Ellen (Jing) Xu received her Photomedia MFA in 2016 and has been showing her work regularly in galleries around North America since then. This summer, she was selected as one of the five Hamiltonian Fellows for 2017–2019 from a pool of 158 artists. The Hamiltonian Fellowship program focuses on professional development. Their website says:
Through a comprehensive suite of professional exhibition opportunities and hands-on, skill-building trainings, all Hamiltonian Fellows gain valuable insight into the contemporary art market, while learning how to manage and promote their career. Through gallery exhibitions and art fairs, they enjoy heightened visibility and actively grow their professional networks over the course of the two-year program.
Xu has already had work on display in new. now. 2017 at the Hamiltonian Gallery, an exhibition that introduced the newest Hamiltonian Fellows. She had this to say about the fellowship and her goals:
This opportunity will allow me to gain exhibition opportunities and public exposure for my artwork in the DC area. I really want to be part of the art world and develop professionally. I have a strong desire to explore art as a distinct medium and as part of a language to express my voice. I want to provide a platform to let people ask more questions and ponder more.