Fellow Fridays: Kristy Hughes, Yahna Harris, Kieron Walquist, Clarisse Baleja Saïdi

Friday, March 17, 2023
5-8 PM

This program is free; reservations are encouraged.

About Fellow Friday
Fellow Fridays are free public events that connect the community to the Visual Arts and Writing Fellows currently in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center. Join us and enjoy artist talks, readings, exhibitions, and creative culinary offerings from Chef Jake Hetnarski. Events take place in the beautifully renovated public spaces of the Work Center: the Stanley Kunitz Common Room and Hudson D. Walker Gallery.

Featured Artists & Writers

Kristy Hughes
Visual Arts Fellow
Yahna Harris
Visual Arts Fellow
Kieron Walquist
Poetry Fellow
Clarisse Baleja Saïdi
Poetry Fellow

Learn about the featured Fellows

Kristy Hughes, Visual Arts Fellow
Kristy Hughes creates sculptures and paintings about empowerment, the potential for change, and unapologetically occupying space. She earned her MFA from Indiana University and her MA and BA from Eastern Illinois University. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Friend of the Artist, Execute Magazine, Vast Magazine, and Create Magazine, among others. She has exhibited across the US and is a recipient of residencies at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, The Studios at MASS MoCA, a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, Liquitex Residency at Residency Unlimited, and ChaNorth Artist Residency. Hughes recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington and is the Residency Coordinator for the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works.

Yahna Harris, Visual Arts Fellow
Yahna Harris explores love in non-linear time through cinematography and poetry. She is interested in how we view time in the futures reflected back to us through light refractions and in the transmission of generational memory throughout the body via the womb passed on from our ancestors. Harris began her career in the film industry in Boston where she learned a multitude of production positions so she could better make decisions as a cinematographer. She moved to LA where she took a reductionist standpoint with her personal films where her filming process involves very minimal lighting and gear in order to create an on-set environment that allows for vulnerability. Her most recent multi-generational documentary on the Valentine women reflects this process. Harris will continue with this process in her most recent work The Sky, a film that dives into an open relationship between three individuals who question tolerance, self-actualization, addiction through a developing framework of love.

Kieron Walquist, Writing Fellow
Kieron Walquist is a queer, neurodivergent writer and hillbilly from Missouri. His work appears / is forthcoming in Bennington ReviewGulf CoastIron Horse Literary ReviewThe Missouri ReviewPleiades, and others. He holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Clarisse Baleja Saïdi, Writing Fellow
Clarisse Baleja Saïdi was born and raised in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and is a recipient of fellowship support from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and Art Omi among others. In 2021, she received a Canada Council for the Arts grant for an in-progress work of nonfiction. Her short form has appeared in The Fiddlehead and Poetry. In Provincetown, she will be working on a novel.

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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