10 September 2015

Red is 2015 Applebaum Emerging Artist

Applebaum and Knight Artists awarded cash and residencies at Ponyride

Regional and national artists given award and more to create work and public programing in Detroit



Ponyride, The Applebaum Family Compass Fund, and the Knight Foundation are pleased to announce the artists awarded for this years emerging and established artist residencies in Detroit.



Applebaum Emerging Artists

  1. Jonathan Meyer, blacksmith creating sculptural metalwork
  2. Eleanor Oakes, photographer and videographer
  3. Erika “RED” Stowall, choregrapher


Knight Established Artist

Lauren Kalman, interdisciplinary artist


Knight Emerging Artists

  1. Gabrielle Duggan, fiber work and interdisciplinary
  2. Olivia Kaufman-Rovira, installation and sculpture artist and landscape design



Artist Selection Panel

  1. Lisa Applebaum, co-President of the Applebaum Family Compass Fund, Art Advisor/Collector
  2. Fiona Ragheb, former curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York
  3. Marc Schwartz, arts activist and Ponyride Board Member
  4. Kate Bordine, Creative Director at Ponyride, Partner at Our/Detroit
  5. Sabrina Nelson, artist, admissions at the College for Creative Studies for more than 20 years
  6. JenClare Gawaran, practicing artist and the President at Whitdel Arts in southwest Detroit.
  7. Ashley Arder, artist, Cultural Strategist + Producer for Creative Many Michigan

The Applebaum Family Compass Fund has provided generous support to match funding from the Knight Arts Challenge to award artists a residency at Ponyride. The three main elements of this program are talent retention, artist growth, and artistic exchange with artists and Detroit residents. Talent retention is aimed at Applebaum Emerging artists that currently reside and plan to remain in Detroit. The program includes a grant award, free accommodations, and a materials budget. Further, the Applebaum Emerging Artists will be offered a professional practice stipend for travel to New York with the intent of making connections with galleries, art spaces, and collectors. In addition to producing art in Detroit, the artists will create public programing based on their practice and how their art will engage Detroit residents. The artist, their work, and experiences will be documented and shared based on their arts practice and action during and following their stay.


The Ponyride residency program provides the critical opportunity for each artist to dedicate themselves to their craft.  Throughout the next year, the artists’ work will be displayed and showcased throughout Detroit at new public exhibitions, workshops, and events.


The mission of Ponyride is to nurture collaboration using shared resources, knowledge, and ideas to cultivate opportunities for growing endeavors. They facilitate these collaborations primarily by giving access to cheap, safe and versatile space, but additionally through public events and outreach that integrates tenants with the Detroit community.  Ponyride is very grateful of the generous investment and partnership of the Applebaum Family Compass Fund and the Knight Foundation.  Their support will significantly strengthen the artist residency program which is a vital component of Ponyride.


Lisa Applebaum, Co-President of the Applebaum Family Compass Fund and Ponyride panelist:  “My family is very proud to advance our long standing commitment to strengthen the Detroit Arts community.  Our support of the Ponyride Residency program is a wonderful compliment to a core component of our philanthropic mission to help individual artists in Detroit achieve their goals in an environment that creates a positive difference for our city.  We knew there were many talented artists in Detroit looking for an opportunity to dream big.  All the artists we reviewed, and those ultimately selected, are truly inspiring.   Our family looks forward to the launch of this important program and is so pleased to partner with the Knight Foundation and Ponryide in the greater endeavor of enriching the vitality of the Detroit community.”


  1. Fiona Ragheb, panelist and former curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York: I was struck by the breadth and depth of the work—not only the visual arts of painting, sculpture, and photography, but also crafts, choreography, music, stage direction, and what one might call cultural activism, among a multitude of disciplines. It is testimony to the vibrancy of the arts in Detroit, and the artists who were awarded residencies are a reflection of this energy and breadth as well. This residency is significant because it is not focused solely on providing artists with the opportunity to develop their work, but is also predicated on engaging the community and the spirit of the city so that together, both flourish.”


The Applebaum Residency Program is a great opportunity for artists to collaborate with some of the best makers and social entrepreneurs that are changing the fabric of our city” says Marc Schwartz, panelist, arts activist, and Board Member. “With Ponyride’s outreach and support, these public projects should have an immediate impact on our community while moving careers of the participating artists to another level. This is another step in establishing Detroit as a national arts center.”


“Our residency program allows the outside world to work in Ponyride and Detroit, broadening the community that we share and grow with” says founder of Ponyride, Phillip Cooley.


“Because of the support of the Applebaum Foundation more artists will be able to grow and be inspired by the landscape and citizens of Detroit” says Ponyride Creative Director and Parner of Our/Detroit, Kate Bordine.


Ashlee Arder, panelist and cultural strategist + producer of Creative Many Michigan: “I was pleased at the number of proposals that addressed thoughtful interaction with the planet through design. Whether through the reimagining of space or the use of natural materials, many of the proposals speculated about alternative, more eco-conscious methods of engaging with our natural surroundings.”


Ponyride Arts & Education Director Noah Morrison: “we had so many amazing artists apply and I’m thrilled to help the selected artists realize their proposals. These artists will be creating experiences for the community and themselves and in the spirit of Ponyride, all of it is ambitious.


Please see the Dropbox link for artist bios and contacts. For any additional information about the residency contact Ponyride Director of Arts & Education, Noah Morrison.  

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About The Author

Erika "Big Red" Stowall is a choreographer and performer from Detroit, MI. Currently she serves as Artistic Director of Big Red Danke productions, and teaches at various locations in the Metro-Detroit area. Her current dance companies are Big Red Wall and Red Pumps.