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studioELL @HOME Residency Exhibition: Tracy Holtham, Corrugated Tears, 05 august through 30 october 2022, curated by john ros


Tracy Holtham: Corrugated Tears

05 August — 30 October 2022

Saturday, 06 August from 11am-12pm ET/US (4-5pm UK) / REGISTER

Saturday, 08 October from 11am-12pm ET/US (4-5pm UK) / REGISTER


Long Island City, New York — studioELL’s inaugural @HOME RESIDENCY will conclude with a solo exhibition by artist-in-residence, Tracy Holtham. Tracy Holtham: Corrugated Tears will be featured from 05 August through 30 October 2022 with a remote artist talk on Saturday, 06 August from 11am-12pm ET/US (4-5pm UK) and a remote screening on Saturday, 08 October from 11am-12pm ET/US (4-5pm UK). Artist talk and screening events will be held on Zoom. Follow links above to register for each event.

Tracy Holtham: Corrugated Tears is an exploration of multimedia pieces. With collage as a foundation and mental health as a root of ethos — Holtham interweaves photography, poetry, music, sound and video to further delve into how these ideas overlap throughout her studio practice. The exhibit compiles and celebrates the process of research throughout the six-month residency and brings the audience along on a journey into four areas — Listening Booth, Poetry Anthology, Video Theatre, and Photo Book.

The exhibition’s title is derived from a song name created in response to a collaged photo.

Holtham’s talk will feature a presentation about her experiences of creating remotely during the artist residency and how the visiting artist sessions inspired her multi-media practice. The screening will feature the world premier of Holtham’s first video and sound triptych piece followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by studioELL director, John Ros.

Tracy Holtham was born in Bradford in the UK, and is currently based in London. When young, she could be found drawing on notepads, writing poetry, and performing songs on her acoustic guitar. Tracy studied art at school, which were her favorite lessons. She couldn’t wait to get back to creating as soon as she could, and made this her life plan. Her chosen route has been varied and eclectic, from undertaking numerous adult education courses in art and design, sound and performance, to studying therapeutic approaches to art.

Tracy’s main artistic inspirations are multi-media and performative works, where audio and visual are combined. In particular, she appreciates pieces which provide presence, a deeper understanding of purpose, and truth. Tracy is curious about many things — this breadth brings elements of intrigue to her practice.

Tracy has been part of various group art shows, as well as performed her songs across London. She is a mental health advocate — her practice and performance provide space for reflection, realization and renewal.

studioELL’s @HOME RESIDENCY offers a platform for invited artists to work in their own studio, supported by critique opportunities from visiting artists throughout the residency. Resident artists share their weekly progress on, mount a final digital exhibition and give a remote artist lecture on work created during their time in residence.

studioVISIT: Jeannine Bardo

studioELL presents: Jeannine Bardo Artist Talk
February 12, 2022, 3:00p ET/US

presented remotely over Zoom

Jeannine Bardo will present a talk on her new work, New Myths and Varied Tales: Truth, Lies and Shiny Objects, currently on view at Stand4 Gallery.

Please be sure to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jeannine Bardo is the founder and artistic director of Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center. She is a Brooklyn born artist, curator and art educator. Jeannine received her BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts and completed both a Masters in Art Education and a Masters in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College. She is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on humanity’s connections to the natural world.

Jeannine has contributed writings to galleryELL, was a participating artist and juror for 5th Avenue SAW before becoming a board member and was a mentor and contributing writer to ART21 Educators. She collaborated on a NYC Public Artwork titled Ark for the Arts with fellow artist Isabelle Garbani that focused on climate change and resiliency in the community of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Jeannine is the Artistic Director, Co-founder and Curator of BioBAT Art Space.

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2022 @HOME Residency Visiting Artists

studioELL is pleased to welcome Lauren K. Alleyne, Charlie Levine and Jason Sloan as our 2022 @Home Residency Visiting Artists. They will work exclusively with Tracy Holtham throughout her residency.

Lauren K. Alleyne (Harrisonburg, VA, US) / Poet
Assistant Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center; Professor of English at James Madison University.

Charlie Levine (London, UK) / Independent Curator and Artistic Director
Director, Welcome to Ladyland; Artistic Director, The Show Windows; Co-Director and co-founder, SqW:Lab; and Curator, St. Pancras Wires.

Jason Sloan / L’Avenir (Baltimore, MD, US) / Electronic musician, composer, and sound artist
Professor, Interactive Arts [IA] Department; Founder, Program Director, Sound Art Program at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Thank you to these outstanding artists for being a part of this exciting new program!



studioELL LLC is an artist run social enterprise. In April 2021, we obtained fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas, in the hopes of expanding our grant research and funding opportunities and becoming more financially sustainable. All charitable contributions to studioELL are facilitated by Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Your generous gift will help sustain our community programs such as studioVISIT and @HOME Residency and allow us to fund our scholarship program which helps support artists who may not be able to afford full course fees. Direct donations and sales from our FLATFILE program are the primary contributors to our scholarship program fund.

Since our inception in August 2015, studioELL has hosted 250 enrolled artists in over 40 courses, hosted numerous events throughout the United States and London, UK, partnered with 10 professors, invited 9 visiting artists and provided over 10,000 USD in scholarship funding.  Our efforts to partner with other organizations have connected studioELL with over 125 additional artists. We continue to look for collaborative community organizations and groups, in an effort to provide further points of access and agency.

As you contemplate your year-end giving, will you please consider a gift to studioELL today? No amount is too small. As a community organization we rely on all levels of support to bring the best in art education and art experience to all.

Feel free to email us with questions about how we fund our specific programs or information on sending a donation via check or money transfer.

Thank you for your support!


studioELL is pleased to announce our NEW @HOME RESIDENCY which will launch in 2022. Our inaugural invited artist, Tracy Holtham will participate in a six-month residency commencing in January.

This unique opportunity offers a platform for invited artists to work in their own studio, supported by critique opportunities from visiting artists throughout the residency. Resident artists will also share their weekly progress on our website, mount a final exhibition and give an artist lecture on work created during their time in residence.

Tracy Holtham was born in Bradford in the UK, and is currently based in London.

When young, she could be found drawing on notepads, writing poetry, and performing songs on her acoustic guitar. Tracy studied art at school, which were her favourite lessons. She couldn’t wait to get back to creating as soon as she could, and made this her life plan. Her chosen route has been varied and eclectic, from undertaking numerous adult education courses in art and design, sound and performance, to studying therapeutic approaches to art. 

Tracy’s main artistic inspirations are multi-media and performative works, where audio and visual are combined. In particular, she appreciates pieces which provide presence, a deeper understanding of purpose, and truth. Tracy is curious about many things — this breadth brings elements of intrigue to her practice.

At present, Tracy primarily works with collage, interweaving photography, video, and sound. Her mobile device is her virtual studio where ideas, images and words are collated and brought into being. Abstracted elements and shapes are used to bring alternative meanings to feelings and observations.

Tracy has been part of various group art shows, as well as performed her songs across London. 

She is a mental health advocate — her practice and performance provide space for reflection, realisation, and renewal. 

Marlos E’van studioELL FLATFILE


Marlos E’van (b. 1988 Tupelo, MS) Nashville based artist, E’van interweaves different mediums such as painting, performance, and filmmaking to create worlds in which their art recollects black histories: joy, pain, celebration, sorrow, and complex emotions from reenacted scenes of American histories. A subtle vernacular in expression has caught recognition from such publications such as Hyperallergic and Native Magazine. In addition to their work as an artist, E’van co-founded/co-designs M-SPAR, McGruder Social Practice Artist Residency out of the McGruder Center in North Nashville. Working as an educator in a hard-hit redlined Nashville neighborhood, E’van actively listens to their pupils, gathering stories that also inform E’van’s paintings. Their own life creates first-person narratives in paintings targeting marginalization, stemming from a queer black history rooted in his home state of Mississippi. Marlos E’van’s work is included in multiple Southern collections, has been shown in VA, TN, GA, and NY. They have been awarded the Mellon Foundation for McGruder, and the Metro Arts Thrive grant. Marlos received their B.F.A. from Watkins College of Art, Nashville, TN.


The studioELL academic calendar of courses will be put on a short hiatus for 2022 to focus our efforts on development. In order to continue to offer outstanding programming and secure future scholarships, we must build our financial strength.

Our plan is to make new courses available for the Winter 2023 Term.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer new programming, events and short courses with partnering community organizations. We’d love for you to stay in the loop by signing up for our newsletter. And, if you are able, might you consider a tax deductible gift to studioELL today?

Thank you!

studioVISIT: Dominique Christina

studioVISIT presents: Dominique Christina

“I was born into a family that loved language and used it musically. And lyrically. My grandfather walked around the house reciting Shakespeare. My grandmother walked around reciting Paul Lawrence Dunbar. My mother introduced me to Poe and Whitman and Nikki Giovanni. I have always understood how available and how possible language is.”

Dominique Christina is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. She is the author of four books. Her third book, “This Is Woman’s Work”, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of womanness and the creative process. Her fourth book “Anarcha Speaks” won the National Poetry Series award in 2017. She is a writer and actor for the HBO series High Maintenance and does branding and marketing for Under Armour.

Dominique Christina studioVISIT at studioELL hosted by Carli Toliver - October 2021
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studioELL is supporting the new collaboration: ima + stand4 at Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center from Setpember through October 2021.

After an ambitious and successful first year of initiating and archiving digital collaborations, Intermission Museum of Art (IMA) is pleased to partner with Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY, to mount a physical manifestation of the archive. IMA’s archived volume i exhibitions from June 2020 through June 2021 will be included, featuring collaborations from: Jodi Hays + Ayanah Moor | Lindiwe Matshikiza + Flora Parrott | Lynn Silverman + Jason Sloan | Mira Dayal + Marina Kassianidou | Lauren K. Alleyne + Matthew Fischer | Mike Cloud + Nyeema Morgan | Aurora de Armendi + Jessica del Vecchio | Kate Casanova + Sarah Faye McPherson | Jaimini Patel + Carli Toliver | Ana Čavić + Sally Morfill | Rose van Mierlo + John Ros.

This exhibition represents a new collaboration between Stand4 Gallery and IMA whereby hosting the digital archive, Stand4 Gallery becomes IMA and vice versa. This symbiotic relationship enhances each counterpart while implementing an additional layer of collaboration. As a fictional museum and performative project, IMA challenges the status quo on the social role of museums by engaging with its fictional structures of operation. It explores the tangible effects fictionality has in the social and economic world and suggests alternative models of exhibiting while sparking meaningful conversations. Its online form enables IMA to exist in several places at once and reach multiple audiences. It is neither real nor unreal, but can be read as a critical text. Its second form is performative: IMA is both artwork and museum. It can only exist through the hospitality of others.

studioVISIT: Stephanie Williams

studioVISIT presents:Stephanie Williams

“There is so much that I do not know, which affects the stories that I tell myself daily. My work isn’t about food, it’s about taste and the hierarchies that structure it.”

Stephanie J. Williams is a tinkerer and doodler. Her work primarily navigates hierarchies of taste, unpacking how “official” histories are constructed in order to understand contemporary social coding and the world around us. She received her MFA in Sculpture from RISD, has shown in Fictions, part of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s F-show exhibitions, as well as with Washington Project for the Arts, Grizzly Grizzly, |’sindikit |, Tephra ICA and the Walters Museum as a Sondheim Finalist (2019), with residencies at Sculpture Space (2021), Williams College (2021), the Corporation of Yaddo (2018, 2022), VCCA (2016), ACRE (2015), Elsewhere (2014), Wassaic (2014), School 33 (2018-present) and Vermont Studio Center (2006). Recent projects include support from a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship in Film and Media at Johns Hopkins (2020), Seamless: Craft-based Objects and Performance at Rutgers (Camden) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Women Filmmakers Festival. She currently teaches stop motion for Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Kariann Fuqua received a BFA in painting from Kansas State University (1999) and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2003). Her professional career has traversed between academia and the museum world, which has shaped her interest in provenance research, cultural heritage, and exhibition design. For the past five years, she was a Lecturer in Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Program in Writing and Communication at Rice University in Houston, TX. There, she was part of a cohort of faculty that developed and taught courses in the museum studies minor while she was also teaching studio courses in drawing.  Prior to joining the faculty at Rice, she was the inaugural Curator of Collections at George Mason University (2012–2014) in Fairfax, VA, and Professor of Foundations and Foundations Coordinator at Columbus State University in Georgia (2008–2011). Kariann has taught a broad range of studio courses in the fine arts, including drawing, painting, and design, but is most passionate about teaching foundational courses for the art major.

Having moved from one city to another quite frequently throughout her life, Kariann’s association with location and place has dominated her art practice. Her artwork explores complex relationships of mapping, space, and location, and most recently, how science and data intersect with ideas of control and chaos during natural and environmental disasters. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues across the U.S. including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, and is in many public and private collections.

studioVISIT: Vishwa Shroff

studioVISIT presents: Vishwa Shroff, hosted by Amrit Singh Sandhu

“… [I]n this post-colonial attempt to reconcile, I am looking for material remains of that which recall the shared and exchanged. I am therefore looking at spaces and places that were built between the 1870s and 1960s, as they hold within them physical evidence of what makes me familiar with Bombay, London, Hong Kong and Sydney all at once, whilst they speak of the time that has passed between then and now, in the alterations they have sustained.”

Vishwa Shroff’s artistic practise is firmly rooted in drawing, with a proclivity towards architectural forms that serve as compelling take-off points for a deeper contemplation on memory and our relationship with the material world. Her works seek to explore the narratives of lived experiences that lay embedded within surfaces. Shroff trained at The Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2002 and at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003. She has had seven solo exhibitions in India, UK and USA, including the recently concluded Folly Measures at Tarq, Mumbai as well as several group shows. She has participated in several artist residencies, most recently at the Swiss Cottage Library in Camden 2017, London and as been the recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists in 2011 and the Josuken Housing Research Grant in 2020 . Her work was part of TARQ’s presentation at India Art Fair 2017 and Art Basel Hong Kong 2018. Shroff is currently the co-director of SqW:Lab. She lives and works between Mumbai and Tokyo.

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We are happy to announce that studioELL will be co-sponsoring the following events at Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center this April and May.

Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center is pleased to present the opening of Anna Hoberman: Collaborative Reading Space on Friday, April 9th from 7-9PM. The exhibition, curated by Stand4 Gallery Curator-in-Residence, John Ros, will be on view through May 22nd. There will be an Artist and Curator Gallery Talk held via Zoom on Saturday, April 24th from 4-5PM, which will be co-sponsored by studioELL.

Stand4’s THRESHOLD will be featuring two exhibitions as extensions of the discussion initiated by Collaborative Reading Space. First, Maryland Institute Black Archives, by Deyane Moses will be on view from April 9 – May 01, 2021, which will also open on Friday, April 9th, 7-9PM; and The Tale Tellers by Charlie Levine will be on view from May 8-22, 2021, with an opening reception on May 8th from 12-3PM.  These THRESHOLD programs are curated and organized by John Ros and Sam Ros, and are co-sponsored by studioELL.

Collaborative Reading Space:
Anna Hoberman

@Stand4 Gallery

Collaborative Reading Space:

@Stand4 Gallery

Maryland Institute Black Archives: Deyane Moses
@THRESHOLD / Stand4 Gallery

The Tale Tellers: Charlie Levine
@THRESHOLD / Stand4 Gallery

studioVISIT: Chloë Bass

“As a person who’s used to living in a metropolis, I love the feelings of being alone in public, the interstitial spaces that are a necessity when we spend so much time getting from place to place, mostly in view of / in indirect contact with other people. I really miss, during the pandemic, the feeling of being in some random location and getting the news of a major event.”

Chloë Bass (born 1984, New York) is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011-2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015-2018), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. She is currently working on Obligation To Others Holds Me in My Place, 2018-2022, an investigation of intimacy at the scale of immediate families.

Chloë received an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and a BA in Theatre Studies at Yale University. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens.

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WINTER TERM | February 01 — April 09, 2021

Scholarships are available to keep our courses accessible to all / CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE


F402i Developing Practice: Custom Independent Study

F402i Developing Practice: Independent Study

F455i Writing and Practice: Art-ing Across Genres

F405i Special Projects: Social Engagement & Collaborations: Building Your Project’s Road Map

studioVISIT: Natalia de Campos & Thiago Szmrecsányi

“With some of our projects, […] I think we saw some sparks as results, and in people who weren’t particularly seeing the world through an artistic lens before that interaction.”

— Natalia de Campos

Natalia de Campos is a multidisciplinary artist & activist from São Paulo, Brazil working in performance, video, sound, writing, interactive media, theater, and as an actor, theater director, producer, researcher, educator and translator. Natalia has lived in New York since 1998. She has a BA in History from the University of São Paulo, a professional license as an actor, and an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Since 1999, Natalia produces multidisciplinary performances with international collaborators, objects and solo works under the name of Syncretic Pleasures. Her works have been shown primarily in New York City and in São Paulo. Some venues include: Chashama 461 Gallery, Art in Odd Places: SENSE 2017; Festival de Música Estranha (São Paulo 2015); The Living Theater, 70th Anniversary Retrospective (SESC São Paulo 2017); Center for the Humanities, Graduate Center, CUNY (2019); El Museo del Barrio; DUMBO Arts Festival; solivagant gallery (Lower East Side, 2016). Natalia has shared a studio with Thiago Szmrecsányi since 2001. She has taught Portuguese for 20 years at schools and independently and was an assistant teacher at New York’s School of Visual Arts City As Site Program.

Natalia de Campos
Photo: Keka Marzagão
Thiago Szmrecsányi
Photo: Keka Marzagão

Thiago Szmrecsányi is a Brazilian visual artist primarily working as a sculptor and in social interactions. Thiago has been living in NY since 1994. He holds a BA from Hunter College and is the recipient of the Artists Space Independent Project Grant for his curatorial work insert produced for the Cuchifritos Gallery and the Essex Street Market. Recent exhibits include: Território Transitório at Sé Galeria, São Paulo, 2015 (solo), Jamaica Flux 2016, Colosseum Mall and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 2016 (catalogue), ART&COM Re-location, Emma Thomas Gallery, Lower East Side/NY, 2016-17: and SP Arte 2017 at Emma Tomas Epicentro Jardins, São Paulo, 2017 Collective Bargain, Art in Odd Places, 14th Street, 2017; (C)art, Rufus King Museum, Jamaica, Queens, 2018, Playthings and Performing Objects, Art Gallery Staten Island College, 2019 (catalogue): Animated Objects and Resistant Bodies, Center for the Humanities, Martin Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019. Thiago also designs sets and spaces for performance. His design was shown at Chashama 461 Gallery, Harlem, The Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente Cultural Center, LES, The Connelly Theater, and at Hostos Theater. As an exhibition designer he has produced shows for the Henry Street settlement, the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, and others.


Paper Talks / studioELL FLATFILE Exhibition
11 November 2020 – 28 February 2021
curated by Amrit Singh Sandhu


Marlos E’van | Alfonso Fernandez | Kariann Fuqua | Jodi Hays | Kei Imai | j o h n r o s | Melissa Staiger

The studioELL Gallery provides our community with a rigorous and diverse dialogue within the fine art landscape. Multicultural, cross-generational and multi-faceted projects promote artists and curators from varied backgrounds, levels of training and mediums of interest. Working within studioELL’s ethos, this space builds community both inside and outside the classroom, highlighting discussions of process and practice, while bringing these conversations front and center.

In the past we have presented exhibits through our sister organization, galleryELL, as well as other community partners.

studioVISIT: Elly Clarke

studioVISIT presents: Elly Clarke, hosted by Tash Kahn

“…as a white, middle class, educated cis-gendered person my privilege has undoubtedly paved many paths for me over my life, some of which I see and am aware of, others not. Learning how to live with and see and acknowledge and manage and use my privilege for the good is a constant dialogue I have.”

Elly Clarke is a performer, photographer, and educator living between London and Berlin. She is interested in the impact of the digital on the physical and how it influences our relationship with ourselves and other people. Her multi-bodied identity #Sergina explores these ideas further, performing songs virtually and IRL about love and loneliness. Clarke’s practice often involves collaboration or participation, and many projects have a strong community focus with an emphasis on collecting and sharing stories via the mediums of video, audio and photography. She is also interested in finding alternative ways to sell art.

Clarke is a CHASE DTP funded PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited her photographic and audio work in the UK and internationally at venues that include The Lowry, Salford; Galerie Wedding, Berlin; ONCA, Brighton; and Soho20 Gallery, NYC, with upcoming projects in Canada and Denmark. She has lectured at many institutions including University of Reading; Academy of Media Arts Cologne; Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne; Central School of Speech and Drama, London; and for a year was Senior Lecturer in Photography at Coventry University. 

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studioELL’s FLATFILE features the artwork of professors and selected artists. Artists retain 50% of sales and have generously agreed to support studioELL’s scholarship program with the remaining 50%. To view available work simply click on an artist name below. The FLATFILE collection is physically located at our offices in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. You may purchase work directly from our shop or contact us if you would prefer to schedule an appointment to view work in person.  

Thank you to all our artists and collectors!



AUTUMN TERM | October 05 — December 11, 2020

Scholarships are available to keep our courses accessible to all / CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE

F403i Developing Practice: Evolving Approach

F405i Special Projects: Creating Your Archive

F402i Developing Practice: Independent Study

P201i/P301i Intermediate & Advanced Painting

F305h Critical Theories: Curating Interiors


F305h Critical Theories: Curating Interiors

F402i Developing Practice: Independent Study