CCT: 2015 Panel Bios

2015 (fy16) Artist Fellowship Program - Panelists

Folk & Traditional Arts

  • Ellen McHale is the Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society and holds a PhD in Folklore and has worked as a consulting folklorist. 
  • Eric Galm is Associate Professor of music and Ethnomusicologist at Trinity College and directs the Trinity Ensemble, a Brazilian drumming and singing group.
  • Winnie Lambrecht is currently a Senior Lecturer at RISD. She has worked with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, and cultural exchange programs.


Mixed Media / 2D Installation
  • Patricia Miranda is an interdisciplinary artist, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and founder and director of Miranda Arts Project Space.
  • Frank Mitchell is the Assistant Director and Curator of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • Michelle Benoit is a multi-media artist and a recent recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship program in Painting.


  • Benjamin Ortiz is an independent curator, a member of the Mattatuck Museum Board of Directors, and art consultant offering conservation and collecting guidance.
  • Wendy White is a painter exhibiting internationally. She’s recently served as a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts and was a recipient herself.
  • Vanessa Michalak is a painter and recent recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Program and received her MFA from Tufts University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


  • Matthew Schum is an independent curator in New York and a Lecturer at the Otis College of Art and Design.
  • Caleb Cole is a photographer and a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship program.
  • Amanda Hunt is the assistant curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was previously the curator of LAXART in Los Angeles.


Works on Paper
  • Olu Oguibe is an artist and a Professor at the Africana Studies Institute and the Dept. of Art and Art History at UConn where he teaches studio practices and art theory. 
  • Ernest Joliceur is an artist and a recent recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship program in Painting and currently teaches at Rhode Island College.
  • Nova Benway is an Assistant Curator at the Drawing Center in New York where she co-curates Open Sessions, a public program co-organized with more than fifty artists.