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Christi Denton is a Portland-based composer and sound installation artist who works with found sounds, electronics, and homemade and modified instruments. She graduated from Mills College (Oakland California) in 2000 with a degree in Music Composition and obtained a graduate certificate from the Iannis Xenakis Centre for Composition of Music in France in 2004. She’s worked on installations in San Francisco including building giant wind chimes in the Castro district as part of the 2003 Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival, and amplifying exhibits in the Exploratorium. Her music is included in the permanent exhibit Six Seconds Around Me in the contemporary art museum in Naples, Italy. In 2011 and 2012, her music was featured in collaborative performances for Ten Tiny Dances at the Time Based Art Festival in Portland, where dancers controlled music through light, flex, and trigger sensors that Christi built. Her instrument, the LAMOSO (a laser MIDI controller) was a finalist in the 2012 international Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (Atlanta, Georgia). She has worked with choreographer Danielle Ross (their collaboration The Loveliest Landscape premiered in 2012 at Conduit Dance, Portland, Oregon), filmmaker Kavita Bali (the short film To Serve premiered in 2011 at Disjecta as part of an Electrogals festival, Portland, Oregon), and composer Heather Perkins (their interactive composition Between Two Point was performed at the 2012 Time Based Art Festival, Portland, Oregon). Christi is on the board of Electrogals, an organization that promotes women in electronic music.
Jim Leisy was born in Dallas, Texas. But his childhood was spent in New York and mostly the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied science, history, and art at Bethel College. He works as a photographer and a book editor specializing in science and computing. He lives in Sherwood, Oregon where he maintains a studio next door to Larry’s barbershop. For the past three years he has explored visualizing scientific processes or iconic scientists using a camera. The photographic series Amateur Physics is the result of this effort. It was part of the recent exhibition GeoGrafica [Guatemala City, May 2013], it will be included in an exhibition in China [“Unconventional Photography” at the Lishui Photography Festival, November 2013], and it will be exhibited at Verve Gallery [Santa Fe NM, 2014]. Now he is preoccupied with how to extend this body of work from 2D into 3D. He is also interested in night photography, particularly in creating star patterns.
Maxim Loskutoff grew up in Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Pomona College, he worked in hospitals in Dallas and Chicago, on campaign trails, and in the Middle East. He holds an MFA from NYU where he was a Veteran’s Writing Fellow. His stories have been published in Narrative Magazine, Witness, Hobart, and Willow Springs among other publications.
Katie Rose Pipkin was born in Austin, Texas in the fall of 1990. She grew up in the woods, spent her adolescence in the suburbs, and has since migrated back to the woods. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas, was a founding member of Wardenclyffe Gallery, and is a member of collective Cloud to Ground. She makes drawings with her hands, the internet, and sometimes her words. She is interested in working along the fault lines.
Alain LeTourneau is a media artist based in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-founder of 40 Frames, a 16mm conservation and advocacy organization that maintains the web resource 16mmdirectory.org and houses a collection of 16mm film prints. Alain utilizes 16mm film, video and still photography to explore the natural and built environment, and the idea of development as it relates to land use. Alain latest film is Open Road, a film about urban space designed for movement and storage of private motor vehicles.
Alain’s film and video work has screened at Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies, Cornell Cinema, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, International House Philadelphia, Images Festival Toronto, Los Angeles Filmforum, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Portland Art Museum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Vancouver International Film Centre, as well as other venues throughout North America.
Eugénie Frerichs lives in Portland, Oregon, though travels often in search of stories on farm life and the modern wild. With a well-worn path between Colorado, where she was born, and Oregon, where she was raised, she is especially interested in the terrain where issues of food production and wilderness intersect. Recent projects include a three-month solo trip from Oregon to Alaska and back, writing about and photographing farm life and wilderness in British Columbia, the Yukon, and western Alaska; living and working in the remote North Fork Valley of western Colorado, where she photographed the young farmers of the valley’s organic and biodynamic farming movement; and camping for a month in the future Patagonia National Park, in southern Chile, where she photographed the Chilean men and women who have been building the park for the past ten years.
Tonya Jones is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist who is interested in using art as a common language to facilitate dialogue, bridge cultures and communities, and inspire civic engagement. Originally from Newark, NJ, she holds a BA from Howard University and a MFA from Columbia University. At Columbia, Tonya was awarded the Schubert Presidential Fellowship and appeared in the world premiere of James Baldwin’s “Another Country,” directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. She has performed off-Broadway, in regional theater, commercials, and independent film, and has written for the stage, magazines, and comedy websites. Tonya has also held teaching positions with Manhattan Theatre Lab, Classic Stage Company, Columbia University’s Summer Institute, and a number of public schools. She is a former co-chair of Columbia University Entertainment, and currently serves on the board of Columbia SoCal. Tonya resides in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, singing, cycling, cooking fancy meals, doing anything outdoors, and seeing the world.
Julie Keefe is a professional photographer with 20+ years experience working predominantly in the photojournalism, documentary, and community based art fields working with a variety of institutions and communities including the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society. In 1997 she became one of Caldera’s first teaching artists, and for the last 20 years, has worked intensively with underserved youth and communities, introducing them to the fine art of photography and writing. In 2008 she created Hello Neighbor in collaboration with Caldera. Hello Neighbor used interviews and photographs to introduce children to their neighbors and ultimately neighbors to each other by displaying large-scale photographic portraits with text in six cities throughout Oregon, creating the state’s largest collaborative public art project. The project continued in 2009 in Sisters, Oregon; 2010 in Bellevue, Washington; and 2012+2013 in Hillsboro, Oregon. Hello Neighbor was named a finalist in the President’s Council on Arts and Humanity Coming Up Taller Awards, and Top 40 in the American’s for the Arts Project of Year juried competition. In June 2013, Julie was named Top 100 Most Creative in Business by Fast Company [Business + Design Magazine]. In December 2012 Mayor Sam Adams named Julie the first Creative Laureate of Portland, a two-year position that will use the Office of the Mayor and the Laureate role as a platform from which to advocate for the arts, art education, creative industries and practice and the overall cultural health of Portland, Oregon.
Andrew McDonald is a children’s author from Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Greatest Blogger in the World, published by Hardie Grant Egmont in 2009. His second novel for young readers (out soon) is called SOD: Son of Death. Andrew has a diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT and has previously worked in bookselling, digital publishing, and the washing of dirty plates and cutlery.
Emily Squires was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (2012) from Washington University in St. Louis and received a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Education through the Arts from the University of Michigan. She has participated in workshops including the North House Folk School (Grand Marais, Minnesota), the Center for Digital Storytelling (San Francisco, CA), and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (New Orleans, LA).
Squire’s multidisciplinary art practice investigates themes such as voice, participation, and love, and uses art-making as a tool for education and organizing young people. She has helped run an art education program at the nation’s largest public art organization (City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program), managed the youth program at the oldest community art school (Fleisher Art Memorial), and worked in collaboration with youth in a variety of settings, including schools, drop-in centers and support groups. Recent projects include Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights (a correspondence between queer youth and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) and Personal Service Announcement (a messaging service between the public and the White House).
Jennifer Elise Foerster received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (July 2007) and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2003). She has received fellowships to attend Soul Mountain Retreat, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Program, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. From 2008-2010, Jennifer was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer’s poetry has been published in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, and has been anthologized in New California Writing 2011 and Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas. Foerster’s first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013. Of German, Dutch, and Muscogee descent, Jennifer is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Jennifer lives in San Francisco.
Since graduating from Tisch School of the Arts (NYC in 1997) Tahni Holt’s varied collaborations and solo work have been presented throughout the Northwest and beyond: On The Boards and Bumbershoot (Seattle); PICA’s TBA Festival (mainstage 2004/2006); Reed College’s Raw Art Week (Portland); Fusebox Festival (Austin); The Lucky Penny (Atlanta); Movement Research’s Monday at Judson Church (NYC); as well as far off places in France and Idaho. In 2010 she was curated into the PORTLAND 2010 Biennial and is an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship awardee (2007). Her work has been supported by Individual Project grants (RACC) and Oregon Arts Commission Professional Development Grants, as well as through private donations. Holt has been artist in residence at: South Waterfront’s AIR program; Caldera (Sisters, OR.); Alaska University in Anchorage; twice at Performance Art Forum (PAF) in St. Erme France; the Drachma Project in Athens Greece with Elizabeth Ward (NYC); through Artistne(s)t in Bucharest, Romania with Madalina Dan. In 2011, Holt one of four Oregon Choreographers highlighted at Marylhurst College’s Art Gym exhibition Dance: before, after, during. Preparatory materials and processes, documentation and performances. Holt has worked with Dance Luminary Deborah Hay on The Solo Commissioning Project in Scotland and has spent time in Vienna as a performer for Eszter Salamon and Christine De Smedt’s Transformers at the Impulstanz Festival (2010). She has worked for Miguel Gutierrez in his Freedom of Information project (2009) and was a Mary Oslund Company member in Portland for three formative years (1999-2002).
Carolyn Hopkins graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work questions the traditional cultural roles of the feminine and masculine as well as the tamed and untamed and creates outposts from which to re-examine a recognizable terrain. Her studio practice is an ongoing expedition into familiar territories in search of new frontiers from which to draw. Carolyn has collaborated with Mark Dion and Spurse, and has been an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, the Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, Brush Creek, as well as Mildred’s Lane. Her work has been exhibited at the Eastern Oregon University, COOP Gallery In Nashville, Bellevue Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, PUNCH gallery in Seattle, Soil Gallery in Seattle, PS122 Gallery in New York, the Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga CA, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ, and has been published in Sculpture Magazine. Carolyn is currently a member of Punch Gallery in Seattle, WA. In addition to her studio practice Carolyn is the founder of Yardwork, a summer-long bi-weekly public lecture series by pairs of regional artists and creative practitioners hosted in her backyard in Portland, Oregon.
Born in Seoul, Grace Lee is a writer of prose and poetry based in New York City. Fragmented lives, displacement, and the search for home are central themes in her writing, which is inspired by transmigratory experiences growing up on four continents. She is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation workshop and a Hambidge Fiction Fellow and has been awarded residencies at AIR Budapest, the Paden Institute, and the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
Nick Norman is an image maker living in Portland, Oregon. Nick is interested in exploring ideas concerning decay and repair through painting. The act of covering areas with paint and scraping away paint, is a physical approach to the decay/repair process, giving way to surprising forms. Nick is a recent graduate of Portland State university with a B.A. in Art Practices.