completing the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Master of Fine Arts program. While at Dora Maar, Dr. Pinede will finish her novel, Where Sky and Mountains Meet.
Anzhelina Polonskaya, September. Angelina Polonskaya was born in Malakhovka, a small town near Moscow. As a young woman she was a professional ice-show skater. She has published numerous books of poetry. English translations of her work have appeared in World Literature Today, Poetry Review, American Poetry Review, and International Poetry Review. Her poems have been translated into Dutch, Slovenian, Latvian, Spanish and other languages. A libretto of Polonskaya’s poems debuted at the Melbourne Arts Festival in 2011. A bilingual edition of her poetry Paul Klee’s Boat will be published this year.
Evelyn Toynton, September. Evelyn Toynton is a writer of novels, essays, articles, memoires, books reviews and most recently a biography, Jackson Pollack (Yale University Press, 2012). She has written for Harpers, The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, among many other publications. While at Dora Maar House Toynton will be working on a new book-length manuscript.
Anne Vilsbøll, October. Anne Vilsbøll is a Danish painter who works with handmade paper. Vilsbøll has worked on several large commissions and shown internationally. She has explored speciality paper in the Far East, Australia, Africa, North and South America and Europe. In 2000 Vilsbøll went to India to collaborate with Indian miniature painters. She lives and works in St. Jeannet, France, in Udaipur, Rajasthan and in Copenhagen, Denmark. While at the Dora Maar House, Vilsbøll will work on her series of portraits of people aged between 80-100.