Established in 2021, the Lunder Institute residential fellowships provide artists with spacious studios as well as opportunities for collaboration with Colby College faculty, students, staff, and the Waterville community. This new studio program, which is based at the Greene Block + Studios at 18 Main Street in downtown Waterville, encompasses artists at all stages of their careers and working in a range of artistic disciplines and mediums. Resident fellows are provided with housing and a stipend; have access to Colby College campus facilities; and are in dialogue with local organizations and community members.
Bryana Bibbs is a Chicago-based textile artist, painter, and art educator who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work comes from her struggles with depression, anxiety, relationships, self-validation, and how to deal with everyday occurrences. She is the founder of The We Were Never Alone Project – A Weaving Workshop for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence, a 2021 – 2022 Chicago Artist Coalition HATCH Residency Artist, and serves on the Surface Design Association’s Education Committee. Bibbs’ work has been on view at The Evanston Art Center (Evanston, Illinois), ARC Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), The Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago, Illinois), The Wayback (Chicago, Illinois), Room482 (Brooklyn, New York), Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, Illinois), and The Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, Illinois).
Millie Kapp and Matt Shalzi began collaborating on performances in 2009. Over the last decade they have made nine major performances alongside numerous minor performances, audio projects, sculptures, drawings, and writing. They have had the honor of working with a revolving group of collaborators both in their work together and apart. They currently live and work in New York.
José Santiago Pérez is an artist and educator based in Chicago who traces his ancestry to the Nawat people of Kuscatlán (El Salvador). He weaves plastics into containers of time, vessels of memory, and spaces of belonging. He is a 2019-2020 HATCH resident at Chicago Artists Coalition and a recipient of a SPARK grant and an Illinois Arts Council Agency grant. José has presented craft and performance based work in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. Features and reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Basketry+ Magazine, Sixty Inches from Center, Newcity Art, Art Intercepts, Other Peoples Pixels, and the Archives + Futures Podcast. José holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies department.
Unyimeabasi Udoh works across various media, including print, installation, sculpture, and embroidery. Their practice centers on legibility, meaning, and how systems of communication and knowledge are built and maintained. Udoh holds an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. They have been an artist in residence at the Driehaus Museum, Chicago Artists Coalition, and ACRE. In 2021, they were named one of Newcity‘s Breakout Artists, and they are a 2021 recipient of the Coney Family Fund Award.