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As a creative research institution embedded on the campus of a premiere liberal arts college, the Fisher Center endeavors to pioneer a new and future-facing model of partnership between independent artists and arts organizations, on university campuses and beyond.

In recent years the Center has created extended residencies for such artists as Sarah Michelson, Justin Vivian Bond, Will Rawls, and Daniel Fish. Often this commitment includes a high level of production, financial, and administrative support for the artists.

These efforts reflect the Fisher Center’s commitment to providing extended support for leading artists by shepherding projects from their initial development to their premiere, and beyond through management of the project’s touring, field advocacy, and career development for the artist.

Pam Tanowitz

Choreographer in Residence


Pam Tanowitz is the first-ever Choreographer in Residence at the Fisher Center. Tanowitz is a critically acclaimed choreographer and founder of Pam Tanowitz Dance. Quick-witted and rigorous, the New York-based choreographer and collaborator has steadily delineated her own dance language through decades of research and creation.


Since 2019, Tanowitz has created three large-scale commissions with the support of the Fisher Center residency. We’re proud to extend her appointment and make the Fisher Center her artistic home.

Tania El Khoury

Tania El Khoury is a commissioned artist and guest cocurator at the Fisher Center, founding director of the OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard (CHRA), and a distinguished artist in residence at Bard’s Theater & Performance Program. Her live art engages the audience in close encounters with narratives drawn from the political realities of borders, displacement, and state violence.


Since 2017, El Khoury has cocurated two editions of the Fisher Center LAB Biennial, both featuring commissions of her own artistic work. In partnership with CHRA, we have received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to support three years of live art production and touring of her work, her scholarly and artistic research, and her curatorial work at the Fisher Center and CHRA.


Photo by Nour Annan HRA ’23