Fellow Fridays: Grace Chao, Jack Eley, Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, and Micha Patiniott

Friday, March 8, 2024
5-8 PM

Join us for Fellow Fridays featuring our 2023-2024 Fellows who have been in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center since October 2023. Showcases will feature artist exhibitions and public readings. 

5 PM – Reception
Rapture, Rupture,
Suture, Future!
Micha Patiniott, Second-year Visual Arts Fellow

Hudson D. Walker Gallery

Fire on Clay
Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, Visual Arts Fellow

Hudson D. Walker Gallery

Stanley Kunitz Common Room

6 PM – Reading
Welcome from Sharon Polli

Introduction by J.J. Starr McClain
Jack Eley, Poetry Fellow

Introduction by Seth Wang
Grace Chao, Fiction Fellow
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

7 PM – Reception
Gallery reopens
8PM – Event Ends

Micha Patiniott, Rapture III, oil on canvas, 105 x 65 cm, 2023 

Featured Fellows

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Grace Chao was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing is preoccupied with how time and memory distort perceptions of crucial relationships; with loss of faith; and with what happens when a family’s dreams, whether grand or ordinary, are broken. She is the winner of The Sewanee Review’s 2022 Fiction Contest, as well as the recipient of a 2023 Oregon Literary Arts Career Fellowship and a 2023 Tin House residency. She holds a BA and MA from Stanford University and is completing an MFA in fiction at the University of Oregon. In Provincetown, she will be working on a story collection about a Taiwanese American family.

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Jack Eley is a poet from the Midwest.

Zeinab-Shahidi-Marnani (Updated Photo 3-7-24, courtesy of artist)


Zeinab Shahidi Marnani is a visual artist who lives and works in Tehran and New York. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art and a Bachelor of Visual Communication from the University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts. Marnani uses various visual art disciplines, such as video installation, painting, sculpture, and collages. Her work explores themes such as time, the art creation process, human vision, and light. Shahidi has been an artist-in-residence at The Watermill Center, The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, VA Independent Space for Contemporary Art, Residency Program in Isfahan, Iran; and Akrai Residency in Palazzola Acreide, Italy. She also received the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship at Watermill Center, Art Jameel and Edge of Arabia’s Fellowship at ISCP, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, and the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship Award at Yale School of Art. Marnani’s work has been exhibited internationally at many venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Universität der Künste (UDK) in Berlin, the Museum of Moscow, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen;  ALLGOLD at the MoMA PS1 Print Shop in New York; Azad Art Gallery and Iranian Artists’ Forum in Tehran.


Micha Patiniott creates minimalistic and atmospheric paintings of everyday objects and processes in flux, blurring the boundaries of the mundane and the cosmic. Familiar and intimate subjects, such as the blinking of a butterfly’s wings, the throbbing of private body parts, the curving of a mathematical object, and the turning of an ambiguous portrait, transform into sensuous otherness through painterly modifications. Bodies and objects gently float and are in the midst of changing form—they may vanish entirely, or exist in indeterminate stages of becoming. Some parts remain enigmatically blurred and abstracted, while others emerge with sharp clarity. A play of nebulous light and skewed colors alludes to a contemporary take on historical painting techniques like impressionism and sfumato. Patiniott embraces impermanence as a crucial element in experiencing the transcendent and sublime, reflecting the metamodernism concept of exploring ever-shifting perspectives of the self. He lives and works in Amsterdam, and holds an MA from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. He was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam (2006-07) and the Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown (2008-09). Solo and group exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Anna Zorina Gallery, New York; PuntWG, Amsterdam; Cinnamon, Rotterdam; Heden, Den Haag; WHATSPACE, Tilburg;  MKgalerie, Rotterdam; Galerie Sturm, Nuremberg; Dordrechts Museum; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; and Museum Hilversum. Patiniott is a returning Fellow from 2008-2009.

The Stanley Kunitz Common Room and the Hudson D. Walker Gallery are accessible facilities in compliance with ADA guidelines.

If  you require assistance to access these venues, please call the Fine Arts Work Center at 508-487-9960 ext. 101 in advance of your visit.

This event was made possible in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

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