The Lighthouse Works is pleased to welcome Laura Bernstein, Simone Kearney, Paul Wackers and Carolyn White to Fishers Island for our 2016 Summer Fellowship. Laura, Simone Paul and Carolyn will be in residence at the Annex Studios from July 12 to August 23.
Laura Bernstein is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist who, through sculpture, video, and performance, constructs vignettes in which characters and fantastic creatures engage with their environment to create unusual, absurd, interactions. Her work frequently blurs the distinction between the imagination and reality, featuring sculptures that suggest deformed or crucially altered human figures. Toggling back and forth through time, these works conjure old, now-obsolete functions or anticipate future needs. Group exhibitions include Galactic Whispers, Humanities Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY; Supermacho, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY; Between a rock and a hard place, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; and Begin Where You Are, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA. She has multiple works on display at the National Dance Institute in New York as part of its permanent collection, and is currently a performer in Tamar Ettun’s The Moving Company. Laura is a recipient of a Tobey Devan Lewis Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2014) and a Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2013). Past residencies include Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro NC, and ACRE, Steuben WI. Laura received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art with a certificate in Time-Based & Interactive Media from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA in Sculpture from RISD.
Simone Kearney was born in Dublin, Ireland, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. This year, she received an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also completed an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College in 2010. In 2014, she was a winner of a New York Fellowship for the Arts award in Poetry. Previous artist residencies include the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Woodstock Brydcliffe Guild, and Ragdale. In the fall, a chapbook of her poetry and artwork will be published by Monk Books Press. She presently teaches at Pace University and Ramapo College.
Paul Wackers was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1978. He graduated with his BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Wackers has exhibited nationally and internationally in Belgium, Canada, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY. He recently completed a large-scale public mural for The James Hotel (New York, NY) and has been featured in Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, and Art Practical. His work is held in numerous private and public collections.
Carolyn White lives at sea level in a county of swamps and writes about droughts. She was the recipient of American University's Myra Sklarew Award and a fellowship from The Ucross Foundation. Her work has appeared in Prism and The Citron Review.