Artist in Residence

Chosen by the Incubator Studio Fellows, the GW Artists/Scholars in Residence are invited to campus for extended periods of time to encourage greater interaction with the campus community. Chosen from a pool of hundreds of international and national visual and performing artists, the Artists/Scholars are in residence at GW from September to June during which they develop proposed projects and collaborate with students and faculty on campus. They also give a public lecture on their work and host a panel discussion to discuss their experience.

About the 2014 Artists and Scholars

Photo of Sarah O'HolloranSarah O’Halloran

Sarah O’Halloran comes from Ireland. Through her composition and scholarly work she explores her interest in relationships between music, drama, storytelling and performance art. O'Halloran's work includes concert pieces, video, improvisation, installations and sculptures. Her music has been performed at international festivals including MATA Interval (New York), the International Computer Music Festival (New York 2010 and Ljubljana, 2012), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), and Ostrava Days (Czech Republic), and by ensembles including VERGE, Ensemble MAE, SEM Ensemble, orkest de ereprijs and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. As an undergraduate she studied Music and English at University College Cork. In 2006, she completed an MPhil in Musicology focusing on issues of sexual, gender and national identities in Gerald Barry’s operas, and in 2007 received an MA in Sonic Arts at Queens University Belfast. She has presented her research at conferences held by the International Alliance of Women in Music, the Society for Musicology in Ireland, the Royal Musical Association and the International Musicological Society.

Photo of Beverly RessBeverly Ress

Beverly Ress draws from life in colored pencil on paper, and is interested in exploring ways of incorporating ideas from science into representational still life drawing. Her subject is mortality. Her work has been included in two national invitational drawing exhibits—Art on Paper at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, N.C., and in the 10th National Drawing Invitational at the Arkansas Arts Center. Beverly has received a Pollock-Krasner Grant, two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Trawick Prize three times, and in 2008 was selected as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize. In the Baltimore-Washington area, where she resides, her work has been shown at Curators Office, the Phillips Collection, MAP, School 33, the Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries at MICA, and the Art Museum of the Americas. Ress received her MFA in sculpture from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Photo of Stephen WadeStephen Wade

Stephen Wade, a Grammy nominated folk artist, grew up in Chicago in the 1950s and '60s, exposed to a number of vernacular musicians who had moved north to the city from the Mississippi Delta and the Southern Appalachians. In the '70s and '80s he found great success in theatrical performance art. Banjo Dancing, a theatrical performance combining storytelling, traditional music and percussive dance, opened in Chicago in May 1979 where it ran for 13 months, including a performance at the White House. In January 1981, Wade brought Banjo Dancing to Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, where it ran for 10 years. On the Way Home, Wade’s second critically acclaimed theater show, opened in 1989 in Washington, D.C. In the early ‘90s, he took both shows on the road. In 1993, Wade received the Joseph Jefferson award for his Chicago run of On the Way Home. A five-time Helen Hayes award nominee, in 2003, Wade received the Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur award as composer, adaptor and musical director for the world premiere of Zora Neale Hurston’s Polk County. His book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, was published in August 2012. It is a product of 18 years of effort and a near-lifetime involvement as a performer, researcher and musician, presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of 13 performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains.

About the 2013 Artist/Scholar

Photo of Patrick KilloranPatrick Killoran

Patrick Killoran is a New York-based artist whose work has addressed consumerism's effect of conceptions of public space. Much of his work explores the inevitable contradictions that arise with the terms "public space" and "public art," specifically addressing consumer behavior and the products of consumer culture. He has presented installations at Las Cienegas Projects in Los Angeles (2009), Hyde Park Art Center (2010), Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford; Ikon in Birmingham, UK; Sculpture Center in New York City; and has been included in numerous international exhibitions.

During his residency at GW, Killoran plans to explore the wide variety of impulses induced by capitalism, integrating a class or workshop that serves as a laboratory for collaboration and learning. He plans to develop a performance piece based on an imaginary store that parodies retail culture. The resulting project will highlight how consumerism manipulates public debate and dominates self-expression.