2021-2022 Spillways Fellows

Antenna’s Spillways residency is a way of providing the meaningful dispersion of outside thought and practice into the city through the development of creative feats. Spillways hosts national and international artists, writers, and cultural organizers that are interested in developing projects within the greater New Orleans region, and whose efforts question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the area. At least four residents are chosen each year to develop ambitious projects that aim for thoughtful public impact and engagement within the greater New Orleans region.

Throughout this year, these selected fellows will make initial visits to New Orleans and with the goal of developing proposals for potential future community-engaged projects. Works that have resulted from Spillways residencies include the Slave Rebellion Reenactment initiated by Dread ScottCity Palette App by Chloë Bass, and Transient by Molly Rideout.

2021-2022 Spillways Fellows include:

Tia-Simone Gardner is a cross-disciplinary artist whose practice engages Black feminism through a dialogue with ritual, iconoclasm, and geography. “Space,” she writes, “can be produced as toxically gendered and racialized, often in ways that are illegible.” She is interested in how work grounded in hybrid drawing/time-based methods can activate and re-imagine thick sedimented layers of time, knowing, being, and struggle. Gardner has participated as a studio Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program and held residencies at IASPIS in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York. She is a Birmingham native and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Minyoung Lee writes fiction in San Francisco, CA. Her work appears in MoonPark Review, Vestal Review, JMWW, and more. Her forthcoming prose chapbook, Claim Your Space, tells the classic coming-of-age story using an experimental narrative that plays with time, memory, and space. She is also writing a novel based on her experience working on an offshore oil platform off the Louisiana coast. Minyoung is a Tin House Summer Workshop Alum, a Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference – Hether Ludwick First Taste Scholar, and a winner of the Fear No Lit Submerging Writer Fellowship. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from The University of Chicago.

Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their interests lie in the formation of itinerant, performative, and discursive-based social spaces with works that move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio, and transmission. Their practice and research span well over a decade of projects, performances, and art world experiences created together and in project-based collaborations with musicians, radio practitioners, and city agencies.

Jody Wood uses mediums of social practice, video, photography, and performance. Her recent work reimagines routines in poverty support agencies, aiming to sculpt power dynamics, relationship networks, and resist stigmas surrounding poverty. Her site-specific work has been supported by A Blade of Grass, Esopus Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and through residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Yaddo, and Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been on view at Parrish Museum of Art in Water Mill, NY; Vox Populi, in Philadelphia, PA; Rond-Point Projects in Marseille, France; and the 8th Floor in NYC.

Featured Image: Tia Simone Gardner