The Fall 2014 Mellon Creative Residencies Have Arrived

It’s sweltering outside, all the good parking spots are taken, and hoards of bewildered students are wandering our fair campuses, totally unsure of where they’re supposed to be – It must be fall! This semester the Mellon Creative Residencies Program is hosting six artists from across the US, the Middle East, and Africa. Check out the listings below, and always keep an eye on the Mellon Creative Residencies website and Facebook for event details and updates.

The Fall 2014 Mellon Creative Residencies:

(IR)REVERENCE: Chika Unigwe and Niq Mhlongo

As a part of a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God we welcome authors Chika Unigwe (On Black Sisters Street) and Niq Mhlongo (Dog Eat Dog and Way Back Home) for weeklong residencies.

niq mhlongo HC web picchika_unigwe HC web pic
October 5 – October 10

Organized by Jesse Weaver Shipley (Anthropology, Haverford) and Alice Lesnick (Africana Studies, Bryn Mawr)


The Listening Portrait: Riva Lehrer
In her residency, painter, writer, and teacher Riva Lehrer explores the intertwined concepts of identity and representation, particularly relating to marginalized populations.

Riva by Nance headshot
September 15 – September 19October 13 – 17November 17 – 21

Organized by Kristin Lindgren (Writing Program, Haverford), Anne Dalke (English, Bryn Mawr), and Sara Bressi Nath (Bryn Mawr)


Chants of the East: Marcel Khalifé
Internationally acclaimed composer and peace activist Marcel Khalifé joins the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and the Philadelphia-based Arabic Music ensemble/organization Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture for the premiere of his new work “Chants of the East.”

Marcel Khalife HC web pic

November 12 – November 15

Organized by Thomas Lloyd (Music, Haverford)


Troubled Waters II: jesikah maria ross
In this second iteration of the Troubled Waters project, participants from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges will continue to examine the impact of waste on the region’s waterways through the lenses of the sciences and the arts.

jesikah maria ross HC web pic





October 20 – October 24
November 10 – November 15

Organized by Vicky Funari (Independent College Programs, Haverford), Helen White (Chemistry, Haverford), Craig Borowiak (Poltical Science, Haverford), Erica Cho (Film and Media Studies, Swarthmore), Farid Azfar (History, Swarthmore)


American Rubble: Stephanie Syjuco
Mixed-media conceptual artist Stephanie Syjuco will fashion a set of “micro-monuments” to commemorate the post-industrial landscape of Philadelphia, as epitomized by sites along Lancaster Avenue.

Stephanie Syjuco HC web pic






December 1 – December 7

Organized by Paul Farber (Writing Program, Haverford), Andrew Friedman (History, Haverford), Sharon Ullman (History, Bryn Mawr)


To learn more about the residencies this semester, visit us at

Finally, we are currently accepting applications for Spring 2015 residencies! To find out more about applying, visit our website or contact Mellon Creative Residencies Coordinator Tom W Bonner at The deadline for applications is Monday, October 20.




About Tom Bonner

Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Coordinator
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