WonderRoot Walthall Fellowship: a Georgia State Dynasty
This month, WonderRoot held its annual Walthall Fellowship exhibition, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, at which it revealed its 2017-2018 honorees. Georgia State alumni and faculty were among both the 2016-17 winners showcased and the 2017-18 fellowship winners announced.
WonderRoot’s mission is to be “an arts organization that works to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships” which they do through art center facilities, community programming, artist support, and dialogue-focused events. GSU faculty, students, and alumni are heavily involved in Wonderroot from the organization’s CSA art exchange to its greater community programming and leadership.
Founded in 2012, The Walthall Artist Fellowship seeks to “impact the participating artists by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, community-base and access to significantly advance and define their careers.” The competitive selection process identifies 12 Atlanta artists each year with exemplary potential and experience in their artistic professions. The selected artists participate in an annual group exhibition at MOCA GA and develop skills throughout the fellowship through professional programs.
Fellows for the 2017-18 year included Tori Tinsley (MFA 2016) and Wihro Kim (BFA 2015 ); both exhibited work that used painting techniques over unconventional, 3-dimensional materials. At the opening, alumna Iman Person announced her selections as curator for the upcoming year. Georgia State artists on this list include: Davion Alston (BFA Photo 2015), Steffen Sornpao (BFA Photo 2015), and Nicole Benner (Textiles Lecturer).
Person (B.F.A. 2010) holds a title on WonderRoot’s staff as Arts Innovation Specialist. Her multi-faceted work in Atlanta reflects the new College of the Arts mission of a professional arts career that engages with and thrives off the city’s cultural growth. She is an interdisciplinary artist, a curator, a member of the Atlanta-based (and alumni founded) collective, Dashboard Co-Op, a 2011 Hambidge fellow, and a 2013-2014 Walthall fellow herself. She has experience working in arts and administration at The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Gallery 72, and Eyedrum Gallery.