2022 Alumni news

Hewnoaks alumni are out in the world doing amazing things! We’ll keep a running list here. To see alumni news from 2021 and before, click here.

(If you are a past participant in our program, please drop us a line so we can celebrate what you’ve been doing.)


It’s been a banner year for Lauren Fensterstock. In 2022, her installations and sculptural forms have been exhibited at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Miami Art Week, the Reykjavik Art Museum (as part of the North Atlantic Triennial), and most recently, her monumental piece, Heart of Negation, (pictured below) was acquired by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  

Congratulations to Asha Tamarisa, a 2022 Hewnoaks resident, on being awarded a Media Arts Fellowship by the Maine Arts Commission!

Interdisciplinary artist Douglas Milliken (performing as The Plastic Cramp) has a new album out: VII: Wax-Eater. 

Eager to see a great gathering of Hewnoaks artists in one place? Portland, Main’s Grant Whalquist Gallery’s The More, the Merrier features 2-d work by Will Sears, Tessa O’Brien, Julia Poitras-Santos, Tad Beck, Smith Galtney, Jimmy Viera, Meg Hahn, James Chute and Sasha Braunig. (Dec. 2 – 12).

Alice Gauvin Gallery presents You’re Invited, a group show of small works featuring Ryan Adams, Hilary Irons, Tessa Greene O’Brien and Will Sears. Opening is Dec. 15th, 5-8pm. 

Roberly Bell’s work is on exhibit in Tracings: Mapping Through Space + Time, at the Design Building Gallery at University of Massachusetts, Amherst until Dec. 9. The show features drawing Roberley made while in residence at Hewnoaks. 

Linda Buckmaster‘s hybrid, Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands, was published in the Spring by Huntress Press. Through essay, poetry, and fiction, Elemental responds to the beauty and realities of fishing communities in Maine, Newfoundland, and northwest Scotland.


Jordan Carey curated Stay Black and Die at Cove Street Arts in Portland, ME, an exhibition bringing together the work of leading Black artists in Maine. Included in the show are works Carey produced this summer at Hewnoaks during his residency, and pieces by Hewnoaks alum, Daniel Minter. Running from Oct. 6 – Nov. 26.

Jordan Carey, White Kite

Nicole Duennebier has work in Still No More, an exhibition at @lamontgallery on January 24th.

Anna Hepler’s sculptural work will be featured in the architecture/design gallery at UMass Amherst for an exhibition from Oct 10 – Nov 4.

Samuel James has been hard at work for the past year and a half on a podcast titled 99 Years, a Black exploration of the deliberate creation of the whitest state in the nation (Maine). The first episode drops on Friday, 10/6. Samuel covers part of the story in Mainer News

Anne Buckwalter will be in residence at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in Rockport, ME for the next six months. 

Maine Lit Fest kicks off on Friday Sept. 30 and runs until Oct. 8. The programming encompasses a week of readings, conversations, and happenings. Congrats to Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance director (and Hewnoaks alum and Board member) Gibson Fay-Leblanc for his leading role in building this festival. Hewnoaks alumni are heavily represented among panelists and readers at Portland events: Samaa Abdurraqib, Maya Williams, Jennifer Lunden, Zahir Janmohamed, Jason Anthony and Chelsea Conaboy. 



Meghan Gilliss’ debut novel, Lungfish, hits the shelves on Sept. 13th. It has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize, and named a “30 Most Anticipated Books of the Fall” by the LA Times


Tessa Green O’Brien’s show, “The Spins,” opens a Bouy Gallery In Kittery, ME on Sept. 24. She’s also exhibiting work in “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World,” at the University of Central Missouri Gallery in Warrensburg, Missouri. The show runs through Sept. 17.

Gabriel Chalfin-Piney curated a booth, “Goo and Oo” at the SPRING/BREAK art fair in New York City from Sept. 7-12. 

Will Sears’s solo show, “Splitting the Difference” is up at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, ME from Sept. 12 – Oct. 29.

Alongside two other rising Maine artists, Meg Hahn presents new and original work at a group show entitled “Surfacing” at Zero Station Gallery in Portland, ME from Sept. 16- Oct. 22. 

Shoshona White’s magnetic filament photograms and lightning strikes appear in the Art on Paper fair at the renowned Armory in New York City from Sept. 9 -11. @levygallery

Pick up a copy of Analog Forever Magazine to read an insightful interview with Amanda Marchand featured in the current issue of this biannual print journal. Marchand discusses her practice, including her exploration of the lumen printing process.


Brian Doody published a new photo book titled, Sore Lips If You Keep Lickingfeaturing photographs taken during Brian’s residency at Hewnoaks. Order your copy here.

Meghan Stirling’s poetry collection, View From a Borrowed Field (to be published, March, 2023), won Lily Poetry Review’s Paul Nemser Book Prize.

Andrea Lani’s memoir, Uphill Both Ways: Hiking toward Happiness on the Colorado Trail, has been receiving raves and inviting comparison with Cheryl Strayed’s Wild since it was published in March. 

Erin Dorney’s collaboration with the Adirondack Center for Writing was one of 98 collaborative initiatives (out of 2,700 applicants) selected to receive an Artist Employment Program grant from Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY).

Erin Dorney’s installation, “Square Home Poems”


The plein air paintings of collaborators and brothers, Nathaniel and Matthew Meyer, feature in the show Family Resemblance at Moss Gallery in Falmouth, ME from April 29 – June 4. Works on display include paintings executed at Hewnoaks, such as the one below that captures a view of Kezar Lake. 

       “Kezar Lake,” Nathaniel and Matthew Meyer, 2015
Aaron T Stephan, Tessa Greene O’Brien and Hilary Irons are featured in the Rockland, Maine’s Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s group exhibition, The View from Here, a show that does doube duty as a celebration of CMCA’s 70th anniversary. 
           “Garden Path”, Tessa Green O’Brien, 2022


Not only do paintings by Anne Buckwalter appear in the world’s leading art fair, Frieze, the world’s leading art critic, Roberta Smith, singled her work out for honorable mention in this New York Times review

Caitlin Shetterly and Alano Dao’s essays appear in the recently published collection Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger and Family. The anthology features writings by illustrious New England authors, including Richard Russo, Jonathan Lethem and Richard Ford. 

Check out work by Brian Smith, Jimmy Viera and Pamela Moulton at Lightsout Gallery’s pop-up show, Bellepoque, in Bridgton. May 26 – June 1.


Hewnoaks alumni are representing in the New England Triennial from May 8 to Sept. 11. Baxter Koziol’s work will be on display at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Penelope Jones and Hilary Irons have work in Greenhut Gallery’s 11th Portland Biennial Show. The show will hang from April 7 to May 28. 

Gina Siepel’s work is featured in Concord Art’s exhibition, Becoming Treesin Concord, MA, from March 31 to May 8. 

Look out for World Records Journal’s sixth volume, The Exceptions, coming soon. World Records is also celebrating its move to its new home at the Center for Media, Culture, and History at New York University.

Kristen Stake and Hannah Wasielewski’s recently formed experimental dance collective, Imaginary Island, is attaining new heights. They recently performed at Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art and will perform again this June in Payson Park – details to come!


Inaugural Indigo Arts Alliance Artists-in-Residence @ Hewnoaks

We are excited to announce a residency partnership between Indigo Arts Alliance and Hewnoaks. The inaugural cohort of participant artists includes Ebenezer Akakpo (IAA Summer 2019), Pamela Chévez (IAA Spring 2021), Samuel James (IAA Winter 2021), and Antonio Rocha (IAA Fall 2021)

Photo courtesy of Indigo Arts Alliance

Samuel James is an award-winning songwriter based in Maine. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative guitar players, and a Moth-featured storyteller, James brings all of this to his amazing stage performances. His style of music and writing is in the tradition of Lenord Cohen. Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy (2008) For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (2009) And for the Dark Road Ahead (2012) is a much-acclaimed trilogy of albums. His recent album Already Home Recordings Vol. 1 has been called a “rich narrative… fascinating… vital to our cultural dialogue.” 

Photo courtesy of Indigo Arts Alliance

Ebenezer Akakpo’s portfolio spans various mediums and processes; when combined with the visual Language symbols or Adinkra symbols from his native Ghana, he presents a unique collection of ideas and creations. His jewelry-making passion led him to Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy, where he studied stone-setting and jewelry design. While in Italy, Ebenezer discovered the world of computer-aided design and manufacturing and became fascinated by its incredible potential to change jewelry-making in the future. He moved to the US and studied Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, and Industrial design at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY. In 2017 he founded the Akakpo Design Group LLC in Maine, focusing on designing Jewelry, Apparel, and home accessories. He also founded Maine Culture Apparel. He serves as Creative Director at both businesses. 

Photo credit: Coco McCracken

Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network. 

Photo courtesy of Indigo Arts Alliance

Pamela Chévez is a multidisciplinary designer born and raised in Mexico City where she got her BFA in Graphic Design. Shortly after graduating, her curiosity and passion for audiovisual experiences got her into Motion Graphics and 3D modeling. While in Mexico City, she worked for a variety of studios and executed media broadcasting,  instructional videos, and video-mapping projects for clients like Nickelodeon, Sam’s Club, Kinder, The National Institute of Archeology in Mexico, and more. Now in Portland, Maine she works in illustration, and web design, is an independent animation writer and director whose work focuses on stories that highlight the Latinx community and communities of color in general.


Heads up: Ashley Page’s installation in the windows of Portland’s SPACE Gallery will be up from April 8 – May 15. 

Daniel Minter has work on display at Maine College of Art and Design’s Resilience Week exhibition, we sustain ourselves…by building communities… The exhibition, open from March 5 – 19, showcases a collection of works by BIPOC Maine artists. MECA&D’s Resilience Week (March 11 – 19) “is filled with a series of public and private events designed to celebrate and explore important conversations about diversity, intersectionality, identity, and social change.”

Congratulations to Chelsea Conaboy, whose book, Mother Brain: How Neuroscience is Rewriting the History of Motherhoodwill be published this September by MacMillan. 

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded Bess Welden‘s The Death Wings Project an $8,200 Arts Jobs grant for the first half of 2022. The funding supports the work of six Maine-based collaborators including Hewoaks artist, Molly Haley. 


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