Asian American Arts Alliance

Van Lier Fellowships

2018 Van Lier Fellowships in Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation

(L to R) Maia Chao, 2018 Alliance Van Lier Fellow in Visual Arts Practice and
Simon Wu, 2018 Alliance Van Lier Fellow in Visual Arts Curation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2018


CONTACT                                                      

Ms. Lisa Gold, Executive Director
Asian American Arts Alliance                               
212.941.9208, ext. 1 | lgold@aaartsalliance.org
                                                          

Asian American Arts Alliance Names Third Year
2018 Van Lier Fellows in Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation

$12,000 cash grants support two early-career,
Asian American visual arts professionals

NEW YORK, NY—The Asian American Arts Alliance has administered its third cycle of the Van Lier Fellowships in the categories of Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation and announces its 2018 Van Lier Fellows: Maia Chao for Visual Arts Practice and Simon Wu for Visual Arts Curation.

Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a $12,000 cash stipend as well as a package of professional development opportunities that include artistic mentorship, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

In addition to the selected fellows, the Alliance has selected five applicant finalists to receive Notes of Extraordinary Merit to acknowledge the   caliber of artistic vision and value clearly demonstrated by the individual’s practice: Emily Chow Bluck, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Alice Yang, and Rosalie Yu in Visual Arts Practice and Danielle Wu in Visual Arts Curation.

Review panels of respected professionals in the field were selected based on their perspectives and experiences working with artists of diverse practices and cultural backgrounds. The review panel for Visual Arts Practice included Shane Brennan, Assistant Director of Program Development at the Trust for Governors Island; Sheetal Prajapati, Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works; and Kay Takeda, Vice President for Grants and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The review panel for Visual Arts Curation included Shira Backer, Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum; Gabriel de Guzman, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon; and Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass (formerly Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art). Both panels were moderated by Leslie Kuo, Assistant Director, Annual Fund at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, visual arts consultant, and board member at the Asian American Arts Alliance.

“The Alliance is thrilled to welcome these two outstanding emerging visual arts professionals as this year’s Van Lier Fellows,” said Anjali Goyal, Acting Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. “Sally and Edward Van Lier were proud supporters of young talent, and Maia and Simon will join an incredible roster of Van Lier Fellows across the city whose careers were advanced over the past 27 years with the support of this eminent fellowship. The Alliance is proud to administer this program on behalf of the New York Community Trust, supporting the Alliance’s mission to build a pipeline of talented artists of color and prepare them to be leaders in the field.”

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust has been underwriting similar fellowships since 1991 at such dynamic and barrier-breaking nonprofit arts institutions as New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The Trust carries out the Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs. To read more about the fund’s history, click here.

Maia Chao, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Practice Fellow, is an interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI whose work—often playful and absurd—uses existing institutions and their systems as sites of social intervention and critique. Using video, performance, installation, and social practice, she is dedicated to art that models counter-institutions, alternative spaces, and redistribution. Her work has been shown at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Exposé Gallery, Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, Driveby Projects, and the Rhode Island Convention Center. She is slated to participate in Open Engagement (Queens Museum) and the Museum of Capitalism (School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts) in 2018. She recently co-founded a socially engaged artwork at the RISD Museum called Look at Art. Get Paid. with prospects to expand to a cohort of art museums. Chao is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship, and she recently completed a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. maiachao.com

Simon Wu, 2018 Van Lier Visual Arts Curation Fellow, is a Burmese American curator and graphic designer involved in collaborative art production and research. He has produced independent exhibitions at his own apartment, THINK!Chinatown gallery, and Parasol Projects. His most recent exhibition, Magical Girlz, brought together three artists to produce new work examining the way children make sense of the adult world. He currently serves as a Public Programs Fellow at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Program Coordinator for the Racial Imaginary Institute, for which he is part of the curatorial team for an upcoming exhibition at the Kitchen (On Whiteness, June 2018). He received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University in 2017, where his thesis, "Resistance performed: politics and aesthetics in Myanmar," was advised by Irene V. Small. simonwu.info

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Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan­ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society. www.aaartsalliance.org.

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THE DEADLINE FOR 2018 APPLICATIONS
HAS PASSED. 

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE PRESS RELEASE:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS.


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The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2018 Van Lier Fellowships. This year, in its final iteration of a three-part cycle of fellowships, the Alliance will be recognizing individuals working in the categories of Visual Arts Practice and Visual Arts Curation.

The Alliance’s mission is to strengthen Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. In line with these efforts, it is the aim of the Alliance’s Van Lier Fellowships to develop early-career individual Asian American artists living in New York City. Created by the will of Sally Van Lier, the Trust carries out Edward and Sally Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs to provide education, training, or other support.

The Alliance will grant eight-month Fellowships to one early-career Asian American visual artist and one early-career Asian American visual arts curator, age 30 or younger, whose work shows outstanding promise. Applicants must indicate how professional and fiscal support will distinctly benefit their creative development. Each Van Lier Fellow will receive an unrestricted cash stipend of $12,000 and an eight-month Fellowship tailored in response to the unique needs of their practice. The Fellowship includes artistic mentorship with an established mid-career visual arts professional/curator, career coaching, and a range of technical support.

The Alliance will be administering an open application process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Van Lier Information Session on Tuesday, February 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Alliance's offices in DUMBO, Brooklyn. You may RSVP and learn more about this session at:


CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE INFO SESSION.

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2018 VAN LIER FELLOWSHIPS IN VISUAL ARTS:
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AT ALLIANCE "CASE STUDY"
PANEL CONVERSATION EVENTS

As part of the eligibility requirements for the 2018 Van Lier Fellowships, all applicants are required to attend at least one of two of the Alliance's "Case Study" Series of panel conversations on visual art in February/March 2018.

If you were unable to attend the panels, but are still interested in applying, please watch either Case Studies: Behind-the-Scenes with Curators or Case Studies: Socially Engaged Art and answer the following question: Which of the panelists' or audience members' remarks resonated with you/your practice the most? Why? 

Please send your response to Ariel Estrada, Manager of Communications and Community Engagement at aestrada@aaartsalliance.org

If you were able to attend one of the case studies in person, you do not need to answer this additional question. 

The two panels included:

CASE STUDIES: BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH CURATORS
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
CUE Art Foundation 137 West 25th Street | New York, NY 10001


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CASE STUDIES: SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART
Wednesday, February 28, 2018| 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Asian American Arts Alliance 20 Jay Street, Ste. 720 | Dumbo, Brooklyn 11201

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2017 Van Lier Fellowships in
Music Composition & Music Performance

ROB RUSLI
2017 Van Lier Fellow in Music Composition
http://robrusli.website/

PAWAN BENJAMIN
2017 Van Lier Fellow in Music Performance
http://www.pawanbenjaminmusic.com/

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CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THE 2017 PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2017

Contact:
Soriya K. Chum, Manager of Public Programs
212.941.9280, ext. 3
schum@aaartsalliance.org

Asian American Arts Alliance Names
Second Year 2017 Van Lier Fellows

—$12,000 cash grants support two Asian American
early-career music professionals—

(NEW YORK)—The Asian American Arts Alliance has administered its second cycle of the Van Lier Fellowships in the categories of Music Performance and Music Composition. Pawan Benjamin is the 2017 Music Performance Fellow, and Rob Rusli is the 2017 Music Composition Fellow.

Each Van Lier Fellow will receive a $12,000 cash grant as well as a package of professional development opportunities that include artistic mentorship, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

The review committee, composed of respected leaders in the field of music, included jazz guitarist and record producer Rez Abbasi; singer and composer Kiran Ahluwalia; Lecturer in Music at Columbia University, Deborah Bradley-Kramer; opera creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs; alto saxophonist and composer Aakash Mittal; sound designer and composer Fitz Patton; Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Purchase College, Jenny Undercofler; Japanese taiko drummer a shinobue flautist Kaoru Watanabe; and 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Music, Du Yun.

“All of us at the Alliance could not be happier to welcome these two outstanding music professionals as this year’s Van Lier Fellows,” said Andrea Louie, executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. “Sally and Edward Van Lier were proud supporters of young talent, and Pawan and Rob will join an incredible roster of Van Lier fellows across the city whose careers were advanced over the past 26 years with the support of this eminent fellowship. The Alliance is proud to administer this program on behalf of the New York Community Trust.”

The Sally and Edward Van Lier Fund at The New York Community Trust has been underwriting similar fellowships since 1991 at such nonprofit arts organizations as New Dramatists, Second Stage Theatre, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The Trust carries out the Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs. To read more about the fund’s history, please visit: 

http://www.nycommunitytrust.org/CurrentDonors/HonoringourDonors/EdwardandSallyVanLier/tabid/341/Default.aspx

2017 Van Lier Music Performance Fellow Pawan Benjamin is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. He received his musical training at a young age in Madison, Wisconsin, receiving guidance and mentorship from jazz luminaries such as bassist, Richard Davis, Saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor, and AACM founder Roscoe Mitchell. In 2006 he left to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Since then, he has performed and recorded with musicians from around the globe, across genres from Jazz, Hip Hop, Nepali Folk, Indian Classical Music and beyond. Pawan has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Ranjit Barot, Taufiq Qureshi, Marc Cary, Rez Abbasi, Bill T. Jones and many others. Performance credits stretch across the globe at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Rose Theater, Celebrate Brooklyn, the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and countless other venues in between. http://www.pawanbenjaminmusic.com/

2017 Van Lier Music Composition Fellow Rob Rusli is an artist, film composer and rap music maker. He has written music for many films, including the feature film Good Game, which won Best Original Score at the 2015 IndieCapitol Film Festival, as well as two new feature films; Corridor Four, being released in 2017, and Moko Jumbie, which recently premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival 2017. He collaborated with artist Casey Tang on a Sinofuturist soundscape for his Untitled (Rivers)video installation at the Queens Museum and frequently collaborates with poet and drag performer Wo Chan. He composed music and sound design for Wo Chan's WHITE FLAG/WHITE FACE, and together they created I <3 U ALWAYS 4EVER, a performance art piece combining pop music, drag, and an emotional soundscape threading interviews with people of color about loss and separation together with music that premiered at BAM Next Wave Festival. He has worked on various experimental rap projects that have been featured on Tinymixtapes, Okayplayer, BBC6, Earmilk, Twitch, and Said the Gramophone. Through his most recent rap project, OHYUNG, he's released an EP titled Yellow Jesus, and performed at SOB's, Trans-Pecos, as well as collaborated with rapper Kool AD on his 2016 mixtape PEYOTE KARAOKE. Film music website: http://robrusli.com

Next year, the Asian American Arts Alliance will administer its last of a three-part cycle of Fellowships recognizing Asian American early-career artists, age 30 or under, who show outstanding promise in their fields. The 2018 Van Lier Fellowships will be dedicated to visual artists and curators.

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2016 Van Lier Fellowships in
Acting and Directing

DIANA OH
2016 Van Lier Fellow in Acting
http://www.mylingerieplay.com/


SEONJAE KIM
2016 Van Lier Fellow in Acting
https://www.jae-k.com/

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2016

Contact:
Ms. Cate Yu
Director of Public Programs
212.941.9280, ext. 3
cyu@aaartsalliance.org

Asian American Arts Alliance Names 2016 Van Lier Fellows

The Asian American Arts Alliance has launched its inaugural 2016 Van Lier Fellowships in Acting and Directing for early-career theater artists of Asian descent who are 30 and under and based in New York City. Ms. Seonjae Kim is the 2016 Van Lier Directing Fellow and Ms. Diana Oh is the 2016 Van Lier Acting Fellow. Ms. Kim and Ms. Oh were both selected in an open application process by a high-level review panel.

Each Van Lier fellow will receive a $12,000 cash stipend-an unprecedented amount dedicated to young Asian American artists-as well as a package of professional development opportunities that includes artistic mentorship with an established mid-career theater professional, leadership coaching, and technical assistance resources. The fellowships are supported by a grant from Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund at the New York Community Trust.

The review committee panelists, composed of respected leaders in the theater field, included Second Stage Associate Artistic Director Chris Burney, Artistic Producing Director and Obie- winning actress Mia Katigbak, Associate Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater Natasha Sinha, TCG Artistic and International Program Associate Jessica Lewis, Soho Rep Producer/Radical Evolution Co-Founder Meropi Peponides, former Ma-Yi Associate Director Suzette Porte, and Brooklyn Arts Council Grants and Services Director Morgan Tachco.

"The Alliance is proud to be offering this landmark opportunity for young Asian American theatre artists to be recognized at a critical time in their careers," said Andrea Louie, executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance. "The Pew Research Center predicts that, by 2055, Asian Americans will be the largest group among people of color in this country, but we remain sorely under-represented in the arts today, particularly in the theatre industry. It's our hope that the Van Lier Fellowship in Directing and Acting will help, in some small but significant way, address race and cultural equity in the field."

2016 Van Lier Directing Fellow Seonjae "Jae" Kim is a theatre artist based in New York City, originally from Seoul, South Korea. She is currently developing Riot Antigone, a new Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of the Greek tragedy, in collaboration with the composer Erato A. Kremmyda. Her select directing credits include: The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place), A Midsummer's Night Dream (Rabid Bat Theatricals), Cloud Nine, A Perfect Wedding, Kafka on the Shore (Northwestern University), Moksori (Chicago Fringe Festival). Jae is the Programs Liaison at CultureHub, a center for art and technology co-founded by La MaMa ETC and Seoul Institute of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea. She has assisted at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Ensemble Studio Theatre among others and participated in Directors' Lab West 2016. BA: Northwestern University. jae-k.com

2016 Van Lier Acting Fellow Diana Oh is an actor, singer/songwriter, and theatremaker. She is the creator and performer of {my lingerie play}: 10 Underground Performance Installations in my lingerie staged in an effort to provide a saner, safer, more respectful world for women to live in that culminates into {my lingerie play}: Installation 9/10: THE FINAL INSTALLATION, an 80 minute concert-play of her original music with {my lingerie band} featured on People.com, The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Marie Claire Netherlands, on stage at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, and All For One. She is also the creator of Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE (terraNOVA Collective, soloNOVA), Hot Sauce Water, and Asian People are Not Magicians. She is One of Refinery 29's Top 14 LGBTQ Influencers, the first Queer Korean-American interviewed on Korean Broadcast Radio, a featured Playwright at the Lark, a Radical Diva Finalist, an Elphaba Thropp Fellow, and one of New York Theatre Now's Person of the Year. The Wall Street Journal and Upworthy call her "bad-ass." She acts on stage and film throughout NYC and thanks her badass community. {my lingerie play}: Installation 9/10: THE FINAL INSTALLATION will perform July 14 at 7pm at JOE'S PUB (tix: www.mylingerieplay.com).

The Alliance is administering a three-year cycle of Van Lier fellowships for artists in theater, music and the visual arts with support from the New York Community Trust. The 2017 Van Lier Fellowships (Cycle 2) will be dedicated to musicians and composers of Asian American descent.

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The Van Lier Fellowships are made possible through a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.

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