The Lighthouse Works is pleased to welcome Adriane Connerton, Lilian Ptacek, Jory Rabinovitz and Suzzane Rivecca to Fishers Island for our 2016 Fall I Fellowship. Adriane, Lilian, Jory and Suzanne will be in residence at the Annex Studios from August 30 to October 11.

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Adriane Connerton

Adriane Connerton was born in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Through the lens of desire, Connerton uses video, performance, and 3d animation to explore the physical limits of her own body. She graduated with her BFA from New York University and her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited nationally in New York, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. In 2014, she was a winner of the Toby Devan Lewis award. In 2015, she was a Workspace resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a current artist in residence at Mana Contemporary.

Adriane's Website

Lilian Ptacek

Lilian Ptáček is a British/American national born in London, U.K., currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. Ptáček is a recent graduate of The Glasgow School of Art with a BA(hons) in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking. Ptáček’s practice chiefly consists of prints and sculptures that form collages, either across the image plane or within the dynamics of an installation. Group exhibitions include INTERACT,The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; A Red Apple Among the Oranges, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; The only way to do it is to do it, The Huntarian Art Gallery, Glasgow; and Cinzinci, Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze, Prague. Ptáček is the co-founder of the collaborative artist collective BART WALTZ currently exhibiting in the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Lilian's Website

Jory Rabinovitz

Jory Rabinovitz holds a BFA from the Cooper Union, and attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Galleria Zero, Sculpture Center and Martos Gallery as well as Staging Theatrical productions at: Abrons Art Center, New Theater Berlin and Night Gallery. Rabinovitz has received numerous awards and residencies including the The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant and the Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY.

Jory's Website

Suzanne Rivecca

Suzanne Rivecca is the author of "Death is Not an Option: Stories" (WW Norton 2010), which won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for The Story Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. A former Stegner fellow at Stanford and Bunting fellow at Radcliffe, she is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Her stories have won two Pushcart Prizes and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories. Currently, she is working on a new fiction project that draws heavily from her decade of experience working with people experiencing homelessness and poverty in San Francisco. Most recently, she is the recipient of the 2016 Gina Berriault Award for Fiction from San Francisco State University.

Suzzane's book "Death is Not an Option: Stories" is available here



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

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.

Laura's Website

Simone Kearney

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.

Simone's Website

Paul Wackers

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.

Paul's Website

Carolyn White

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.



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

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).

Theodore's Website

Gretta Johnson

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.

Gretta's Website

Judson Merrill

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.

Judson's Website

Nica Ross

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).

Nica's Website


The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2016 Spring I fellowship class. Fiction writer Anna Noyes and visual artists, Miles Huston, Kate Levant and Lachell Workman will be in residence on Fishers Island from March 15 until April 26, 2016.

Miles Huston

Miles Huston B. 1981 is an Artist, Designer and Curator currently living in Detroit, MI. He holds an MFA from Yale University. He is the co-director of the Artist run space Knowmoregames. His has had recent exhibitions at The Artist's Institute, Night Gallery and Room East. He is also the creator of the weather and music website www.currentcondition.org

Miles' Work at The Still House Group

Kate Levant

Kate Levant received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2006, and her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. She held a two-year residency position at the Rijkskademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2012 & 2013. Levant has mounted solo exhibitions at Collicaligreggi, Catania, Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, the Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, Monique Meloche, Chicago, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, and RICHRICHRICH, Detroit. She was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Internationally, Levant has exhibited LLC, Berlin DE, the Centro Cultural de la Cultura Plurnacional, Santa Cruz, BO, Casa de la Cultura, Trinidad de Beni, BO, Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, ZM, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, NL, AKV St. Joost, s'Hertogenbosch NL. She has produced collaborative projects at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Cleopatra's, Brooklyn, and the Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale. The Los Angeles Nomadic Division commissioned her site-specific performance work on Flagler Memorial Island, Miami Beach. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Art Review, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Mousse Magazine, Nero, Art Ltd., Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Chicago New City, Detroit Metro Times. Her writing has been published by Yale University Press, Kingsboro Press, Black Pages, and Kassen Edition.

Levant currently lives and works in Brooklyn, US.

Kate Levant's work at Zach Feuer

Anna Noyes

Anna Noyes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Vice, A Public Space, and Guernica, among others. She has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship and the James Merrill House Fellowship, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. Her debut short story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in 2016.

Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes on Grove Atlantic

Lachell Workman

Lachell Workman is an interdisciplinary artist from Stratford, Connecticut. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut in 2011, and her M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College in 2015. Her work consists of photographic and sculptural installations that challenge historical discourses surrounding race and their relationship to the black body. Lachell is currently living and working in New York and Connecticut. She participated in the 2015 Artist-in-Residence program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

"My work process consists of collecting objects that are found and shared within my community to expand the conceptual notions of the personal and shared family archive. I am interested in the intersection of shared experience and the instillation of found objects that create a collective space for mourning. My process considers the aspects of mourning that align with both the living and the dead within inner city communities. I hope to explore the intersectionality of photographic subjectivity and the construction of street-side-memorials within the history of American historical monuments."

Lachell's Website



The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2015 Fall II fellowship class. Poet Dan Boehl, visual artists Caitlin MacBride, Danya Smith and Ke Peng and fiction writer, Kyle McCarthy, will be in residence on Fishers Island from October 20 until December 1, 2015.


Dan Boehl is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry publisher, which put out his book Kings of the F**king Sea. He helps run the Austin reading series Fun Party and has received fellowships from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, the Vermont Studio Center, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Lighthouse Works. His new book, emoemoji : woods, will appear in March from Edition Solitude.

Dan's Website


Caitlin MacBride was born in Norwich, CT and lives and works in New York. She received her MFA in painting from Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College and her BFA from RISD. MacBride has had solo shows at Chapter NY and Real Fine Arts and appeared in group shows at Greene Naftali, Zach Feuer and Primetime. Her work has been written about in Dis Magazine, New York Magazine, Artforum, and Modern Painters.

Caitlin's Website


Kyle McCarthy, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from American Short Fiction, Harvard Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Truman Capote Literary Trust, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Anderson Center. While on Fishers Island, she will be working on a first draft of a novel.

Photo Credit: Martirene Alcantara


Ke Peng 彭可 (b. 1992, Changsha, raised in Shenzhen, China) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and southern China. She is interested in how the different connect, and distinctions within the similar. The urge, burden and limitation of being in a specific space, as well as active looking is very important to her, while constantly thinking about one's own self is the least important. She spends an unbelievable amount of time observing people, space.. and cute animals. She is also very fond of milk, jackfruit and canele. She received a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.

Ke's Website


Danya Smith was born in rural Virginia to an African American father and an Indian immigrant mother (a Taurus [moon in Libra]). Her family relocated to Richmond, Virginia in the mid-nineties and opened a chain of dollar stores. At the age of ten, Danya and her family moved in with her Indian grandparents, who lived right next door, and helped them sell mood rings and Beanie Babies at the state fair every summer. Danya received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Sculpture + Extended Media. Her work involves object-based video installations that examine the identity of an alter ego called Moody Judi. Danya’s work is heavily influenced by the color experiences of her childhood, false memories, melodramatic love, and the double consciousness that results from being a biracial second-generation American.

Danya's Website


The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2015 Fall I fellowship class. Poet Geri Doran, and visual artists Daniel Long and Rebecca Watson Horn will be in residence on Fishers Island from September 1st until October 13th.


Geri Doran is the author of Sanderlings (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Resin (LSU Press, 2005), which won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.  She’s received a Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship—which allowed for travel in Portugal, Ireland, Hungary and Croatia—as well as fellowships, scholarships and residencies from the James Merrill House, Oregon Arts Commission, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. 
Geri teaches poetry writing at the University of Oregon and lives in Eugene.  She will be working on a new manuscript of poems while in residence at The Lighthouse Works.



Daniel Long received his MFA from the Visual Studies Program at Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2013. His work has been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Modern Art, Portland, OR; ALL RISE, Seattle, WA; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR; Power House Memphis, Memphis, TN; and The Outside Museum curated by PMOMA and Thousand Points of Light in Joshua Tree, CA. His solo show A Peanut in a Suit Is a Peanut Nonetheless opens August 5, 2015 at NATIONALE in Portland, OR. Born in Memphis, TN, Long currently lives and works in Portland, OR.

Daniel's Website


Rebecca Watson Horn was born in Boston in 1981 and received her BFA from Cooper Union and her MFA from Rutgers University.  She has exhibited at David Lewis Gallery, NY, Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, Soloway, Brooklyn, Spazio Morris, Milan, Exit Art, NY, Virginia Commonwealth University’s FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA, Rutgers University, NJ, Ursa Major Arts, Great Barrington, MA and Hotel Pupik in Austria.  She lives in Brooklyn.



The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2015 Summer Fellowship class. Fiction writer Cara Blue Adams, and visual artists Rose Marcus and Jennifer Sulivan will be in residence on Fishers Island from July 7th until August 16th.


Cara Blue Adams’s fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Mississippi Review, EPOCH, and The Kenyon Review. Her stories have been awarded The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize and The Missouri Review William Peden Prize, and she was named one of Narrative’s ‘15 Below 30.’ She is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her criticism and personal essays appear in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, and The Little Magazine in America: A Contemporary Guide. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a BA from Smith College.

Cara is presently completing a short story collection and a novel about love, immigration law and Somali refugees. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University.

Cara's Website


Rose Marcus was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1982, and received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and is pursuing a M.A. in Art History from Hunter College, both in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Know More Games and Eli Ping Frances Perkins (New York), David Peterson Gallery (Minneapolis). In 2010 and 2011, she organized The Dependent Art Fair in New York. Rose Marcus' visual, curatorial, and performative work has been mentioned in The New Yorker, The Observer, Art in America, Artforum, Cura, and Mousse Magazine. She has written recent essays for the Theo Westenberger Foundation and Kunstmuseum Bonn, and her writing has also been featured in Dis Magazine. She lives in New York.

Rose's Website


Jennifer Sullivan (b. 1978) is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. Solo exhibitions include Big Girl Paintings, Emma Gray HQ at 5 Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Adult Movie, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2011), and One-Week Walden, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (2010). Sullivan has also exhibited and performed in exhibitions at the David Lewis Gallery, Primetime, Essex Flowers, Pablo's Birthday, 247365, Klaus Von Nichtsaggend, and Arthouse. Awards include a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, and residencies at Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, Artforum.com, and Art Papers, and her videos are included in the Geisel Library collection at the University of California in San Diego. She will have solo exhibitions in 2015 at Arts + Leisure, New York, NY and Emma Gray HQ at 5 Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA.

Jennifer's Website



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.

Jessies Fellowship was made possible in
partnership with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.

Jessie's Website


The Ligthouse Works is pleased to welcome it's 2015 Spring I Fellowship class to Fishers Island. Visual artists Wilder Alison, Andy Cahill and Paul Waddell and fiction writers Lydia Conklin and Rachel Nagelberg will be in residence on Fishers Island from March 3 until April 14th. Our spring fellows are the first five of 20 fellows that will be in residence with Lighthouse Works this year.


Wilder Alison is an interdisciplinary artist based in Germantown, NY. Alison is an MFA candidate in Painting at Bard College.

Wilder's Website


Andy Cahill was born in 1985 in Massachusetts. ​He went to the Rhode Island School of Design from 2004-2008, in the animation department, graduating just ahead of the 2008 economic melt down. ​He went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2008-2010, moving to New York shortly thereafter. By that time the economy was on the long, slow incline. In art school ​he​ made only videos. When ​he​ moved to New York ​he ​made paintings and sculptures as well. Recent focus in video is instagram video. Recent focus in painting is cartoons falling apart. Recent focus in sculpture is cardboard boxes.

Andy's Website


Lydia Conklin has received a Pushcart Prize, work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay, Jentel, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others, and grants and awards from the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, New Letters, The New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Salt Hill, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Rachel Nagelberg writes fiction that investigates the boundaries between art, technology, terrorism, and romantic love. Constantly floundering between the spiritual and the nihilistic, Rachel's prose often experiments with form and appropriation, while still utilizing a formalist texture and tone. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and has works published in Your Impossible Voice, Specs Journal of Arts and Culture, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Pif Magazine, and others. She is also the illustrator of a children's book entitled I Remember Mommy's Smile by Dina Baker. A native of Philadelphia, Rachel lives and works in San Francisco, having recently returned from a month of working with shamanic plant medicine in Peru, and is currently in the throes of writing a novel.


Paul Waddell ​born 1983 lives and works in Los Angeles. He graduated in 2005 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Waddell has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His most recent exhibitions include Ponding Purple Grass, Night Gallery, LA (2012);Move In Again, Honor Fraser, LA (2013) Moving In, Honor Fraser, LA (2012), Grand Re-opening, Human Resources, LA (2011); I like Massachusetts..., MEME Gallery, Cambridge(2010), The life of a house cat, Waterloo Centre for the Arts, Waterloo, IA (2010). Waddell's work has been written about in the LA Weekly, Artslant, Notes on Looking, A Righteous Transfer!, Time Out Boston.

Paul's Website



The final of five Fellowship Seasons at Lighthouse Works began November 7, 2014. Fellowship recipients Michael Agresta, Natalie Beall and Jamie Felton will be living and working on Fishers Island until the end of December. When you see them around, please say "Hi!"



Michael Agresta has published fiction and non-fiction in The Atlantic, Slate, Wall Street Journal, Boston ReviewConjunctionsDIAGRAM, Salt Hill Journal, Painted Bride QuarterlyCimarron Review, and others. He won the Calvino Prize for innovative short fiction from Louisville University.  His MFA is from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He's working on a novel about contemporary ecological disaster and a short story collection about dream homes.

For more information please visit www.michaelagrestal.com.


Natalie Beall creates mixed-media sculptures that subtly suggest functional objects. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she has lived in New York City since 2004. She received her MFA from Columbia University and her BFA from the University of Georgia. Recent exhibitions in New York include Interior Hangings at chashama (solo), Masculinisms at Garden Party Arts, and the LIC Block Party at Sculpture Center. In 2013 she published her first artist's book, Guest Room, which is available through retailers in New York, London, and Berlin.


For more information please visit www.nataliebeall.com.


Jamie Felton b. 1986, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Felton received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her MFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in painting. Her work has been exhibited at Nudashank Gallery in (Baltimore, MD), Interstate Projects, BRIC Rotunda Gallery in (Brooklyn, NY), Katzen Museum, American University in (Washington, DC), and Vox Populli in (Philadelphia, PA). She has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014) and Millay Colony for the Arts (2014). Felton has been a finalist for the Dedalus Foundation Grant (2012), and awarded the Deans Grant (2013).


Jamie's participation in the fellowship was made partially possible by an emergency grant from the Alliance of Artist Communities.

For more information please visit jamiefelton.tumblr.com.



The fourth of five Fellowship Seasons at Lighthouse Works began September 12th, 2014. Fellowship recipients Justin Hoekestra, Heather Monley, and Dmitri Hertz will be living and working on Fishers Island until the end of October. When you see them around, please say "Hi!"


Heather Monley’s fiction has appeared in The Kenyon ReviewCrazyhorse, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Day One, andSaltgrass. She was the winner of the 2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction contest, and has received fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and Columbia University. She earned an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Read Heather's Town of Birds online at the Kenyon Review


Justin Hoekstra was born in Hammond, Indiana in 1980 and raised in the southern and the western suburbs of Chicago. After leaving high school early to take college classes at the College of DuPage in Illinois he became an AmeriCorps Member and worked for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago as a CPR/First Aid and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention instructor. During the year that he was in AmeriCorps he also worked weekends at a Salvation Army day shelter to supplement his income. After that he worked in a cafe at a spa across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He enrolled at the University of Illinois-Chicago that same year where he fell in with the theater department after taking an acting course in his first semester. While enrolled full-time at UIC he also worked as a bike messenger for Standard Courier. During his time in the theater department he helped co-direct a production of ‘the Vagina Monologues’. Justin dropped out after two years at UIC and moved back to the suburbs to reassess his life. After a seemingly interminable period in the suburbs he came to Burlington, Vermont to visit his older brother and decided to stay, working at the Mad Hatter Delicatessen and in various construction and other odd jobs to get by. He enrolled at the Community College of Vermont and subsequently transferred to the University of Vermont to study art. He graduated from the University of Vermont in the spring of 2012 and relocated to Baltimore, Maryland in August to pursue an MFA in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His interest in art was ignited early in life by experiences at museums throughout Chicago and by the work of his own father. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and been included in various group exhibitions as well. His work is in both public and private collections.

Visit Justin's Website



This is Dmitri. He makes sculptures and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.



The third of five Fellowship Seasons began June 6th, 2014. Fellowship recipients Greg Koehler, Sara Magenheimer, and Gabriela Salazar will be living and working on Fishers Island until the end of August. When you see them around, please say "Hi!"


Greg Koehler is a writer, ethicist, and agricultural support worker from Austin, Texas, where he studied law and poetry at the University of Texas. His poems and stories have appeared in jubilat, Ninth Letter, -ANTI, the Austin Chronicle, and many other publications and sites. He has received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Read Greg's Poetry on -Anti


Sara Magenheimer is a Brooklyn based artist. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Chapter NY, Andrew Edlin, The Kitchen, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York; Cleopatra's, Soloway, Brooklyn; The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; MOMA, Portland OR; Brooklyn Academy of Music; SiteWork, NC; and Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic. As a musician she has toured both nationally and internationally as a member of the bands WOOM and Flying, releasing 5 records. Since 2012, as a performer and collaborator, she has performed at Cage Gallery, Recess, MOMA P.S.1, Issue Project Room, Canada Gallery, and the Performa 13 Biennial. Her collaborative project, Bloopers received a Triple Canopy commission and she is currently working on a commission from EMPAC, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was named one of Blouin Art Info and Modern Painters Top 25 Artists to Watch in 2014.

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Gabriela Salazar received an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA from Yale University. Her work uses the built environment as a framework for site-dependent installations and sculpture, engaging with the relational and associative possibilities of site and material. Recent solo projects include "For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx)," a monumental public art piece with the Bronx River Art Center/DOT (NYC); and "Site Set," at the Luchsinger Gallery, CT. Her work has also been included in group shows across the country, most recently "La Bienal 2013: Here is Where We Jump" at El Museo del Barrio, NY; and "Building Materials" at Real Art Ways, CT. Gabriela has been in residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; and her work has received mention in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Art in America, among others. She lives, works, and was born in NYC.

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The second of five Fellowship Seasons began May 19th, 2014. Fellowship recipients Miriam Bird Greenberg, Bang Geul Han, and John Pena will be living and working on Fishers Island until the end of June.


Miriam Bird Greenberg's work has appeared in Poetry, Ninth Letter, and the Colorado Review, and she's the author of two chapbooks: All night in the new country (Sixteen Rivers Press) and Pact-Blood, Fever Grass (Ricochet Editions). She's held fellowships from the the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the NEA, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry yet still cannot raise the dead. Her work is set in a semi-mythical rural America, though these days she lives in Berkeley and teaches ESL.

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photo by Milan Collins


Bang Geul Han was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Bang Geul earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Art from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in Alfred, NY and BFA in Painting from the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. Based in US since 2003, she uses technologies in her work as an interrogation mechanism to understand the process of individuation and social interaction. She works in wide range of media such as interactivity, video performance and computer programming. She participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program and shown in many national and international venues in New York City, Beijing, London, Rome and many other places. She is Assistant Professor for the Digital Arts and Sciences Program at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

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John Peña is a multidisciplinary artist from the desert of Washington State. He enjoys racing with clouds, sending letters to the ocean and for the last five years he has made a drawing every day in which he documents intimate moments from his life. He received his M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University then later attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He has exhibited his artwork at Kevin Kavanaugh Gallery in Dublin, The Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, WA & the Kate Werble Gallery in New York City. John currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The first of five Fellowship Seasons began March 1st, 2014. Fellowship recipients Siobhan Landry, Cassie Raihl, and Jules Tremeryn will be living and working on Fishers Island until mid-April.


Siobhan Landry is a New York based video artist originally from Massachusetts. Siobhan Landry received her BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2004 and her MFA from the University of Connecticut-Storrs in 2011. Her videos have been shown most recently at the Queens Museum of Art and Tribeca Cinemas in New York, and Mobius in Boston. She was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Vermont Studio Center.

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Cassie Raihl is a Brooklyn based sculptor who received her BFA from the School for the Museum of Fine Arts and her MFA from Bard College. Raihl blends casting processes with the handmade, creating assemblages from wood, rubber, wax and plaster. Her work has been featured in New York at Sculpture Center, Thomas Erben Gallery, PS 122, Foxy Productions and Dodge Gallery.

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Jules Tremeryn was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in North Carolina, in a swamp in the woods on an island that is not really an island. She writes stories about outsiders and migrants, isolation and powerlessness, violence and loss. She recently earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh and was honored to be selected for a Fulbright Grant to Slovenia in Creative Writing. During her time at the Lighthouse Works, she will be working on a linked story collection set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.



Our Fall Fellowship began November 1st, 2013. Fellowship recipients Jaime deBlanc-Knowles, Nicolette Good, and David Whelan will be living and working on Fishers Island until mid-December.


Jaime deBlanc-Knowles grew up in New Zealand, Australia, and an assortment of American cities. A graduate of the M.A. program at the University of Texas at Austin, she is currently at work on a collection of short stories set in New Zealand and Australia, as well as a novel. Her short fiction has been published in Post Road and Meridian, and she recently received a MacDowell Fellowship.  She lives and works in Austin, Texas.



Nicolette Good is a San Antonio-based singer/songwriter and a winner of the 2012 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk competition. Her first full-length album, Monarch (2012), includes tracks like “Marathon” that earned her a spot on the docu-reality TV show, Troubadour, TX in 2011. The album was named a top 12 album of 2012 by the San Antonio Current and leans heavily on rich lyrics, ethereal vocal melodies and close-to-home characters. Critics have called her “a songwriter to follow” and “a poet of the first order,” making her feel right at home performing in listening rooms and intimate venues.

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David Whelan is an artist living between Queens, New York and Athens, Greece. His work desires to mobilize previously unimagined subjectivities around what Felix Guattari calls "a-signfying semiotics". This includes research into (schizo)therapeutic care, alternative temporalities, and the becoming-molecular of communism. David received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2012 and has since received a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship.

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Our summer fellowship began August 19th. Fellowship recipients Margaret Meehan, Zoe Nelson and Ben Shattuck will be living and working on Fishers Island until late September.


With images of Victoriana, medical anomalies and barren landscapes Margaret Meehan proposes a choreographed fight outside the circled square. Her drawings and sculpture-based installations derived from 19th c. daguerreotypes let the innocent collide with the monstrous, evoking race, gender, and empathy for otherness. Margaret Meehan lives and works in Texas- Austin, Dallas, and Houston have become this Northerner's second home. Her work has been shown at Soil Gallery in Seattle, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Dallas Art Museum and Conduit Gallery in Dallas and David Shelton Gallery in Houston, among others. More information and images can be found at margaretmeehan.net.

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Zoe Nelson was born in Rhinebeck, NY, and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received her MFA from Columbia University (2009) and her BA from Barnard College (2006). Zoe has exhibited work at galleries in New York and Chicago, including Lloyd Dobler gallery (Chicago), Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center (Chicago), and NurtureART (Brooklyn). Zoe's work was selected for the 2013 and 2011 Midwest editions of New American Paintings, and is included in White Columns' curated on-line artist registry. Her work is also featured in private collections, including the JimenezColon Collection. She received the Josephine Paddock Fellowship to spend four months at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (France) in 2006, and an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attended Yale's Norfolk Summer Program in 2005. She is very much looking forward to getting to know the Fishers Island community while at The Lighthouse Works.

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Ben Shattuck is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Before attending the Workshop, he studied ornithology and fine arts at Cornell University (paintings at benshattuck.com). He has taught literature and fiction courses at the University of Iowa and led workshops around his hometown, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He has written for The Paris Review, Salon.com, McSweeney's, The Morning News, 5Chapters, The Rumpus, and The Millions, among other publications. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and awarded fellowships at the Tin House Writers' Workshop and The Vermont Studio Center. After leaving Fishers Island, he will head to New Zealand to teach a fiction course Victoria University of Wellington.

Ben also paints!


Our second spring fellowship began May 15th. Fellowship recipients Tyler McPhee, Meredith James, and Andrew Milward will be living and working on Fishers Island until late June.


Meredith James received her BA from Harvard University in 2004 and her MFA from Yale University in 2009. She has shown at Marc Jancou Contemporary in New York, David Castillo Gallery in Miami, NurtureArt in Brooklyn, LaMontagne Gallery in Boston, Robischon Gallery in Denver, Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York, and Rivington Arms in New York. She was an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Land Arts of the American West, Sculpture Space, and Vermont Studio Center. She lives and works in New York City.

A stand of roadside cholla against which small birds had been driven by the storm and there impaled. 2010.

Lamp, light bulb, grow light, wood, sand, cacti, magic sculpt, crow wings, crow skull, plastic, acylic paint, glass, oil paint, rocks, mirror.

Cacti: 79 x 20 x 25.5 inches; Window: 48 x 40 x 12 inches.

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Born in Portland, Maine, Tyler McPhee received his undergraduate education in New Media and Philosophy from the University of Maine. After living in Montreal under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education FLAS program, he completed his M.F.A. in Sculpture at Syracuse University. In 2011, he was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Recently, his work has been shown at the MoMA Studio, Tufts University Art Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial, Space Gallery, Dumbo Arts Center, Real Art Ways, and Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum in Berlin, Germany. He has received awards from Space Gallery, Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Fund, Syracuse University, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Previously, he was an artist-in-residence at Mildred’s Lane, École Nationale d'Arts Paris – Cergy, and Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Oh, the Humanity!, 2009
(Fiberglass, Steel, Vacuum Formed Plastic, Light bulb), 6'Wx6'Dx6'H

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A native of Lawrence, Kansas, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Andrew Malan Milward has published fiction in many places including Zoetrope, The Southern Review, Columbia, Conjunctions, and Best New American Voices. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2008, and his first book, The Agriculture Hall of Fame, was awarded the Juniper Prize in Fiction and issued by the University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. He has served as the McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Norman Mailer Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Willa Cather Foundation, and the Corporation of Yaddo. He is the editor in chief of Mississippi Review and teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers.

The Agricultural Hall of Fame
by Andrew Malan Milward

issued by the University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.


Our newest fellows— the first three of twelve artists awarded fellowships for 2013— arrived Friday, March 1st and will be living and working on the island until mid April.


Harold Mendez uses a multidisciplinary approach to illustrate the relationships between landscape, visibility, politics, and memory by employing stark, composed narratives. Mendez maps the liminal spaces of borders, charged sites with histories that address the political conventions of place, sites where something significant and hidden has seemed to occur. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago and attended the University of Science and Technology, School of Art and Design, Ghana, West Africa. He was a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, and was featured in a 12 X 12: NEW ARTISTS / NEW WORK exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has exhibited nationally at the Museum of Modern Art / PS1, the Renaissance Society, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Project Row Houses, and is included in the fourth installment of the Studio Museum's "F" series, Fore. Publications include the New York Times and Frieze Magazine.

Burial Party (Foreground)
Mixed-media, found objects, children's mattress, foam, hand printed Ghanaian funeral cloth, marking chalk, popcorn
Dimensions variable

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A former reporter for the Ulan Bataar Post, LuLing Osofsky's writing about Asia has been supported by the Freeman Foundation for East Asian Studies and the Indonesian Ministry of Culture. She’s currently at work on a book about Jewish boxers imprisoned at Auschwitz, who fought for the entertainment of Nazi officers. She received her MFA from the University of Wyoming and has recent and forthcoming publications in Orion Magazine.

"Chop City" by LuLing Osofsky
In Orion Magazine


Boru O'Brien O'Connell is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY who works primarily with film and video installation, photography, and writing. Recent projects include writing and a multi-channel video work for And lose the name of action with Miguel Gutierrez, a touring performance which premiered at the Walker Arts Center (MN) and BAM (NY). Recent exhibitions include Invisible Exports (NY), Night Gallery (LA), and a commission by Triple Canopy for Frieze NY. He curated the 2012 exhibition for Mount Tremper Arts (Mt. Tremper, NY), an exhibition of choreography, visual, and sound art. His work has been featured and written about in Blind Spot, Triple Canopy, Bidoun, Vice, DIS, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Frieze, among others.

JAN 31-FEB 3, 2013

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The 2012 Summer Fellowship season will run from July 17th to August 28th, 2012. Summer fellows Jacques Louis Vidal and Matthew Fischer, both visual artists, will be in residence on Fishers Island for six weeks working in their studio spaces in the Ferry Annex building.


Matthew Fischer lives and works in New York.  He has exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, Junior Projects and 247365 in New York and Fjord and Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. He has been an artist in residence at The Edward F. Albee Foundation (2013/2015) in Montauk, NY and The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY in 2012.  In 2011 he received an MFA from Columbia University. Fischer currently teaches studio art and art history at the 92Y in Manhattan and the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills, NY.

Matthew's Website - www.matthew-fischer.com



Jacques Louis Vidal's work has many of the characteristics of folk art - a rejection of academic technique, a preference for generosity over austerity, and a prioritization of the local rather than the general. And yet his use of folk idioms has very little to do with the populist and wholesome values that underpin the majority of the work, which usually bears that name. Vidal takes what is best from regional traditions: their mystery, their iconoclasm, and their agency, exposing and documenting them in their own languages. The "local" in his work extends to the realms of the internet, conspiratorial town meetings, inside jokes from large institutions, and even the more frayed and imperfect gossip of his own life. His work ranges from drawing and painting, to poetry and music, to wood carving and large scale theatrical performance. He is constantly trying to cultivate new and better habits.

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