AICAD Announces Fellows for 2017/18 Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Latosha Stimage, PIETA: Turning our sons into Flowers, 2016. Ink, Acrylic Paint, Pencil, Collage on Board, 15" x 20"

Latosha Stimage, PIETA: Turning our sons into Flowers, 2016. Ink, Acrylic Paint, Pencil, Collage on Board, 15″ x 20″

AICAD is pleased to announce the twelve fellows who have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Additionally, three of the 2016/17 fellows will be continuing in their positions for a second year.

The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni who have recently graduated from AICAD member schools, while also increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of faculty at these institutions. AICAD institutions aspire to create a climate that recognizes and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.

AICAD Fellowships include structured and unstructured mentoring and professional development opportunities along with direct teaching experience, health benefits, and other monetary supports.

Newly selected fellows:

Louisa Bertman (MFA in Visual Narrative, 2015, School of Visual Arts) placed at New Hampshire Institute of Arts. A professional multi-disciplinary visual narrative artist, illustrator, animator, author and filmmaker, Bertman has a deep interest in creative non-fiction. Embracing the intersection of art, technology and social media, she is the ultimate hybrid. Bertman’s illustrations appear in and on magazine covers and newspapers including The Nation, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The LA Times, The Washington Post, ESPN, BUST and Boston Pride Guide 2017. American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Maggie, Folio and MIN are among some of her numerous awards and recognitions, and her animated short films and music videos—“Tits” and “Boys in the Street #pride”— are screening in festivals worldwide (Lunafest, Outfest, Frameline41, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, POWfest, Slamdance, Aspen Shortfest, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Los Angeles IFS Film Fest). Her current work combines illustration, animated gifs and short films with social networks, affording platforms for political advocacy and voice often for the disenfranchised, vulnerable and marginalized. Bertman earned her BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design. Her work can be viewed at

Jetshri Bhadviya (MFA in Photography, 2015, Cranbrook Academy of Art) placed at College for Creative Studies. Jetshri Bhadviya is an Indian artist currently based in Detroit. Through video, sound, performance and photography, Bhadviya’s work explores how a human body activates a space and how it is perceived in a social, political, religious, and spiritual context. The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Foundation named her one of the top-ten artists in Dubai in 2011. She received the Toby Dewan Lewis Fellowship Award in 2015. Bhadviya has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at Detroit Institute of Arts and as adjunct faculty at College for Creative Studies. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as The David Klein Gallery, Grand Rapids Art Museum and Dubai Ladies Club.

Julia Celebrado-Royer (MFA in Multidisciplinary Art, 2016, Maryland Institute College of Art) placed at Pratt Institute. Julia Celebrado-Royer (b. 1991, Naga City, Philippines) received her MFA in Multidisciplinary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Celebrado-Royer is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, digital and performance art. She moved to the United States in 2005 and received her BA in Studio Art at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, in 2014. Her work has been shown around the Baltimore region at venues such as School 33 Art Center (2017), Peale Museum (2016), Gallery CA (2016), |’sindikit| (2016), SpaceCamp (2016), Riggs Gallery (2016), Decker Gallery (2016), Esther Prangley Rice Gallery (2014), and Carroll County Arts Center (2012). Her work has been featured in ArtFCity, BmoreArt magazine, MICA Commotion, What Weekly, and The Hill magazine. Celebrado-Royer is a 2016 Janet & Walter Sondheim semifinalist and a recipient of the Toby Devan Fellowship Award. She is currently a resident artist at School 33 Arts Center in Baltimore.

DeShawn Dumas (Dual-degree MFA in Fine Arts / MS in History of Art & Design, 2016, Pratt Institute) placed at San Francisco Art Institute. DeShawn Dumas is a painter who embraces the artificiality of man-made nature so as to develop a more terrifying form of abstract materialism inspired by utopic inequality, mandatory visibility, and the catastrophes to come. Most recently, his research interests have turned to the study of fascism, defined here as a revolutionary form of right wing populism inspired by an authoritarian vision of collective rebirth that challenges capitalist political and cultural norms while establishing a strict economic and social hierarchy. Dumas is represented by Ethan Cohen New York and Long Gallery Harlem.

Adela Goldbard (MFA in Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017) placed at Rhode Island School of Design. Adela Goldbard (Mexican, b. 1979) lives and works in Chicago and Mexico City. Goldbard is an artist and filmmaker who believes in the potential of art to generate critical thinking and social transformation. With her work she questions the politics of memory by suspecting archeological preservation, official history, mass media, and popular culture. She dissents by making visible defiant events that have been forgotten or erased and by ritually and allegorically destroying social evil in order to, momentarily, “correct what went wrong.” Influenced by current reflections on the conflation of aesthetics and ethnography, Goldbard challenges traditional documentary and mainstream cinema by re-enacting history and by collectively building, staging and importantly, destroying, always with a subtle amount of parody and dark humor. Her work includes photography, video, sculpture, text, public actions and immersive installations, and is significantly research-based. Goldbard is a member of the National System of Artistic Creators of Mexico since 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from the National University of Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was granted the New Artist Society Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Philippines, Russia, Argentina, Canada, USA, and widely in Mexico.

Victoria Jang (MFA in Ceramics, 2014, California College of the Arts) placed at Maryland Institute College of Art. Victoria Jang is a ceramic and mixed media artist. Jang’s fundamental understanding of contemporary social politics and the Asian American history on immigration and intersections of other racial and ethnic groups allows her to recreate and imitate cultural assimilation and hybridity in her art practice. Jang earned her BFA in 3D4M in 2010 at the University of Washington in Seattle and her MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2014. Jang received the Headlands Center for the Arts Fellowship, the Retired Professor’s Award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award, and was a featured artist by San Francisco’s Asian Pacific American Multicultural Foundation, Kearny Street Workshop in 2014 and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles in 2015. Recently, Jang was the 2016-2017 visiting artist in ceramics at University of California, Berkeley. Jang is represented at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in the Oakland, California.

Bukola Koiki (MFA in Applied Craft + Design, 2015, Oregon College of Art & Craft/Pacific Northwest College of Art Joint MFA Program) placed at Maine College of Art. Bukola Koiki is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in Lagos, Nigeria and came to study art in the United States as a teen through a series of events involving a secondary school classmate and the American Visa Lottery Program. This sudden shift in location as a teenager informs her work which explores the experience of being a hybrid of two disparate cultures and the constant external and internal battles of existing in that liminal space between them through various conceptual lenses. She received her MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015 and her BFA in Communication Design from The University of North Texas in 2006. Her work has been included in group exhibitions around the country and she recently had her first solo show JJC (Journey Just Come) in August 2016 at the Portland Building Installation Space. She is currently the May 2017 featured artist in PDX Contemporary Art’s Window Project the gallery’s showcase for emerging artists. She was the recipient of a 2016 RACC Professional Development Grant and completed the Rainmaker Summer Artist Residency in 2016. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

Juan Carlos Rodgriquez (MFA in Communications Design, 2015, Pratt Institute) placed at California College of the Arts. Juan Carlos is a queer latinx visual communicator, passionate about food, lover of gradients and anything with glitter. He is exploring visual language’s flexibility and its role in the acculturation process amongst latinx individuals. Additionally, Juan Carlos is interested in the decolonization of visual communication while creating inter-cultural negotiations. His experiences cover a diverse range of clients from hosiery design, packaging, advertising, financial institutions, cultural institutions, non-profits, and designers’ most demanding clients, family members. As a visual communicator, he has worked with MINI Cooper, BMW, Minute Maid, No More Tears, and most recently, for Amalgamated Bank in New York as the Creative Director. Juan Carlos holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in NY and obtained a BFA from Miami International University of Art & Design. He was born and raised in the smallest town of Puerto Rico but currently resides in New York. Throughout his career, Juan Carlos has participated in exhibitions and conferences, including the Museo de Puerto Rico and the 8th Annual Interculturalism Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Makia Sharp (MFA in Sculpture, 2017, Rhode Island School of Design) placed at California College of the Arts. Makia Sharp was born in South Korea and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014 she earned her BFA from Brigham Young University, concentrating in painting and photography. She finished her MFA in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. Makia has lived and studied as an artist in the United Kingdom as well as Berlin, where she worked as an artist assistant. Her work focuses on creating spaces, both physical and metaphorical, for the everyday liminal phenomena such as light and time to be experienced through the intersection of image, form, and architecture.

Latosha Stimage (MFA in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016, California College of the Arts) placed at Columbus College of Art & Design. Tosha Stimage is a Multi-Disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland, California. Her work focuses on disrupting the idea of isolated meaning by using a variety of mediums to examine and reflect on the complexities/limitations inherent in language. Stimage also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Columbus College of Art & Design in 2011.

Preston Thompson (MFA in 2D Design, 2017, Cranbrook Academy of Art) placed at Pratt Institute. Preston Thompson is a graphic designer from Virginia. He received a BS in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in the 2D Design department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Thompson has taught at Michigan State University and Oakland University in the past. His studio practice is encouraged by the internet, humor, exclusiveness, cultural parody, exploitation and consumerism.

Kelli Williams (MFA in Visual Arts, 2017, Columbus College of Art & Design) placed at Moore College of Art & Design. Kelli Williams is a visual and community artist. In her personal work she uses experimental animation, photography, installation, and humor to create work that comments on society through the lens of social media and technology. She is an alumnus of Morgan State University, where she majored in Fine Art with a concentration in photography. She recently graduated with her Masters of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art & Design. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Columbus Live, Hyperallergic, Artnet, and Baltimore magazine.

Continuing fellows:

Ebitenyefa Baralaye​ (​MFA in Ceramics, 2016, ​​​​​​Cranbrook Academy of Art​)​ placed at San Francisco Art Institute. Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a sculptor, ceramicist and designer. His work explores dualities in cultural, spiritual and psychological symbolism interpreted through a diasporic lens and abstracted around aesthetics of craft and design. Baralaye received a BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Baralaye recently exhibited at The Fed Galleries at the Kendall College of Art and Design and at David Klein Gallery in Detroit.

Paul Rouphail (MFA ​Painting 2016,​ Rhode Island School of Design) placed at ​Maryland Institute College of Art​. Paul is a painter from Raleigh, North Carolina. His work fuses architectural history, American vernacular, and turns of phrase. His layered paintings examine slippages in textual translation where particular colloquialisms merge with everyday environments. Text, emoticons, and advertisement graphics populate domestic interiors and high-rise facades, storefront windows and digitally synthesized landscapes.

Ziyang Wu (MFA in Painting, 2016, Rhode Island School of Design) placed at Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Originally from Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China, Ziyang Wu’s art practice has been focused on what Henri LeFebvre termed micro-alienation within contemporary Chinese society through a combination of video, painting, installation, and performance. Wu has shown his work internationally in China, USA, and Europe including exhibitions at the Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, at the Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art, at Milan Design Week in Italy, and at the Academy Art Museum in Maryland. This past year he was invited by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to gather archival materials from his exhibitions and art events in China during the 1980s. Wu also holds a BFA from the Florence Academy of Fine Art.

View the announcement at art&education HERE