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Freehand x Bard College Partnership continued… Announcing Fellows of 2019/2020

New York

Part of what makes Freehand, well, Freehand, is that it is so much more than just a place to stay. We like to think of it as both a hotel and a creative incubator — after all, this space was formerly a haven for artists, poets, and musicians. The best example of this spirit is our Freehand Fellowship artist-in-residence program.  Each year, we award  four fellows, alumni of Bard College’s MFA program and affiliated artists the Fisher Center for the Performance Arts, with year-long fellowships. These fellowships include a stipend, a programming budget, housing in the hotel, and most importantly: three months of exclusive access to the hotel’s rooftop artist studio, and opportunities to curate public programs and exhibitions in the hotel.

It’s our way of paying homage to the amazing creative community around us by showcasing the talent of rising voices in the art world.

With that, we’re excited to announce this year’s group of Freehand fellows:

Tania El Khoury is a live artist creating installations and performances focused on audience interactivity. Her work has been translated and presented in multiple languages in 32 countries across six continents, in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars to the Mediterranean Sea. Tania is currently a visiting assistant professor and festival co-curator at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, is a pianist whose music centers on fusing various musical genres, including jazz, gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Focusing on bridging the sacred and the secular, Bryan’s compositions explore human emotions through sound, confronting the challenge of notating the feeling of improvisation.Bryan’s work has been presented in a wide range of venues, including Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Blue Note Jazz Club.

Caitlin MacBride is an artist working in New York. MacBride has had solo shows at Chapter NY, Real Fine Arts, and GRIN and her work has been written about in New York Magazine, and Vogue.com. She has done residencies at the Salzburg Summer Akademy, Lighthouse Works, and the Offshore Residency.

William Lamson is an interdisciplinary artist. His work focuses on the elements, and is often set in landscapes as varied as New York’s East River and Chile’s Atacama Desert, to reveal the invisible systems and forces at play within these sites. In all of his projects, Lamson’s work represents a collaboration with forces outside of his control to explore systems of knowledge and belief. Lamson’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including the Brooklyn Musuem, The Moscow Biennial, and P.S.1. MOMA, In addition, he has produced site specific installations for the Indianapolis Musuem of Art, the Center For Land Use Interpretation, and Storm King Art Center.