Each year, a selection committee from Kennesaw State University School of Design and the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art will review the work of emerging and established artists and select two individuals (one per semester) to be awarded the four-week Artist Residency at KSU.

Fall 2022 Windgate Artist

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Donté K. Hayes (Atlanta, GA and Cliffwood, NJ)

Donté K. Hayes has been selected as the Fall 2022 Windgate Foundation Artist-in-Resident.

Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University at Kennesaw, Georgia with a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking with an art history minor. Hayes received his MA and MFA with honors from the University of Iowa and is the 2017 recipient of the University of Iowa Arts Fellowship.

Recent art exhibitions include groups shows at the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago, Illinois, the Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, Wisconsin, and the 2021 Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary in Georgia. Donté’s artwork has been presented at the 1-54 art fair, London, England, Design Miami, Florida, and a solo presentation at the 2021 Armory Art fair in New York. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, and the Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey, amongst others.

Hayes is a 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artists and Artaxis Fellow. Donté is the 2019 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern art from the Gibbes Museum of Art. Donté K. Hayes is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida.


Spring 2022 Windgate Artist

Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea (Brooklyn, NY) 

Anthony Goicolea was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Anthony utilizes a variety of media--including painting, photography, sculpture and video installation--in the creation of his compelling and, many times,  foreboding visual narratives. 

Goicolea will discuss his work in these varied mediums and the principal ideas and explorations addressed in his work which include personal history, heritage, identity and cultural tradition. These are reflective of his own personal familial experiences; his extended family fled Cuba and immigrated to the U.S., not long after Castro came to power. His works are also powerful and engaging contemplations on displacement and alienation.   

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Fall 2021 Windgate Artist


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Amy Pleasant (Birmingham, AL)

Amy Pleasant’s work includes painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, all exploring the body and language through repetition. Pleasant explores the fragmented figure as sign or symbol. With a limited palette and an economy of line, she draws images like writing a letter, documenting essential, universal motions and human behaviors. This repetitive and calligraphic drawing process creates a visual language over time, like an alphabet. In her clay work, she uses a similar process, cutting figurative forms out of hand rolled slabs, maintaining a sense of directness and intuitiveness that is similar to her drawing and painting practice.

She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1999).

She has held solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary (NYC/Millerton, NY), Laney Contemporary (Savannah, GA), Institute 193 (Lexington, KY), Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson/NYC), whitespace gallery (Atlanta, GA), Augusta University (Columbus, GA), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IN), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Atlanta Contemporary (GA), Auburn University’s School of Liberal Arts (AL), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Candyland (Stockholm, Sweden), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL) among others.

She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2018) and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2015).

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