The Lighthouse Works is pleased to welcome Julia Bland, Andrew Meriwether Francis, Terry Hempfling and Mark Labowskie to Fishers Island.  The fellows in our the 25th session were selected by independent panels from a pool of over 800 applicants and will be in residence from July 4 until August 15, 2017. While our fellows’ primary obligation is to the solitary pursuit of their creative work, we do ask every artist to participate in some public events. These events are great opportunities for our community to meet our fellows, see and hear about their work, and learn about their time on Fishers Island. All are welcome; you don’t need to know anything about art or writing to attend and enjoy!

Julia Bland

Julia Bland’s works incorporate painting and weaving, developing the structures and patterns that bind disparate elements into a whole.  Through weaving, cutting, sewing, dying, and painting, the surface becomes a visible record of her evolving, multi-faceted process.  Bland earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and her MFA from Yale in 2012.  She has been an artist in residence at The Sharpe-Walentas Space Program, Yaddo, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  She has been awarded The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship from Yaddo, The Carol Scholsberg Memorial Prize, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Travel Fellowship, and the Florence Leif Award.  She has exhibited with On Stellar Rays, The NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and CES Gallery in Los Angeles.  Her second solo exhibition in NYC will open Fall 2017 at Miller Contemporary.

Andrew Meriwether Francis

Andrew Meriwether Francis (b. 1984) is an artist from Houston, TX who lives and works in New York, New York. He received a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union in 2009, as well as an M.F.A. in Sculpture+Extended Media from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Andrew is currently in a state of emergence.

Terry Hempfling

Terry Hempfling is a movement-based interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been presented in New York at The Bell House, Fourth Arts Block, The Old Stone House, The Last Brucennial, T.B.A., The Living Theatre, Goodbye Blue Monday, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Dixon Place, A.U.N.T.S., and the Arts in Bushwick Site Festival; in Philadelphia at The Barbary, in Baltimore at Charm City Kitty Club, in San Francisco at ODC Theater, in St. Anthony, MN at Silverwood Gallery, and in Yellow Springs, OH at Antioch College. Terry has worked on projects with artists including Marina Abramovic, Rachel Jendrzejewski, Phoebe Berglund, Amanda Friedman, Jill Becker and Pavel Zustiak (among others).  She was an Artist in Residence at the Shandaken Project (Vail’s Gate, NY, 2012), a Director’s Choice recipient at Spoke the Hub (Brooklyn, NY, 2014), a guest artist at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, OH, 2016), and is a Mellon Subsidized Artist at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY, 2012-2016). Terry studied aerial acrobatics at the San Francisco Circus Center and holds a BFA in Theater and Dance from Antioch College.

Mark Labowskie

Mark Labowskie is a Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University, where he was recently a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His stories have appeared in Subtropics, Gulf Coast, and Sou’wester, and his work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.