Millay Colony for the Arts Resident Bios Past Artists
Gessy Alvarez, Fiction; Maywood, NJ - Gessy grew up in New York City and New Jersey. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2010. She’s taught fiction in the New York City public school system and at Columbia University Medical Center. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Thrice Fiction, Bartleby Snopes, Camroc Press Review, Black Heart Magazine, Connotation Press, Pank and other publications. She is currently working on her first novel.
Patrick Downes, Fiction; Motpelier, VT – Patrick is at work on a diptych of novellas and a young adult novel. He also writes regularly for Woodwork. In addition, Patrick designs and builds custom furniture. His written work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in a number of journals.
kate hers, Mixed Media; kate hers is a visual artist and cultural producer who works in the field of social art practice. Her work seeks to rethink and reshape notions of transnational and cultural identity, often through different modes of communication and public/private interventions. Her projects manifest often in multiple mediums including: performance, sound, drawing, video, internet blogging, installation, and in commodities such as food products, posters, zines, flash cards, and games. She has shown widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America in such spaces as: Atelierhof Kreuzberg (Berlin), Asian Pacific American Film Festival (Los Angeles), Art Laboratory-Berlin, Kunstverein-Hildesheim, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (Berlin), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), National Museum Women in the Arts (Washington DC), pkm gallery (Seoul), Loop Gallery (Seoul), Kyunghee Museum of Art (Seoul), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester), and Ex Teresa Art Actual (Mexico City). A transnational Korean-American, born in Seoul and raised in Detroit, hers speaks broken Korean. In 2011, she founded the non-profit USArtBerlin in Germany, where often she lives and works, speaking German with an American accent.
Adam Keleman, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY - Adam is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has shown at the SXSW Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. His film Long Days received a 2011 Jerome Foundation Film/Video grant and won the Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest. He has written for SOMA Magazine, AOL Moviefone, SLANT, Little Joe and ARTISTdirect. He currently works in freelance film production, and is developing two feature film projects and a TV pilot."
Larry Krone, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Larry is a visual and performing artist whose solo shows include Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn (2013), PSTL Gallery, St. Louis (2013), Contemporary Museum Baltimore’s project space (2011), The Museum of Contemporary Craft project space and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR (2007), and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2006). Group shows include Not-so-Common Threads at Leslie Lohman Gallery (2014), I’m not Like Everybody Else at Teapot Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2012), LOL: A decade of Antic Art at Contemporary Museum, Baltimore (2011), Stage II at The Project Gallery, New York (2009), and Five by Five at the Whitney Museum Philip Morris branch, New York (2002).
Larry's performance work has been seen at art and music venues including Joe's Pub, The Whitney Museum, and PS122 in New York. He can be seen performing his song “It's Hard to Live” in the upcoming indie feature film”The Purple Onion”.
Larry is also actively collaborating with other performers, designing and fabricating costumes and sets, and sometimes appearing in their productions. Credits include set and costumes for Adrienne Truscott’s …Too Freedom…, costumes for and performing in Neal Medlyn’s Wicked Clown Love (both at The Kitchen 2012), a featured costume in Adrienne Truscott’s ha: a solo (Danspace Project 2011), contributions to the looks of Our Hit Parade hosts and various performers (Joe’s Pub 2010-2012), and, as House of Larréon, exclusive designer of gowns and stage costumes for Bridget Everett.
“Look Book,” a limited edition art book documenting Larry's costume work since 1997 will be released this fall.
Sophia Lin, Fiction; New York, NY - Sophia Lin was born in Princeton, NJ. She earned her BA in English and East Asian Studies, magna cum laude, from Brown University. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and has received the Defilippis-Rosselli Scholarship to attend the 2013 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. In the fall, she will be a first-year student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Alex Mar, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Alex is a writer, filmmaker, and native New Yorker. A graduate of Harvard University (magna cum laude) and a recipient of the Stichting De Ateliers international artists fellowship (The Netherlands), she draws on a background in journalism, production, and filmmaking. Previously a producer for MTV News and an editor for Rolling Stone, she has contributed to New York Magazine, Slate, Artforum, Bookforum, and others, and been a guest correspondent for CBS, MSNBC, the BBC and National Public Radio. Her first feature, the documentary AMERICAN MYSTIC – charting the practices of a witch, a Lakota Sioux sundancer and a young Spiritualist medium – premiered in competition in the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Kino Lorber in 2011. She recently co-produced the documentary ME AT THE ZOO (executive-produced by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.), which premiered at Sundance 2012 and has been distributed by HBO Films. She is currently at work on a non-fiction book about present-day American witchcraft, due in fall 2013 to publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Mar was a 2012 Yaddo Artist-in-Residence, as well as a 2012 MacDowell Fellow.