Fellows in the News


June 2 – Min Min Hein’s new film documentary, “Listen,” on the life of former Gardarev Fellow and Burmese activist, Chaw Ei Thein, will premier at the Cityvision film festival. 5-9pm. CUNY Auditorium – 1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd), NYC.

March – Javaka Steptoe has just won the 2017 John Newberry and Randolph Caldecott Awards for Most Distinguished American Picture Book for his book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. These are the two most prestigious awards for children’s picture books in the U.S. The book has been #4 on the New York Time’s List of Best Selling Children’s Books.

March – Cherly Derricote has just been picked to become a member of the 3.9 Collective, a group of Black artists responding to the dwindling Black population in San Francisco through art. Her work will be featured, along with other members of the collective in a 2018 exhibit, called “Witness”.


Nov. 15 – Cheryl Derricote (with Kaye Whitehead, Matthew Mulcahy, and Nate Lewis) artist panel discussion and reception for “Fragile Vessels”.  Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. 7-8pm. Exhibit runs from Nov. 10 to Dec. 11.

Aug. 14 – Bryan E. Glover co-produces (along with the other members of  “Harlem 9”) “48 Hours in Harlem”, a play reading marathon featuring African American writers Cassandra Medley, Germono Toussaint, Angelica Cheri, Camille Darbi, Nilan Johnson, and Korde Tuttle.  National Black Theater, NY, NY – 7pm, and 9pm.

July 9-23 – Chaw Ei Thein exhibits her work in the exhibit, “Healing and Loving,” with artist Krishnapriya Tharmakhrisnar (Sri Lanka) at Loko Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Coorganized by Arts Initiative Tokyo and the Backers Foundation.

June 16 – Oscar Palacio exhibits photography that responds to the work of Dr. Nisha Sajnani, who studies the trauma experienced by refugees around the world in “Mapping Home: A Global Crisis of Place”. Washburn Auditorium and Gallery, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.

2016 – Javaka Steptoe releases his new children’s book, Radiant Child – John Michele Basquiat.  The book, with text and art work by Steptoe, introduces young readers to the childhood of famed artist, John Michele Basquiat, and to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.


2015 – Marisol Negron publishes “Our Latin Thing: Fania Records, Nuyorican Subjectivities, and the 1970s New York Salsa Boom” (Journal of Popular Music Studies).

Nov. 2 – Chaw Ei Thein has art presented at “ Curate NYC”. 12-8:30pm. 139 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY.

Oct. 25 – Chaw Ei Thein to give presentation at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art. 2-4pm. Ithaca, NY.

Oct. 22 – Linda Duman’s piece, “Lake, Thunder” (composed during a Gardarev Center residency), to be premiered by E. Michael Richards (clarinet) and Patrick Crossland (trombone) at the 6th annual LIVEWIRE music festival at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Linehan Concert Hall.  4pm.

Aug. 16  – Bryan E. Glover co-produces (along with the other members of  “Harlem 9”) “48 Hours in Harlem”, a play reading marathon featuring African American writers Chisa Hutchinson, Keelay Gipson, Danielle Eliska Lyle, Jerome A. Parker, Cori Thomas, James Anthony Tyler.  National Black Theatre, NY, NY – 7pm.

May  3rd– Devin Zuber gives a talk on William James at the Swedenbourg Chapel in Cambridge, MA.  2pm.

March 14 – Chaw Ei Thein gives an artist talk as a part of New York’s Asia Week” My Country: Contemporary Asian Art, at the Bernaducci Meisel Gallery.  Time: 3-5pm.  Her work will be displayed in an Exhibition at the gallery from March 12 – March 29.  Location: 37 W 57th St Third Floor, NY, NY.

March – Laura Di Piazzi has her work featured at the gallery at Burlington College for the whole month.

Feb. 13 – Chaw Ei Thein will give a talk on “Artists at Risk/Artists in Exhile” (with Nailia Al Atrash and Elzbieta Matynia) at the New School for Social Research’s “The Fear of Art” 32nd Social Research Conference.  Location: 80 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY.


Nov. 2 – Oscar Palacio takes people on a walking tour around Walden Pond (Concord, MA) to share how he  captured images directly from the area to include in an exhibition at the De Cordova Scuplture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), called “Walden Revisited”.

Aug. 17 – Bryan E. Glover co-produces (along with the other members of  “Harlem 9”) “48 Hours in Harlem”, a play reading marathon featuring African American writers Lucy Adong, Jesse Aleik, Jason Hotham, Nikkole Salter, James Scruggs, and Pat Wilson. National Black Theatre, NY, NY – 7pm.

June 5 and 8 – Manish Vaidya’s group, “Peacock Rebellion” presents “Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist Comics Rise Up,” at the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, CA on June 5th.  Manish is also interviewed in “Oakland Local” on June 8th.

May 1 – Linda Dusman gives the annual Lipitz Lecture, on “Interiors: Identity in Music,” for the University of Maryland’s Humanities Forum (sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Dresher Center for the Humanities).  The talk is based on music for trombone Linda composed while participating in the Gardarev Center’s Winter 2014 research and education residency in northern California.  Location: The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery at the college’s Baltimore campus, from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

March 29 and 30 – Leeta Neely’s new play  – 99% Stone (co-written with Maureen Shea and Chauncey Moore) gets a staged reading on at The Theater Offensive in the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.


Oct. 31 – Manish Vaidya featured in “A Millennial Giving Voice to Non-Profit Workers in America’s ‘third sector’ “, in The Guardian.

Sept 17 – Nov. 12th – Yadira de la Riva begins her tour of “One Journey Chronicles” (starting in Laredo, Texas and ending in Los Angeles).

July 16th – Javaka Steptoe presents an interactive reading of his book for kids, Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow, a story of the young Jimi Hendrix, at Maria Hernandaz Park in Brooklyn, NY, at 10AM.

June 24th – Chaw Ei Thein performs in “Sandaya: Burmese Lessons”, an original theater piece (co-created by Kit Young, Susan Galbraith, and Chaw Ei Thein), at Alliance for New Musical Theater, Washington, D.C.

June 3rd – Chaw Ei Thein performs at Rapid Pulse Performance Series, Chicago, IL.  7pm.


2012 –  Fay Chiang’s poem, “Landmarks and Geography,” appears in The Mom Egg (Special issue on The Body), Vol. 10, Majorie Tesser, ed. (2012).

Nov. 17 –  Yadira de la Riva performs her poetry for TEDxYouth at The School.  New York.  New York.

Oct.  26 –  Letta Neely performs her poetry at GLAD’s Boston Spirit of Justice Award Ceremony honoring lesbian spiritual activist, Reverend Irene Monroe.  Marriott Copley Hotel, Boston, MA.

Sept. 22nd – Marisol Negron speaks on “Imagining Latinidad Citzenship in Popular Cultures” Panel about “From Mambo to Hip Hop: (Re)Imagining ‘Nuyorican’ with Héctor LaVoe and La Bruja,” at American Studies Association Conference.

Sept. 7 – Oct. 20.  Oscar Palacio’s work featured in “Brief Monuments: Making and Unmaking Memory”, a group exhibition of photography and sculpture.  Included in the exhibition are works by Paul Duda, Walker Evans, Lys Guillorn, Robert Lisak, Oscar Palacio, Katia Porter, William Earle Williams and Heinz Warneke.  Location: The Orison Project, Essex, CT.

May 4-27 –  Oscar Palacio exhibited in Transitions, an exhibition of photographers from the Netherlands and the United States that explores urban areas in (forced) transition,  at CBKU in Utrecht, Netherlands.  Collaborators include FOTODOK in the Netherlands, and the Visual Studies Workshop and the George Eastman House in the United States.

Jan. 14 – Feb. 29 –  Chaw Ei Thein’s work featured at The Mantle’s To Be or Not to Be Series, at Gallery Three.  New York, New York.


Dec. 20 –  Yadira De La Riva featured in Huffington Post article: “One Woman Show Tells Story of Border Blues,” by Kamren Curiel, Latino Voices Blog.

Nov. 2 – Fay Chiang to read from her work at Project Reach, along with Cassey Alexandre, Nadia Bourne, Fay Chiang, Ramsi Harrison, Jake, Justin LaBoy, Edward Lee, Elijah Kuan Wong, AGO, Robot, and Ethan Goldweather. 6 pm, New York, New York.

Oct. 15 –  Chaw Ei Thein to perform at Mobius 11th Hour Late Night Movement-Performance Series.  11PM,  Cambridge, MA. For more information, see Mobius.org.

Oct. 13 –  Oscar Palacio’s work exhibited at Transitions-Rochester, an international collaboration between Visual Studies Workshop, FOTODOK, George Eastman House and Rochester Contemporary Art Center looking at the changing city of Rochester, New York..  Visual Studies Workshop’s Siskind Gallery, Rochester, NY. 6-10pm.  See  www.transitionsrochester.wordpress.com.

Sept. 1 –  Chaw Ei Thein, to exhibit her work at Art Live World’s Annual Review of the State of Things, Chelsea, NY.  See www.artliveworld.com.

June 9 –  Oscar Palacio, exhibits and speaks about his photographic project, History Revisited, at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. 6pm.


2010 –  Javaka Steptoe, illustrates new book on guitarist Jimmy Hendrix for children – Jimmy Sounds Like A Rainbow – A Story of Young Jimmy Hendrix (Clarion Books) with author Gary Colio. The book is a 2010 New York Times bestseller.