Faculty Spotlight

Highlights, Updates and News about our Faculty.

Professor Larry Cook selected as a 2024 Gordon Parks Fellow

Larry Good Gordon Parks Fellow


We are excited to announce our 2024 Gordon Parks Foundation Art Fellows and Genevieve Young Fellow in Writing. Art Fellowships are awarded to Larry W. Cook, artist and associate professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Tonika Lewis Johnson, a Chicago-based photographer and social justice artist. The Genevieve Young Writing Fellowship is awarded to D. Watkins, an award-winning author based in Baltimore.

Since 2017, the Fellowship program has championed individuals who share the Foundation’s dedication to advancing Parks’s vision for social change through the arts and humanities. Each recipient receives $25,000 to support new or ongoing projects that explore themes of representation and social justice, and are in dialogue with Gordon Parks’s work. Each project will culminate in an exhibition at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gallery in Pleasantville, New York. This year's Fellowship in Writing is awarded in partnership with Howard University.

The 2024 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellows will be celebrated at the annual Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner on May 21, 2024 in New York City. Visit our website for more information.

The Gordon Parks Foundation
48 Wheeler Avenue
Pleasantville, New York, 10570
Tel: (914) 238-2619


Damien LeChateau Sneed, Department of Music

Damien Sneed- spring 2024

Celebrate Professor Sneed and join him at any of these upcoming events. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 7:30pm

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater

JOSEPH PARRISH, bass-baritone


Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir

Michele Fowlin, artistic director



Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at  7:30pm

John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Gala



Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 7:30pm

John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater

*Damien Sneed, conductor

*Dean Phylicia Rashad, guest artist, narrator

Alexander Laing, clarinet (The Phoenix Symphony)
Monica Ellis, bassoon (Imani Winds)
Billy Hunter, trumpet (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
Weston Sprott, trombone (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
Wesley Sumpter, percussion (LA Phil)
Tai Murray, violin (Yale School of Music)

Patricia Silva Weitzel, double bass (Des Moines Symphony)

*Howard University Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts



To learn more about Professor Sneed visit www.DamienSneed.com and his bio below.

Professor Timothy Maček at The Kennedy Center

March 27, 2024

Professor Maček will be performing chamber music with the Opera House on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center.


April 4- 6, 2024

Professor Maček will be performing in the pit for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Kennedy Center.