Fellow Fridays: Mark Joshua Epstein, Siennie Lee, Bhion Achimba, Kim Coleman Foote
Friday, March 24, 2023
Featured Artists & Writers
Mark Joshua Epstein
Visual Arts Fellow
Visual Arts Fellow
Kim Coleman Foote
Learn about the featured Fellows
Mark Joshua Epstein, Visual Arts Fellow
Mark Joshua Epstein lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his three-dimensional paintings, Epstein explores queer ornament and graphic excess, often taking pleasure in the laborious and time-consuming nature of pattern making. Epstein received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London, and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Epstein has had recent solo shows at Asya Geisberg Gallery (NY, NY), Ortega y Gasset Projects’ Skirt Space (Brooklyn, NY) and Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY). Selected group shows include TSA Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA), Good Children Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Monaco (St Louis, MO) and Beverly’s (New York, NY). Epstein has participated in residencies at MacDowell, Millay, and Vermont Studio Center, amongst other places.. His work has appeared in publications such as Whitewall, New American Paintings, Art Maze Magazine, Dovetail, and Two Coats of Paint. He has taught at American University (Washington DC), Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).
Siennie Lee, Visual Arts Fellow
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Siennie Lee delves into the intricacies of society through visual languages including painting and installations. Using contemporary photographs, articles and sounds, she invites viewers to ruminate on social issues that are woven into her work. She received her MFA from both Alfred University (2022) and Seoul National University (2018), and her BFA from Seoul National University (2014). Lee has had solo exhibitions at Ohzemidong Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Gallery Dos, Seoul, Korea; and Gallery Grida, Seoul, Korea. Her artwork has been featured in group exhibitions across the globe, including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA; Robert C. Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY; 8BRÜT, Düsseldorf, Germany; Alte Fabrik Oberbilk, Düsseldorf, Germany; Alfred Str. 25, Essen, Germany; Yeonmisan Nature Art Park, Gongju, Korea; HOMA Hongik Museum Art, Seoul, Korea; MoA, Seoul, Korea; SPEEDOM GALLERY, Gwangmyeong, Korea; and Gallery Imazoo, Seoul, Korea. Siennie Lee has worked as a travel art writer, publishing two books in Korea.
Bhion Achimba, Writing Fellow
Bhion Achimba is the pen name of the Nigerian writer Chibuihe Obi Achimba. He is a poet, essayist, and Founding-Editor of Dgëku Magazine. He served as the 2019 Harvard University Scholar At-Risk Fellow, a Visiting Poet in its English Department, and the 2020 Summer Visiting Artist at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research. Achimba has been awarded grants by PEN America, PEN International, Freedom House, and St. Botolph Club Foundation, which named him one of the 2021 Emerging Artists in New England. His writing has been published or forthcoming in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, Poet Lore, Foreign Policy Magazine, Guernica Magazine, and several other prints and online journals. In August 2021, he was appointed to the editorial board of Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center, Harvard. He is currently completing an MFA degree in Poetry at Brown University.
Kim Coleman Foote, Writing Fellow
Kim Coleman Foote is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and experimental prose. Her work has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2022, Iron Horse Literary Review, Ecotone, The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, and Prairie Schooner. She has received writing fellowships from Phillips Exeter Academy, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Fiction, in addition to a Fulbright. Originally from New Jersey, Foote is working on a book fictionalizing her family’s experience of the Great Migration, as well as a black female-centered novel about the trans-Atlantic slave trade. She has also written a memoir about the black diaspora experience in Ghana. She received an MFA in creative writing from Chicago State University.
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This event was made possible in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.