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2015-16 FUG Fellowship

The FUG Fellowship is the first collaborative residency offered through BHQFU that is intentionally designed for artists interested in curating exhibitions and other public programs. Through a highly competitive open call, BHQFU selected nine individuals who would curate and stage all programming at FUG (Foundation University Gallery) from March through May, 2016. In the spirit of posing questions, BHQFU asked the FUG Fellows to reimagine what role a university gallery plays in an art school. They began meeting together in September 2015 to develop an ambitious spring program. Provided with a budget, physical space, and support from BHQFU staff and faculty, the FUG Fellows will launch their first exhibition in March 2016.

Meet The Residents

Joygill Moriah

Joygill Moriah is an independent curator, event programmer and educator. A CUNY BA student studying Media Culture, he is an adviser for Museum Teen Summit, a teen-ran organization connecting young people to arts institutions. He directs "Happenings Contemporary", a curatorial platform for project-based partnerships between artists, spaces and companies. For the FUG Fellowship; Joygill has focused on showing artists working with digital media. He will be organizing [GAME JAM / MEDIA LAND]; a series of interdisciplinary programs crossing a range of video games, interactive performances and film that will end with an exhibition coinciding with Internet Week NY 2016.
IG/TW: @Happeningscontemporary

Sarah Sandbach

Sarah Sandbach is an arts administrator and aspiring exhibition-maker. She currently spends her days as a Legal Assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she has worked with Patricia Shea Fine Art Advisory, HERE, Pace Prints Chelsea, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. In 2013, Sarah received her B.A. in Art History from Trinity College, where she served as the Gallery Director of The Mill. She is also currently an ELNYA Fellow.

IG: @sarahsandbach

Alya Albert

Alya Albert was homeschooled.

IG: @thekizmetkid

James Allister Sprang

James Allister Sprang is an artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. As both an artist and curator James is concerned with excavating the effects time-based media can have on communities, both large and small. He has performed on several stages throughout the United States and has begun curating in New York as a means to bring together the ideas he would like to see being had, regarding identity, both inside and outside of the arts community.

Pauline Miller

Pauline Miller is a recent Hampshire College graduate living and working in Philadelphia. She currently makes coffee for a living and works with artists (read: friends) in her spare time. Her interests include digital curation and social media, but she's a sucker for a physical space. Previously, she has worked for the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire, the UMass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Center for Experimental Lectures.
TW: @pauler_bear

Kenya E Johnson-Freeman

Kenya E Johnson-Freeman was raised in New York and trained in the plastic arts at the Harlem of School of The Arts. She attended Columbia College Chicago majoring in Art History with a focus on 1970's performance art. In the year of 2014 she launched a satirical art criticism blog which examined the current state of art through the voice of her internet persona Panther Jones. Kenya has performed in various locations around NYC.

Conor Messinger

Conor Messinger was born in Washington, DC. A poetry collection The Land Was V There was published by 89+/LUMA Foundation in 2014. His reviews, translations and poems have appeared in HTML Giant, Molossus, The Sensation Feelings Journal, Packet-Biweekly and Imperial Matters, among others. Alongside Giovanna Olmos and Jonathan Aprea he curated the poetry and performance series Hero Systems. His translation of Juana Isola's novella Hay que tener una mesa is forthcoming.
TW: @conor_messinger

Sarah Kisner

Sarah Kisner is a curator and researcher interested in art worlds that intersect multiple domains, particularly those that present alternatives to current socio-ecological systems. She has worked with Claire Bishop, Creative Time, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. In 2015, Sarah completed a Master in the Cultures of Art, Science, and Technology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She additionally has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Dallas. Sarah currently works as an archivist at Gagosian Gallery.