Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

Panel Biographies

Michael Paul Britto

Born and bred in Brooklyn, Michael Paul Britto graduated with a BA from the City College of New York. Britto’s works range from videos to digital photography, sculpture, and performance. He has had residencies at the New Museum in New York as well as Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. His work has been featured in shows at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, The Kitchen and the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. Britto has been written about in The New York Times, Art In America and the Brooklyn Rail.

Dustin Grella

Dustin Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work attempts to glean glimpses of colorful insight into the seemingly mundane. His work has screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, and won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His film Prayers for Peace screened at almost two hundred festivals worldwide and won over forty awards. He has written and mailed himself a letter every day for the past ten years and has all 3650 sealed letters neatly filed and categorized. He is currently in production of the Animation Hotline, a series of daily animations where he uses crowdsourced voicemail messages for content.

Jeanine Oleson

Jeanine Oleson is an artist whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of photography, performance, film/video, and installation work. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University. Oleson has exhibited nationally and internationally. She received a Franklin Furnace Fund grant and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2009; Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant, 2008 and 2009; and Professional Development Fellowship, College Art Association, 1999-2000. She’s also been in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Smack Mellon Studio Program, NY. Oleson is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design.

Clifford Owens

Clifford Owens’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States of America and abroad. He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mason Gross School of Visual Arts Rutgers University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He was an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Owens has lectured widely about his work, and has held visiting artist faculty positions at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Clifford Owens was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1971, and he currently lives and works in Queens, New York where he is raising his sons Inti and Joaquin.

Jessica Ann Peavy

Jessica Ann Peavy completed her BFA in Film from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited across the country including Spelman College Museum of Fine Art where she participated in the acclaimed exhibition Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women and the Moving Image Since 1970. Peavy has lectured at the CUNY Graduate Center and Cinewomen NY on the role of women and cinema and at Columbia University’s Conversations Across Cultures public art conference. She has received grants and awards from the Franklin Furnace Fund, Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Peavy currently lives and works in New York City.