OUR FELLOWS

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Felipe Baeza, born in Guanajuato, Mexico, employs painting and collage to examine how memory, migration and displacement work to create a state of hybridity and fugitivity. Baeza received his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009 and MFA in painting from Yale School of Art in 2018. Recent exhibitions include 4 Artists, Fredericks & Freiser, NY; Demolition WoManhood, Commonwealth and Council and Skibum MacArthur, L.A.; No Longer Yours, The Mistake Room/Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City; Felipe Baeza -Solo exhibition, Maureen Paley, London. He is the 2017 recipient of both The Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Traveling Fellowship and The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation Fellowship.

Jaclyn Conley

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Jaclyn Conley is a Canadian born artist based in New Haven, CT. Conley has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including The Painting Center and NurtureArt in NY, Projective City in Paris, Wynick-Tuck Gallery in Toronto, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in CT. Conley has been an artist in residence at the The Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada, and the Vermont Studio Center. Conley is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Project Grants in Visual Arts, an Elizabeth Greenshields Award, and a Fellowship from the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation.

Kenturah Davis

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Merik Goma is a photographer based out of Buffalo, NY, focused on shooting both fine art photography as well as commercial and editorial work. Goma’s artwork takes on a critical view of human conditioning, often trying to show the way we as people project ourselves onto others with our personal biases by setting scenes and creating narratives that jar and provoke. There is often a thread of uneasiness in his work, instilling the sense that something important has just happened or is just about to.

Christie Neptune

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Christie Neptune, born in Brooklyn, NY, is an interdisciplinary artist working across film, photography, mixed media and performance arts. Neptune investigates how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized and stigmatized individuals. Critically aware of both self and subjectivity, Neptune illuminates the personal and emotional aftermath of a society that disregards and delegitimizes those that endure the brunt of historically upheld supremacies. Neptune’s films and photography have been included in shows at VOLTA, NY (2018), The Rubber Factory, NY (2017), A.I.R. Gallery, NY (2016), Union Docs, NY (2015), and Rutgers, Institute for Women and Art (2014). She has been featured in publications including Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Creators Project, Juxtapoz Magazine and The Washington Post. Neptune is an alumni of More Art’s Engaging Artists Residency, The Hamiltonian Gallery Fellowship, The Bronx Museum of The Arts: Artist in Marketplace (AIM) and Smack Mellon studio residency through the New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship.

Alexandria Smith

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Alexandria Smith is a mixed media visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY and Wellesley, MA. She earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, MA in Art Education from New York University, and MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons School of Design. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, the Virginia A. Myers Fellowship at the University of Iowa, and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship (2013 – 2015). She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Bemis, Yaddo, the LMCC Process Space, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. From 2016-18, Smith was co-organizer of a collective, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM), that mounted artistic interventions at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Project Row Houses.

Vaughn Spann

NXTHVN Studio Fellow 2019

Vaughn Spann earned his BFA from Rutgers University in 2014 and MFA in painting from Yale School of Art in 2018. He has been invited to participate in numerous exhibitions including The Rubell Family Collection, Mennello Museum of American Art, Reginald Lewis Museum, Night Gallery, Half Gallery, David Castillo Gallery, and The Newark Museum. He is a recipient of the esteemed Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship. Most recently, Spann was awarded the cover of New American Paintings (Issue No. 135).

Zalika Azim

NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow 2019

Zalika Azim is a New York-based artist conceptualizing her practice through photography, installation, performance, collage and sound. Her work explores the complexities of personal and collective narratives in order to investigate the ways in which notions of memory, displacement, and the body are negotiated in relation to nationhood and the American landscape. Azim’s work has been exhibited in galleries, institutions and alternative spaces within the United States and abroad, including The Dean Collection, International Center of Photography, Pfizer, 8th Floor Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery and the Instituto Superior de Arte. Zalika holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis focused in Africana, Gender and Sexuality Studies from New York University.

Riham Majeed

NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow 2019

Riham Majeed is an emerging museum professional working in the development sector. Her interests lie in the intersections between Palestinian liberation and the Black experience in the United States. She is a NXTHVN curatorial fellow and a Development and Membership Associate at the American Folk Art Museum. Riham has a BA in Art History and Psychology from Fairfield University. She lives in Bridgeport, CT and works in New York City.

Ana Tuazon

NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow 2019

Ana Tuazon is a filipinx writer and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She recently received an MA in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University, where her research centered on the practices of women of color within and outside of feminist art tradition(s)—looking particularly at the body as a site for decolonial performativity in feminist art, and considering artmaking as a potential practice of political engagement and resistance. In 2018, she co-curated the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial through No Longer Empty’s curatorial lab. She has presented at conferences including the College Art Association and Theorizing the Web and has written for publications including Temporary Art Review, Hyperallergic, and Art Practical.