Julia Brown (first-year artist) received her MFA from CalArts in 2006 and BA in studio art from Williams College in 2000. Brown was the 2006 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA Painting Award. Her work has been exhibited in New York at Ogilvy + Mather, Art in General, The Kitchen, Scaramouche Gallery, Pace University, Harvestworks Media Festival, Talman + Monroe, LMAK Projects, and the Artists Space Project Room; in Los Angeles at LACE and Supersonic at Barnsdall Gallery; Real Art Ways, Hartford; Provincetown Art Association Museum (PAAM); and at Via Farini, Milan, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Form Video, London, and Blank Projects, Cape Town. Brown has attended numerous residencies, including Via Farini-in-Residence, the Whitney Independent Study Program, the Fondazione Ratti Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a two-time Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (first-year artist) received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013 and her BFA in Cinema from Tehran University of Art in 2011. Ghazvinizadeh was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. Her art practice involves film, video and writing. She was awarded the first Cinéfondation prize from Cannes Film Festival in 2013, and her work has been exhibited in festivals and galleries in the United States, Germany, Italy, Canada, Czech Republic, Vietnam, and Iran. Ghazvinizadeh was awarded an Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship from SAIC in 2013, and reviews of her work have appeared in Variety and Chicago Tribune.
Anna Elise Johnson
Anna Elise Johnson (second-year artist) received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2012 and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, with a major in painting and a minor in art history. She was born in Starnberg, Germany, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing her BFA, Johnson worked in the arts in Baltimore and Denver and as an assistant to her father, who is also an artist. She has exhibited her work in the United States as well as in Berlin and London.
Senalka McDonald (second-year artist) received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012, where she received a Graduate Merit and Diversity fellowship and a Murphy Cadogan fellowship. McDonald received a BFA and a BA in cultural geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She has participated in residencies including the Austin Project in 2008 and 2009 and ROOTED (Austin) in 2007. Recent exhibitions include John Baldessari: Class Assignments (Optional) (San Francisco), Queer State(s) (Austin) and Home After Dark (San Francisco).
Harold Mendez (first-year artist) received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007, BA from Columbia College in 2000 and studied at the University of Science and Technology, School of Art and Design, Ghana, West Africa in 1999. Mendez has participated in residencies at Ox-bow; the Experimental Sound Studio; the Headlands Center for the Arts; the Lighthouse Works and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. In 2008, he was featured in a 12 X 12: NEW ARTISTS / NEW WORK exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship in 2013 and the 3Arts award in 2012. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem; the Museum of Modern Art / PS1; the Renaissance Society and the Knoxville Museum of Art among others. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Artforum and Frieze Magazine.
Madsen Minax (second-year artist) received his MFA in art theory and practice from Northwestern University in 2012 and BFA with emphasis in sound, film, video, and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, with additional study at Utrecht School of Art, department of music and technology (The Netherlands). Minax was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago); a 2008 recipient of the Crossroads Fund Fire This Time Award; and an Ed Paschke Honorary Fellow at Northwestern (2010–12). He received an Urbana Arts Council Envision 365 Grant in 2010 and a Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund grant in 2012. His first feature film, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, aired on the Free Speech TV cable network in 2012.
Ronny Quevedo (second-year artist) received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2012 and BFA from the Cooper Union. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; Aljira Contemporary Art Center's Emerge program (Newark); the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Artists in the Marketplace program; and the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York. He has exhibited his work at El Museo del Barrio; the Bronx River Art Center; Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta); Carol Jazaar Gallery (Miami); and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.