EMMA BEE BERNSTEIN FELLOWSHIP

Each year, A.I.R. Gallery’s Fellowship Program supports the burgeoning career of six emerging and underrepresented women artists. In 2009, A.I.R. named one yearly Fellowship seat in memory of the artist, activist, writer, and feminist Emma Bee Bernstein (1985-2008). In recognition of Emma’s significant contributions as a young artist, the youngest A.I.R. Fellowship recipient receives the honor of holding the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship.

Emma Bee Bernstein, the daughter of A.I.R. artist member Susan Bee and poet Charles Bernstein, passed away at the age of 23, leaving behind a collection of photos and film that she defined as “fantasies of self-presentation.” Phong Bui, who curated exhibitions of her work in 2011 and 2012, writes: “Emma’s work is luminescent. She trusts in the image being a truthful record of what your emotional or intellectual life is. It’s remarkably visceral, vulnerable, and generous at the same time.” Her work is currently on view at the 2019 Venice Biennale in the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society has the Capacity to Destroy, co-curated by Phong Bui and Francesca Pietropaolo. As an artist who centered her practice around representing herself and other young women, her work was very much in line with the mission of A.I.R. We hope to continue Emma’s legacy through our Fellowship Program by supporting young women artists at the early stages of their careers when they need it most.

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in 1993 by former artist member Stephanie Bernheim in order to further extend our mission of care and support. In the last 25 years, more than 100 artists have had the opportunity to present their first solo exhibition in New York City with the support of the A.I.R. community.

The cost of each Fellowship seat is $14,000 per year and is only partially funded by government grants. Your individual contribution to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship makes a significant impact on the continuity of this program. The support of our community has meant so much to A.I.R. and it's because of generous gifts from donors that we are able to provide this much-needed career-changing opportunity for women artists. Your tax-exempt donation to the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship Fund will gift emerging women artists with an invaluable opportunity for professional development and visibility, and will enable A.I.R. to continue advocating for women in the arts.

A.I.R. Gallery is honored to announce the 11th recipient of the Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship, 2019-20 A.I.R. Fellow Victoria Manganiello. Manganiello’s installation work, abstract paintings, and performances are made with hand-woven textiles using hand-spun yarn and hand-mixed natural and synthetic color dyes. Manganiello received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Skidmore College and her MA in Art Education from New York University. She has held several residencies, including the Museum of Art and Design and the Textile Arts Center, both in New York. Her work has been exhibited at Knockdown Center, the New York Public Library, Andrew Edlin Gallery, September Gallery, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, and the Queens Museum in New York; and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Parsons The New School.

Please join us in honoring Emma Bee Bernstein by sending us your contribution towards the fellowship at www.airgallery.org/donate or mailing a check to A.I.R. Gallery, Attn.: Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship, 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

A.I.R. Gallery is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are fully tax-deductible and donors are acknowledged on all Fellowship Program materials.

A.I.R. Gallery would like to thank its donors to the 2019-20 Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship Fund for their generous contributions:

Charles & Paula North
Charles & Susan Bee
David Reed
Doris Bellamy
Elke Solomon
Erica Stoller
Feris Olin
Howardena Pindell
Jesse Ausubel
Joan Snyder
Nancy Storrow
Leslie Gross
Maureen Owen
Nancy Manter
Roselyn Abrahams
Susanna Heller

Emma Bee Bernstein, self-portrait from "Untitled (Unique Color Polaroids)," 2003 - 2007, Color Polaroid, 4 × 3.5 inches.

Learn more about Emma Bee Bernstein here.
Learn more about 2019-20 Fellow Victoria Manganiello here.