All of our residency applications are evaluated by our expert review panel and Wassaic Project staff. Our panelists are established artists, curators, gallery directors, and writers (among other things). Most of them have passed through Wassaic themselves, and all of them are dedicated to giving emerging artists the space to explore and expand their practices.



2018–2019 winter residency Review Panel


Horace D. Ballard is assistant curator at the Williams College Museum of Art. He specializes in American art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He is particularly interested in the history of photography, ideologies of Romanticism, gender in early-American portraiture, the visual culture(s) of war, and the formulation of queer canons across the history of art. He received a Ph.D. from Brown University and is currently preparing a book manuscript, entitled, “The Re-construction of Beauty: Photography, Whiteness, and US Masculinity, 1865-1900.” He has held prior positions at the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); the Yale University Art Gallery; the Birmingham Museum of Art; and Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He also serves as a freelance writer and consultant on the black radical tradition and post-black art practices, writing and editing for the Smithsonian; the Vera List Center of Art and Politics at the New School; the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore


Vince Contarino is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. He received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and has exhibited in and outside of NYC for the past decade. Awards and residencies include The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and a 2012 Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, where he currently serves on the Artist Advisory Committee for Painting. Recent publications include “Frozen Mansfield”, with poet Geoffrey Young and “Golden Age: Perspectives on abstract painting today”, published by NUTUREart. His work has been covered in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, and SFAQ, among others. He previously organized numerous exhibitions as co-founder of the artist-run curatorial initiative, Progress Report and is currently a partner and co-director of Present Company, a Brooklyn-based exhibition and social space.


Roxanne Jackson is a ceramic artist and mixed-media sculptor currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her macabre works are black-humored investigations of the links between transformation, myth, and kitsch. Press for her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Gothamist, Sculpture Center Curators’ Notebook, Beautiful/Decay, ArtSlant, Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The L Magazine, Eyes Towards the Dove, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Ireland, and New Ceramics, among others. She has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Wassaic Project, the Ceramic Center of Berlin, Hunter College, Chashama/chaNorth, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, funded by an NCECA International Residency Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in New York at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, The Hole, Honey Ramka, Lu Magnus, Denny Gallery, Zürcher Gallery, Orgy Park, Regina Rex, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, The Lodge Gallery, 99 Cent Plus Gallery, the Parlour Bushwick, BAM, English Kills, Elijiah Wheat Showroom, the Knockdown Center, BRIC, and Airplane Gallery, as well as at the Satellite Art Show in Miami Beach, FL; the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, PA; the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN, and more. She has shown in China, Portugal, Romania, Canada, and such cities as Mexico City, London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Brussels and Leipzig. Jackson is the co-founder of NASTY WOMEN, a national/international art exhibition and fundraising project; and Heather Metal Parking Lot, a nocturnal outdoor heavy metal party, held each summer at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.


Oshun Layne was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is the youngest child to Barbadian parents, Dr. Calvin B. Holder and Sandra Layne. Over the last ten years, she has dedicated her career to arts and arts education in non-profits. As the former Director of Galleries at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. (RPAF), Oshun managed strategic planning and partnerships with regional, national, and international galleries, curators, artists, and organizations for Rush Arts and Corridor Galleries in New York City, NY and Rush Arts Philly in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Oshun pursuing her Master Degree in Urban Policy and Planning with a focus in Non-Profit Management at Hunter College in New York City.


Ashley Mayne is the author of Mankiller (2014) and Tiger (2015) as well as other short stories and poems. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence. Her work has appeared in Post Road, Juked, The Doris, Fish And Game Quarterly, and Metambesen. She is currently hard at work on her latest novel, researching British witchcraft.



PAST panelists


Laylah Ali

Chad Alligood
Assistant Curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum

Man Bartlett

Tom Beale
Artist • Founder of Honey Space

Natalie Bell
Associate Curator at the New Museum

Mary Birmingham
Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Bill Carroll
Artist • Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw

Susan Cross
Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA

Anna Maria Cuevas
Director of Cuevas Tilleard

Annica Cuppetelli

Jen Dalton

Kim Drew
Founder of Black Contemporary Art Blog

Meredith Drum
Artist • Previous Resident

Aliza Kelly Faragher
Curator • Writer • Art Consultant

Carley Gaebe

Alex Gingrow
Artist • Previous Resident

Eric Gleason
Director at Paul Kasmin

Anna Harsanyi
Curator • Educator

Katherine Hill

Jason Huff

Maud Jacquin
Independent Curator • Scholar

Paddy Johnson
Founding Editor of Art F City

Martha Joseph
Curatorial Fellow at MASS MoCA

Kirstin Lamb
Artist • Previous Resident

Emily Noelle Lambert
Artist • Previous Resident

Zoe Larkin
Curatorial Assistant at Whitney Museum of American Art

Nora Lawrence
Associate Curator at Storm King Art Center

Amanda Lechner
Artist • Previous Resident

Sally Morgan Lehman and Jay Lehman
Owners • Directors at Morgan Lehman Gallery

Peter L’Official
Assistant Professor of Literature, Bard College

Jon Lutz
Curator • Director of Sardine

Cybele Malone
Director of Urban Glass • Artist • Assistant Professor of Electronic Arts, Wayne State University

Denise Markonish
Curator at MASS MoCA

Kevin McCoy


Leeza Meksin
Artist • Co-Founder and Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects

Mitch Miller
Artist • Previous Resident

Ryan Murphy
Author • Associate Director of Four Way Books

Bryant Musgrave

Amani Olu
Independent Curator

Alex Paik

Lauren Pakradooni
Artist • Past Resident

Liz Parks
Art Advisor, Parks Fine Art

Bridget Potter

Andrew Prayzner
Artist • Previous Resident • Co-Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY

Elizabeth Rooklidge
Associate Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art

John Ros
Artist • Writer • Previous Resident

Sara Maria Salamone
Artist • Curator • Director of Mrs. Gallery

Molly Schoemann
Writer • Founding Editor of the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Blog

Michael Scoggins

Julia Sedlock and Mark RownTree
Architects • Artists • Past Residents

Arden Sherman
Curator of Hunter College’s East Harlem Gallery

Carolyn Sickles
Artist • Director of Engagement and Visual Arts at Abrons Arts Center

John Silvis
Artist • Curator

Eileen Isagon Skyers
Artist • Writer • Curator • Director of HOUSING

Sable Elyse Smith
Artist • Writer • Educator

Jessica Steller
The Curator Gallery, FLATT Magazine

Stephan Stoyanov
Owner • Director of the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery

Lexi Lee Sullivan
Assistant Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Benjamin Sutton
Art Critic • Curator • News Editor at Hyperallergic

Jenny Tang

Caroline Tilleard
Director of Cuevas Tilleard

Hrag Vartanian
Curator • Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Hyperallergic

Christina Vassallo
Executive Director at SPACES

Sarah Walko
Artist • Writer • Programs Director at Marble House Project

Jodi Waynberg
Executive Director of Artists Alliance

Jess Wilcox
Programs Coordinator at The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

Katia Zavistovski
Independent Curator


Photo by Verónica González Mayoral