2018 Mentors

Summer Programs

2018 Mentors

The Summer 2018 Mentors will be Sam Anderson, Daniel Bejar,
David Antonio Cruz
, Valerie Hegarty, Joiri Minaya, and Chloe Seibert

(born 1982 in Los Angeles) received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Yale University. Her multidisciplinary practice—most associated with sculpture, installation, and video—focuses on the peripheral, bit-part actors of life who arrive to bring about plot development and then slink off to the fringe.

Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe at venues including MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; ICA, Philadelphia, PA; Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany; Bortolami, NYC; Overduin & Co, Los Angeles, CA; Maccarone, NYC; Anthology Film Archives, NYC; and White Columns, NYC. Her recent solo exhibitions took place at SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, Ireland; Off Vendome, Düsseldorf, Germany; Chapter, NYC; Rowhouse Project, Baltimore, MD; and JOAN, Los Angeles, CA. She has received reviews in publications including The New York Times, Modern Painters, New York Observer, The New Yorker, Artforum, and Mousse Magazine. Her recent double-catalog Sam Anderson was released by Mousse Publishing in December 2017, featuring texts by Ruba Katrib, Moritz Wesseler, and an interview with Lia Gangitano.

Mentorship Philosophy
I imagine how I will benefit residents is to listen to them, to help push their practice outside of traditional academic art making, and to help them develop different strategies for presenting their work. All genres are welcome--Sound, Video, Music, Performance, Sculpture, Writing; anything residents choose to do is important. I will share video, film, sound, text, performance, and sculpture made by multiple artists that cross over multiple models of thought. I will encourage the residents to visit certain spaces, attend events, and extend their research beyond what is common or comfortable. I will encourage residents to make things they want to make. It is important to understand the limitations of the material world, and be aware there are endless ways to subvert these limitations.

(born 1976 in the Bronx, NY) received a BFA from Ringling College of Art & Design and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. His multidisciplinary practice considers and critiques the representation of history, place, and the self within power structures in our physical and digital worlds. Through forms of performance and intervention, Bejar inserts himself and his work into public sites and systems such as Google’s search engine and Google Maps to construct new narratives and encourage viewers to question the familiar and envision alternative realities and histories.

Bejar’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He was most recently included in “Where do we Stand?” at The Drawing Center, NYC. Additional exhibition venues include the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Espai-d'art Contemporani de Castello, Spain; El Museo Del Barrio, NYC; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY.  Awards include grants from NYFA, Franklin Furnace, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. He has participated in numerous residencies including The Drawing Center's Open Sessions Program, NYC; LMCC’s Workspace Residency, NYC; and the SOMA Summer Program, Mexico City, Mexico. Bejar's work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar HK, Magazine B, and Hyperallergic, among others.

Mentorship Philosophy
I believe a successful residency experience is based on experimentation, learning, and community. As a mentor, I will foster an environment that encourages openness, community-building and professional development within each resident’s artistic practice and with the group as a whole.

Using my own experiences as a practicing artist and my artistic practice of working critically within the public realm as a model, my mentorship will be designed around individual counsel and group fieldwork. Additionally, I will incorporate theoretical readings, discussions, presentations, critiques, and studio visits as part of my mentorship. Community will be fostered and encouraged through opportunities for collaboration, discussion, and trips that engage with various local sites and events. Ultimately, every artist travels their own individual path toward an art career. As a mentor, I will offer my own experience as one example of a road map to navigate.

(born 1974 in Philadelphia) received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University. He is a multidisciplinary artist fusing painting, video, and performance to explore the invisibility and silencing of brown and black queer bodies.

Cruz’s notable exhibition venues include El Museo del Barrio, NYC; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Performa 13, NYC; and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC.  He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and completed the AIM Program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Recent residencies include the LMCC Workspace and Project for Empty Space’s Social Impact Residency. He was awarded grants from Franklin Furnace and The Urban Artist Initiative. Recently, he produced and performed “How to Order A Chocolate Cake” in NY at BRIC and on the High Line. His operatic performance, “Green,howiwantyougreen,” was performed on St. Croix at The Whim Plantation and Great Estate and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Conservatory of Music. Recent press has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WhiteHot Magazine, W Magazine, Bomb Magazine, and El Centro Journal. Currently, he is participating in the Queer Arts Mentorship/Fellowship Program.

Mentorship Philosophy
I thoroughly believe in utilizing the studio as a space of inquiry, growth, and research. My goal is to produce well-rounded artists who are aware of self, versed in contemporary issues and approaches, and are socially conscious. My mentoring approach is designed to encourage an open dialogue, to understand my mentees' art processes and interests, build a space of trust, and to recommend strategies to develop a healthy studio practice.

Mentees will be expected to learn and master the use of their media, discover its properties, and experiment. Second, mentees will be encouraged to read theory and literature, collect additional research and images, and engage in critical thinking and discussion to further their ideas. Third, mentees are expected and encouraged to challenge themselves, fail and break the mold, be vulnerable, and try new modes of creation. I believe in a flexible and responsive manner of mentorship to meet the unique needs of my mentees. Awareness of residents’ individual experiences, ideas, investigations, and thought processes is vital to guiding and developing their strengths.


(born 1967 in Burlington, VT) received a BA from Middlebury College, a BFA from San Francisco’s Academy of Art College, and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her paintings, sculptures, and installations address themes of memory, place, and history and often confound the viewer.

Hegarty’s solo exhibition venues include Burning in Water, NYC; Nicelle Beauchene, NYC; Marlborough Gallery, NYC; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Museum 52, London, England; MCA, Chicago, IL; and Guild & Greyshkul, NYC. Notable commissions include a public sculpture on the High Line in Manhattan and a show of site-specific installations in The Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms. Selected group exhibition venues in NY include Artists Space, The Drawing Center, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Derek Eller, White Columns, and MoMA PS1. Hegarty’s awards include grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, NYFA, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and Campari NY. Residencies include LMCC, Marie Walsh Sharpe, PS 122, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Smack Mellon. Hegarty’s work has been reviewed and discussed in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Sculpture, Flash Art, and many more.       

Mentorship Philosophy
As a mentor, I envision a flexible exchange that includes group and individual critiques during which I suggest readings, films, other artists’ work, etc., based on the interests of the mentees. I would also like to address professional development by reaching out to my art community network to schedule visits with artists, galleries, and studio programs (starting with my studio program—The Elizabeth Foundation, and my gallery—Burning in Water).


(born 1990 in New York; grew up in the Dominican Republic) received degrees from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales in Santo Domingo and the Altos de Chavón School of Design before receiving a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design. She is a Dominican-American, multi-disciplinary artist whose work deals with identity, otherness, self-consciousness, and displacement, investigating the female body within constructions of identity, social space, and hierarchies.

Minaya has exhibited across the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, as well as New York City, Baltimore, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and various other cities around the United States. Recent solo and two-person show venues include the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; Court Gallery, Wayne, NJ; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NYC; and Centro de la Imagen, Santo Domingo, DR. She has been a resident artist at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Guttenberg Arts, Smack Mellon, and BronxArtSpace. She has participated in the Bronx Museum’s AIM Program and the NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. Minaya’s awards are from venerable institutions including the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work has appeared in ARTnews, Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and ARC Magazine, among others.

Mentorship Philosophy
My mentorship philosophy is critical, intersectional, interdisciplinary, and non-hierarchical. It will be responsive to the specific needs of the mentees, what drives their work and their goals. We will establish a network of support, resources, and shared knowledge to tackle concerns and nurture their practices.

I’m excited to share relevant aspects of my experience including: skills working with specific media and combining diverse disciplines; pursuing, deciphering, and dovetailing concepts within art; self awareness and understanding regarding how identity and values inform art making; managing a studio practice and balancing other aspects of life; networking and community; talking about the work inside and outside the studio; overcoming studio paralysis (being stuck); navigating local NYC art scenes and international art worlds; establishing and navigating professional relations in the field; finding and pursuing opportunities; the hustle, sustainability, and self care. 
In addition to studio visits, discussions, and workshops we could connect with a variety of spaces, people, and resources in line with the mentees’ interests. Some spaces I have in mind are Triple Canopy, BronxArtSpace, Smack Mellon, Eye Beam, Rush Arts, NYFA, Wave Hill, the NY office of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (which has a pretty special, extensive, and underused archive of their in-campus, summer artist lectures), and artist-run spaces and initiatives such as Beverly’s, Panoply Lab, Eva Davis’ El Salón, and Sweety’s Collective events.

(born 1989 in New York) received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Seibert’s sculptures and installations employ a physical engagement with pedestrian materials resulting in works of uncathartic, excremental pathos.

Seibert has shown both nationally and internationally at exhibition venues including ltd, Los Angeles, CA; Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, IL; Queer Thoughts, NYC; The Hangar, Beirut, Lebanon; Kevinspace, Vienna, Austria; Johannes Vogt, NYC; Balice Hertling, Paris, France; and Nina Johnson, Miami, FL. Her work has been written about in publications including Newcity, The New York Times, Art in America, and Blouin Artinfo. Her upcoming solo exhibition will be at Mickey Pomfrey in Chicago, IL.

Mentorship Philosophy
For me, a healthy studio practice combines tactile material exploration in the studio, a strong DIY spirit, and fostering a relationship with what surrounds me. I think that as a young, working artist it’s important to be observant, absorptive, and engaged. In addition to sharing my technical skills and advice with residents, I want to share sites and communities that extend beyond the studio and academic setting. Residents will be exposed to spaces, studios, projects, and events that encourage peer exchange and exemplify alternative ways of making art and sustaining participation in the art community.