Announcing 18 residents and a new partnership

Denniston Hill is excited to announce its 2016 residents, an inaugural Distinguished Performance Artist Award, and a new partnership with AFRICA’SOUT!

Denniston Hill is pleased to announce the 18 artists, writers, and cultural producers who will be in residence at Denniston Hill between April and November 2016. Included in this year’s illustrious lineup is the acclaimed Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, visual and performance artists Wu Tsang and boychild, poet Brenda Shaughnessy, and Performa curator and Walker Art Center visual arts curator at large Adrienne Edwards.

Selected by Denniston Hill’s board of directors and advisors, the residents join the organization’s eight-year history of award-winning and visionary artists who have conducted research and made new work at the 200-acre Catskills campus.

This year we are especially excited to inaugurate the Distinguished Performance Artist Award with award-winning dancer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, who will be in residence for a month with collaborator Peter Born, and who will lead Denniston Hill’s first performance art workshop for emerging performance artists. This initiative marks a milestone in Denniston Hill’s long-term commitment to alternative models for creative pedagogy and mentorship.

Denniston Hill is also thrilled to announce a partnership with AFRICA’SOUT! Initiatives, an organization that acts as a bold loudspeaker and groundbreaking proponent for gender and sexuality equality. This new collaboration, which furthers Denniston Hill’s long commitment to LGBTQ advocacy will enable one distinguished artist to travel from Africa to Denniston Hill annually. This year’s resident, from East Africa, will be announced on June 3rd at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.

As part of our newest programming effort, Denniston Hill has extended its financial support for incoming residents, offering living stipends and covering travel to the upstate grounds. This financial commitment and deepened support signals a new phase of growth for Denniston Hill.

We welcome this year’s 18 distinguished artists, writers, and cultural practitioners:

  • Domenick Ammirati (New York)

  • Boychild (Los Angeles)

  • R. Erica Doyle (New York)

  • Adrienne Edwards (New York)

  • Cathy Park Hong (New York)

  • Anissa Mack (New York)

  • Tiffany Malakooti (New York)

  • Carlos Martiel (Cuba)

  • Dave McKenzie (New York)

  • Okwui Okpokwasili, with collaborator Peter Born (New York)

  • Yoshua Okón (Mexico)

  • Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand)

  • Steven Reker (New York)

  • Brenda Shaughnessy (New York)

  • Pamela Sneed (New York)

  • Wu Tsang (Los Angeles)


The AFRICA’SOUT! artist will be announced at AFRICA’SOUT! Celebration on June 3rd at Pioneer Works.  

“This innovative residency program furthers Denniston Hill’s long-standing commitment to facilitate exchange across disciplines and geographies, and to nurture the experiments of contemporary artists within a community setting. Past residents have continued to work with Denniston Hill to further develop projects.” —Lawrence Chua, Board Chair, Denniston Hill

 “AFRICA'SOUT! is extremely excited to be able to support an international artist in partnership with Denniston Hill. Artists crave time and space to think and create in peace with a few other intelligent people around to have a dialogue with, and this is exactly what Denniston Hill provides.” —Wangechi Mutu, Founder, AFRICA’SOUT! 

We are eager to see what emerges from this dynamic and diverse group of artists.

About Denniston Hill

Based on the belief that it is imperative for artists of all disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to have time and space for reflection and research, Denniston Hill was founded in 2004 by architectural historian Lawrence Chua and by the artists Julie Mehretu and Paul Pfeiffer. The residency program, launched in 2008, has supported more than 100 artists and cultural producers who have found inspiration in the surrounding environment and developed new creative work during their residencies.

Denniston Hill is dedicated to nurturing artists across disciplines through residencies, exhibitions, public talks, and educational programs. Our projects highlight the artistic process, build community, and foster an interdisciplinary dialogue. The organization supports artists and cultural producers who push the boundaries of their respective disciplines.


Deeply committed to her art, and an activist at heart, Wangechi Mutu founded AFRICA'SOUT! in 2014 as a bold loudspeaker and groundbreaking proponent for gender and sexuality equality, calling for radical change through “Imaginative Activism,” creative brilliance, and new, effective methods of articulation. AFRICA’SOUT! highlights the urgency of these pressing issues through unique and dynamic platforms by harnessing the power of artists and the creative community, especially from within the African Diaspora.    

Denniston Hill is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and a registered New York State charity