Announcing the 2020 AIRIE Fellows

After a highly competitive application and selection process which saw a record number of 151 applicants vying for 10 positions as Artists in Residence in Everglades, AIRIE and Everglades National Park is proud to announce the 2020 Artists in Residence in Everglades:

JANUARY Dara Friedman, Visual Artists, Miami, FL

FEBRUARY Rachel Gray, Visual Artist, Ottawa, Canada

MARCH Dorian Emerson Munroe, Visual Artist, Miami, FL

APRIL Yukio Suzuki, Dance, Otsuki, Japan

MAY Nguyen Khoi Nguyen, Visual Artist / Writer, Baltimore, MD

JUNE Kory Reeder, Composer, Denton, TX

JULY Katie Knoll, Writer, Iowa City, IA

OCTOBER Elizabeth Withstandley, Visual Artist, Los Angeles, CA

NOVEMBER A.S.T. [Alliance of the Southern Triangle], Visual Artists, Miami Beach, FL

DECEMBER Natascha Libbert, Visual Artist, Amsterdam, Netherlands

AIRIE’s is excited to announce the inaugural 2020 Me / We Award to Dorian Emerson Munroe, a first generation local Miami creative, born to Caribeean parents who migrated from Guyana, South America.

New this year, AIRIE launched the Me / We Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by the Wege Foundation, as part of a wider Diversity Initiative program aimed at celebrating and supporting the careers of emerging artists of color by working to remove or reduce economic barriers, expand access and promote inclusion among Artists in Residence in Everglades programs.

2020 AIRIE Fellow alternates include

Lucinda Linderman and Kim Yantis, Visual Artists, Miami, FL
Orlando Jacinto Garcia and Jacek J Kolasinski, Composer / Visual Artist, Miami Beach, FL
Barron Sherer, Visual Artist, Virginia Gardens, FL
Fereshteh Toosi, Dancer / Visual Artist, Miami, FL
Falon Mihalic, Visual Artist, Houston TX

The 2020 Artists in Residence in Everglades will make the Everglades their home and studio space for one month each, living, working and researching in the epic wilderness of the River of Grass. Each resident is awarded $1,000 from AIRIE and introduced to scientists, park rangers, community and environmental advocates that enhance their experience and connection to the park. Artists are housed in a studio apartment located inside Everglades National Park and are given 24/7 access to the over 1.5 million acres of wilderness encompassed in the park.

AIRIE Fellows have the unique opportunity to get to know the ecology of the Everglades by being immersed in it, and then share their perspective through creative public programs. South Florida is home to the only subtropical wilderness area in the country, AIRIE is the only program bringing artists to the Everglades.

AIRIE’s purpose is to inform, connect, and support artists, writers and musicians who wish to be inspired by the Everglades and then become ambassadors for the Park and its resources. AIRIE partners with Everglades National Park staff to offer ten artists per year month-long artist residencies in the Park’s subtropical wilderness. With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, AIRIE connects Fellows with the South Florida cultural community to bring attention to this unique and endangered part of our national heritage.

The 2020 Artists in Residence in Everglades artists were selected through a competitive online application process, and reviewed by a prominent panel of regional arts, culture and science leaders in their respective fields. More information about the process at

Dara Friedman

Dara Friedman is a German born artist and filmmaker working in Miami. She uses everyday sights and sounds as the raw material for film and video artworks that reverberate with emotional energy. With a background in structural film and dance, Friedman’s cinema calls for a radical reduction of the medium to its most essential material properties.

Friedman is currently in pre-production on a new project called FIGHT (Temple Door) dealing with conflict resolution.

February Rachel Gray, Visual Artist, Ottawa, Canada

Rachel Gray

Rachel Gray’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted in an interest in drawing. Gray is based in Ottawa, ON. She holds a BA in English Literature from

King’s College and a BFA from the University of Ottawa. In 2017, she launched the first section of her graphic novel Jess, and is continuing this project as an artist in residence at the Ottawa School of Art.

March Dorian Emerson Munroe, Visual Artist, Miami, FL

Dorian Emerson Munroe

Dorian Emerson Munroe is a first generation local Miami creative, born to Caribbean parents who migrated from Guyana, South America. After attending Miami Mega Magnet Coral Reef Senior High School, Dorian accepted a full athletic football scholarship to the University of Florida where he was a part of two National Championship winning teams. With a lifelong passion for the arts, and after a brief professional career, Dorian pursued his second love, filmmaking. A recent winner of the Oolite Documentary Block Contest Grant, Dorian now looks to immersively showcase the animals, people, and plants of the Everglades.

April Yukio Suzuki, Dance, Otsuki, Japan

Yukio Suzuki

A dancer and choreographer who has studied Butoh since 1997. In 2000 he founded his dance company “YUKIO SUZUKI Projects” in order to better develop as choreographer, performer and director. Presented in more than 40 cities in the world, his strong physicality and dance performance that is flexible, sensitive, and sticking out of spaces, has always attracted local audience. He is also active in choreography for ballet dancers and children, model activities, collaboration with musicians, and workshops. In 2012 he took part in Danse Elargie at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, where he placed among the top ten. Photo courtesy of Artist / Yukio Suzuki Projects.

May Nguyen Khoi Nguyen, Visual Artist / Writer, Baltimore, MD

Nguyen Khoi Nguyen

Nguyen Khoi Nguyen is a filmmaker, musician, and educator. He is the author of the multimedia graphic novel, The Gulf, which includes original drawings, music, and animation. He is the vocalist, pianist, composer and bandleader of the jazz trio: “Superior Cling.” As a filmmaker, Nguyen produces a dynamic range of content including animation, documentaries, and narrative films. Nguyen currently teaches digital media at Loyola University Maryland. He was a senior video producer/editor at Science magazine from 2014-2018. Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, raised in Cape Coral, Florida, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD.

June Kory Reeder, Composer, Denton, TX

Kory Reeder

Kory Reeder’s music is meditative and atmospheric, investigating ideas of objectivity, place, immediacy, quiet, and stasis and draws inspiration from the techniques found in the visual arts. His music has been performed, recognized, and awarded internationally. Kory has been artist-in-residence at Arts Letter and Numbers, and the Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts. Kory has frequently collaborated with theater, dance, and opera programs, and has been awarded by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Kory is currently pursuing a PhD. in composition at the University of North Texas. Photo by Nathan Richardson.

July Katie Knoll, Writer, Iowa City, IA

Katie Knoll

Katie Knoll’s short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, The Pinch, and other places, and have been featured as one of Narrative’s 2013 Top 5 Stories of the Year and as a notable story in The Year’s Best Short Stories 2017. Her story “Red” was selected for First Place in The Masters’ Review’s 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers, nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, and appears in The Year’s Best Weird Fiction 2016. She is a recent MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

October Elizabeth Whithstandley, Visual Artist, Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Withstandley

Elizabeth Withstandley is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She is one of the co-founders of Locust Projects, a not-for-profit art exhibition space, in Miami, FL.

She has exhibited work at Carination Contemporary, Portland, Oregon, SIM gallery Reykjavik Iceland, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The Moore Space, Miami, Fredric Snitzer, Miami, The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, The Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios, Israel, The Bass Museum, Miami, Cultural Center, Sao Paolo Brazil.

November A.S.T. [Alliance of the Southern Triangle], Visual Artists, Miami Beach, FL

A.S.T. [Alliance of the Southern Triangle]

Alliance of the Southern Triangle (A.S.T.) was established in 2015. Members Diann Bauer, Felice Grodin, Patricia Margarita Hernandez and Elite Kedan span practices in the fields of art, architecture and urban design. A.S.T. began as a research project focusing on the idea of the global city, with Miami as case study. The project is committed to the notion that the interdisciplinary space of art can be used as a platform to generate and communicate responsive propositions with regard to the shifting set of legal, economic, cultural and environmental forces that shape our futures. Photo: Intertidal, 2018, image still of video projection: Control Panel, Oolite Arts, Miami FL, 2018. Image courtesy of A.S.T.

December Natascha Libbert, Visual Artist, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Natascha Libbert

Natascha Libbert (1973) studied photography at the Royal Academy of the Arts (KABK) in The Hague, The Netherlands and lives and works in Amsterdam. Since 2014 she is a full time visual artist/photographer, alternating free work with commissions. She worked for the ING Collection, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, NGO Marie-Stella Maris Foundation, and various museums. In 2018, a quest into the maritime space led to her book I went looking for a ship (publisher The Eriskay Connection). In June 2019 she presents new work in the solo exhibition Undermined in Amsterdam, NL. Photo by Milan Vermeulen.