Social Practice CUNY Announces 2022 Faculty and Student Fellows

October 10, 2022

The Mellon-funded initiative based at the Graduate Center aims to diversify the leadership of New York City’s cultural institutions.

CUNY fellows sitting around in a circle at the Queens Museum. Photo credit: Gregory Sholette. Courtesy of Social Practice CUNY
Artist Suzanne Lacy with the 2021 Social Practice CUNY fellows at the Queens Museum, Corona, New York, September 21, 2021. (Photo credit: Gregory Sholette. (Courtesy of Social Practice CUNY)

The Mellon Foundation–funded Social Practice CUNY (SPCUNY), based at the CUNY Graduate Center, aims to create a new generation of cultural leaders in New York City who represent the city’s diverse population and are committed to bringing social change through art. This month, the initiative announced the 26 recipients of its 2022–2023 student and faculty fellowships. The fellows come from 12 of CUNY’s 25 campuses across New York City and from a variety of disciplines. 

Faculty Fellows 

Faculty fellows receive grants of up to $2,000 to make public-facing work at the intersection of art and social justice as well as collaborate with diverse communities at CUNY campuses and throughout New York City through projects that complement and inform their scholarship and teaching.

The 2022–2023 faculty fellows are:

  • Coline Chevrin, Geography, Hunter College, Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center 
  • Rafael De Balanzo Joue, Urban Studies, Queens College
  • Ángeles Donoso Macaya, Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, CUNY Graduate Center, and Modern Languages, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Glenn Goldberg, Art, Queens College
  • Floor Grootenhuis, Biological Sciences, Hunter College 
  • Alicia Grullon, Art, Queens College
  • Alexandra Juhasz, Film, Brooklyn College
  • Tara Mateik, Media Culture, College of Staten Island
  • Sherry Millner, Media Culture, College of Staten Island
  • Matthew Mottel, Art, Brooklyn College
  • Naomi Schiller, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College
  • Valerie Tevere, Performing and Creative Arts, College of Staten Island
  • Mary Ting, Studio Art, John Jay College
  • Pedro Felipe Vintimilla, Art Education, City College of New York

Student Fellows

Through the student fellowship program, five Queens College students receive $11,000 or more in in-state tuition grants to support their participation in SPCUNY. The student fellows come from the Social Practice Queens program, a pedagogical experiment that supports the integration of studio art with interdisciplinary research, community collaboration, environmental justice, and critical urbanism. 

The 2022–2023 student fellows are Guin Ellsworth, Lia Embil, Sediq Kholdi, Ari Wolff, and Sachigusa Yasuda


SPCUNY Actionists are CUNY master’s students with a serious art practice, who are committed to developing as socially engaged creative practitioners. In addition to being an integral part of the wider SPCUNY cohort, Actionists are supported by a $2,000 stipend towards the fulfillment of their project beyond the classroom.

The 2022–2023 Actionists are: 

  • Dahlia Bloomstone, Studio Art, Hunter College
  • Megan Hattie Stahl, Interactive Media Art, Hunter College
  • Lucy Hollier, Performance and Interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College
  • Jennifer Jones, Art History, Graduate Center
  • Ivey Lowe, Theatre, Brooklyn College
  • Erin McAtee, Department of Art, Brooklyn College
  • Tiffany Zorrilla, Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice, City College

In addition to its goal of initiating interdisciplinary projects within CUNY, SPCUNY also partners with Tate Modern, Middlesex University London, and Queens Museum to explore how the teaching of social practice can be improved for arts practitioners through partnerships between cultural and higher education institutions.

SPCUNY is co-led by artists and CUNY faculty members Chloë Bass and Gregory Sholette, who have collaborated as co-directors of Social Practice Queens (SPQ), an art and social justice project that served as the seed for SPCUNY. 

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