The Kresge Artist Fellowship applications are reviewed by independent fellowship panels. Panelists are accomplished, well-respected national, regional and local artists and arts professionals and are selected according to the categories of arts disciplines being reviewed. The Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council nominates panelists who posses knowledge of the art forms, a balance of artistic perspectives and an understanding of the local artistic environment. Panelists represent the diversity of artistic styles within the disciplines, as well as diversity of age, ethnicity, gender and geography. Information about our past panelists is available here.


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(seated) Kim Hunter (standing) Samiya Bashir, renée c.
hoogland, Albert Mobilio, Anne Waldman
(pictured left to right)
1st Row Valerie Parks, Sonya Clark, Elizabeth Dee
2nd Row Chakaia Booker, Senghor Reid


(LA) Bashir, Samiya Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel, finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2009 Lambda Literary Award, and Where the Apple Falls, a Poetry Foundation bestseller and finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Black Women’s Erotica 2 and co-editor, with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. Bashir’s poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications including, most recently and forthcoming, in Poetry, World Literature Today, Ecotone, HOAX, The Normal School, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Normal School, Eleven Eleven, Cascadia Review, Hubbub, Callaloo and The Encyclopedia Project. Her long poem, Coronagraphy, was a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee. A long-time communications professional focused on editorial, arts, and social justice movement building, Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College.
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(LA) hoogland, renee renée C. hoogland is Professor of English at Wayne State University where she teaches literature and culture after 1870, critical theory, cultural studies, and visual culture. She has published widely in American and British literature, film, visual culture, and critical theory. Her most recent book is A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics after Representation (2014, Dartmouth College Press). hoogland is the editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts.
(VA) Hunter_Kim_Headshot Kim Hunter is life-long Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups. He has served as Poet-in-Residence in several Detroit public schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. He co-directs the Woodward Line Poetry Series which received a Knights Arts Challenge Detroit award in 2013. His work has appeared in Rainbow Darkness, Abandon Automobile, Triage, Hipology, Metro Times, Dispatch Detroit and Graffiti Rag. He has published two collections of poetry: borne on slow knives and edge of the time zone. In 2012, he received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts.
(LA) Mobilio, Albert Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Open City, Jacket, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. A volume of short fiction, Games and Stunts was published in 2012 by Belladonna Books. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College, an editor at Bookforum, and an editor for Hyperallergic Weekend.
(LA) Waldman, Anne Anne Waldman is a prolific poet, editor, professor and performer, creating radical hybrid forms for the long poem. Author of over 40 books, including the magnum opus, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, which won the PEN Center 2012 Award for Poetry. Her book Gossamurmur is an allegorical adventure and plea for poetry’s archive. She co-founded and directed The Poetry Project at St Mark’s in the 1960-70s and went on to co-found The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg, where she continues to curate the Summer Writing Program. Widely traveled and translated, she has worked most recently in Morocco, India and France. Her most recent anthology is CROSS WORLDS (co-edited with Laura Wright). She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013-14, and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.


(VA) Booker, Chakaia Born in 1953, sculptor Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments. For her, the varied tones of the rubber parallels human diversity, while the tire treads suggest images as varied as African scarification and textile designs. Though she has adopted utilitarian jeans and work boots in her studio, she always wears a large, intricately wrapped headdress, which has links to her earliest wearable art and has become her fashion signature. Booker received a BA in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an MFA from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green, her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received a Pollock-Krasner grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.
(VA) Clark, Sonya Sonya Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 300 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Since 2006, she has been Chair of Craft /Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Formerly, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of several awards including an Art Prize Grand Jurors Prize in 2014, a Pollock-Krasner grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, a United States Artist Fellowship and an Art Matters grant.
(VA) Dee, Elizabeth Elizabeth Dee is an American gallery owner and co-founder of Independent New York and Independent Brussels. Elizabeth Dee Gallery is located on West 20th Street in Chelsea, and has produced numerous groundbreaking and internationally-recognized exhibitions by such artists as Adrian Piper, Miriam Cahn (debut), Philippe Decrauzat, Derek Jarman, Leo Gabin (debut), Josephine Meckseper (debut), Ryan Trecartin (debut) and Mark Barrow, among others. Previously Dee established X Initiative, a nonprofit consortium of the global art community presenting exhibitions and programming in response to the major philosophical and economic shifts in Contemporary art. She was also recently included in Art + Auction Magazine’s list for the 100 most powerful figures in the art world.
(LA) Parks, Valerie Valerie Parks is a Detroit painter whose studio practice spans over the past 30 years, since her graduation from Wayne State University. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and her work can be found in area and national art collections. Parks worked for thirteen years at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the museum’s Learning and Interpretation Department, where she taught drawing and painting and curated many of the Detroit Public School Exhibitions at the DIA. Valerie Parks is also co-owner of TravelArt Services.
(VA) Reid, Senghor Senghor Reid develops figurative paintings and films that explore the connections between culture, art, science and our interactions with the natural environment. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Schools, Reid received a BFA from the University of Michigan, a MAT in Art Education from Wayne State University and attended the internationally-recognized Marathon Program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He has received several awards, including a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts (2009) and the prestigious Michigan Governor’s Emerging Artist Award. Reid has exhibited in galleries and museums in various parts of the United States and abroad including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Kentler International Drawing Space, St. Catharine Museum and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.