Overview The Artists (in) Fellowship program is designed to equip a select group of talented emerging artists with the skills and community necessary to support a successful career in the visual arts. Fellows will be provided with monthly one-on-one advisement from an accomplished professional, group master classes and will participate in collaborative projects. Throughout the program they will also be required to assist their Advisor/Mentor with tasks in the Advisor’s field of expertise, creating an opportunity for learning and growth. The program will culminate in a public viewing of the Fellows' artwork at the SuperFine in New York City in May 2019.

2019 Advisors

Robert Mars is a contemporary American artist known for his Futurerelics Popforms celebrating icons of the Golden Era of the 1950's and 1960's.  Mars continues to evolve a body of artwork that celebrates the commonplace objects and icons of an America long past, in a thoroughly modern and exquisitely constructed manner.

Through the application of a rich color palette and tongue-in-cheek attitude, Mars’ paintings evoke a vintage quality of design and pay homage to the idealized age of growth and hopefulness that was prevalent in the USA at the end of the Depression Era. A time before the internet and mobile technology, where information was not instantly available to millions and there was no such thing as instant internet celebrities, and instead people lived with the myth of the unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley.
  
Mars’ artwork is exhibited worldwide including museum collections and galleries in London, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Napa, Dallas, and Miami.

Kelso Wyeth is an artist liaison at Gagosian.  Recent exhibitions include Theaster Gates, Sarah Sze, Adriana Varejão, Katharina Grosse, and Taryn Simon, as well as features and books on contemporary art.  In her role, Kelso works across the gallery's extensive global platform on exhibition planning and programming; press, communications and public relations; editorial and publications, research and development, artist acquisitions, and museum and private sales.  Prior to joining Gagosian in 2014, Kelso worked at Jack Shainman Gallery.

Deming King Harriman is a working artist and arts professional in Brooklyn, NY.  She is a resident at Chashama's Brooklyn Army Terminal studio center and her work has been featured in several solo shows, museum shows, art fairs, and group exhibitions nationwide.  She has been commissioned for over 48 public works of art to be permanently installed in the largest cruise ships in the world.  Her latest press includes work featured in both digital and print articles in The Washington Post.  Deming also created the role of Director of Exhibitor Relations and Sales for Superfine! Art Fair, and was instrumental in their expansion into the New York, DC, and LA markets, working with over 200 artists and galleries. 

Jessica Bruzzaniti is an Art Advisor from Melbourne, Australia. She has worked at Vick Art Advisors for 3 years, managing high level projects and curating art programs for clients across the East Coast.  She obtained her Associates Diploma with a major in Visual Art, from Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia and her BFA from Monash University (Melbourne) with a focus on Sculpture and Contemporary Practice. She has experience working in Contemporary Art galleries, both in New York and Melbourne, and prior to working as an Art Advisor, she worked in the membership department at the Museum of Modern Art. She also has her own art practice and co-founded an artist collective in 2018 that put on 2 exhibitions last year. 

Demetra Simos is an experiential marketing professional with over 13 years of experience in producing nationwide and international events and developing true experiences that have both generated and created impactful cultural moments. With a keen eye for detail and consumer experience, Demetra has worked with top lifestyle brands, Capital One, National Geographic, Hulu, American Express, Samsung, Chase, ASICS, Nike and Unilever. 

 

Demetra has coordinated and lead large and intimate onsite activations, including New York Fashion Week, Cannes Lions Festival, Essence Fest, Comic Con, the US Open, and Advertising Week as well as editor-only sneaker launches, private card member experiences, film screenings, panel discussions and more. 

 

Born and raised in New York City, Demetra graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. When Demetra is not managing client needs or ensuring an innovative consumer experience, she enjoys traveling to historic locations, watching documentaries and dining at delicious plant based restaurants in the city.

2019 Fellows

Mary Younkin (b. Orange County, CA 1982) earned her BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004 and her MFA from Parsons the New School for design in 2010. Since moving to the east coast, Younkin's work has been exhibited at cloyingPARLOR, 440 Gallery, the Governor's Island Art Fair, Abrons Art Center, BRIC, and AIR Gallery, among others. Inspired by her life in both the tech and art industries, Younkin explores iconic images of women, influences of power, memories of girlhood and suburban dystopia. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

For more information about Mary visit her website at     http://www.maryyounkin.com

Kirk Maynard is a mixed media artist and educator from Brooklyn, New York. A second generation Guyanese-American, Maynard’s work focuses on the political undercurrents of culture and identity in America. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York City, San Francisco, and New Jersey. He has also given artist talks at the New Museum, Queens College, and Princeton University. Maynard currently lives and works in Orange, New Jersey. 

To learn more about Kirk go to www.kirkmaynardart.com

Maya Varadaraj is an interdisciplinary artist, and designer. Her work is often presented as multi-media installations using objects, apparel, and images. Through the use and observance of material culture as a material in itself,  her work makes social commentaries pertaining to gender inequality, hierarchies of consciousness, and animal studies. 

Varadaraj’s work has been exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum, Spazzio Rosanna Orlandi, Block 37 Chicago, and Mana Contemporary New Jersey.

To see more of Maya's work please visit www.m-vara.com

Jon Barwick is a New York City based abstract artist working in painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media. His large scale paintings and room-enveloping installations have been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and his work has been featured twice in "New American Paintings". Jon received his MFA from The University of Georgia in 2009.

Learn more about Jon and his work at https://jonbarwick.com/

Andrea Manning is a sculptor and installation artist based in Long Island, NY. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and received a BFA from Pratt Institute. She's exhibited in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Glasgow, and throughout Long Island. Her current body of work examines the interaction between physical and virtual identity through ephemeral hanging sculpture and installations that explore paint, plastics and fiber as sculptural media. 

Andrea is dedicated to building communities centered around creativity through interactive installations that encourage interpersonal literacy, by organizing a collective of artists, and by developing programs for arts organizations across the LI region.

See more for Andrea's work at  http://www.andreamanningart.com/