Saturday, Oct 27, 2018

Session (33) Artist Talks


We are pleased to welcome our Session 33 Fellows – Kristi Cavataro, Cara Chan, J.C. Hallman, Andrea McGinty, and Candace Wiley – to Fishers Island. Our Session 33 Fellows were selected by independent panels from a pool of over 1,200 applicants and will be in residence from October 23 until December 4, 2018. We hope you’ll join us to both welcome our Fellows to Fishers Island and hear about their work.

Kristi Cavataro

*Kristi Cavataro is an artist working primarily in sculpture and drawing. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2015. She was a recipient of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust award. She attended the Ox-Bow School of Art as a LeRoy Neiman Fellow in 2015. She lives and works in New York City.

  • Cara Chan

Cara Chan was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated with her BFA from New York Universtiy in 2009 and with her MFA in sculpture from UCLA in 2017. She has held residencies at Oxbow School of Art, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, Banff Center, and Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

J.C. Hallman

*J.C. Hallman grew up in Southern California. He studied creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Hallman’s nonfiction combines memoir, history, journalism, and travelogue. His first book, The Chess Artist, tells the story of Hallman’s friendship with chess player Glenn Umstead. His second, The Devil is a Gentleman, is an intellectual apprenticeship with philosopher William James. In Utopia explores the history of utopian literature in the context of visits to six modern utopias in various stages of realization. Wm & H’ry examines the copious correspondence of William and Henry James. And B & Me is an account of Hallman’s literary relationship with Nicholson Baker.

Hallman has also published a book of shorts stories, The Hospital for Bad Poets, and edited two anthologies of “creative criticism,” The Story About the Story and The Story About the Story II.

Among other honors, Hallman was a recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship in fiction, and a 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in the general non-fiction category.*

Andrea McGinty

*Andrea McGinty (b. 1985, Sunrise, FL) in an artist and writer based in New York, NY. McGinty’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent solo and two person exhibitions at East Hampton Shed (East Hampton, NY), Holiday Forever (Jackson, WY), Miami Prácticas Contempoaneas (Bogota, Colombia), High Tide (Philadelphia, PA), and (New York, NY). She is the author of “God, I Don’t Even Know Your Name”, a novella published by Badlands Unlimited (2015), and her work has been featured in publications such as Mousse Magazine, W Magazine, T Magazine and The Paris Review. McGinty received her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY) in 2014.

  • Candace Wiley

Candace​ Wiley​ was born in S.C., graduated with her B.A. from Bowie State University, an H.B.C.U. in M.D., her M.A. from Clemson University, and her M.F.A. at the University of South Carolina as a James Dickey Fellow. She is co-founding director of The Watering Hole, a nonprofit that creates Harlem Renaissance-style spaces in the contemporary South, and she often writes in the mode of Afrofuturism, covering topics from black aliens, to mutants, to mermaids. She is a forthcoming Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Lighthouse Works Center Fellow, and a former Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, Callaloo Fellow and former Fulbright Fellow to San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a town that was founded by West Africans who had escaped from Cartagena slavery. (The people have their own language and customs that trace back to the Bantu and Kikongo in West Africa.) She is currently on faculty at Clemson University and is now living, writing, and running The Watering Hole from her Greenville home in South Carolina.