All of our residency applications are evaluated by our 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.



2019–2020 Winter Residency Review Panel


Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Muchwas released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. His biography of A Tribe Called Quest, Go Ahead in the Rain, was published in 2019 by University of Texas Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.  He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. 

His second collection of nonfiction, They Don't Dance No' Mo', is due out in 2020 by Random House. Yes, he would like to talk to you about your favorite bands and your favorite sneakers.


Delano Dunn was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Fine Arts, and of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration. Through painting, mixed media, and collage, Dunn explores questions of racial identity and perception within various contexts, ranging from the personal to the political, and drawing from his experience growing up in South Central L.A. He has had solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, and Buffalo, NY. Group exhibitions include I Like The Sound of That at Artspace in New Haven, Liberty and (in)Justice for All at Project for Empty Space in Newark, NJ, PULSE New York, PULSE Miami with Project for Empty Space and The Long Gallery Harlem, The Delaware Contemporary, and more.

Recent reviews include Hyperallergic and VICE Creators; features and interviews include The New York Times, VICE Creators, Black Lives Matter, ArtNoir, and Black Artist News. Dunn was the recipient of Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant, the College Art Association’s Visual Arts Graduate Fellowship in 2016, the Delaware Contemporary’s Curator’s Choice Award, and SVA’s Edward Zutrau Memorial Award. Dunn recently completed residences at Project for Empty Space in Newark, NJ, The Wassaic Artist Residency, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. He is currently an ACAID Fellow at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Il with his wife and two children.


Fabienne Lasserre lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She was educated at Concordia University in Montreal (B.F.A., 1996) and Columbia University, New York (M.F.A., 2004), and has been a full-time faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) since 2007. In 2019, she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Recent solo projects include Make Room for Space (2018, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY); Les Larmes (2018, Parisian Laundry Gallery, Montreal); and C.Ar.D in città (2015, Palazzo Costa Tretenerro, Piacenza, Italy). Her work was shown in several 2-person exhibits, amongst which The Nervous Hand (2018, 315 Gallery, New York) and Fabienne Lasserre and Annette Wehrhahn (2016, Safe Gallery, New York). Some group exhibits featuring her work have been: Feed the Meter (2017, Ceysson de Bénétière, Luxembourg); Outside the Lines (2013, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX), Saber Desconocer, (2013, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia), and La Triennale québécoise, (2011, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal). In 2017, she was awarded the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship to produce two outdoor sculptures for the grounds of St-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire. In 2016-17, she received a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program award. In 2013 and 2014, she was the recipient of two Project Grants to Visual Artists from the Canada Council for the Arts to develop a body of sculptures that were shown in solo shows at Parisian Laundry Gallery, Montreal (Les Approches, 2015) and at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York (Here Like a Story Like a Picture and a Mirror, 2013).


Eileen Jeng Lynch is the Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, where she organizes the Sunroom Project Space for emerging artists, co-curates exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery, and is involved in all aspects of visual arts programming, including publications and the annual Winter Workspace program. 2019 exhibitions at Wave Hill include Rachel Sydlowski: Parlor in the Wilderness and Here We Land. Jeng Lynch is also the Founder of Neumeraki, which collaborates with artists, organizations, and galleries on curatorial, consulting, writing, and editing projects. Curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Yard: City Hall Park, LMAKbooks+design, Sperone Westwater, Lesley Heller Workspace, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Garis & Hahn, and Radiator Gallery, among others. In 2017, Jeng Lynch initiated the ongoing Give Voice Postcard Project. She has contributed to Two Coats of Paint and On-Verge. Previously, Jeng Lynch worked at RxArt, Sperone Westwater, and the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Art. She earned her MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA in Art History and Advertising from Syracuse University.


Brigitte Mulholland is a Director at Anton Kern Gallery and an independent curator. She has staged projects at Spring/Break, Cuchifritos Gallery, 326 Gallery, Lesley Heller Workspace, the W Hotel Downtown, and in the Landmark Arts Building; her shows have received reviews from Artsy, Artnet, Artforum, Hyperallergic, and Artcritical. Mulholland has been working in the art world for over a decade, and holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Hunter College.



PAST panelists


Laylah Ali

Chad Alligood
Assistant Curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum

Man Bartlett

Horace Ballard
Assistant Curator at the Williams College Museum of Art

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

Barbara Bourland
Author • Residency Alum

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

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw

Vince Contarino

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

Rosario Güiraldes
Assistant Curator and Co-Director of the Open Sessions artist program at The Drawing Center

Gabriel de Guzman
Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon

Anna Harsanyi
Curator • Educator

Katherine Hill

Jason Huff

Maud Jacquin
Independent Curator • Scholar

Roxanne Jackson
Artist • Residency Alum

Paddy Johnson
Founding Editor of Art F City

Martha Joseph
Curatorial Fellow at MASS MoCA

Kirstin Lamb
Artist • Residency Alum

Emily Noelle Lambert
Artist • Residency Alum

Zoe Larkin
Curatorial Assistant at Whitney Museum of American Art

Caroline Larsen

Nora Lawrence
Associate Curator at Storm King Art Center

Oshun Layne
Manager of Exhibitions and Programming, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Amanda Lechner
Artist • Residency Alum

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

Ashley Mayne

Kevin McCoy

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

Mitch Miller
Artist • Residency Alum

Ryan Murphy
Author • Associate Director of Four Way Books

Bryant Musgrave

Amani Olu
Independent Curator

Alex Paik

Lauren Pakradooni
Artist • Residency Alum

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 • Residency Alum

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


Natessa Amin in her studio (2017)
Photo by Verónica González Mayoral