The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2016 Spring II fellowship class. Fiction writer Judson Merrill and visual artists, Theodore Darst, Gretta Johnson and Nica Ross will be in residence on Fishers Island from May 17 to June 28, 2016.
Theodore Darst is a video artist who lives and works in New York City. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and his MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College in 2016. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include East Hampton Shed (East Hampton) the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), 67 (NYC) and UNPAINTED (Munich).
Gretta Johnson was born in Milwaukee, WI. She is currently living in NY, making works on paper. After graduating from RISD in 2008, she worked her way from hand drawn animation to sequential art and is now compressing elements of those practices into large, unwieldy combined paper drawings that simultaneously project outwards and collapse into themselves.
She recently published a book of drawings titled OOLM with Dark Chart House of Production and will present a solo show of new works at Feuer/Mesler Gallery in June.
Judson Merrill grew up in Maine, studied literature and writing at Brown University, and received his MFA from Brooklyn College, where he also taught writing for several years. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Southampton Review, Unstuck, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other publications.
Nica Ross is a New York based visual artist whose work challenges the notions of reality using performance and light. Nica holds a B.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. in “Advanced Photographic Study” from the Bard/International Center of Photography program.
Prior to their graduate education Nica worked as a photographer and producer for 3 years at Kink.com, a San Francisco based BDSM and fetish porn company. In New York Nica co-hosts a monthly audio and visual event, WOAHMONE, for which Nica creates original live video performances and curates work from a wide-variety of visual artists. In addition Nica has worked with 3-Legged Dog Media & Theater group in immersive media design and production and also joins The Joshua Light Show in creating light and video installations in venues like the Hayden Planetarium, Performa 11, and Art Basel Miami 2011. Nica’s photographic and video work has appeared in/on MOLD: PEDESTAL (Secretary Press, 2013), The International Center of Photography’s Triennial “A Different Kind of Order” (2013), Culturehall.com (August, 2012 Featured Artist), The 8th International Conference of International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (Madrid, 2011), MIX NYC (2009), and San Francisco’s Camera Work Journal (2008).