Mary L. Nohl Fellowship Exhibition at Haggerty Museum of Art opens June 7, 2017


June 8 – September 17, 2017

Opening reception June 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

Established Artist

Emerging Artist

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program annually awards unrestricted funds to emerging and established local artists to support the creation of new work, or the completion of work in progress. Now in its fourteenth cycle, the program makes a significant investment in the greater Milwaukee arts community, encouraging artists to live and make work here. The Fellowships also create—through the jurying process and culminating exhibition—an opportunity to promote local artistic production to a national audience.
This exhibition includes new work by the 2016 Fellows, who were chosen from a field of 151 applicants by a panel of three jurors: JoAnne Northrup, Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago.


Fall updates

I’m just returning from Projections at New York Film Festival, where my new video “See a Dog, Hear a Dog” had its world premiere. It was great to be included among such excellent work!

Later this October, I’ll be heading to upstate New York for a stop in Syracuse University, then on to Binghamton University for the Visiting Artist screening series, then Ithaca to screen a solo program at Cornell Cinema. Excited for this mini-tour. I’ll be at Muhlenberg College in November to deliver a talk, and also see the installation of Climbing at the Martin Art Gallery. Other cool exhibitions and screenings that are upcoming, current or recently past:

Currently on view, is this wonderful program curated by Sasha Litvintseva, Myths of Matter and Memory,, The Invisible World is on view

Upcoming! The launch of the November Film Festival, London, UK, Somewhere only we know will screen

Festival of Endless Gratitude, Copenhagen, Denmark, Climbing

DIY Space for London, Edge of Frame, London, UK, I’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining screened in this excellent programming series curated by Edwin Rostron

Comfort Station, Home Movies Reconsidered, Chicago, IL, The Invisible World screened in this wonderful program curated by Michael Wawzenek

Consolidated Volume – c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, AUS

Climbing is included in this curated exhibition at c3 Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne, Australia. Show runs 13th April to 8th May 2016

Gallery 3
Consolidated Volume
Joe Hamilton – Patrick Hamilton – Tristan Jalleh – Sara Ludy – Jesse McLean

“…satellite communication makes it possible to experience a rush of images from different places almost simultaneously, collapsing the world’s spaces into a series of images on a screen … The image of places and spaces becomes as open to production and ephemeral use as any other [commodity].” – David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity.
Consolidated Volume is an exhibition of video works investigating the role of technology in our gradual estrangement from a traditional sense of physical space. The artists attempt to re-order this visual chaos, and re-establish spatial and temporal boundaries to an otherwise sprawling plane of distorted form.

Winter and Spring 2016 updates…

I’ve been holed up working on several new projects that I hope to have finished by the end of summer, but have some screenings coming up and recently past.


This year, I’ll be a juror at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, in Athens, OH. I’ll have a solo screening and get to hang out with Lydia Moyer and Kelly Sears as co-jurors, how rad is that? Also, Aerial View, the music project of Thad Kellstadt that I’ve recently joined, will have a performance! Looks to be an excellent April.

I’ll also be stopping by my alma mater, Oberlin College, to give an artist talk, have some studio/class visits and hang with fellow alumnus and pal Jacob Ciocci, currently teaching in the Art Department.

Recent and upcoming screenings:

Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy with Ambulante, Magic for Beginners will be included in a Flaherty Film Seminar program at Ambulante in Mexico City, Mexico in April 8-10, 2016.

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining will screen as part of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April, 2016. It’s included in the Experimental Program, co-presented with Cellular Cinema. In great company with Lori Felker, Rob Todd, Olivia Ciummo and more…

Continuing to screen the excellent No New York program, Roger Beebe arranged the screening at UNEXPOSED Microcinema, in Durham, NC,  and also presented the program in January, (retitled ‘No LA’)  at Echo Park Film Center, in Los Angeles, CAI’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining is included in the program.

Also upcoming at UNEXPOSED Microcinema, The Being of Seeing, Durham, NC, curated by Anna Kipervaser. This screening is part of a series that features the work of artists based in the Great Lakes region. March 4, 2016. Remote is included. Other artists include Ben Balcom, Sky Hopinka, Emily Oscarson, Thomas Comerford, Kera MacKenzie and Drew Mausert-Mooney. Excellent company to keep with this program!

I’m in Pittsburgh and it’s Raining screened at at Casket Cinema, Minneapolis, MN, in January, 2016.

Lose Yourself screened in terrific program by Ekrem Serdar as part of his Emulsified Series. Emulsified #3: Obedience, screened at the Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, in Buffalo, NY in January, 2016.

That’s it for now! I’ll be headed to The MacDowell Colony in June for a residency and to finish some new work 🙂

Feelings, screenings…

Hello, here are some cool things happening/upcoming that I’m lucky enough to be a part of…

FEELINGS – VDB TV, curated by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith.  Really excited that Somewhere only we know is screening as part of a program on VDB TV, curated by Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith. It’s an incredible line-up! And the writing about the program is terrific, as to be expected from such thoughtful and brilliant curators as these two. Feature-length program of moving image work under the theme FEELINGS. Artists include: A.L. Steiner & robbinschilds, Ben Coonley, Dani Leventhal,  Kevin Jerome Everson, John Smith, Jesse McLean, Dan Sandin, Basma AlsharifCooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke, Leslie Thornton, and Nicolas Provost. Can be viewed here.

Kassel Dokfest – I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining will screen at Kassel Dokfest on Nov. 15, 2015. Wish I could be there to attend this fantastic fest.

I’m in Pittsburgh… will also screen at Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Brazil. Thrilled!

Somewhere only we know will screen as part of a curated program by Juliana Cope at Sunview Luncheonette a cooperatively run space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sunday, November 8th7-9pm).

I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining has been selected for the Filmer A Tout Prix festival which will take place between the 5th and the 10th of november 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. Thrilled!

Also,  Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, Nouvelle Vagues Competition, La Roche-sur-Yon, France, is happening now, and I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining synopsis sounds nice in French…

Et si les doublures avaient aussi droit à la parole, comme n’importe quel acteur ? Entre réflections et transparences, Jesse Mc Lean dévoile avec grâce et ingéniosité l’une des faces qui se cachent derrière la fabrication du cinéma hollywoodien.

Au revoir!