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May 22 – June 21

Visual Arts

Iris Andraschek, Vienna, Austria, Visual Artist, Andraschek received her degree from the Fine Arts Academy, Vienna, the Fresco school in Bolzano and the Scuola arti ornamentali di Roma, Italy. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania;  MdM Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Musée D`Art Moderne, St.Etienne, France; MOCAB Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia; and Centro de Extensión la Factoria, Santiago de Chile.  She received an 2009 award at the 31st Austrian Graphic Competition in Innsbruck (2009), a NYC grant for photography from the Federal Ministry of Austria (2010) and an award for Art in Public Space from the Government of Lower Austria.

Tuguldur Yondonjamts, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He received his BA in Thanka Painting (traditional Mongolian Painting) from the Mongolian University of Arts and Culture and his Fine Art degree from the University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany. His works have been exhibited at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Werkraum Godula Buchholz, Denklingen, Germany; Mongolian Embassy, Berlin, Germany; Museum of Modern Art/Hofstallungen, Vienna, Austria; Cologne Art Fair 21, Germany; and Arsenale, Venice, Italy. He received an Open Society Foundation NY & Arts Council of Mongolia Grant (2012), Drawing Center`s Viewing Program, New York, NY (2011) project grants from Karin-Abt-Straubinger Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany (2009 & 2011) and the ART OMI International Artists Residency, Ghent, USA (2010). He was a visiting artist in the residence program at the Cité International des Arts in Paris, France.

Media Arts

Surabhi Saraf, San Francisco, CA. Media Artist. Saraf received her BFA in Painting from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India; and her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at the New Museum, New York, NY; Alte AEG Fabrik, Berlin, Germany; the 13th International Video Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Serbia; NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Italy; Links Hall, Looptopia, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India. She is the recipient of the Art vs. Design Award (2009), the Celeste Prize (2009), and was awarded a Peers student residency at Khoj International Artist Association New Delhi, India (2006).

Music Composition

Neil Rolnick, New York, NY.  Composer.  Rolnick received a BA in English Literature from Harvard and his MA and PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley.  His music has been performed around the world including at Zankel Hall, The Kitchen and Roulette, New York, NY; the Central Conservatory of Music and 798 Art Area, Beijing, China; Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA; and the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  His 16th CD, Extended Family, was released in 2011.  Recent awards include a NYFA Artist Grant, a Fromm Foundation Commission, the 2nd annual Hoefer Prize from the San Francisco Conservatory, and a commission for the Juilliard School’s 2012 Beyond The Machine Festival.


Christy Funsch, San Francisco, CA. Funsch received her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University where she studied with Daniel Nagrin, and a Laban Movement Analysis certification from LIMS New York. Her work has been presented in Amsterdam, Chicago, New York, Phoenix, Toronto, and throughout California. Christy has received four nominations for Performance from San Francisco's Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee (2001, 2004, 2009, 2012), and she has been awarded several grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation (1997-2011), CA$H (1997, 2004, 2008), and, in 2011, a New Stages for Dance Award from Dancers' Group and the MetLife Foundation. Visit

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Brooklyn, NY. Writer. Tan received her BS in Journalism from Northwestern University.
She is the author of “A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family” (Hyperion). Her work appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post and in Wall Street Journal and In Style magazine as a former staff writer. A native of Singapore, Tan received the National Arts Council of Singapore Grant (2011). She has spoken on memoir writing at Museum of Chinese in America and Asia Society. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo.

Daniel Orozco.  Moscow, Idaho.  Writer. Orozco received his BA from Stanford University and his MFA from the University of Washington.  He was a Scowcroft & L'Heureux Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Fiction in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford. Orientation and Other Stories was published in 2011.  His work has been selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and Best American Essays anthologies.  He is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize, a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Whiting Writers’ Award.

Kelle Groom, Las Vegas, NV.  Writer. Groom received her MFA from the University of Central Florida. Her memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster 2011), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir of 2011 and an O Magazine selection.  Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press, 2010), Luckily (Anhinga, 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida, 2004). Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry. She is a Black Mountain Institute-Kluge Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sam Taylor, Wichita, KS.  Poet.  Taylor received his BA from Swarthmore College and MFA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Virginia. He is the author of Body of the World from Ausable Press (now part of Copper Canyon Press), which was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Poetry Book of the Year.  He is currently completing a new collection, poems from which have appeared in such journals as The New Republic, The Hudson Review, AGNI Review, and Poetry Daily.  He recently joined the faculty of the MFA program at Wichita State University.



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