Sara Zielinski is an artist and arts worker based in Brooklyn, NY. Zielinski received a BA from Barnard College in 2011 and an MFA from Pratt Institute in 2023. Zielinski has over ten years of experience working in the field of fine arts, including at galleries, in artists’ studios, and for curators and conservators. In this time, she has worked on many unique large-scale projects, including Sarah Sze: Triple Point, the United States’ entry at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Zielinski has organized projects with artists in Chicago and New York and interviewed artists for The Huffington Post from 2015 to 2017. She has created installations at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, Ink Miami Art Fair in Miami, FL, Sapar Contemporary in New York, NY, and Pantocrátor Gallery in Suzhou, China, and has exhibited in group shows at Childs Gallery, International Print Center New York, Find & Form, Harriet Tubman Gallery, and Shoestring Press, among others. Zielinski is a 2023 CulturePush Fellow.
Fiona Yu is a Masters candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Her current research focuses on the art of Asian Diaspora and the history of immigration in the United States. She is interested in the topics of borders, race, language, and nationality in relation to the diaspora experience, as well as the history of solidarity among different ethnic and racial communities. She has been learning and gaining professional experience from institutions such as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Critical Theory with honors from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Yaning Xing is an MFA candidate in UMass Amherst who works across the mediums of painting, drawing, and installation. Born in China’s Shiyan, Hubei—formerly a booming, factory town—her work offers a window into the lives of those conscripted by Chinese capitalist modernity—communities like her own whose ways of life have been forever changed by the relentless logic of capitalist restructuring.
Stephanie Xiomara Tinsley (She/Her) is a writer and filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts in 2020 with a BA in Film & TV and a minor in Art History. She has written for such publications as The Chicago Defender, BUST Magazine, An Injustice! Mag and more. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Sheep Collective, a private non-profit arts & humanities organization and digital media platform providing workshops, grants and resources to young artists and writers as they begin their creative careers. She believes in the transformative power of conscious artmaking and hopes that she, along with her peers, can build a more loving world through collaboration, communication and creativity.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Karina Teichert is a writer, filmmaker, musician, journalist, art curator, and community advocate. They recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Literature, Media, and Communication, and hope to become a full-time curator or arts magazine editor. Their passions lie in the intersection of journalism, art, community, and the DIY ethos. When they’re not pursuing these interests, they can be found reading anything written by bell hooks, sound engineering at local house shows, or gardening. They are incredibly grateful and excited to embark on this fellowship journey with ArtTable, Art Papers, and the other members of their cohort.
Yunyao Que is a curator, writer, and art administrator born in Shanghai and now based in Chicago. Having over four years of experience in the arts field, Yunyao once worked as the curatorial assistant at Roger Brown Study Collection (Chicago) and supported the contemporary art exhibitions in Long Museum West Bund (Shanghai) and the performance art festival at Power Station of Art (Shanghai). She has curated the exhibition “Xingrui Xu: Removing Mountains” (2022.10.19-11.26) for a ceramic artist and is working on an upcoming portable exhibition named “Suitcase” with six artists. Yunyao holds a dual degree of Master of Arts in Arts Administration & Policy and Master of Arts in Modern & Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at Fudan University. She loves oceans, land arts, connections and imagination.
Nadia Ramirez Estrada is a Los Angeles-based writer and curator. She received her B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She studied at the Université Lumière in Lyon, France, focusing on literary theory and French language. Nadia recently graduated from the M.A. Curatorial Practices program at USC Roski School of Art & Design. During her time at Roski, she acted as a graduate teaching assistant in the Critical Studies department, and she centered her Master’s thesis on the myth of memory and its intersections with art and site around Los Angeles. As a first-generation Mexican American, Nadia is committed to highlighting underrepresented artists and communities to expand inclusivity in the arts.
Libbi Ponce (they/them, she/her) is an Ecuadorian artist, born in 1997 to a family of musicians, making sculptures, 360-degree videos, installations, and performances. Ponce explores themes of Latinx-Futurism through a sculptural practice of world-building incorporating an ambitious range of materials including steel, bronze, resin, polyurethane, mortar, grout, terracotta, and glass. Inspired by the erotic and anthropomorphic motifs from ancient Andean ceramics, Ponce constructs tactile sculptural objects which probe discourse on grief, intimacy, and historic folklore.
They have attended the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Oxbow Artists’ Residency, Yale Norfolk Undergraduate Residency, and ACRE. Exhibitions include terciopelo at Selenas Mountain, BASE REMOVED at the Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo, and Skyway 20/21 at the Tampa Museum of Art. They hold a BFA in Studio Art and BA in Philosophy from the University of South Florida. In 2021, Ponce completed a Fulbright Creative Research Fellowship in Ecuador. Libbi is the founder/director of galeria juniin in Guayaquil, Ecuador and Co-Director of Coco Hunday Gallery in Tampa, FL. Libbi is currently based between Ecuador and Florida.
JaJaBrea Patterson-West (she/they) is an interdisciplinary scholar, writer, and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her research, curatorial projects, and writings center a critical engagement with the work of Black, Queer and Women artists working at the intersection of identity, representation, and radical art praxis. As a doctoral student in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts-New York University, she has published criticism and other writings in Flash Art, Cero Magazine, and LACMA Unframed. Her academic and curatorial research has been supported by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the Matisse Foundation Fellowship, the Stein Family Fellowship, and an Elisabeth Hackspiel-Mikosch Scholarship. She is the current recipient of the Institute of Fine Arts’ Connoisseurs Circle Fellowship in support of her progress toward a doctoral degree in Art History. Since 2020, Patterson-West has served as the founding curator of Modern Black Contemporary –– a digital platform that connects early-career artists, writers, scholars, and diverse creatives identifying with the Black diaspora in an effort to reinforce communities of care, collaboration, and generative thinking within the wider international contemporary art world. Approaching the study of contemporary art from a background in black feminist ideology, poetics, academic research, archival and museum studies, her work continues to emphasize the manifold connections between collective histories of artistic development, and social concerns, as a linchpin of possibility to enact cultural and political transformation.
Rebecca Miralrio is a graduate student at Hunter College, where she is pursuing her MA in Art History with a focus on modern and contemporary art of the U.S. and Latin America. She has interned at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and BRIC Arts, working across curatorial, educational, and digital experience departments. She holds a BA in Art History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Hunter College.is a graduate student at Hunter College, where she is pursuing her MA in Art History with a focus on modern and contemporary art of the U.S. and Latin America. She has interned at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and BRIC Arts, working across curatorial, educational, and digital experience departments. She holds a BA in Art History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Hunter College.