Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2016-17

Panel Biographies

Donald Hải Phú Daedalus

Donald Hải Phú Daedalus grew up in the shadow of the country's largest public observatory, an area so remote and sparsely populated it served as the first plutonium-processing plant for the Manhattan Project. Shortly after the oldest human remains in North America were discovered near his hometown, Donald attended the University of Washington, where, coincidentally, the remains were held while a decade-long legal dispute between the native Kennewick tribe and anthropologists played out in court. He was a Ferguson Fellow and Richardson Fellow; Daedalus completed studies in continental and applied philosophy before embarking on an interdisciplinary art degree. In the post-911 climate that reelected George W. Bush, he voluntarily expatriated to Spain, where the housing bubble was ripening. He lived in Barcelona studying Ildefons Cerdà's l'Eixample and painting and drawing. He returned to the U.S. to complete his graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he focused on new media, film and performance.

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a visual artist working with video installation and interactive performance in New York City. Her FIREWALL Internet Cafe project (2016) in NYC about Internet censorship led to harassment by Chinese authorities. FIREWALL was supported by Franklin Furnace Fund, the Creative Engagement program of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a grant from Asian Women Giving Circle. The Washington Post included Lee in their “Top 10 Best Art Gallery Shows” in D.C. for 2012.

Lee holds a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited in NYC, Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., Italy, Germany, and Taiwan. Lee is a trustee for The Contemporary museum in Baltimore and teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology and New Jersey City University. You can see her work at: and

Tracie Morris

Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. She presents her work extensively around the world. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries and museums. Tracie is the recipient of NYFA, Creative Capital, Asian Cultural Council and other grants, as well as fellowships from Yaddoo, MacDowell and Millay artist colonies. She is a former CPCW Poetics fellow of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Intermission and Rhyme Scheme. Her most recent book is handholding: 5 kinds from Kore Press (2016). Tracie holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and American acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

Clifford Owens

Clifford Owens’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions include “Anthology: Clifford Owens” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2011-2012), “Better the Rebel You Know” Home, Manchester, England (2014), and “Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011). His many group exhibitions include, “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” Contemporary Arts Museum (2012 - 2014), “Greater New York 2005” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2005), “Freestyle” The Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and “Performance Now” (2013 - 2014). Clifford has received numerous grants and fellowships including the William H. Johnson Prize, Art Matters Grant, Louis Tiffany Comfort Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Community Trust, the Lambent Foundation, and the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Publications, reviews, and interviews about his work include New York Times, Art +Auction, Village Voice, Modern Painters, Art in America, Art Forum, The New Yorker, BOMB, The Wall Street Journal, The Drama Review, Greater New York 2005, Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, and Why Art Photography? He has written for exhibition catalogues, the New York Times, Art Forum, and Performing Arts Journal. His project “Anthology” is the subject of his first book. Clifford has been visiting artist faculty and guest critic at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, New York University, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Clifford lives and works in New York City and he is represented by INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, located in New York City.