Vanessa Albury

Vanessa Albury, Arctic Future Relics, 2016

Vanessa Albury, Arctic Future Relics, 2016

Vanessa Albury (b. 1978, Nashville, TN) lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University. She is currently a visiting scholar there. Ken Johnson of The New York Times calls her work “haunting.” Her solo show Arctic, Future Relics opened the fall season at Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY and was reviewed in Candid Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine and Nylon. Other solo shows include A Stilled Cascade of Image at Window Box Gallery curated by Thale Fastvold (Oslo, Norway; 2012); In Waves curated by Jan Van Woensel at Monty ABN (Antwerp, Belgium; 2012); and The Distance That Keeps You at Silverman Gallery in San Francisco (2007). Recent shows include Nor Any Drop to Drink at Grady Alexis Gallery curated by Adam Zucker, 6 Degrees at 184 Project Space, SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017 and her two-person show Collect Light with Hedwig Brouckaert at Murray State University.

Her latest in-process work, Film Recorder, exhibited in Re:Re:Re: at the Old Pfizer Building and her Porthole Waves (Svalbard) series, shot during the Arctic Circle Residency, are in the traveling show Arctic Hysteria curated by LOCUS. Other recent group shows of Albury's work include Winter Collection at Kimberly Klark (NYC); Home Studio at SPRING/BREAK Art Show curated by the Sphinx (NYC); Melancholy Lover of a Vanished Space at Silverlens Gallery (Singapore); The Dream Time at Trans Pecos curated by Rachel Mason (Brooklyn); Crystal Pantomime curated by Kari Adelaide at the Poetry Project (NYC); If Love Could Have Saved You, You Would Have Lived Forever at Bellwether Gallery (NYC) and Into the Atomic Sunshine at the Puffin Room (NYC), Hillside Forum Gallery (Tokyo) and Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum (Okinawa). Albury's work has been reviewed in Frieze Magazine, San Francisco Guardian, the New York Times, Eyes Towards the Dove, Hyperallergic, Artiholics and art blogs. Albury has been an artist-in-residence at OxBow, Arctic Circle Residency, and Lofoten Kunstkvareteret, Project Grant and at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Albury also curates with The Sun That Never Sets (TSTNS), a nomadic, incubator film and video art project.

 

http://www.vanessaalbury.com

Brigitta Varadi

Brigitta Varadi, Noel Ruane, Ox Mountaion Sheep Wool, 2015

Brigitta Varadi, Noel Ruane, Ox Mountaion Sheep Wool, 2015

Brigitta Varadi was born in Hungary, currently she lives in Co.Leitrim, Ireland . She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including, UK, Ireland, France, Finland, Sweden, Hungary and the USA. Her work is found in many public and private collections including a commission by the Office of Public Works for The Department of Education and Science, Athlone, Ireland. Brigitta’s latest solo shows were held at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2015), Ireland, Serbian Church Gallery (2015), Hungary, Textile Arts Centre, (2014), New York. Brigitta Varadi participated in the New York Foundation for the Arts, IAP Mentoring Program (2016) NY, been awarded fellowships by the Wassaic Project (2016), NY, the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2015), Ireland, the Textile Arts Centre (2014), NY, the LOCIS, European Cultural Program (2014), and TRADE (2011), Ireland.

She has been artist in residence at the New York Arts Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation, NY, Chashama, NY, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland and KulttuuriKauppila, Finland. Brigitta won the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize and she is a recipient of numerous awards including Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland Artists in Prison Scheme Award, Leitrim County Council Arts Bursary, Culture Ireland Award. Brigitta was acknowledged for her contribution to the arts of Ireland by the President, Mary Mc Alesse, 2008. In addition to developing her own practice, Brigitta works on commissions and exhibitions, developing projects with people of all ages and abilities within the community sector, schools, prisons and arts centers. She has co-designed and facilitated the Creative Lab for the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change, May 2013, Bonn, Germany. She currently working on a collaborative public art commission, by Sligo County Council (Ireland) with artists Catherine Fanning for the Nazareth Care Village and on her upcoming solo show in May 2017 at the Budapest Gallery, Hungary.

 

http://brigittavaradi.net

Deirdre Lockwood

Deirdre Lockwood is a poet, fiction writer, and journalist based in Seattle. Her writing has appeared in journals including The Threepenny Review, Yale Review, Poetry Northwest, and Tahoma Literary Review, and has been featured online in Poetry Daily, Mud Season Review, and Boxcar Poetry Review. She spent a year in Iceland as a Fulbright fellow and has received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Richard Hugo House, Willapa Bay AiR and Artist Trust to support work on her novel in progress. She has a master’s in creative writing from Boston University and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. After making regular crossings of the Pacific by container ship to collect data for her Ph.D., she’s now a landlubber, covering the environment and health for publications including Scientific American and Chemical & Engineering News.

http://deirdrelockwood.com

Andrew Rudin

Andrew Rudin (b. 1939) is a Texas-born composer of Swedish ancestry whose many contributions to the literature of electronic music brought him early recognition. Critic Michael Caruso, reviewing his Violin Concerto in 2007, remarked “Andrew Rudin has been an important presence in the local contemporary music scene for the past four decades.” His Il Giuoco was the first large-scale work for Moog Synthesizer, a U.S. representative in the 5th Paris Biennale. His synthesized music is heard in the sound-track of the film Fellini: Satyricon and his Tragoedia was the second of Nonesuch Records’ electronic music commissions, described by critic Alfred Frankenstein as “The best large-scale electronic work I have ever heard. In Andrew Rudin's hands the electronic idiom finally comes of age.”

His interest in theatrical music has resulted in ballets for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Murray Louis, Dance Theatre Workshop, Louis Falco, Jeff Duncan, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and four collaborations with Alwin Nikolais, as well as incidental music for Tennessee Williams’ Outcry and numerous scores for PBS Television. In 1972, his opera The Innocent was produced in Philadelphia by Tito Capobianco. His orchestral and chamber music has been performed throughout the United States by such artists as pianists Lydia Artymiw Beth Levin, Steve Beck and Marcantonio Barone, violinists Diane Monroe and Miranda Cuckson, violist Brett Deubner, cellists Sam Magill and Eugene Moye, percussionist Anthony Orlando, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, flutists Mimi Stillman and Patricia Spencer, and clarinetist Ronald Reuben. Recent concertos for Violin, Viola, and Piano have brought him renewed recognition. “Extroverted, engaging and driven by an almost heroic sense of drama, Rudin has a gift for the kind of gesture that grabs you by the ears and won’t let go.”, wrote the Washington Post at the 2008 premiere of his Piano Concerto. Of the Viola Concerto, Fanfare magazine declared “The concerto is an important addition to the none-too-large repertoire for this instrument.” He is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among his many grants and awards. His teachers have included George Rochberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ralph Shapey, Kent Kennan, and Paul Pisk. He has taught on the faculties of the Juilliard School and The Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he was founding director of the Electronic Music Center. He is retired from the faculty of The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), where he taught from 1964 to 2001. His music may be heard on the Centaur, Innova, and ERM labels, and is published by Associated Music Publishers as well as Skåne Hill Music. The composer’s professional affiliation is BMI. www.composerRudin.com. ANDREW RUDIN [roo-DEEN] (b. 1939) is a Texas-born composer of Swedish ancestry whose many contributions to the literature of electronic music brought him early recognition. Critic Michael Caruso, reviewing his Violin Concerto in 2007, remarked “Andrew Rudin has been an important presence in the local contemporary music scene for the past four decades.” His Il Giuoco was the first large-scale work for Moog Synthesizer, a U.S. representative in the 5th Paris Biennale. His synthesized music is heard in the sound-track of the film Fellini: Satyricon and his Tragoedia was the second of Nonesuch Records’ electronic music commissions, described by critic Alfred Frankenstein as “The best large-scale electronic work I have ever heard. In Andrew Rudin's hands the electronic idiom finally comes of age.” His interest in theatrical music has resulted in ballets for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Murray Louis, Dance Theatre Workshop, Louis Falco, Jeff Duncan, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and four collaborations with Alwin Nikolais, as well as incidental music for Tennessee Williams’ Outcry and numerous scores for PBS Television. In 1972, his opera The Innocent was produced in Philadelphia by Tito Capobianco. His orchestral and chamber music has been performed throughout the United States by such artists as pianists Lydia Artymiw Beth Levin, Steve Beck and Marcantonio Barone, violinists Diane Monroe and Miranda Cuckson, violist Brett Deubner, cellists Sam Magill and Eugene Moye, percussionist Anthony Orlando, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, flutists Mimi Stillman and Patricia Spencer, and clarinetist Ronald Reuben. Recent concertos for Violin, Viola, and Piano have brought him renewed recognition. “Extroverted, engaging and driven by an almost heroic sense of drama, Rudin has a gift for the kind of gesture that grabs you by the ears and won’t let go.”, wrote the Washington Post at the 2008 premiere of his Piano Concerto. Of the Viola Concerto, Fanfare magazine declared “The concerto is an important addition to the none-too-large repertoire for this instrument.” He is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among his many grants and awards. His teachers have included George Rochberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ralph Shapey, Kent Kennan, and Paul Pisk. He has taught on the faculties of the Juilliard School and The Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he was founding director of the Electronic Music Center. He is retired from the faculty of The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), where he taught from 1964 to 2001. His music may be heard on the Centaur, Innova, and ERM labels, and is published by Associated Music Publishers as well as Skåne Hill Music. The composer’s professional affiliation is BMI.

www.composerRudin.com

David B. Smith

David B. Smith, Extruded Daydream, 18 soft sculptures and 6 wall hanging fabric collages, 25 x 25 x 10 ft. installation, 2016. Photo courtesy of the artist.  

David B. Smith, Extruded Daydream, 18 soft sculptures and 6 wall hanging fabric collages, 25 x 25 x 10 ft. installation, 2016. Photo courtesy of the artist.  

David B Smith makes fabric-based photo-sculpture that explores fantasy, loss, commodity, and connection in American culture. To gain access to the back-end of cultural memory, he playfully rearranges iconography using pseudo programming code - comprised of digital and analog fragmentation, accreditation, and reorientation. He isolates patterns, crosses wires, and entertains poetic interpretations, making the once familiar strange and unsettling, yet oddly cozy. His work has appeared in exhibitions at MoMa PS1, The International Center of Photography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Asia Song Society, John Connelly Presents, with recent solo shows at The Spring Break Art Show, Halsey McKay Gallery, and Calico Gallery. His work has been discussed in the New York Times, The Observer, Art Fag City, the Washington Post, and Miami New Times. Smith holds an MFA from Bard College and has been awarded residencies by Apex Art, New Zealand; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; Harold Arts, Ohio; Socrates Sculpture Park, The Waterpod Residency, The Art and Law Program, and the BOFFO residency, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

http://www.thedavidsmith.com

Charlie Watts

Atlanta-based queer artist Charlie Watts seeks to create images not of this world, to use photography as a stepping-stone to the unknown realm just past the peripheral edge of consciousness. She creates images to bring imagination into fruition and provide a visual escape from the mundane to the fantastical. This spring, Watts finished an MFA program in photography with the San Francisco Art Institute after graduating with highest honors and a B.A. in art history and visual arts at Emory University. She has been a member of the Dashboard CO-OP and a resident with The Creatives Project, through which she teaches photography in underserved neighborhoods.

Her photographs are heavily performance-based and have been exhibited at Fort Mason, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, SomARTS, Root Division, WhiteSpace, the Diego Rivera Gallery, Mason Murer, Barbra Archer Gallery, and “Boom City” with the Dashboard CO-OP. Her photographic exploration to raise awareness of sex trafficking in Atlanta, The ThrowAways, currently is on display at the Rollins School of Public Health. In 2011, Watts received the Emory Center for Creativity and the Arts Community Impact Award, and she is the recipient of grants from the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs, among others. She is currently a fellow with the Walthall Fellowship through WonderRoot

www.charliewattsphotography.com

Agnes Wilcox

Agnes Wilcox, founder and former artistic director of Prison Performing Arts in St. Louis, directed plays and taught poetry in the Missouri prison system for over twenty years. She produced and directed plays by Shakespeare, ancient and modern classics, and actor-devised plays. In 2012, Agnes inaugurated a new program with men about to be released from prison. Going Home engages inmates in productions they create and perform, in which the actors examine their hopes and fears about returning to society Agnes developed and directed two museum-theatre projects for the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, "Staging Old Masters" in 2010 and "Staging Reflections of the Buddha" in 2012. Those productions involved former prison inmates and homeless veterans as creators and performers of a series of scenes examining the artwork in one of the museum’s exhibitions.

For 13 years, Agnes was artistic director of The New Theatre in St. Louis, directing and producing contemporary plays. She has been a member of three actors’ unions, Equity, SAG, and AFTRA. Agnes holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University, and an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has taught at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (Connecticut), NYU, Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis. As a writer, she has contributed to a collection, "Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre" (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2011) and various academic journals. She has been honored with a Missouri Arts Award, St. Louis Arts Award, St. Louis Visionary Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, and the Missouri Director of Corrections’ Medal for Excellence. Agnes is best known for her production of "Hamlet" (2000-2002) with inmates at a high-security, Missouri prison, a performance featured in the episode “Act V” on NPR's "This American Life” with Ira Glass. Warner Brothers has developed a film script based on the NPR documentary, written by Suzan-Lori Parks. Agnes is currently working with Bread & Roses, an organization devoted to involving union members in the performing arts. For Bread & Roses, in 2016, she developed and directed "A Workers’ Opera," exploring the history of organized labor in St. Louis. When she is not directing or acting, Agnes is working on a young-adult novel about her prison experience.

agneswilcox.com