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Ten are Selected to Enter Fall 2011 Brown Foundation Fellows Program, Administered by the MFAH, at Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France

Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France (photo courtesy MFAH)

Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France (photo courtesy MFAH)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, today announced that ten individuals have been chosen to enter The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House during the Fall 2011 term (July to November): visual artist Jane Boyd; composer David Chaillou; visual artist Lisa Corrine Davis; composer Chia-Yu Hsu; writer, director and media artist John Jesurun; sculptor Mamiko Otsubo; writer Sarah Schulman; women’s studies scholar Cheryl Toman; curator Kristina Van Dyke; and playwright Mona Washington.

“The Brown Foundation Fellows residency program at Dora Maar House is now entering its fifth year and is attracting exceptional applicants,” said MFAH interim director Gwendolyn H. Goffe. “The ten Brown Foundation Fellows entering the Fall 2011 program are outstanding artists, composers, writers and scholars. We look forward to seeing the work they produce while in residence.”

Located in Ménerbes, France, the historic stone house originally belonged to Pablo Picasso‟s muse, Surrealist artist and photographer Dora Maar (1907-1997), and was given to her by the artist in 1944. Maar owned the house until her death, at which point it was purchased and renovated by a resident of both Houston and Ménerbes in order to create a retreat for talented midcareer artists, writers and others interested in the humanities. The MFAH assumed responsibility for the project in 2006, and since 2007, the site has been the home for the highly-coveted, international Brown Foundation Fellows program. The fellowships offer outstanding mid-career professionals the opportunity to further their artistic and scholarly work in the tranquil environment unique to Provence.

The four-story house has four bedrooms with private baths, a studio for artists, three studies for writers, and a piano. It also has two beautiful gardens, a large kitchen, library, and dining and living rooms. The house is equipped with high-speed, wireless Internet.

Each fellow is accommodated in the Dora Maar House and is provided with a study or studio in which to work; travel expenses from the Fellow‟s home to Ménerbes and return; reasonable shipping expenses for books and supplies; and a grant based upon the length of stay at the Dora Maar House. In return, Fellows are asked to be good neighbors to the citizens of Ménerbes, to do some sort of public program while in residence, and to donate to the house one work of art or publication created while in residence. Should a publication ensue based on work during the fellowship, The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at Dora Maar House asks to be recognized in the publication‟s acknowledgements.

Applications for the spring season (March 1 through June 30, 2012) are due by October 15, 2011. Applicants will receive a response on or before December 1, 2011. To download forms and guidelines, visit the website: http://mfah.org/fellowships/dora-maar-how-to-apply/

About the Fall 2011 Brown Foundation Fellows

Jane Boyd was born in the United Kingdom; she is a visual artist working in light-based installation and drawing. She received a diploma from the Sorbonne, Paris and a BA (Hons) degree from Camberwell College, University of the Arts, London. Early in her career, Boyd was winner of a competitive commission, the Shell Waterloo Painting. She went on to receive a prize fellowship from Trinity College, Cambridge where she held the post of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts. Since then, she has achieved a number of distinguished awards and residencies including the Abbey Rome Fellowship at the British School at Rome and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in London which resulted in her work „Concrete Liaisons‟ 2006, a spectcular projection on Senate House Tower in central London. In 2011 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. While at the Dora Maar House, Boyd will pursue her work on notions of absence and presence in the medium of drawing towards the production of a site-specific installation at Ménerbes. October and November.

David Chaillou is a lecturer at the University of Artois. He received his diploma from the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) and his doctorate from the Sorbonne. His compositions are diverse in form, and vary from solo instrumental pieces to full orchestra. His work is broadcast on Mezzo, Radio classique, Radio-France, France television (France 2, France 3) and Radio Orphé (Russie) and is performed in many countries including Austria, Italy, Russia, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Along with his work for concert performance, Chaillou also composes for the cinema and theater. In January 2011 he was recognized by SACEM with an award for emerging music for film, in a contest presided by Elisabeth Depardieu. While at Dora Maar House he will be completing a commissioned score for violin and cello, which will be performed in Vienna at the end of 2011. July.

Lisa Corrine Davis has created a wide range of work––from collage to drawings to paintings and sometimes a mélange of all three––that examines her place in the world, and, by extension, the place of an individual in modern society. Born in Baltimore, currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York, Davis received her BFA from Pratt Institute (1980), and her MFA from Hunter (1983). She has exhibited her work across the United States, and is currently represented by Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Lisa‟s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, and ArtNews, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships. In addition, Lisa has taught art for the past nineteen years at the Cooper Union School of Art, Yale University, and currently is a tenured Associate Professor at Hunter College in New York. July.

Chia-Yu Hsu was born in Taiwan. Hsu received her doctorate in music composition at Duke University. An important young composer with an impressive list of prizes and commissions, Hsu‟s work has been performed by distinguished conductors such as Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and other places such as the London Sinfonietta, and Detroit and San Francisco symphonies. While at Dora Maar House, Hsu plans to work on a trio for clarinet, cello, piano and electronics which explores cultural fusion in music. October and November.

John Jesurun is a writer, director and media artist living in New York. His work is distinguished by its integrated creation of text, set and media design. His work has been performed internationally at major festivals and venues. His numerous awards and grants include Rockefeller, Guggenheim, NEA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and MacArthur Fellowships. His plays are published by Theater Communications Group and Performing Arts Journal. While at Dora Maar House he will work on his next large theatre project, “Stopped Bridge of Dreams.” July.

Mamiko Otsubo is a Japanese sculptor who earned her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been exhibited internationally and it investigates the history of modernism, furniture, and display. While at the Dora Maar House she will be researching and working on the final sculpture in a new body of work. August and September.

Sarah Schulman is a writer based in New York. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York. She is a Fullbright Fellow in Judaic Studies, a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting and a Revson Fellow for the future of New York City at Columbia University. Schulman has written nine novels, five non-fiction books and numerous plays and screenplays. While at the Dora Maar House she will complete her tenth novel, The Healing, a re-telling of Balzac‟s Cousin Bette. August.

Cheryl Toman is a professor at Case Western Reserve University and director of their Ethnic Studies program. Her book, Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature (Summa 2008) is the first comprehensive text on the history of women‟s writing in Francophone Cameroon and focuses specifically on women‟s empowerment through the rewriting of traditions from an Afro-centric perspective. Toman was named a Fulbright Scholar in Spring 2007 for which she taught a graduate seminar on African Women‟s Literature at Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and conducted research on Lebanese communities in Francophone African countries. For the past three years she has conducted field research on Francophone women writers of Gabon and while at the Dora Maar House she will work on her book-length manuscript on the topic. November.

Kristina Van Dyke has her Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. She is currently the Curator for Collections and Research at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. For nearly five years she has led a research team at the Menil Collection dedicated to establishing the parameters for a corpus of 11th to 17th century terra cotta antiquities from Mali. During her residency at the Dora Maar House she will work on the publication which will make this work available to international scholars for the first time. August.

Mona Washington is a Delaware Valley native and a graduate of Georgetown University‟s School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. She is currently a member of the Harlem Arts Alliance Dramatic Writing Academy. Her plays have been performed and read in New York, Philadelphia, Rome, and Paris. She has been awarded fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Ucross Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and the Jack Kerouac House. While at the Dora Maar House she will work on her new play The Meadow. September.

About the MFAH

Founded in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is among the ten largest art museums in the United States. Located in the heart of Houston‟s Museum District, the MFAH comprises two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, theater, two art schools, and two house museums.The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH has some 63,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present.

Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France (photo courtesy MFAH)

Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France (photo courtesy MFAH)

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