March 29, 2023

Princeton Arts Fellows Named for 2023-2025

Choreographer and director Raja Feather Kelly and musician and interdisciplinary artist eddy kwon have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2023-2025 by the Lewis Center for the Arts and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration at the University in September.

The Arts Fellows program of the Lewis Center provides support for early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to further their work while teaching within a liberal arts context. Fellows are selected for a two-year residency to teach a course each semester or, in lieu of a course, to undertake an artistic assignment that deeply engages undergraduate students, such as directing a play, conducting a musical ensemble, or choreographing a dance piece. Fellows are expected to be active members of the University’s intellectual and artistic community while in residence, and in return, they are provided with the resources and spaces necessary for their work.

Kelly is a choreographer, director, and the founding artistic director of the feath3r theory, a Brooklyn-based dance-theater-media company. Over the past decade he has created 16 evening-length works with the feath3r theory, most recently UGLY part 3: BLUE; Bunny, Bunny; and Scenes for an Ending, created in collaboration with musician Emily Wells.

kwon is a violinist, vocalist, and interdisciplinary artist based in Lenapehoking, or New York City. kwon is a United States Artists Ford Fellow, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Robert Rauschenberg Awardee in Music/Sound, Van Lier Fellow and Resident Artist at Roulette Intermedium, Johnson Fellow at Americans for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Hermitage Fellow, and a recipient of the National Performance Network Creation Fund Award.

“Raja and eddy are transformative artists who work within and across multiple media and artistic lineages to open new spaces of possibility,” said Judith Hamera, chair of the Lewis Center. “We look forward to the generative conversations and energies their work will inspire during their time with us and are eager to welcome them to our community.”