In 1993, the A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established by former gallery artist Stephanie Bernheim. This curated Fellowship Program is designed to encourage new artistic practices and to increase dialogue within A.I.R. and the greater art community. Each year a panel of experts selects the artists that will be awarded the fellowship, the 2017-2018 Fellowship panel included: Lumi Tan Curator at The Kitchen, NYC, Andrea Scott, journalist at The New Yorker, and Amber Esseiva, Assistant Curator ICA Virginia.

The six A.I.R. Fellowship artists receive a solo exhibition subsidized by the gallery, professional development workshops, a one-on-one studio visit with one of the review panelists, an artist-mentor at A.I.R. Gallery to work with throughout the program, and lifelong support from the A.I.R. community. The artists selected for 2017-2018 fellowship are: Karen LeoMegan PahmierDaniela PulitiAya Rodriguez-IzumiConstance Tenvik, and Caroline Wayne.
Karen Leo, Hern-Hern's Leisure Time, 2015, 8-minute video
Karen Leo was born in New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a MFA from Columbia University. Leo creates short video works using animation, costumes and hand made puppets. Through the use of humor, her work generally centers around an individual’s quest for information to shore up flabby notions of identity. Leo has exhibited work in galleries and film festivals internationally and is currently an elementary school art teacher in Manhattan. She currently lives in Jersey City with her husband and children.
Megan Pahmier, doubleblind, 2015, Racquetball and glass, 76 x 6 x 4 inches
Megan Pahmier is an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts at Hunter College. Through her work, Pahmier attempts to activate the unseen. Engaging with the phenomenology and psychology of space, she creates minimal objects that reveal the instability of human perception. Most recently her work has been shown in the New York exhibitions Dust Stutter at Essex Flowers, Drawing for Sculpture at TSA Gallery and Future Fossils at Dutton Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include Formal Complaint at The Knockdown Center in Queens, NY and Objects are Slow Events at The Luminary in St. Louis, MO.
Daniela Puliti, Webster, 2016, Yarn, jute, glitter, flocking, carabineer hooks, 73 x 50 inches. Photo by Stan Narten.
Daniela Puliti received her BFA in 2011 from Montclair State University and her MFA in 2015 from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Both degrees were under the discipline of Painting, as she manipulates materials through a painter’s lens. Puliti proudly proclaims herself a strident feminist, creating work as a social and cultural critique from that vantage point. In 2015, she was awarded the SCAD Winter Artist in Residence at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and completed a month long residency at The Vermont Studio Center in October of that year. In 2017, Puliti joined the caravan of women from Project for Empty Space to attend The Women’s March on Washington protest and has since joined the staff of Gateway Project Spaces, subsidiary of PES gallery.
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Offerings, 2016, 20 x 20 x 50 feet
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work deals with ideas of social standards, rituals and cultural identity. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows at venues such as MoCADA, Skylight Gallery, a Pfizer pharmaceutical factory, AC Institute, Marcus Garvey Park, the Knockdown Center and Rush Arts Gallery. She was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up between that island and East Harlem, NY, where she currently lives and holds a studio.
Constance Tenvik, The Choir (Koret), 2016, Metal sticks, mops, concrete cement, acrylic paint, fabric dye, textile, leather, cleaning cloth, rope, elastic band, duster (20 mop creature sculptures in installation, approx. 6.5 ft tall, with varying bases and heads)
Constance Tenvik (b. 1990) is a Norwegian artist who incorporates installation, song, costume and props into her eclectic and challenging enactments. Her conceptual practice also incorporates drawing and sculpture. Her tableaus and staged characters are colorful and dandy and tackle serious things in playful ways. Tenvik’s exhibitions include Domestic Tranquility, 0-0, Los Angeles (US), CDCDDCDCDCDD, Loyal Gallery (SE), Creeper at Deli Projects Basel (CH), Game Of Life III at Kristiansand Kunsthall (NO), Tween, 6 Month Space, New York (US), Collection As Allocated Objects at Tidenes Krav, Oslo (NO), and Tournament d’Objet at Charlottenborg Kunsthall, Copenhagen (DK).
Caroline Wayne, Cream, 2016, Fur felt, glass beads, faux pearls, 9 x 7 x 8 inches
Caroline Wayne is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she practiced fiberwork and metalsmithing, only to chance into headwear design and become a quick and eager study in the techniques couture millinery offered. In 2015 she launched the website Elegant Hustler, a journal-based website about sexuality, relationships, trauma, and her female experience, which remains the foundation for felt and embellished sculptures built in processes borrowed from a career in hatmaking.


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