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The Arts/Art Studies

The Arts/Art Studies

Marc Adelman (2003-2004)
Marc Adelman is based in San Francisco, CA where he works between video and installation art. He installed his work at the Jewish Museum New York last December in a group exhibition titled “Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex.”  His project, Stelen (Columns), is a found photo project comprised of 150 images found on the Internet that examines the intersection of sexuality, history, and memorialization. Central to the work is Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin which features prominently in each image. The exhibition runs through June 2012.;

Cristina Ashjian (1995-1996)
Art historian Cristina Ashjian is an independent scholar based in New England. Presently involved in a number of historic preservation projects, she is also the Chair of the recently established Heritage Commission in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. As a German Chancellor Fellow at the University of Munich, Cristina completed archival research for her doctoral dissertation “Representing ‘Scènes et Types’: Wassily Kandinsky in Tunisia, 1904-1905” (Northwestern University 2001). She earned her M.A. in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (1992), and a B.S. in Languages (German and Italian) from Georgetown University in Washington DC (1988)(Write to for email address.) (10/06/09)

Katherine Ball (2017-18)
Katherine’s artwork explores the infrastructure of everyday life – through research, ecological design and social engagement. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Katherine is collaborating with architecture collective Raumlabor to create a rainwater filtration system for Floating University Berlin, an alternative university campus sited in the rainwater catchment basin for former Templehof Airport, now iconic urban park. As an artist and researcher working in international contexts, Katherine has been a Fulbright Fellow in Copenhagen, an artist in residence at Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites in the Mojave Desert, a delegate at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Mexico, and her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her books include Utopia Walks Away: Infrastructure in Copenhagen, Denmark (May Day Rooms, London, 2016) and Not Broken Yet: Life in the Mojave Desert (HDTS, Joshua Tree, California, 2016). Katherine has a Master in Fine Arts in Social Practice from Portland State University and studied at the School of Walls and Space in Copenhagen. Her websites are & (7/12/17)

Caitlin Berrigan (2013-14)
Caitlin Berrigan works across performance, video, sculpture, text and participatory public interventions to engage with the intimate social dimensions of power and politics. During her Chancellor Fellowship in Berlin, she worked with Archive Books and the Urban Planning Faculty of the Technische Universität, on a book and performance projects related to post-conflict landscapes, affective geographies, speculative real estate and science fiction between Berlin and Beirut. Berrigan has created special commissions for the Whitney Museum, Harvard Carpenter Center, and the deCordova Museum. Her work has shown at Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum, Gallery 400 Chicago, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, Lugar a Dudas Colombia, 0047 Gallery Oslo, Grimmuseum Berlin, among others. She is the recipient of a Sculpture Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Agnes Gund Fellowship from Skowhegan. Invited residencies include PROGRAM for Art & Architecture Berlin, Fountainhead Miami, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and The Wassaic Project. Berrigan attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hampshire College. (6/16/14)

Brittany Duncan (2016-2017)
Ms. Duncan earned her B.A. in Music from Williams College and a M.B.A. in Business Administration from the Said Business School of Oxford. Brittany is in the midst of a successful career in Arts Management, which includes past positions at the Houston Grand Opera, the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum and OperaHub. She will carry out her project entitled “The Opera House as Community Hub and Civic Resource: Learnings from the German Model” at the Berlin Social Science Center (11/22/16).

Kathleen Forde (2002-2003)
Kathleen is a curator based in NYC and Istanbul. Forde is the Artistic Director at Large for Borusan Contemporary, a collection-based space for media arts exhibitions, commissions and public programming in Istanbul. During her tenure at BC Forde has curated and toured numerous solo exhibitions by artists such as Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Daniel Canogar, Brigitte Kowanz and John Gerrard, and collaborated with curators and institutions that include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Espacio Telefonica Madrid, La Boral Gijon and the Kunsthalle Darmstadt. Concurrently she is working as an independent curator with various institutions both nationally and abroad.Please visit her website for more information.(7/10/14)

Eliza Garrison (2000-2001)
Eliza is Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College. As a German Chancellor Fellow, she conducted research for her dissertation, “The Art Policy of Emperor Henry II (1002-1024).” While in Germany, she was affiliated with the Staatsbibliothek in Bamberg, where she conducted much of her work for the dissertation project. She also conducted research in libraries in Berlin and Munich. (12/2/09)

Julie Anne (Phaneuf) Hausmann (1998-99)
Julie lives in the Boston area, works as a fundraising consultant for arts and cultural organizations, teaches voice, and performs with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She has spent more than 15 years working in arts administration for the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Huntington Theatre Company and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, with a focus on fundraising and special events management. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Julie worked in the Press and Marketing Office at the Stuttgart State Opera, where she researched the differences between American and German arts management and funding. (12/8/09)

Jessica Knapp (2006-2007)
Jessica is currently the associate editor for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines, while also maintaining a studio and actively participating in exhibitions. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions at Baltimore Clayworks, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, The Oceanside Museum of Art, Denison University, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Her fellowship year was spent in Berlin, where she worked on creative projects at the Ceramic Center Berlin as a resident artist, and researched German concepts of architectural and natural environments, the history of the use of porcelain in Germany, and contemporary German ceramic artists. Near the end of her residency, she exhibited an installation tilted Mauer Blümchen along with individual sculptural works at the Ceramic Center Berlin’s gallery space. The Mauer Blümchen installation was also set up at six locations where the former wall once stood in the vicinity of Prenzlauerberg and Wedding. After leaving Berlin, she was visiting professor of ceramics at Denison University, then accepted her current position at the American Ceramic Society. Jessica graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in December 2003 with an MFA in Ceramics, and from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a BA in English and a BFA in Crafts. Her website is (4/18/11)

Jason Mannix (2009-2010)
Jason is currently a senior graphic designer at Doyle Partners in New York. He holds a B.A. in English and a minor in art from James Madison University. As a Chancellor Fellow, Jason will explore the craft of font design and Germany’s rich typographic tradition. Specifically, the project will focus on the technical nuance and evolution of Blackletter script and its historic rivalry with Roman type. He will be working with Robert Strauch of the Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V. to draw and produce a completely original typeface. (7/2/09)

Elizabeth Otto (2004-2005)
Elizabeth Otto (Libby) is Associate Professor of Art History and Executive Director of the Humanities Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a German Chancellor Fellow in Berlin she wrote a book titled Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt and curated the exhibition of the same name which was shown at the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, Harvard’s Busch Reisinger Museum, and the International Center of Photography in New York. Libby has studied in the U.S., Korea, France, Canada, and Germany, and she completed her doctorate in Art History at the University of Michigan in 2003. She has published numerous scholarly essays on interwar European art, film, and visual culture, many of which engage topics in gender and sexuality. In 2011, her co-edited book of essays, The New Woman International: Photographic Representations from the 1870s through the 1930s, was published by the University of Michigan Press. Her current book project, Haunted Bauhaus, examines interwar Europe’s most influential art institution anew. Where many have seen the school as overly commercial or soullessly minimalistic, this book explores the Bauhaus as it engaged in experimental religious, explored alternative forms of gender and sexuality, embraced Surrealism, and, in the end, was much more closely related with Nazi culture than has previously been acknowledged. (7/29/15)

Anne Drew Potter (2011-2012)
Anne Drew is currently a resident artist at Pottery Northwest Art Center in Seattle, WA. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Anne Drew will be working at the Zentrum Für Keramik in Berlin, developing a group of installation-based artworks that reflect on the issues that are raised by the history and physical geography of Berlin as it relates to the lived experience of communism. Anne Drew’s project will focus around the body and its interaction with physical and political spaces of containment, drawing on examples of East German art, architecture, film, literature and other forms of cultural production from and about the Cold War era as visual and conceptual source material. Prior to her current residency, Anne Drew has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT and the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Anne Drew was the 2007 Matsutani Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation and was the recipient of the 2009 Emerging Artist Award from the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts. Anne Drew holds Master of Fine Arts degrees from both the New York Academy of Art (2004) and Indiana University (2007), and received a travel fellowship from the Royal Academy of Art in London in 2004. (4/27/11)

Gene Ray (1996-1997)
Gene has been developing a collaborative practice that combines critical scholarship with situational activism, art-making and cultural performance. In the mode of critical scholarship, he writes about issues at the intersections of art, politics and ethics. The editor of Joseph Beuys: Mapping the Legacy (2001), he contributed an essay to Territories (A. Franke and E. Weizman, eds., 2003) and has published in Third Text, Yale Journal of Criticism, Afterimage, Dissent, Freitag, and Alternative Press Review. His new book of essays, Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory, was published in 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan. (5/9/05)

Christopher Salter (1993-1994)
Christopher is a media artist, director and composer based in Montréal, Canada, and Berlin, Germany. He develops and produces large-scale, multi-media and interactive environments which merge space, vision and sound. Christopher studied economics and philosophy at Emory University and completed a Ph.D. in theater and computer-generated sound at Stanford University. As a German Chancellor Fellow he collaborated with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe at the Ballett Frankfurt. In 1997, he co-founded the art and research organization Sponge, an interdisciplinary association of artists and researchers who are exploring the nexus of investigative art, speculative design and techno-scientific research. His large scale work “Chronopolis,” done in collaboration with Erik Adigard, was shown in September at La Villette Numerique in Paris and was attended by over 35,000 people. He has published widely in areas ranging from responsive music systems, performance and technology and German cultural politics. He was visiting professor in Graduate Studies and Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University from 2003 to 2005 and Media Artist in Residence at Podewil, Berlin, in 2003. He is a professor for computation arts in the Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. (8/26/05)

Carly Schmitt (2008-2009)
Carly is currently a Masters candidate in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany. Upon the completion of her degree she plans to continue working internationally with her company Artist @ Large in the area of Public Art creation and consulting. Her public artwork aims to span gaps, build bridges and bring people together through a system of unexpected circumstances and extraordinary contexts. Carly’s work, which takes on various forms in public space ranging from interactive performance to new media installation, can be encountered throughout Europe and the United States. (4/13/10)

David Schutter (2005-2006)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, David’s project was based on the phenomenological relationships built between seven 17th Century Dutch paintings that are part of the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin collection. He saw these seven paintings as a metonym for Berlin and memory, and as a painter, he attempted to re-make them from memory, “each new painting serving as a metaphorical palimpsest to the original image, the institutional shadings of the collection, and the influence of memory on perception.” The paintings were exhibited alongside the original Dutch works at the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. They were also shown in concurrent exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and TonyWight/Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery in 2007. David is a Visiting Artist Lecturer in the Department of Visual Art at The University of Chicago. (5/22/07)

Clea Waite (1993-1994)
Clea T. Waite is a research-artist whose computer animation, stereoscopic, multi-channel video-installation, hemispherical digital-film, and a collaboration with several hundred tropical spiders examine the meta-meanings found in unlikely correspondences between science and myth. As BUKA fellow at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Clea produced “KUR”, a four-dimensional film exploring the corporal perception of time in virtual and physical space. Native to New York City, she studied Electronic Optics (SB 1984) at MIT and 3D Computer Graphics and Animation (SM Visual Studies 1989) at the MIT Media Laboratory. Dividing her time between NYC and Berlin, she’s held positions as Adjunct Asst. Professor – Computer Graphics, Pratt Institute, NY, and Assoc. Professor – Digital Artistic Montage, Academy of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” at Babelsberg. She was visiting artist at CICV Center for Video Creation Pierre-Schaeffer, Montbeliard, CERN Laboratory for Nuclear Physics, Geneva, the Verkehrshaus Planetarium, Lucerne, and the ISEA Artists-in-Residence program, Singapore, with fellowships from the NEA, the KHM Cologne, Artists-in-Labs HGKZ, Zurich, and the Harvard Film Study Center / Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her works have been exhibited and received numerous prizes internationally. (2/4/10)

Alena Williams (2004-2005)
Alena spent her year as a German Chancellor Fellow researching the historical parameters of media theory and its relationship to contemporary art and modernist artistic practice while in residence at Bootlab e.V.– Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum, a not-for-profit cultural institution in Berlin. Alena received her M.A. in 2004 from Columbia University in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in twentieth-century art and theory. Subsequent to her graduation from Harvard University in 1998, Alena was the ArtBase Coordinator at, where she managed an online archive of new media art. She is also a contributor to a sourcebook on new media preservation, Permanence through Change: The Variable Media Approach, published by the Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology in Montreal (2003). (2/4/10)

Deborah Zafman (1994-1995)
Deborah Zafman opened her contemporary art gallery in Paris in 2004. The gallery is devoted to discovering and promoting the work of promising young artists through the production of exhibitions, catalogs and videos of the artists. The small ground-floor space in the Marais serves as a launch pad, while independently organized exhibitions abroad serve to propel them onto the international scene. She has published in Art Press and various exhibition catalogs. She earned her doctoral degree in the history of art at the University of California at Berkeley. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Deborah spent the year in Berlin conducting dissertation research on the German Romantic painter Franz Pforr and the relationship of his visual art to Sturm und Drang literature. (5/14/06)