Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2019-20

Panel Biographies

David Antonio Cruz

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist and a Professor of the Practice in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Cruz fuses painting and performance to explore the visibility and intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies. Cruz received a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and completed the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum. Recent residencies include the LMCC Workspace Residency, Project for Empty Space’s Social Impact Residency, and BRICworkspace. Cruz’s work has been included in notable group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Performa 13, and the McNay Art Museum. His fellowships and awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, the Franklin Furnace Fund Award, the Urban Artist Initiative Award, and the Neubauer Faculty Fellowship at Tufts University. Recent press includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WhiteHot Magazine, W Magazine, Bomb Magazine, and El Centro Journal.

Ayana Evans

Ayana Evans is a NYC-based artist who received her MFA in painting from Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. Summer 2016 Evans was the artist in residence at El Museo Del Barrio. The next year she completed a 10 hour endurance based, citywide performance and 100 person performative dinner party in the Barnes Foundation for their exhibition "A Person of the Crowd.” Her international work includes participation in FIAP performance festival in Martinique, The Pineapple Show at Tiwani Contemporary in London, and Ghana'a Chale Wote festival which drew 30,000 people. Evans was a 2018 Fellow in the Studio Immersion Program at EFA’s Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a 2017-2018 awardee of the Franklin Furnace Fund for performance art, a 2018 artist in residence at Artists Alliance Inc., a 2018 NYFA Fellow, and a summer 2019 artist in resident for Art on the Vine in Martha's Vineyard. Her latest solo exhibition with NADA; "My Colonial Get-Away: Fu** It I Ain't Budgin'” runs throughout summer 2019. Her recent press includes: ArtNet, New York Magazine's The Cut, Hyperallergic, the Huffington Post, and CNN.

Jay Sanders

Jay Sanders is Executive Director & Chief Curator of Artists Space. Recent exhibitions include Jack Smith: Art Crust of Spiritual Oasis and Unholding. He was previously a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art where he organized Calder: Hypermobility (2017), Laura Poitras: Astro Noise (2016), Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama – Manhattan, 1970-1980 (2013), and the 2012 Whitney Biennial (with Elisabeth Sussman) along with the performance retrospectives Open Plan: Cecil Taylor (2016), DANCENOISE: Don’t Look Back (2015), and Takehisa Kosugi: Music Expanded (2015). He was gallery director of Greene Naftali from 2005-2010. Sanders has organized numerous exhibitions, concerts, film series, and events over the past two decades.

Mirland Terlonge

Mirland Terlonge (b. Miami, FL), is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community organizer. As an educator Mirland has co-founded YWCA Brooklyn’s Performance and Visual Arts program at YWCA Brooklyn where she collaborates with women seniors at YWCA Brooklyn on community visual and performing arts projects inspired by the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. In addition, she is the Co-chair of Black Lives Matter at Pratt where she is collaborating with Layla Zami and Pratt's Center for Diversity and Inclusion to organize a series of programs during the 2019- 2020 school year that address issues such as anti-black racism, xenophobia, and systemic oppression. Working mostly in painting, performance, and installation her art practice is a vehicle through which she poses questions about ideas in direct opposition such as life or death, love and hatred. Terlonge has exhibited at Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts, Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, Smack Mellon Brooklyn, NY, ARC, Chicago, Illinois, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN; and The City Library, Corrine and Jack Sweet branch, Salt Lake City, Utah. Terlonge was also a recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund in 2015.

Tobaron Waxman

Tobaron Waxman (Toronto/New York) is a curator, artist and vocalist. Tobaron’s works in video, photography and performance interrogate how borders and notions of citizenship make moral and ethical claims on our bodies, using choreography, voice, hair and film as well as the symbolic connotations they inspire as key creative and conceptual tools.

Tobaron’s artworks and curatorial projects have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally including New Museum NYC, Momenta, Leslie Lohman Museum, Palais de Tokio, Kampnagel Hamburg, Kunsthalle Vienna, Videotage Hong Kong, CEU Budapest, Meštrović Pavilion, Zagreb. Since 2013 Tobaron directs The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency as a combined curatorial, relational/live art, and sociopolitical praxis.

Tobaron has taught technique and lectured at Chinese University Hong Kong, UC Berkeley, Goldsmiths, SOAS, UC Irvine, SFMU Boston, Concordia, OCADU, Parsons, NYU, SAIC, Bilgi Istanbul amongst others.

Honours, Residencies and Fellowships have included: Franklin Furnace (2004), Inaugural Audience Award Jewish Museum of New York (2009), Smack Mellon (2010), Kulturlabor ICI Berlin Institute of Cultural Inquiry (2010), New Museum NYC (2013), Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art Unrecognized Artist of the Year/Hermit (2013), Akademie der Künst der Welt/Köln (2014), Canada Council/La Cite Paris Residency (2015), Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (2016), NYSCA/Center for Traditional Music and Dance Mentorship (2019).