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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

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The New York Foundation for the Arts' (NYFA) mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives and provides the public with opportunities to experience and understand their work. NYFA accomplishes this by offering financial assistance and information to artists and organizations that directly serve artists, by supporting arts programming in the community, and by building collaborative relationships with others who advocate for the arts in New York State and throughout the country.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) helps artists turn inspiration into art by giving more money and support to individual artists and arts organizations than any other comparable institution in the U.S. Our goal is to provide the time and resources for the creative mind and the artistic spirit to think, work, and prosper.

NYFA stands out as a leader in serving the philanthropic community. By matching donor interest and values with creative people and projects, NYFA gives artists and the organizations that serve them the opportunity to realize their dreams. And, as an advocate for the arts, we play a pivotal role in engaging and educating the public about the visual, performing, literary, and media arts.


Since 1985, NYFA has supported more than 5,000 artists through merit-based programs, including Artists' Fellowships, Fiscal Sponsorship, The Catalogue Project, and BUILD. Please visit us at for more information.

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For Immediate Release
May 29, 2007

2007 NYFA Fellows Announced 124 New York Artists, Including Filmmakers, Printmakers, Sculptors and Writers Receive Close to $1 Million in Awards from New York Foundation for the Arts

Contact: Andrew Sherman, (212) 366.6900, ext. 249 New York, NY (May 29, 2007) -- New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the nation’s largest provider of funding, information and services to individual artists, awarded 122 NYFA Fellowships to 124 New York artists representing eight artistic disciplines. NYFA Fellowships come with an unrestricted grant in the amount of $7,000. Attached please find a complete list of Fellows.

This year’s 124 NYFA Fellows – who were chosen among over 3,000 applicants – include book makers, craft artists, computer artists, filmmakers, nonfiction writers, cross-disciplinary artists, poets, printmakers and sculptors. Fellows were selected by peer panels in each artistic discipline. Past NYFA Fellows include Spike Lee, Tony Kushner, Julie Taymor, Carroll Dunham, Todd Haynes, David Hammons, Billy Collins and many others. Since 1985, over 3,600 New York artists have received NYFA Fellowships.

Said NYFA Executive Director Michael Royce: “If the recent past is any indication, you will be hearing about more than a few of these artists in the years to come. We’re confident that given the time and space to work, some of them will create great works of art. The winner, in the end, is New York. For without its great artists, New York wouldn’t be the cultural capital of the world.”

For Andrea Dezsö, a 39 year-old Queens illustrator and comic artist whose work has appeared in publications such as McSweeney’s, and Print magazine, the NYFA Fellowship is a stepping stone to bigger things, including, she hopes, a New Yorker cover someday.

“I wouldn't be able to make a living solely from my drawings,” said Dezsö. “It's wonderful to get an unrestricted grant, and the $7,000 is a lot of money for me. The Fellowship provides reassurance to keep going and doing what I do."

For Brooklyn computer artist Ernesto Klar, being awarded the NYFA Fellowship is a career highlight: “Beyond the financial aspect, this is the most important honor I've ever received as an artist, knowing how competitive it is, with so many people applying, submitting work of such high quality," said Klar, 30, who will spend the NYFA grant money on living expenses and to support a large-scale art project on which he's currently working. "It's very humbling to have my work recognized."

2007 NYFA Fellows

Computer Arts Claire Corey Alison Cornyn Melanie Crean Tal Halpern Shih Chieh Huang Ricardo Miranda Zuniga Mark Napier (Gregory Millard Fellow) Zach Poff Brooke Singer Seth Weiner

Crafts Scott Andresen (Lily Auchincloss Fellow) Talya Baharal Mary Carlson Julie Crosby Cui Fei Don Green Kent Henricksen Julie Johnson Christopher Kurtz (Lily Auchincloss Fellow) Dennis Nahabetian Marian Schoettle Christina West

Cross-Disciplinary/Performative Work Danielle Abrams Nao Bustamante Klara Hobza Wayne Hodge Yoko Inoue David Levine Julie Perini Zach Rockhill Peter Simensky Allison Smith Michael Smith/Joshua White Hanne Tierney Traci Tullius Saya Woolfalk

Film Ralph Arlyck Martha Colburn Bradley Eros Alejandro Fernandez Thomas Allen Harris Peter Hutton Margaret Jamieson Maryam Keshavarz Lanre Olabisi Moon Molson

Nonfiction Literature Melvin Bauman Michael Blaine Clifford Chase Christen Clifford (Gregory Millard Fellow) Vivian Conan Patti Horvath Debby Mayer J.B. Miller Richard Panek Darby Penney Ruthann Robson Mark Svenvold Josh Swiller Erin Torneo

Poetry Betsy Andrews Anselm Berrigan Jen Bervin DeWayne Dickerson Brandon Downing Sarah Gambito Linda Jackson Cate Marvin (Gregory Millard Fellow) Ted Mathys Rachel McKibbens Sharon Mesmer Kathleen Ossip Julie Patton Kristin Prevallet Aaron Smith Leah Souffrant Karen Weyant

Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books Samira Abbassy Neil Berger A.C. Berkheiser Susan Berkowitz Gulsen Calik Patricia Cronin (Deutsche Bank Fellow) Andrea Dezso Lisbeth Firmin (Lily Auchincloss Fellow) Rieko Fujinami (Alex G. Nason Fellow) Scott Hunt John Jacobsmeyer Mark Mann Frederick Mershimer Javier Pinon Raphael Sassi Jennifer Schmidt Jill Shoffiett Mary Ting Kako Ueda Tommy White Eleanor White

Sculpture Tricia Cline Margaret Cogswell E.V. Day Peter Dudek Alessandra Exposito Heide Fasnacht Ming Fay Jose Gabriel Fernandez Joseph Giannasio Elana Herzog Jerome Johnson Wade Kavanaugh/Stephen Nguyen Jihyun Park Elise Siegel Shinique Smith (Gregory Millard Fellow) Jane South Steed Taylor (Lily Auchinlsoss Fellow) Roberto Visani Nari Ward Claire Watson

NYFA -- From Inspiration to Art

Major funding for NYFA’s 2006 Artists’ Fellowships has been provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Major funding has also been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Alex G. Nason Foundation, an anonymous donor, and individual donors.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) New York Foundation for the Arts provides more support and services to artists and arts organizations in all disciplines than any other private organization in the country: nearly $7 million annually. NYFA’s Fellowships are awarded to New York State artists from a field of 16 disciplines, covering the literary, media, performing, and visual arts. Small and midsized arts organizations on which artists so often depend are also supported by NYFA. Fellows and other artists receive information about grants, residencies, awards, employment and other opportunities on NYFA Source, the largest searchable online resource of its kind. NYFA’s website is

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 155 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013 212.366.6900 | 212.366.1778 [fax]


From its inception in 1971, NYFA has functioned as a creative development corporation, helping the arts to flourish in New York State as well as nationally. Each year, NYFA provides more than $11 million in grants and services and offers fellowships to as many as 170 New York State originating artists. We also invest in small and mid-sized arts organizations, seeding the growth of innovative programs and strengthening the artistic community.

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