2020 Artist Residency Jury Panel

photo: Melissa Blackall

Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson joined the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) as their inaugural curator in July 2019. Prior to this appointment she was the Senior Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in 2012. Over the past seven years, Patterson has curated over fifty exhibitions, including major exhibitions such as Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, Ebony G.Patterson: Dead Treez, several critically-reviewed site specific installations such as Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck: Out, Out, Phosphene Candle, Things are What We Encounter: Dr.Charles Smith + Heather Hart. Her focus at JMKAC was also geared towards the curation of the Arts Center’s premier collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist environments, work that culminated in an multi-tiered collaborative 2017 collections-based exhibitions series, The Road Less Traveled, which received praise by Hyperallergic as the year’s top exhibition. She completed her BA in folklore studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her Masters of Art Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Publications include: Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe (2019), Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Mythologies (2017), Lee Godie: Self-Portraits (2015), Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values (2013).

Oscar Rene Cornejo

Oscar Rene Cornejo (b. 1982) is currently based in New York City. In 2004, he cofounded the Latin American Community Art Project (LA CAPacidad), where for seven years he directed summer artist residencies to promote intercultural awareness through community art education. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including Collective Solid, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX (2015); and Parliament of Owls, Diverseworks, Houston, TX (2015). A solo exhibition of his paintings and writing will open at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2017. He has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where he has been a member of the staff since 2015, and at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He received a Fulbright to El Salvador in 2007. Cornejo holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and an MFA from Yale University.


Ester Partegàs

Ester Partegàs (B.1972 Barcelona) is a visual artist and educator based in New York City and Marfa, Texas. Employing a wide range of sculptural approaches, including photography and text, her work looks at how precariously we assign value, consume and discard. Her 3D facsimiles and images of generic mass-produced objects examine the affective, political and philosophical power that material culture exerts over daily life.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as the Sculpture Center, LIC, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, NY; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Arnolfini, Bristol; the Moscow, Athens and Busan Biennials; among others. She is represented by Foxy Production, New York; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid. Partegàs has held teaching positions at the Sculpture Department of Yale University; at the Sculpture + Extended Media Department of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; at SUNY Purchase, NY; and at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.  She is currently teaching at Parsons/The New School in New York.