SCHOLARSHIP ARTISTS SPRING 2020
Golnar Adili was born in Virginia, and moved to Iran when she was four. She holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Thesis Award and was the recipient of the Booth Traveling Fellowship to Tehran, in 2006. She has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Lower East Side Printshop, Guttenberg Arts, the Center for Book Arts (NY), Women’s Studio Workshop, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace among others. Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, Cue Art Foundation, International Print Center NY, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in
Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, Puffin Foundation grant, Brooklyn Arts Council Brooklyn Arts Fund grant, and the Urban Artist Initiative grant. Adili is an educator and mixed media artist with a focus on diasporic identity and is currently a Scholarship recipient at Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City.
Gal Cohen (b. 1986) is a visual artist, living and working in Harlem, NY. Cohen is a current artist in residence in Chashama 'Space to Connect' program and a recent alumni of the AIM fellowship in the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Cohen earned her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons The New School in 2018. Graduated from the B.F.A in Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem (2009), she studied Gender studies in Tel-Aviv University (2014-2015). Cohen participated in residencies, solo and group exhibition in Israel, Canada, France and the US, and is the recipient of the ‘Bluewolf’ scholarship in 2017, NY. Among the exhibitions she showed in are: Queer portraiture at Bric Gallery, Brooklyn (2019), Clemente Art Center, NY (2018), Spring/Break Art Show 2018, ‘BitterSweet Dream’, Bleuwolf, NY (2017), ‘Collectors Show’, The Hub - ArtPrize, Michigan (2017), Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv (2016) and more.
Tarun Sharma is a visual art practitioner whose work is inspired by little things that happen around us every day. MFA (2017-19) graduate from College of Art, New Delhi, India. His works includes drawings, paintings, mezzotint prints, woodcut prints installation, and video documentaries.
His recent project titled “HELPLESSNESS” is a part of a series of works, which is focused on the common thread of misery amongst humans. We are all helpless, albeit in our own, unique ways. The misery is variable but suffering is constant for everyone. Empathy is vital in recognising and accepting that being human entails certain circumstances that none of us can control or change. Documenting such instances is the artist’s way of contributing to the fabric that binds us all, and he hopes to start a conversation about it by shedding light on the way suffering manifests for everyone.
Mostly the artworks are inspired by the artist’s personal trials and tribulations with life, which he saw reflected in essence wherever he went. His works are based on his personal experience with medical helplessness which heavily affected his way of thinking and his works.
The main point that the artist intends to convey through his artwork is that the essence of the common thread that binds all of humanity is empathy.