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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 Program for poetry, 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. Jennifer’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.
Tahni Holt graduated from Tisch School of the Arts (1997). Her varied dance collaborations and solo work have been presented throughout the Northwest and beyond, including On the Boards, Bumbershoot, PICA’s TBA Festival, Reed Arts Week, Fusebox Festival, the Lucky Penny and Movement Research at Judson Church. She was selected for the Portland2010 biennial and is an Oregon Arts Commission fellowship awardee (2007). In 2011, Tahni was one of four Oregon choreographers highlighted at Marylhurst College’s Art Gym exhibition Dance: before, after, during. Tahni has worked with dance luminary Deborah Hay on the Solo Performance 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 an 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 reexamine a recognizable terrain. Her studio practice is an ongoing expedition into familiar territories in search of new frontiers from which to draw. Carolyn’s work has been exhibited at Eastern Oregon University, COOP Gallery in Nashville, Bellevue Arts Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Punch gallery in Seattle, Soil gallery in Seattle, PS122 Gallery in New York, the Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Her work has been published in Sculpture magazine, and she is currently a member of Punch gallery. 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.
Grace Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and is currently based in New York City where she is a writer of prose and poetry. Fragmented lives, displacement and the search for home are central themes in her writing, which is inspired by her transmigratory experiences growing up on four continents. She is an alumnus of Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation workshop and a Hambidge Fellow in fiction. Grace was also awarded residencies through the Hungarian Multicultural Center’s AiR program in 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 BA in art practices.
James Florschutz creates mixed media sculptures from the discarded materials of our society. He believes these discarded materials have their own language and tell their own stories and that they reveal insight into our culture’s perception of the environment.
James Florschutz has exhibited his sculpture in solo and group shows across the United States from OK Harris Works of Art and Cynthia Reeves in NYC to Augen Gallery and Wieden+ Kennedy in Portland Oregon.
His work can be found in private and public collections such as Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina and Meditech Corporation in Norwood, Massachusetts. Besides many private commissions he has also been commissioned to create public works for the town green in Danville, Vermont, the Rutland County Courthouse, Rutland, Vermont, and the Springfield State Office Building in Springfield, Vermont.
Florschutz has received numerous awards and honors, among them, a project grant from Portland’s Regional Art and Culture Commission and he is a juried artist for the Oregon Public Art Roster. Also his grants include an Artists Resource Trust Fund Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as well as an Artist Creation Grant and an Artist Development Grant from the Vermont Arts Council. In addition he has received two fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont.
Florschutz received a B.F.A. from Florida International University. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he also maintains a studio.
She received a BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and moved to the East Village of New York City where, for five years, she frequented the art museums and galleries of Manhattan. A visit home to Oregon, and a job managing the cattle for a cutting horse competition, precipitated her return to the West. A life long involvement in the cattle and horse ranching business has provided Patricia the opportunity to observe and draw iconic symbols of the western landscape.
Exhibition highlights include, Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition, an International Juried Competition, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, Texas judged by Susan Davidson, Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Western Edge, two person show at the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, WA; Patricia Freeman-Martin, one person show at the Pendleton Center for the Arts; and Trick Riders, one person exhibit at Atelier 6000, Bend, Oregon. Publications include a feature in issue #15 of The High Desert Journal, and the cover of issue #8. In 2013, Patricia’s hand made artist books were included in three juried exhibitions. The Mystery of the Donut Bastards, was awarded a Best of Show at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Ben Killen Rosenberg received his BFA (printmaking) from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1988. In 1987 he received a fine arts grant to travel and make art about his trip to Israel. He has worked as a freelance illustrator, ceramic artist, and muralist. In 2007 he received an MFA from Portland State University in studio arts, and has just been teaching since then at Clark College in Vancouver. He has also taught Portland Community College, Portland State University, Clackamas Community College, and University Of Portland. His illustrations are all monotypes hand colored with watercolors and gouache, and have been used by clients such as The Portland Tribune, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Oregonian, Johns Hopkins University, Internal Revenue Service, Hewlett-Packard, and the Philadelphia Daily News. His art also ranges from drawings, paintings, tiles, sculptures, and teapots that explore humor, social ironic situations, and caricature. When taking a break from work during the day Ben can be found walking his miniature dachshund Muso, visiting all the cats in the neighborhood.
To view Ben Rosenberg’s art please go to: www.benkillenrosenberg.com
Baba Wagué Diakité was born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa. His mother gave him her father’s name of “Wagué”, which means “A Man of Trust”. He spent his early childhood with his grandmother in the village of Kassaro for his first education. There, he tended his uncles’ sheep and helped in his grandmother’s rice and peanut fields. His free time was spent with friends in the bush; catching lizards and protecting rice and peanut fields from birds and monkeys.
Later Wagué moved to Bamako to be with his mother and to get formal schooling. He maintains his best education came from stories that were told him by his grandmother about animals and the First People.
Wagué grew up drawing–first for his own pleasure, then for schoolwork and finally for part-time jobs. He first learned claywork however, after meeting American artist Ronna Neuenschwander, and moving to Portland, Oregon in the US in 1985. There, he began using clay as his canvas.
Wagué had his first solo exhibition in 1988 at the Jamison Thomas Gallery in Portland, Oregon and since has shown in group and solo shows throughout the United States. His work has received critical acclaim in international magazines such as American Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly, African Arts, and AFRIQUE/Etats Unis. He taught in the Oregon public school systems through the Art-in-Education, and the Young Audiences program from 1989-2007. He has traveled throughout the U.S. for author visits and workshops, including the Museum of African Art at University of Iowa, the Holter Museum of Art in Montana, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. He has been commissioned to create poster designs for a number of city-wide art festivals, and was honored to be chosen to create the artworks for recipients of the 1990 Governor’s Arts Awards in Oregon. In 2001, Wagué created an 84′ long mural and other artworks for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Florida
Scholastic Press published Wagué’s first children’s book “The Hunterman and the Crocodile” in 1997. It received a Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award. His 2nd and 3rd children’s books entitled “The Hatseller and the Monkeys” and “The Magic Gourd” were published by Scholastic in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He has illustrated numerous children’s books including “The Pot of Wisdom” and “Jamari’s Drum” for Groundwood Books of Canada. Wague also illustrated a book written by his daughter, Penda Diakité, entitled “I Lost My Tooth in Africa” which was published in 2006 by Scholastic Press. It won the Africana Book Award in 2007. In March 2007, Groundwood Books published his 4th book, “Mee-An and the Magic Serpent”. His most recent project is an autobiography, published in 2010 by Groundwood Books entitled “A Gift From Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood”. His childrens’ books have been published in numerous languages for worldwide distribution.
Wagué and his wife, artist Ronna Neuenschwander, have collaborated artistically on a number of projects, including an animated film by Jim Blashfield entitled “My Dinner With the Devil Snake”, an award-winning documentary film by William Donker of their lives entitled “Don’t Paint Lizards on my Wall”, and a number of public art projects. They recently completed a large tile floor mosaic for the Serengeti Plaza at the Oregon Zoo. They continue to return to Mali with their two daughters bi-annually for extended stays.
Wagué is founder and director of the Ko-Falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali, which enables artists and travelers from other countries to live, meet, study and collaborate with artists of Mali. The Ko-Falen Cultural Center encourages cross-cultural exchanges through art, dance, music and ceremony to promote a greater understanding and respect between people. Ko-Falen also manages education programs for youth of artisans in Mali. Visit www.ko-falen.org for more information.