Grant Recipients

2023 Grant Recipients

May 1, 2023—We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 CPA Artist Grants!

This year’s selection committee, which included Jamil Hellu, Susan Hyde Greene, and Ann Jastrab,  looked at over 100 excellent applications to the 2023 CPA Artist Grants. After much consideration, we finally decided to award grants to 5 artists. Two of these grants are $7500 exhibition award grants, and two of these grants are $3500 project support grants. The exhibition grantees will present their work in the spring of 2024. We are honored and excited to be able to support multiple artists again this year. Please read on to learn about this year’s grantees and their projects. Congratulations to the 2023 CPA Artist Grant Recipients!

CPA Artist Grants

Artist Duo Bio

Andrea Orejarena (b. 1994, Colombia) & Caleb Stein (b. 1994, UK) are a multimedia artist duo currently based in the U.S.

Orejarena & Stein have been nominated for a number of awards, including the Hariban/Benrido Award (chosen by Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern), the W. Eugene Smith Grant, and the 2023 Spotlight Awards at The Belfast Photo Festival. They are the 2024 recipients of The Center for Photographic Art grant.

Their work has been published in The New York Times, The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, i-D Vice, Vogue Italia, among many other places. They have given artist talks at the International Center of Photography (ICP), Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Art Institute, Vassar College, The Center for Photographic Art, Penumbra Foundation, TILT and University College London. A book of their work ‘Long Time No See’ was published by Jiazazhi Press in 2022, with texts by Đỗ Tường Linh and Forensic Architecture, designed in collaboration with Brian Paul Lamotte.

As a duo and individually, their work is in a number of public & private collections, including the Nguyen Art Foundation, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Ann Tenenbaum & Thomas H. Lee Family Collection, MoMA (special collections), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (special collections).

Upcoming exhibitions include ‘American Glitch’ at the 2023 edition of The Belfast Photo Festival, ’American Glitch’ at PALO Gallery in New York in 2024, and ‘American Glitch’ at The Center for Photographic Art in 2024. Their second book ‘American Glitch’, will be published in 2024 by Gnomic Books with an introduction by David Campany.

Chanell Stone

Chanell Stone (b.1992 Los Angeles) is an artist living and working in Southern California. Through self-portraiture, collage and poetry Stone investigates the Black body’s intersectional states of being and connection to the natural world. Her practice negotiates potentialities for reconciliation and reprieve by upending historical and ancestral memories within the American landscape.

Stone earned her BFA in photography from the California College of the Arts in 2019 and is currently a MFA Candidate at the University of California San Diego (2024). She has exhibited in galleries across the United States and internationally. Her solo exhibition Natura Negra appeared at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco in 2019-20. More recently, Stone’s work has been displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pier 24 Photography, Museo Cabanas in Guadalajara and Fotografiska New York. Stone has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, NPR, California Sunday, Pop Up Magazine and Vogue. To learn more about Chanel, please visit her website:

CPA Support Grants

Granville Carroll

Granville Carroll is a visual artist and Afrofuturist using photography and poetry to explore representation and identity. Carroll’s work also explores the multidimensionality of blackness through spatial blackness, temporal blackness, and spiritual blackness. At the core of his practice is the investigation into metaphysics, specifically the ontology of self and the universe. Carroll’s work highlights the imaginative qualities of the mind through storytelling and world building to create new speculative futures and states of being.

Carroll is currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He currently teaches at Arizona State University. Carroll has been awarded Top 50 Critical Mass 2022, 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Photography and 2022 JGS Fellowship for Photography. He was named a 2021 Silver List artist and Project Space Visual Studies Workshop AIR. Carroll earned a BFA in photography from Arizona State University in 2018 and an MFA in photography and related media from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2020. His work has been shown across the United States and internationally. His work has been published through online platforms and printed media such as: Panorama Journal, KJZZ radio in Arizona, Fraction Magazine, What Will You Remember, Brink Literary Journal, Lenscratch, Humble Arts Foundation, Black Is Magazine and many others. Carroll’s images have recently appeared in Light and Lens: Thinking About Photography in the Digital Age (Robert Hirst and Edward Bateman) and There’s Light: Artworks & Conversations Examining Black Masculinity, Identity & Mental Well-Being (Glenn Lutz). In 2022 his first artist book, Dark Matter was published through Visual Studies Workshop Press. To see more of Granville’s work, please visit his website:

Vanessa Woods

Vanessa Woods’ collages utilize disparate associations to re-imagine and re-contextualize contemporary and historical narratives. The material for her collages comes from a broad range of sources including art history books, photo books, vintage/contemporary magazines, found paper ephemera, and her own photographs. In each piece that she creates, the original image is decontextualized through the act of cutting and it’s meaning re-contextualized through new associations. In Woods’ current body of work, titled Form Studies, she examines the body as both a maker and giver of life. The work explores the changing roles a woman’s body goes through after having children, with an emphasis on physical erasure between bodies.

Woods graduated with an MFA with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally including Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose. Woods has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the SF Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies at Djerassi, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and in Pont-Aven, France, through the Museum of Pont-Aven. Woods is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. For more information please visit

The Selection Committee

Jamil Hellu. Through a multidisciplinary art practice that spans photography, video, and site installations, Jamil Hellu’s work focuses on themes of identity, visibility, and cultural heritage, while expressing a shift towards a world beyond binaries. Born in Brazil, Hellu holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Art Practice from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. His projects have been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Artforum, and VICE. He is the recipient of the San Francisco Art Commission Artist Grant, Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Grant, Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, and the Kala Art Institute Fellowship Award.

Hellu has held art residencies at the San Francisco Recology Artist-in-Residence Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He is a Photography Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. An active member in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community, Hellu serves as an advisory board member for Recology’s Artist-in-Residence Program. His work is represented by Rebecca Camacho Presents in San Francisco.

Susan Hyde Greene is an award-winning fine art photographer. She cuts her images apart to then mend them back together in a reflection of relationships and humanity. An avid traveler, her artwork is created from images from all over the world. Hyde Greene’s images relay stories from impressions of experiences, thoughts, and memories about the world around her.

Hyde Greene received her BFA in textiles, photography, and art history from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and her MFA from the University of Utah. She also has her Master of Science in Special Education. She has taught art at many institutions including Santa Clara University, the University of Utah, and Napa Valley College, created educational programs in both Marin County and San Francisco County, and notably she worked for 25 years as an Access Advisor for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco where she conducted workshops for teachers, facilitators and art lovers. Hyde Greene’s work is in several public and private collections, including Adobe Systems, the Monterey Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is currently on the board of directors at the Center for Photographic Art and is represented by Green Chalk Contemporary in Monterey, California.

Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography. Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. While there, she curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco.  While being a champion of artists, Ann created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where residents Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Kathya Marie Landeros, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships. Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.