2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship Panelists

2017 Literary Arts Panelists

Lynn Crawford

Fiction writer and art critic Lynn Crawford is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2016 Rauschenberg Writing Fellow. Her books include Solow, Blow, Fortification Resort, a series of art-related sestinas, Simply Separate People and Simply Separate People, Two. Her latest novel (2016) is Shankus & Kitto : A Saga. Her work appears in various anthologies (Oulipo Compendium, Fetish, Brooklyn Rail, Fence) and journals (Art in America, Infinite Mile, Detroit Research, Hyperallergic, Tema Celeste, McSweeney’s, Lilies and Cannonballs, Parkett, Bookforum, Metro Times). Most recently she contributed a story, TNW and Me to The-N-Word, a monograph on African-American painter Peter Williams edited by Ryan Standfest, and an essay to Detroit, The Dream is now, a collection of photographs of art, food and design by Michael Arnaud (Abrams Books). Lynn earned a MSW from New York University and has worked in various psychiatric, community, hospital, museum and school settings. She lives with her family north of Detroit.

Kahn Santori Davison

Kahn Santori Davison is from Detroit, Michigan. He is formerly an art columnist for The Gazette News and Arts and Entertainment writer for the Michigan Citizen. He’s currently a music writer for the Detroit Metro Times. He has served as a creative writing instructor at Detroit Impact Community Center and Inside Out Literary Arts. He was one half of the poetry group Khaos and a co-star in the award winning play Mahogany Drams.

He’s been featured on the Boyce Watkins Show, Brenda Perryman Show, and others. He’s a Cave Canem fellow who’s works have been featured in The Alabama Poetry Society, The Entoitist, The Baltimore Review, London’s X-Bout, Barbaric Yap, Callaloo, Black Reniaissance Noire, and The Litchfield Review. He is author of the poetry book Blaze (Willow Books). He is the recipient of the 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship.

Janet Webster Jones

Janet Webster Jones, a native Detroiter, attended Detroit Public Schools for elementary and secondary education.  She graduated from Spelman College (B.A,) and Wayne State University (M.Ed.), and was employed as an educator in Detroit Public Schools for nearly 42 years serving students, families and the Detroit community in several positions: Elementary Education Teacher, Speech and Language Pathologist, teacher consultant, and Administrator and Staff Development Specialist.  Jones is currently the owner/operator of Source Booksellers, a unique niche of Non-fiction books located in Midtown Detroit.  Source Booksellers was among 50 best independent bookstore in the USA named by Huffington Post (April28 2017).  She resides in Detroit.

Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis’s most recent books are They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (poems) and Bresson on Bresson (interviews with Robert Bresson, translated from the French). She is the author of two previous books, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, as well as numerous chapbooks and translations. She teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and was the 2016 Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at U.C. Berkeley. A longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, she recently co-founded Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY. Her first novel, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

Brian McGuigan

Brian McGuigan was born and raised in Queens, NY and now lives in Seattle where he’s the Program Director at Artist Trust, a nonprofit arts organization providing grantmaking and professional development for Washington State artists of all disciplines. When he’s not working in the arts, he’s working on a memoir. His writing has appeared in Gawker, The Rumpus, Salon, The Stranger, The Weeklings, City Arts, and elsewhere and has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. In 2010, The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s Power 50 Culture Makers. For about a decade, he worked in programs at Hugo House, the second largest writers’ center in the country, where he devised and organized hundreds of literary readings, events, and programs.

2017 Visual Arts Panelists

Sabrina Nelson

Sabrina Nelson is a Detroit born painter, by degree from Center for Creative Studies. Influenced by Yoruba Religion as well as Eastern and African Philosophy

Sabrina has been a professional artist for over 36 years and an educator. As a studio artist at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she lectures and preforms art demonstrations. She is also on the staff for the College for Creative Studies.

Sabrina has lectured on the preservation of Black Feminism in Art at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. In addition, she has judged art competitions for over 27 years. Sabrina often interviews guest artist for the City of Detroit’s Culture video channel MyDetroitCable.

Work has been exhibited in MI,Florida, New York, Louisiana, Illinois and Ohio. Most recently she was invited to American University in Paris, France to participate as a sketching artist for the James Baldwin Confrence.

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston were she has organized numerous exhibitions including Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (2009); Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2012). In addition, she has mounted numerous surveys by such artists as Benjamin Patterson, Donald Moffett, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jennie C. Jones and Angel Otero, among many others.

Cassel Oliver has lectured widely and published extensively. She is the recipient of a Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship (2007); the prestigious David C. Driskell Award (2011) for scholarship in African American art; and the Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Foundation-to-Life Fellowship at Hunter College (2016). In 2009, she was selected as a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.

Jorge Rojas

Born in Morelos, Mexico, Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and art educator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and uses traditional and new media and performance art to explore the creation and processes involved in artistic production. At the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, he oversees all education, community outreach, and adult programming initiatives for the Museum. Mr. Rojas’ work and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US, including Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art, and White Box in New York; New World Museum and Project Row Houses in Houston; and the UMFA and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. In 2009 he founded Low Lives, and international, multi-venue online performance festival, where he served as director, producer, and curator.

Sarah Rose Sharp

Sarah Rose Sharp is a Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist. She writes about art and culture, online and in print, for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, ArtSlant and others. She was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Arts Criticism and was selected as a participant in the 2015 Art Writing Workshop facilitated by AICA/USA and the Art Writers Grant Program. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research in the state of contemporary art in redeveloping cities, including a process blog called Breakfast with the Artist.

John Sims

John Sims, a Detroit native, is a multi-media conceptual artist, writer and producer, and former Coordinator of Mathematics at Ringling College of Art and Design. His projects span the areas of installation, text, music, film, performance and large scale activism, informed by mathematics, the politics of sacred symbols/anniversaries and poetic collaboration. He is currently completing the Recoloration Proclamation, a 16-year multimedia project featuring: a collection of various Confederate flags installations, annual national Burn and Bury event, a play, a documentary film and the music project – AfroDixieRemixes.

He has lectured and exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in Art in America, Sculpture, Transition, FiberArts, Science News, CNN, NBC News, New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the science journal Nature.