The Tulsa Artist Fellowship team consists of staff, committee members, and selection panelists.  The staff run the day-to-day operations of the program, ensuring a smooth transition for the artists as they settle in to Tulsa.  The committee oversees the design and marketing of the program.  The selection panelists review applications and identify the top candidates for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

Program Director

Julia White


Program Manager

Megan Kreigler


Marketing and Communications

Abby Mashunkashey 
Christina Burke, Philbrook Museum of Art
Stanton Doyle, George Kaiser Family Foundation
Jeff Van Hanken, University of Tulsa
Jason B. Jones, Western Museums Association 
Myra Block Kaiser, 108 Contemporary
Jeff Martin, Philbrook Museum and BookSmart Tulsa
Aaron Miller, George Kaiser Family Foundation
Lindsey Smith, Oklahoma State University – Tulsa 
Teresa Valero, University of Tulsa
Julia White, Tulsa Artist Fellowship
2017 Panel: Writers
Rilla Askew, Norman, OK

Rilla Askew ​is the author of four novels and a book of stories. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel about the Tulsa Race Riot, Fire in Beulah, received the American Book Award in 2002, and was selected for Oklahoma’s One Book One State reading program. Askew’s essays and short fiction have appeared in Tin House, World Literature Today, Nimrod, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and elsewhere. Her most recent novel, Kind of Kin, is published by Ecco Press. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma.

Josefine Kals, NYC, NY

Josefine Kals​ is Associate Director of Publicity at Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon & Schocken Books, imprints of the Knopf Doubleday group at Penguin Random House. There, she works on a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic novel titles. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars program, where she studied fiction and poetry with Stephen Dixon, Alice McDermott, and Mary Jo Salter.

Nozlee Samadzadeh, Brooklyn, NY

Nozlee Samadzadeh-Hadidi​ is a writer, an editor at The Morning News, and an engineer at Vox Media. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Awl, The Hairpin, Lucky Peach, and Food52.

Brando Skyhorse, Middletown, CT

Brando Skyhorse’s ​debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park (Simon & Schuster), received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Take This Man: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster) was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and named by Kirkus Reviews as one the Best Nonfiction Books of the year. He is currently co-editing an anthology on racial passing, to be published Fall 2017 (Beacon Press). Skyhorse has been awarded fellowships at Ucross, Can Serrat, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and was the 2014-2015 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Residence at George Washington University. In fall 2016, he’ll join the Literature faculty at Bennington College in Vermont as a professor of Creative Writing

Tyrone Willimas, Cincinnati, OH

Tyrone Williams​ teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of five books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and Howell (Atelos Books, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including a prose eulogy, Pink Tie (Hooke Press, 2011). More of his work can be found on his website.

2017 Panel: Visual Arts
Kathleen Ash-Milby, NYC, NY

Kathleen Ash-Milby is an Associate Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York.  She organized numerous exhibitions including Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist (2015) with co-curator David Penney.  She is the co-curator of the SITElines Biennial: much wider than a line, at SITE Santa Fe (2016); Mind (the) Gap: International Indigenous Art in Motion, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia (2011); and Edgar Heap of Birds: Most Serene Republics, a public art installation and collateral project for the 52nd International Art Exhibition / Venice Biennale (2007).  She served on the boards of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the American Indian Community House, and was the president of the Native American Art Studies Association.  She was the curator and co-director of the American Indian Community House Gallery in New York City from 2000–2005.  A member of the Navajo Nation, she earned her master of arts from the University of New Mexico in Native American art history.

Andy Grundberg, Washington, DC

Andy Grundberg is a writer, curator, teacher, and arts consultant who has been involved with photography and art for more than 25 years. As a critic for the New York Times from 1981 to 1991 he covered the rapid ascent of photography within the art world. From 1992 to 1997 he was the director of The Friends of Photography in San Francisco, where he founded the quarterly journal see. Among the major exhibitions he has organized are Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946 (1987), Points of Entry: Tracing Cultures (1996), Ansel Adams: A Legacy (1997), and In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places (2001). His books include Crisis of the Real (Aperture, 1999), Alexey Brodovitch (Abrams, 1989), and Mike and Doug Starn (Abrams, 1990).

Grundberg (BA Cornell University, MFA University of North Carolina at Greensboro) holds the rank of Professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., where he has taught since 2002.

James Pepper Henry, Tulsa, OK

James Pepper Henry is the Executive Director of Oklahoma’s premier art, history, and culture museum, the Gilcrease Museum. “Jim” is currently working on a strategic planning initiative that will elevate the profile of the Gilcrease.

Most recently, Jim was the Director and CEO of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. He developed programming and exhibitions that significantly increased visitorship and membership. He was first enrolled Native American to be at the helm of the 83-year old institution.

Prior to the Heard, Jim was Director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, where he oversaw the completion of the Museum’s $110 million, 80,000 square foot expansion, including the debut of the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center exhibition hall and the new Imaginarium Discovery Center.
Jim is the former Associate Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where, for nearly ten years, he managed a wide variety of Native American community oriented programs, services, and traveling exhibitions. Jim played a pivotal role in the establishment and launch of the American Indian museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC that opened to the public in 2004. Jim also served as the founding Director of the Kanza Museum in Kaw City, Oklahoma; Interim Curator of American Indian Art at the Portland Art Museum and Gallery Director at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in Portland, Oregon; and Gallery Director for the Institute of Alaska Native Arts in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Jim is a member of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma and Muscogee Creek Nation. He is co-founder and President of the Kanza Ilóshka Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the cultural life-ways and traditions of the Kaw people. Jim is also an active Native American traditional dancer and is co-founder of the Kaw Nation Traditional Dance Society.
He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and a recipient of the University’s prestigious Council for Minority Education Leadership Award. He is also a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.

Jim has contributed essays to various publications including Stewards of the Sacred, co-published by the American Association of Museums and Harvard University, and; Native Universe: Voices of Indian America, co-published by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, New Orleans, LA

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been the director of the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana since July 2014. Ramírez-Montagut received her BA of architecture degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her MA of Architecture and Ph.D. from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, ETSAB, in Barcelona.

Previous to her position at Tulane, Ms. Ramírez-Montagut was the Associate Director & Senior Curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California, a contemporary arts space grounded in the Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary, and performance art with an emphasis on civic dialogue and community transformation.

Ramírez-Montagut has also served as Senior Curator at The San Jose Museum of Art, a distinguished museum of modern and contemporary art at the heart of the dynamic Silicon Valley; Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, a museum dedicated to fostering innovative and up and coming artists whose ideas serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking; Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where she worked on groundbreaking exhibitions such as Zaha Hadid and Restoring a Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, and the acclaimed retrospective of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang; Curator of Collections and Public Programs at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a cultural center housed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s idiosyncratic tower and currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Director of Community Outreach of the Queens Theatre in the Park, New York, a premier performing arts venue that provides diverse performing arts activities to the most ethnically diverse county in the nation; and Project Coordinator for the Mexico Now Festival, New York City’s first—and only—annual festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture featuring cuisine, dance, film, literature, and music.

Ramírez-Montagut’s most recent publications include KAWS (2010, Rizzoli International) and Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance (2012, Rizzoli International).

Jane Sauer, Santa Fe, NM

Since graduating Washington University School of Art in 1959, Jane Sauer has had a long and varied career devoted to the arts. She was a studio artist from 1960 until 2002 being awarded 2 major NEA grants, a Missouri Artists Grant and other smaller grants. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is in 24 museums in the USA and abroad. She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council from 1992-2000 becoming Chair of the Board 1997-2000. She has also served on the board of Craft Emergency Fund 2008-2010, National Council for the School of Art, Washington University 1995 – present, and Advisory Board to the University of Santa Fe, 2011-15 plus numerous other Boards and Advisory committees.   In 2001 she became artistic director of Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, purchasing it in 2005 and changing the name to Jane Sauer Gallery. In 2014 she sold the gallery and formed Sauer Art Consultants.  During the course of her career she has given lectures, curated numerous exhibits, and juried shows, fellowships and grants. These activities are continued under her consulting firm. Sauer is part of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute of American Art, Washington, DC, an Honorary Fellow of American Craft, and was awarded Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2017 Advisory Board: Writers
Nicholas Delbanco
Tim Blake Nelson
Jewel Parker Rhodes
2016 Panel: Visual Arts
Tom Borrup

Tom Borrup is the owner of Creative Community Builders, an organization that works with cities, foundations, nonprofits and public agencies to tap the potential of their creative assets. In this capacity, he was instrumental in helping draft the first plan for Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. He is the author of “The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook,” which provides a step-by-step planning guide for community leaders, and teaches on community building and transformation at the University of Minnesota, Drexel University and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mr. Borrup was the Executive Director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis from 1980 to 2002. Mr. Borrup has served on a variety of panels for the National Endowment for the arts in media arts, visual arts, and design.

Dr. Lara Evans

Dr. Lara Evans is associate professor of Native American art history in the museums studies department at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is an accomplished author and has served as co-editor for “Art in Our lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue.” Evans is a practicing artist who primarily works in painting and drawing, and is currently the curator for “War Department,” an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, that will be on display through July of this year. She earned her doctoral degree in art history with an emphasis on contemporary Native American art at the University of New Mexico in 2005 and is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Gloria Groom

Gloria Groom, an Oklahoma native, is the David and Mary Winton Green Curator in the Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago. Groom has been with The Art Institute since 1984 in several different capacities and has recently been named its first senior curator. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Groom has been published in numerous art publications. Considered an expert in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, Groom was also named Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contributions made to French art and culture.

Dr. Sylvester Ogbechie

Dr. Sylvester Ogbechie is professor of art history and visual culture of Africa at the University of California-Santa Barbara. In addition to authoring award-winning books and serving as a curator and advisor to worldwide museums, Ogbechie is also the current editor of “Critical Interventions: A Journal of African Art Theory and Criticism.” He has received prestigious fellowships, grants and awards for his research from the American Academy in Berlin, Getty Research Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, Institute for International Education, Smithsonian Institution and the Ford Foundation.

Jennifer Scanlan

Jennifer Scanlan is a New York-based independent curator specializing in contemporary art and design. She previously worked 12 years as an associate curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, where she organized many exhibitions. She is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and curated Twists & Turns, an Israeli exhibition at 108 | Contemporary in the fall of 2014.

Raechell Smith

Raechell Smith is the chief curator and founding director of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is also a founding board member of the Kansas City-based nonprofit The Charlotte Street Foundation, which recognizes and supports Kansas City Artists. As a consultant, curator and advocate, Smith has worked both regionally and nationally to support public art. In 2014, Smith curated the Art 365 exhibition at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Hamza Walker

Hamza Walker is the director of education and associate curator for the Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, where he has curated more than a dozen exhibitions. A recipient of the 2010 Ordway Prize celebrating contributions to contemporary art, Walker is currently on a two-year leave from The Society to serve as co-curator of the 2016 Los Angeles biennial exhibition, “Made in L.A.”

2018 Panel: Writers

Katie Freeman is an Executive Publicist at Riverhead Books. She serves on committees for the National Book Foundation, PEN America, Libraries Without Borders, Narrative 4 and Community-Word Project, among others. She is getting her M.A. in Arts Administration at CUNY.

Burkhard Bilger published his first piece in The New Yorker in 2000 and became a staff writer the following year. His work has been anthologized three times in “Best American Science and Nature Writing,” twice in “Best American Sports Writing,” and once each in “Best Food Writing,” “Best Technology Writing,” and “Best American Science Writing.” Bilger was a senior editor at Discover from 1999 to 2005. Before that, he worked as a writer and a deputy editor for The Sciences, where his work helped earn two National Magazine Awards and six nominations. In 2000, he published “Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts,” which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Bilger is a Branford Fellow at Yale University.

Benjamin Lytal’s first novel A Map of Tulsa was published by Penguin in 2013. His criticism has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal,The Nation, and many other publications. He lives with his family in Chicago.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids selection.

Tim Staley lives in Austin, TX where he is the Executive Director of the Austin Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the Austin Public Library and administers various literary programs including the New Fiction Confab, the Mayor’s Book Club and Badgerdog creative writing workshops. Prior to the Library Foundation, Tim served as Editor and Director of Development at the University of Texas Press for seven years. Tim has also served as executive director and publisher of Art Lies, a contemporary art quarterly based in Houston. Born and raised in Tulsa, Tim graduated from Kenyon College and received an MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas.

2018 Panel: Visual Arts

Chad Alligood, a native of Perry, GA, earned his bachelor’s degree in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University, his master’s degree in art history from the University of Georgia, and has completed his doctoral coursework at City University of New York. He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen Executive Education Program for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders. Alligood has been awarded several grants and fellowships, including most recently a resident fellowship from the Women’s International Study Center to write an essay for the upcoming monograph on Judy Chicago, to be published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2019.

Jack Becker received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Jack founded Forecast in 1978, and now serves as director of Forecast’s Community Services program. As a public artist, administrator, and veteran consultant, Jack is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field and specializes in developing projects and plans for communities large and small. He especially enjoys projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special events.

Adriana Herrera earned her Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary dissertation in the fields of Literature and Art, proposing the concept of “Extreme Fiction” as derived from a particular way of its relation that ultimately filters reality. Her curatorial vision searches for the connection between the intimacy and the collective, the personal and the social realms, and the interest for the need and possibilities of imagination.

Andrea R. Hanley has been an arts advocate for more than 25 years. She is currently the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine art field.Hanley has had an impressive career working as a curator, writer, volunteer, lecturer and fundraiser. She spent more than nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., serving as both Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project Manager. Upon returning to Arizona, Hanley worked as Fine Arts Coordinator/Curator for the city of Tempe, Executive Director for ATATL, Inc., and Artrain, USA, as its Sponsorship and Major Gifts officer. Most recently she was the Founding Manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. Ms. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

Marilyn Zapf is the Assistant Director and Curator at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC where she oversees the organization’s program development, implementation, and evaluation. During her 4+ years on staff Zapf has organized 15 and curated 9 exhibitions for CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery, including the nationally-traveling Made in WNC (2015) and Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints (2014). Outside of the office Zapf is an independent curator, teacher and writer. She is currently working on an upcoming exhibition for the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (2018) and has recently taught courses on the History of Craft at Warren Wilson College. Zapf continues to publish articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Form and Crafts Magazine (UK). She holds a MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism and de/industrialization.

2018 Advisory Board: Writers

Jeff Van Hanken
Jeff Martin
Lindsey Claire Smith