Three faculty members and fellows associated with Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts are named among 85 recipients of 2020 Artist Fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Current Princeton Arts Fellow Ani Liu was named a Digital/Electronic Arts Fellow, along with past Hodder Fellow Nicole Sealey and Lecturer in Creative Writing and Princeton alumna Jenny Xie ’08 who were announced as Poetry Fellows.
The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program makes unrestricted $7,000 cash grants to individual artists living and working in the state of New York. The highly competitive program recognizes artists working in 15 disciplines and awards Fellowships to five disciplines per year on a triennial basis. This year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 3,536 artists.
For the 2020 Fellowship year, the organization has awarded a total of $588,000 to 85 artists (including one collaboration) whose ages range from 28-73 years throughout New York State in the following disciplines: Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. Since the NYFA Fellowship program launched in 1985, it has awarded over $32.5 million to more than 5,000 artists.
2019-21 Princeton Arts Fellow Ani Liu is a research-based artist working at the intersection of art and science. Her work examines the reciprocal relationships between science, technology and their influence on culture and identity. In the search to link scientific innovation with emotional tangibility, her work spans techniques including robotics, prosthetics, perfumes, augmented reality, and synthetic biology. Liu’s work has been presented internationally and has been featured on National Geographic, VICE, Mashable, Gizmodo, TED, FOX, and WIRED. Her exhibitions include Ars Electronica, Queens Museum Biennial, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Asian Art Museum, MIT Museum, Mana Contemporary, and Shenzhen Design Society. She is the winner of a Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant (2020), the Biological Art & Design Award (2017) and the S&R Washington Prize (2018). Liu has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and serves on critique panels at Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, UNC Charlotte, Pratt, Parsons. At MIT, she is on the committee of Art Scholars. Ani has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Science from MIT Media Lab. This fall at the Lewis Center, Liu is teaching a visual arts course entitled “Futures for All: Reimagining Social Equality through Art and Technology.”
Nicole Sealey, born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida, is the author of Ordinary Beast, a finalist for the 2018 PEN Open Book Award and the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award, and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony, and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and elsewhere. Sealey holds a M.L.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. During her year spent as a 2019-20 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, Sealey worked on an epic erasure of the Department of Justice’s 100-plus-page Ferguson report.
Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press, 2018), a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and the PEN Open Book Award, and a recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her chapbook, Nowhere to Arrive (Northwestern University Press, 2017), received the Drinking Gourd Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, and Tin House, among other publications, and she has been supported by fellowships from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a member of Princeton University’s Class of 2008 and teaches Introductory Poetry workshops in the Lewis Center’s Program in Creative Writing.