The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2015 Spring II Fellowship class to Fishers Island. Visual artists Allana Clarke and Heidi Hahn, fiction writer Leigh Gallagher and composer Jessie Montgomery will be in residence on Fishers Island from May 5th until June 16th.


Allana Clarke (B.1986. Trinidad & Tobago) is a conceptual artist working in video, sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work investigates the construction of power politics as both an authoritative structure and an abstraction. Her process starts by gathering conceptual information, mostly from colonial/post-colonial theory, philosophy, gender studies and art history. Inspired by but not bound to these texts Clarke weaves elements of personal narrative with theory. She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Ordinary Projects in Chicago. Clarke is also the 2014 recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship MICA, Skowhegan/MICA matching fellowship, Vermont Studio Civil Society Fellowship and the Peter W. Brooke Fellowship. She has recently completed her MFA in the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA and lives and works in New York and New Jersey.

Allana's Website



Leigh Gallagher is a writer and teacher living in Brooklyn. She earned her BA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received a Hopwood Award for short fiction and a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship. She's currently at work on her first book of fiction.



Heidi Hahn has recently finished her M.F.A. at Yale University. She graduated from Cooper Union in 2006 and attended Skowhegan, School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Heidi's Website


Jessie Montgomery is a New York native violinist, composer and music educator. She is a composer and performer of film, theater and concert music, performing regularly among New York's classical and new music scenes.

An active chamber musician and collaborator, Jessie is a member of the Catalyst String quartet which focuses on bridging American 20th and 21st Century music with traditional classical repertoire. She was a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, an ensemble made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their own music as well as that of other New York based composers. Jessie was also a core member of the Providence String Quartet from 2004 – 2009, a pioneering ensemble in community based music education. As an improviser, Jessie has also collaborated with several avant-garde greats such as clarinetist Don Byron, and Butch Morris.

Since 1999, Jessie has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports the accomplishments of young African-American and Latino string players. Since her involvement with Sphinx, Jessie has held a post as Composer-in-Residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less string orchestra, since 2012; has been a two-time laureate in their annual competition; and serves on the faculty of the Sphinx Performance Academy.

In 2011-2012, Jessie was the Van Lier Composer Fellow at the American Composers Orchestra, with performances of her works for small ensemble showcased throughout New York City in the SONiC Festival, and the Composers OutFront! Series. She was in Residence at the Deer Valley Music Festival under the direction of American composer Joan Tower in 2008, and was also the two-time recipient of the Composer's Apprentice Award given by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has served as resident composer for the Providence String Quartet, with performances throughout the Providence and Boston areas. Her music has been premiered by the Cassatt Quartet, Vinca Quartet, Providence String Quartet, JACK Quartet, Catalyst Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, the Sphinx Virtuosi, Bob Stewart, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has been featured twice on the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space including a world premiere of her string quartet "Break Away" in 2013, and performances of her music have aired on Q2 Radio and Performance Today.

Jessie holds a Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School in violin performance and a Master's Degree in Composition and Film Scoring from New York University. Primary violin teachers have been Sally Thomas and Ann Setzer; composition teachers and mentors include Hollywood film composer Ira Newborn, Joan Tower and Derek Bermel.

Jessie's Website

Jessie's fellowship was made possible in partnership with
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in NYC.


Information regarding the timing and location of the events will be posted as the event date nears. We hope you'll join us!

Welcome Reception and
Artist Talk

May 9, 6pm
@ A Public Space

Visiting Artist Talk
May 30th, 6pm
@ A Public Space

Open Studios and Reading
June 13th, 5 to 7pm
@ the Ferry Annex



Saint John's Church

for providing a beautiful studio space for the session.

and to

for the partnership that allowed Jessie Montgomery's participation.