The Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship in the Visual Arts

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation announces a $50,000.00 Fellowship awarded to a United States Artist working in the visual arts. The award is paired with a solo exhibition at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine. Applications open March 1, 2024 and closes on May 1, 2024.

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Tara Donovan, Artist

Denise Markonish, Chief Curator, MassMOCA

Daniel S. Palmer, Chief Curator, the SCAD Museum of Art

Rujeko Hockley, Arnhold Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art 

Daisy Desrosiers, The David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation Director and Chief Curator,The Gund at Kenyon College




2024 Fellow


Carlie Trosclair

The Ellis Beauregard Foundation, Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce the 2023 Fellowship Awardee in the Visual Arts, Carlie Trosclair from New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the first year the Foundation has offered the award at the $50,000.00 level and received over 300 applications from across the country. The jurors were: Carol Eliel, Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Jessica May, Managing Director, Art and Exhibitions and Artistic Director DeCordova Sculpture Park ad Museum, Boston, MA and Alison DeLima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx. After a rigorous review and a spirited discussion, all three jurors selected Trosclair’s work, noting its pertinence to the issues of the day as well as its sheer haunting beauty reflects Donna McNeil, Founding Executive Director, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. The award is paired with a solo exhibit at the Center For Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine and we hope bringing this impactful work to Maine will inspire all who see it.

Carlie Trosclair writes This level of financial support is an anchor that provides the security needed to dream beyond the scope of what’s right in front of me. At a minimum, my next few years just expanded with possibility. I am so grateful to the Ellis Beauregard Foundation for the gift to imagine new works without limitation (AND afford to store them afterward). I’m floating.

Carol Eliel, curator, LACMA adds, Carlie Trosclair’s work reflects her roots in New Orleans but speaks more broadly to human vulnerability. She has developed a distinctive vocabulary, translating robust architecture into thin latex skins and ghostlike forms. At the same time that they evoke the perils facing humanity, Trosclair’s sculptures are exquisitely beautiful and suggest the importance of taking care, both of others and ourselves. Juror Jessica May, Vice President, Art and Exhibitions, The Trustees Artistic Director, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum found this work to be vibrantly attuned to this moment, both specific in its cultural references and profoundly universal. As climate change literally comes home for people around the globe, artists like Carlie Trosclair, whose work evokes the spaces of our lives with emotional and poetic depth, are more important than ever.” Further, juror Alison DeLima Green, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, expounds, It is a profound pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Ellis-Beauregard’s ongoing engagement with contemporary art and to recognize Carlie Trosclair with this year’s Fellowship award. Her work immediately commanded our admiration for its fusion of historical memory and present urgencies as she addresses climate change and the precariousness of our built environments. A native of New Orleans, Trosclair has grounded her work in personal experience, as she came of age in the face of rising waters, and her sculptures and installations eloquently capture how that city’s urban fabric is under constant threat. However, we also took into account that as her practice has expanded, she has proved to bring an exceptional sensitivity to the conditions of other sites across America and we look forward to seeing where she takes her work in the year to come.

2024 Jurors


Carol Eliel, Senior Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Jessica May, Managing Director and Artistic Director of Art and exhibitions, Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum

2023 Fellow


Arnold J.Kemp

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to announce the $25,000 Visual Arts Fellowship awardee for 2022. This is the first year the award has become national and the first year it is accompanied by a $5000.00 shipping stipend to bring the work to a solo exhibit at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland.

Arnold J. Kemp lives and works in Chicago. Recent exhibitions of the artist’s work include FALSE HYDRAS (2021) at JOAN in Los Angeles and I COULD SURVIVE, I WOULD SURVIVE, I SHOULD SURVIVE (2021) at Manetti Shrem Art Museum at the University of California at Davis, and LESS LIKE AND OBJECT AND MORE LIKE THE WEATHER at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Research, University of Chicago. Over the past decade, Kemp received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Kemp’s works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Portland Art Museum, the Schneider Museum of Art, and the Tacoma Art Museum. Kemp received a BA/BFA degree in Studio Art and English Literature from Tufts University in 1991 and an MFA degree in 2005 from Stanford University.

2023 Jurors


Daisy Nam, Curator, Ballroom Marfa.

Kimberli Gant, is the McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Aaron Levi Garvey, Janet L. Nolan Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.


2022 Fellow


Nancy Andrews

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland Maine awarded Nancy Andrews of Mount Desert Island it’s  $25,000.00 award for a Maine artist working in the visual arts.  

Three jurors: Ian, Alteveer, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellen Tani, an art historian, curator, and critic based in Washington, DC, and Danielle Jackson, a critic, researcher, arts administrator and the co-founder and former co-director of the Bronx Documentary Center were unanimous in their decision. Ian Alteveer states:”It was thrilling to review the work of so many talented Maine-based artists with such expansive and diverse practices. The work of Nancy Andrews made a deep impression on the jury. Her personal yet kaleidoscopic practice, across many media, centers narratives of trauma and discovery while  inventing countless new possibilities for looking at the world.” Ellen Tani adds, “Nancy’s work offers a kaleidoscopic perspective that takes us from the fantastical world of the curio shop and science fiction to the lived, corporeal experiences of medical emergency, alterity, and delirium. She probes the factual and fictional  boundaries of the human and the animal realms with an elevated acumen for editing and animation style.”

2022 Jurors


Ian Alteveer, Aaron I. Fleischman Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ellen Tani, Art Historian, Curator, and Critic based in Washington, DC.

Danielle Jackson, Critic, Researcher, and Arts Administrator.


2021 Fellow


Veronica Perez

“Veronica A. Perez’s work suggests that there is no beauty without durability. Construction foam takes on the patterns of brickwork, plaited hair chokes balls of rough mortar, architectural props become ornamented shrines, and plastic flowers lose their kitsch and make permanent, undying stands for themselves. Together these sculptural gestures glance at the ephemeral and decide to stick around instead, making room for a striking feminist position on presence, adornment, and Latinx experience,” reflects Kyle Dancewicz on the jury’s selection.

Jurist Alison Hearst notes, “Veronica Perez’s work resonated for us all for its complexity and singularity. Her ambitious sculptures and installations balance interior themes with those that are universal, such as societal beauty standards. The sculptures are comprised of “kitschy” materials, like fake flowers and wigs, which are exciting to see in sculpture and give the works a strong visceral effect. What I also really like about Perez’s work is that through some of the materials, a layer of humor is added, which cleverly serves as an entry point into the serious themes her work broaches. Perez is an artist I look forward to watching for years to come.” And this from juror Jennie Goldstein of the Whitney, “Perez’s merging of materials not typically experienced in close proximity–the formed concrete, two-by-four wood beams, and stacked bricks of construction sites alongside objects often associated with femme, decorative artifice such as wigs, extensions, even silk flowers–argues for a repositioning of expected associations. Her installations insist that we ask ourselves, what are the stories that might emerge from these cracks in the cement? What new worlds might be opened up, adorned, and allowed to breathe? “


Veronica is from Westbrook, Maine. Her work can be found at

2021 Jurors


Jennie Goldstein, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum, NYC

Alison Hearst, Assistant Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, The Sculpture Center, NYC


2020 Fellow

Reginald Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges was born in Compton, California. Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood, and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As a method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment.


Hodges majored in theatre and film at the University of Kansas and has worked in many capacities in TV and film production. Hodges co-owned Bass Mind Recording Studio in Brooklyn and also co-founded the reggae dub band Trumystic, for which he was a songwriter and bassist. His love of teaching originates from his experience being a professional Tennis Coach on the USTA/ITF Pro Circuit.

2020 Jurors

Thomas Lax, associate curator of media and performance at the Museum of Modern Art

Laura Phipps, assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Kate Kraczon, curator of the Bell Gallery at Brown University.


2019 Fellow

Erin Colleen Johnson

Artist, educator, and activist Erin Johnson is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media with a joint appointment in the Visual Arts Department and the Digital and Computational Studies Program at Bowdoin College. In 2013, she earned an MFA in Art Practice and a Certificate in New Media from U.C. Berkeley. She makes interdisciplinary, collaborative projects that blend documentary, experimental, and narrative practices to explore social, political, and geographical imaginaries.

2019 Jurors

Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Michelle White, Senior Curator, Menil Collection


2018 Fellow

Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen

The recipient of our inaugural annual $25,000 unrestricted Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship award in the visual arts for a Maine artist – artist team Wade Kavanaugh of Bethel and Stephen B. Nguyen of Portland – were selected from of pool of more than two hundred applicants.

Juror Alison de Lima Greene stated: “The work of Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen stood out among that of their peers for its sophisticated use of materials, its thoughtful evolution, and essential beauty. At the same time, the artists’ dramatic evocation of the power and fragility of this planet’s biosphere is both timely and urgent. The work submitted for consideration spanned more than a decade, starting with Striped Canary on the Subterranean Horizon and The Burden of Atlas, both in 2005.  These projects established the essential vocabulary and installation practice followed over subsequent years by Kavanaugh and Nguyen, demonstrating their acute sensitivity to site and their increasingly inventive command of materials.”


2018 Jurors

Jeffrey Peabody, Vice President and Director, Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City

Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston