The Processing Foundation Fellowships support artists, coders, and collectives in visionary projects that conceive a new direction for what Processing as a software and a community can do. Fellowships are an integral part of the Processing Foundation’s work toward developing tools of empowerment and access at the convergence of art and technology. Fellowships emphasize projects that expand Processing and its affiliated projects, as well as the evolution of a fellow’s practice. Work done by fellows is supported through funding and mentorship from The Processing Foundation. More information about the origins and development of the Fellowship program can be found here. Our application period is currently closed. The selected 2017 Fellows will be announced in January 2017.

Allison Parrish (2016)

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer. She is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Digital Creative Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University.

As part of her Processing Foundation Fellowship, Allison will work on advocacy, documentation, and tutorials for Processing’s Python Mode.

Claire Kearney-Volpe (2016)

Claire Kearney-Volpe is an Art Therapist, Researcher, and Designer interested in accessibility, assistive technology, and participatory design. Claire graduated from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and is an Adjunct Professor in the area of assistive tech at NYU and Manager of the the NYU Ability Lab. In addition to mentorship from the Processing Foundation, Claire’s Advisor will be Sara Hendren.

The goal of Claire’s work is to make the Processing/p5.js IDEs, learning modules, and web content on processing.org and p5js.org usable by people who are blind or visually impaired.

The Digital Citizens Lab (2016)

The Digital Citizens Lab is a design collective, with a focus on civic technology, that aims to help organizations streamline their existing processes or develop new methods of engagement. We believe that “play” is an under-utilized, fundamental tool when creating meaningful interaction. In addition to mentorship from The Processing Foundation, Tahir Hemphill will serve as an Advisor.

“Coding Comic,” to be developed during their fellowship, is a platform where children can re-write (re-visualize) a narrative by changing the logic of events. Special emphasis is directed toward children of immigrants and people of color.

Jessica Klein and Atul Varma (2016)

Jess Klein and Atul Varma enjoy building bridges of understanding between humans and machines. They have collaborated on software that's been used as the centerpiece of TED Talks, in maker events around the world, and by individuals who are just trying to have a less frustrating time using their computer. Jess is currently an Open Web Designer at Bocoup, and recently was awarded the White House Champion of Change honor for her civic hacktivism. She holds an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. Atul is currently freelancing on projects related to civic and education technology. He recently finished a residency focused on game-based learning at Eyebeam. He holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

They are interested in making p5.js the most helpful JavaScript library in the world by improving its friendly error system through the lens of human-centered design.

Tega Brain and Luisa Pereira (2016)

Tega Brain and Luisa Pereira are artists and educators, with backgrounds in engineering. They are based in New York City and <3 art and computers.

Luisa and Tega will be creating and editing a collection of online educational resources on specific programming topics, to be published on the p5.js website.

Wilm Thoben (2013–2014)

Wilm Thoben is a sound artist and researcher. He is currently working on his dissertation about the 1960s art and technology group E.A.T. His work deals with perception and definition of space or the abstraction of everyday life.

White Light / White Heat by Rainer Kohlberger and Wilm Thoben

Thoben developed a new core Sound library from fall 2013 through winter 2014. This library is now released with Processing 3.0.

Lauren McCarthy (2013)

Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is full-time faculty at NYU ITP, and recently a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Eyebeam. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. Her work explores current systems and structures for being a person and interacting with other people.

Happiness Hat by Lauren McCarthy

McCarthy started the work that has now become p5.js in spring, summer, and fall 2013. p5.js is a JavaScript interpretation of Processing.

Greg Borenstein (2013)

Greg Borenstein is an artist, technologist, and teacher. He creates illusions for humans and machines. His work explores computer vision, machine learning, game design, visual effects, and drawing as media for storytelling and design. Greg is a graduate of the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program and has worked for firms such as Makerbot and Berg London. He is the author of a book for O’Reilly about the Microsoft Kinect, titled: Making Things See: 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot. He’s currently a researcher in the Playful Systems Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Self Portrait by Greg Borenstein

Borenstein expanded and released the OpenCV library in spring and summer 2013.