September 25, 2016 – March 13, 2017 Opening: September 25, 2016 (3 – 6pm)

The annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition (EAF) is a cornerstone of Socrates Sculpture Park’s visual arts programming, widely acclaimed for the ambition, breadth, and innovation of selected contemporary works. A singular opportunity for rising artists to experiment with ambitious, large-scale public art, EAF provides 15 artists with an open studio, monetary support, and institutional guidance.

From June through September, EAF artists worked on-site, negotiating the physical and conceptual challenges of production in the park’s outdoor studio space, culminating in EAF16: Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition. Diverse in subject, materials, and approach, each site-specific work addresses social, ecological, or political issues that are pertinent to the past, present, and future of the park as it celebrates its 30th anniversary year.

EAF16 artists are: Liene Bosquê, Travis Boyer, Andrew Brehm, Lea Cetera, Dachal Choi and Mathew Suen, Onyedika Chuke, Galería Perdida, Dylan Gauthier, Dmitri Hertz, Madeline Hollander, Olalekan Jeyifous, Lia Lowenthal, Sable Elyse Smith, Elizabeth Tubergen, and Bryan Zanisnik.

The 2016 EAF artists were selected through a highly competitive open call process that attracted hundreds of candidates, reviewed by the park’s 2016 curatorial advisors Larissa Harris (Curator, Queens Museum) and Amanda Hunt (Assistant Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem). The EAF exhibition is distinct in its mission to foster individual artist projects rather than present an overarching theme, and the current EAF16 artists will join the ranks of EAF alums such as Hank Willis Thomas (EAF06), Wade Guyton (EAF03), and Sanford Biggers (EAF01).



EAF16 is made possible, in part, by support from the Jerome Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Kayden Family, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Paula Cooper, Mark di Suvero, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Louise and Leonard Riggio, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ronay and Richard Menschel, Ivana Mestrovic, Silvercup Studios, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Socrates is incredibly grateful for the materials and manpower donated by our longstanding partners: BIG Reuse, R & R General Supply Co, Materials for the Arts, Plant Specialists, and Spacetime C.C.