2024 Artist Fellows 

Kimberly Chou Tsun An, jill cohen-nuñez, Utsa Hazarika, Landon Newton, Mamoun Nukumanu, Juan-Manuel Pinzon, Vick Quezada, Petra Szilagyi, Nala C. Turner

Each year Socrates presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists selected through an Open Call. Featuring new works produced on-site by the Artist Fellows, The Socrates Annual 2024 exhibition will address the theme of ‘Invasive Species,’ considering the legacies of species migration alongside sociopolitical themes and myths of invasion related to people, animals, and plants. These projects consider the politics of settlement, illuminate ancestral agricultural technologies, facilitate human – land interactions and propose symbiotic resonances for earth’s future inhabitants.

The 2024 Annual Fellowship selection committee included Eric Booker, Associate Curator at Storm King Art Center; Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Socrates Fellow, 2018; Patrick Costello, Socrates Fellow, 2020; and Brendan Parker, Senior Farm Manager at Red Hook Farms, along with Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Curator & Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park; Ewart Louie Jordan, Grounds Technician at Socrates Sculpture Park; Eric Mathews, Former Director of Grounds & Horticulture at Socrates Sculpture Park; Terrence McCutchen, Grounds & Operations Coordinator at Socrates Sculpture Park; Marisa Prefer, Senior Director of Park Operations at Socrates Sculpture Park.


The Socrates Annual Fellowship and exhibition reflects Socrates’ founding commitment to artistic experimentation and excellence, while also nurturing artists’ careers. Artists are selected through an open call and receive financial support, access to Socrates’ outdoor studios and technical support, and inclusion in a Park-wide exhibition. Since 2001, 279 artists have participated with many subsequently receiving further commissions for public art projects. The Socrates Annual Fellowship & Exhibition is one of the Park’s longest running programs and is an important training ground for early career artists to gain experience creating art in the public realm.

Artists receive:

  • An $8,000 production stipend and $2,000 honoraria
  • Access to Socrates’ outdoor studio equipped for large-scale art production
  • Curatorial mentoring and advising through regular meetings with curatorial staff who help Fellows articulate projects
  • Production assistance in collaboration with onsite specialists and outside vendors

Artists design and build public projects for The Socrates Annual, a culminating exhibition that showcases their work in the Park. Fellows participate in networking events with alumni, social media takeovers of the Park’s instagram account, facilitate exhibition-related programming and help to design the public opening event for The Socrates Annual. 

Public Art Review cited the program as “one of the most famous (city-park residencies) in America” and it is widely viewed as a “proof of concept” for providing  early career artists opportunities to create their first public artworks.

Artists including Leilah Babirye (2018), Sable Elyse Smith (2016), Torkwase Dyson (2015), Heidi Lau (2014), David Brooks (2009), Hank Willis Thomas (2006), Orly Genger (2004), and Sanford Biggers (2001) have participated in the Fellowship program.

Fellowship Exhibition History

  • Meredith James 'Far from this setting in which I now find myself,' 2014. Image: Nate Dorr

The Socrates Annual 2023The Socrates Annual 2022 Sink or Swim Climate Futures  |  The Socrates Annual 2021: Sanctuary  |  MONUMENTS NOW – Part II, Call and Response: 2020  |  The Socrates Annual 2019  |  The Socrates Annual 2018  |  The Socrates Annual 2017  |  EAF 16, 2016 | EAF 15, 2015  | EAF 14, 2014  | EAF 13, 2013 | EAF 12, 2012  | EAF 11, 2011  | EAF 10, 2010  | EAF 09, 2009  | EAF 09, 2008  | EAF 07, 2007  | EAF 06, 2006  | EAF 05, 2005 | EAF 04, 2004  | EAF 03, 2003  | EAF 02, 2002  |  EAF 01, 2001

About the Open Call

Learn more about The Open Call, 2024 HERE

The open call for The Socrates Annual Fellowship opens annually in the fall. Socrates encourages artists to create proposals that consider the use of materials and scale of projects in relationship with the Park’s 5-acre landscape. Artists’ proposals are reviewed and selected by Socrates Staff including Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Executive Director, and advisors working in public art and parks fields. 

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Major support for The Socrates Annual Fellowship 2024 comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Additional support is provided by Charina Foundation, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Devra Freelander Artist Fund, Agnes Gund, and Lambent Foundation, with in-kind support provided by Spacetime C.C.

Additional funding is provided in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.