Julia Brown (second-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.
Jason Byrne (first-year artist) received his MFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and his BA in media arts and film history/theory from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1998. He has screened his films at the Film Forum at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, at the Black Maria Film Festival (where he won the award for Best Documentary), at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and at the 47th New York Film Festival. In 2010, he was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. From 2008 to 2013, he worked as the audio-visual archivist for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania.
Danielle Dean (first-year artist) received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her residencies have included the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions at the Bindery Projects in Minneapolis and Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles, and in group shows at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, at the Atelier Sachlink in Vienna, and at the Tate Modern in London.
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (second-year artist) received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 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.
Harold Mendez (second-year artist) received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 and his BA from Columbia College in 2000. He also 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.
Ivor Shearer (first-year artist) received his MFA from Columbia University in 2010 and his BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in 2003. He attended the Whitney Independent Study Program (2011) and was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2012 Biennial Award. He works with film, video, and installation. His work has shown nationally and internationally in museums and film festivals, including the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has been an artist-in-residence in 2013 at Artpace in San Antonio, as well as a participant in in the Fondazione Ratti Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, Como, Italy.
Rodrigo Valenzuela (first-year artist) received his MFA in photo media from the University of Washington in Seattle; a BA in philosophy with a concentration in art from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington; and a BFA in photography with a minor in art history from the University of Chile in Santiago. He recently completed a series of residencies at Clark College in Vancouver, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions at various gallery spaces in Washington and California, and in group exhibitions at the National Academy Museum in New York City, the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in New Mexico, MOCA in Miami, and elsewhere.