I'm very proud and really honored to announce that I have been nominated once again for Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College, in Annandale-on Hudson, New York.
The Fellowship honors the life and work of Keith Haring, whose contributions to the visual arts and to human rights activism cannot be separated.
Just as his playful and sometimes controversial work injected political questions about HIV/AIDS and gay identity into a generally complacent art world, so his activism (especially in its pop dimension) helped force mainstream advocacy organizations to take the AIDS crisis seriously as an issue of social justice, rather than a narrow special interest.
It is this complicated engagement between human rights and the arts that the two Bard programs seek to honor and to emulate in the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism.
The Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism brings a prominent scholar, activist, or artist to Bard College each year, where they spend one semester in residence, teaching in the CCS Bard and Human Rights Programs, and pursuing their own research project.
Two previous Haring Fellows were Jeanne van Heeswijk (2014-15) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (2015-16).
Candidates are nominated by an international committee of leaders in the fields of human rights and the arts.