Press Release


The Center for Photography at Woodstock is excited to announce our 2014 artists-in-residence. A total of eight residencies were granted to seven artists working in photography and related media and one scholar to participate in a critical studies residency.

Each participant will receive residencies of 3 to 6 weeks from June through early October. While in residence at CPW, artists are granted 24/7 access to professional workspace including CPW’s digital and traditional darkrooms, critical and technical support, housing, travel & food stipend, and honoraria.

To learn more about WOODSTOCK A-I-R, click here.

Special thanks to our 2014 Panel for their careful consideration of all the applications we received:

Heng Gil-Han (Director, Korean Art Contemporary)
Mary-Kay Lombino (The Emily Hargroves Fisher ’57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and Assistant Director of Strategic Planning)
Jacolby Satterwhite (2011 A-I-R)

The 2014 program is made possible in part with support from the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation, 
the Philip & Edith Leonian Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,  
the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

DID YOU KNOW? WOODSTOCK A-I-R was listed amongst the top 20 residency programs in the U.S. See the list by clicking here.

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Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Bejar has participated in a number of residency programs, including most recently the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Artist-in-Residence Workspace Program and in 2011 was selected to Smack Mellon’s Hot Picks program. He has participated in a number of residency programs, and has shown work in group exhibitions at El Museo Del Barrio and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico, Artnews Projects in Berlin, Germany, amongst others. Bejar holds an MFA in sculpture from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and a BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.[/one_half][one_half]

Over the course of his residency, Bejar will edit a 3 and a half hour video for his project NFZ, NYC/NJ, edit and print images from his projects Operation Guest and NFZ, NYC/NJ, while continuing to research new projects and experiment with new directions for his work. Bejar’s work explores narratives of power found in history, place, and identity. Through forms of performance, intervention and photography/video, new layers of information are introduced into familiar public spaces and social systems challenging viewers to question the familiar, and envision alternative models and realities.[/one_half]

EMILIE BOONE (Brentwood, MD)
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A PhD candidate in Northwestern University’s Department of Art History, Emilie Boone studies the photography and art of the African Diaspora. Her dissertation explores the work and impact of James Van Der Zee, a Harlem-based studio photographer most prolific during the 1920s and 1930s. She has written for History of Photography, African Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and the Kemper Art Museum. Her honors include a Fulbright, a Terra Foundation Residency in Giverny, France, and a Dangler Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011 and 2013, Emilie was an invited participant of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She presently lives in the Washington D.C. area and is enjoying her time as a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. [/one_half][one_half]

During her residency in Woodstock, Boone will complete editing a chapter of her dissertation, which, in four chapters, considers how the early photographs of the well-known African American studio photographer James Van Der Zee have shaped our understanding of black subjectivity at different moments of the 20th century. The dissertation begins with examples from the 1920s and 1930s, the decades of Van Der Zee’s most famous photographs, and then considers later moments in which there is a return to Van Der Zee’s early work to tell new narratives. Lorna Simpson’s 9 Props is the final iteration of this influence and the exemplary piece that animates the visual thread Boone’s scholarship charts.



MIJOO KIM (Chapel Hill, NC)
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Originally from South Korea, Mijoo Kim holds both a BFA with an emphasis in photography from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, IL and a BA with an emphasis in photography from Kyung-II University in South Korea. Her work is in the public collection of FedEx Global Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Argo Consulting Company. For Kim, photography is not only a means of exploring human lives, but also functions as a gateway to memories that chart the past and permeate the present.[/one_half][one_half]

While in residence at CPW, Kim plans to explore challenging questions about the roles and representations of women, including herself, with a specific interest in the aging process. She will engage directly with members of the surrounding community, experimenting with ways that photography can be used to make people’s lives known to others and herself.[/one_half]

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Noritaka Minami is an artist based in Boston and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 where he studied Art Practice and Asian American Studies.  In 2011, he completed a MFA in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine with an emphasis in the Visual Studies Program.  Minami has taught photography at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.  He currently works as a Teaching Assistant in Photography at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. [/one_half][one_half]

Over the course of his time in Woodstock, Minami will engage in a thorough photographic and historic investigation of the Maverick Concert Hall. He will make multiple visits photographing the site at various times of day and from a variety of perspectives. This investigation into the play of light within the concert hall’s distinct architecture will focus particularly on the glass windows that interact with the natural environment surrounding the building.[/one_half]

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Originally from Tacoma, WA, Susan Surface is a photographer and designer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Masters in Architecture and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University in New Haven, CT as well as a BFA in Integrated Design Curriculum from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. Her work has been appeared in Capricious #14, Retrospecta, and Readymade Magazine, amongst others, and has been included in group exhibitions including Masculine at the Capricious Gallery, Bushwick Open Studios, in Brooklyn, NY and Big Plans at the Yale School of Architecture.[/one_half][one_half]

Over the course of her residency, Surface will continue her exploration of her agrarian roots. Since 2010 Surface has been photographing and competing as a bull rider on the First Frontier circuit, the designation given to the East Coast of the United States by professional rodeo organizations. Surface will attend these and other informal rodeo events, as well as visit farms, facilities, and acquaintances to document the events, locations, and materials that characterize rodeo.[/one_half]


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Rodrigo Valenzuela is based in Seattle, Washington where he received his MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and a BFA in Photography from the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME amongst others, and has had a number of solo and group exhibitions. In 2012 Valenzuela was awarded the En Foco New Works Fellowship, the UCIRA grant, and was an Artist Trust Innovators Award Nominee.[/one_half][one_half]

While in Woodstock, Valenzuela plans to explore sites such as the Rokeby House, and the rich landscape and history of the Hudson Valley. As Valenzuela situates his creative practice within the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction through video, photography, and installation he will utilize his new surroundings to photograph constructed narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities and build on his continuing investigation of issues surrounding place, geography, and identity.[/one_half]


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Born in Chicago, IL, Jessica Vaughn is a visual artist living and working in New York, NY. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Printmaking and Time-Based Media, and a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC in 2013. Vaughn’s work has been exhibited at MOMA PS1, Studio Museum in Harlem, and in galleries in both the US and abroad. She has participated in a number of residencies and has been published widely, including in Artforum, The New York Times, Modern Painters Magazine, among others.[/one_half][one_half]

During her residency, she will photograph the landscape in Woodstock as interrupted by large printed backdrops of urban scenes she creates and places in the background. This juxtaposition serves to highlight the notion that the way we “see” influences how we identify events, places, and things; and how all of this in turn shapes our understanding of political narratives. Vaughn’s practice focuses on creating photographs that serve as a vehicle to communicate her understanding of political narratives in postindustrial cities of the United States.[/one_half]


WENXIN ZHANG (San Francisco, CA)
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Born and raised in China, Wenxin Zhang now lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She holds an MFA in Photography at California College of the Arts and a BM in Tourism Management from Jinan University in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Zhang’s practice engages in redefining (her) reality. In her writings and photography, she describes her experiences of growing up in China, her current life in San Francisco, and her personal relationships in a voice that is melancholic and tranquil. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and China. Zhang was selected as a finalist in 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award and she was a camper at the first Little Brown Mushroom Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers.[/one_half][one_half]

Over the course of her time in Woodstock, Zhang will complete a photographic novel about her inner journey between her home country China, and the United States, where she currently resides. This journey moves between real and imagined spaces, exploring the boundaries between autobiography and fiction. The landscape surrounding Woodstock will make the ideal setting for the completion of the chapter, Beast by the Waterfall Guesthouse.[/one_half]