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Troubadour, vaudevillian, storyteller, adventurer, singer-songwriter, Lewis was winner of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award in 2003, New Folk Winner 2002 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and 2001 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Audience Favorite. Lewis has performed all over the world with an array of incredible musicians, including tours with Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Pat Benetar and The Indigo Girls.
She’s traveled around the globe to more than 70 countries, picking up world-beat music and stories on the way; jumping box cars, riding on freight boats and has even played music with an elephant orchestra in Thailand.
Fay Ku is a Taiwan-born, New York City-based artist whose work is figurative, narrative and connects with past and present cultural histories. Most of her paintings are mixed media tableaus on translucent sheets of Mylar. She is the recipient of a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant and 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grant. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and participated in several artist residencies. She attended Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont for her B.A. and holds both a M.F.A. Studio Art and M.S. Art History from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Jodie Hollander, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The New Criterion, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015.
She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland, and attended the MacDowell Colony in February of 2015. Her debut publication, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse (London) in 2012, and her full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry). She currently lives in Avon, Colorado.
Greg Hrbek is the author of three books of fiction, most recently Not on Fire, but Burning, which was an NPR Best Book of 2015. His short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Harper’s Magazine, Conjunctions, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories 2009.
Jean Fineberg is a Jazz & R&B composer, performer on saxophone, flute and drums, a faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory, and a recipient of grants and awards from ASCAP, the NEA, and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. Performances of her work include the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Grammys. Jean currently composes for 18-piece Jazz Orchestra as well as smaller ensembles, and has recorded on more than 40 albums. Profiles of Jean appear in numerous books, including Feminists Who Changed America and American Women in Jazz.
Shea Hembrey‘s work questions reality. He seriously explores our best current understanding of the structure of reality while also often playing trickster. Currently, that exploration questions our contemporary view of the universe as revealed through physics.
He approaches art by concentrating on a singular, defined conceptual project where the ideas direct what methods and media he uses. Research is key to all of his creative endeavors while he remains a prolific maker of things.
Though always focused on developing new technical skills on his own, he has a varied formal art education.
His nine years of studying art at university include a year spent studying Maori art in New Zealand and an M.F.A. from Cornell University.
Further explore his work online through coverage on NPR, PBS, in a New York Times Magazine profile, and a popular TED talk.
Nature has long been the subject of Christine Neill’s large mixed-media paintings. She grew up in New England and after initially studied biology at Skidmore College, graduated with a BS in Art. It was a natural transition for her from the examination of biological process in a lab to metaphorically visualizing those processes as imagery in paintings and prints. She dates her interest in the effects of climate change to early studies of the environment. In 1971 she earned a MFA at MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting where she studied with Grace Hartigan. She is a Professor of Painting at Baltimore.
Allison Svoboda is an internationally recognized artist working in painting, installation and sculpture. Finding the edge between intuitive and deliberate mark making, Allison’s work is both ethereal and ominous. Her sumi-e collage works are intricate paintings layered to create sculptural works. These paintings, are translated into large-scale works on metal, glass and cut paper. She recently received the Hemera fellowship to study Zen and calligraphy in Japan. Her artwork can be seen in places such as the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi, Hilton of Barbados, Intercontinental in Guatemala City, and the Nashville International Airport.
In 2009, as part of her Master’s study Colette Keen embarked on researching and writing A Beautiful Day aka Windows on the World, a verbatim play that focuses on the perspectives of individuals who were in New York on 9/11. The cast included Noah Wyle, Virginia Masden, and Mike Farrell, among others.
Colette recently completed her PhD (Drama) Flinders University. Her thesis Behind the Words: The ‘Art” of Documentary and Verbatim Theatre examines what puts the ‘art’ into Documentary and Verbatim Theatre.
Born in 1943 and raised in London, Bill Jacklin attended the Royal College of Art. In 1989 he was inducted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, and in 1991 was elected Royal Academician. Jacklin at first worked with abstraction, and as his interest changed toward studies of light and movement, he began to work with figuration. The abstract tendencies of Jacklin are present in his figurative works, as his crowded city landscapes often appear as patterns of light and dark, making them simultaneously remote and familiar.
Jacklin’s work is in collections worldwide, including the British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Museum of New Tate Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Richard Cleaver has been working in sculpture for 45 years. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Cleaver has exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, American University Museum, Kohler Arts Center, and many others. His work is in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, George and Dorothy Saxe Collection at the DeYoung Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art Diane and Sandy Besser Collection at Arizona State Museum, Fuller Craft Museum and the Delaware Art Museum. Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Evergreen Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council and The Trawick Prize, the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund, and the Baker Artist Award.
George Ciscle has mounted groundbreaking exhibitions, created community arts programs, and taught fine arts and humanities courses for close to 50 years. He trained as a sculptor, studying with Isamu Noguchi. For 15 years he developed high school interdisciplinary curriculum and work-study programs for the emotionally disadvantaged. In 1985, he opened the George Ciscle Gallery where he promoted the careers of young and emerging artists. From 1989-1996 Ciscle was the founder and director of The Contemporary, an “un-museum,” which challenges existing conventions for exhibiting art in non-traditional sites focusing its exhibitions and outreach on connecting artists’ works with people’s everyday lives. From 1997-2017 , as Curator-in-Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art, he continued to develop new models for connecting art, artists, and audiences by creating the Exhibition Development Seminar, Curatorial Studies Concentration and the MFA in Curatorial Practice.
Jean Pederson is the author of North Light books Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People and Mixed Media Painting Workshop. She is a contributing editor for The Artist’s Magazine appeared in several of the Splash best-of-watercolor series, Watercolor Artist, Magazin’Art and has four instructional dvd’s.
Included in Canada’s Who’s Who Jean is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), California Watercolor Association (MCWA), The Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor (CSPWC) and the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA).
Jean has been honored with numerous national and international awards over the years, and has work placed in the Royal Collection in Windsor, England. Most recently, Jean was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contribution to the arts.
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She is currently touring her solo show, NOT QUITE: ASIAN AMERICAN BY LAW, ASIAN WOMAN BY DESIRE. She has performed her solo at National Storytelling Conference and Capital Fringe Festival this year. She will be performing it again at Minnesota Fringe Festival and Boulder International Fringe Festival in August as well as Houston Fringe Festival in September. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.
Leigh Gallagher is a fiction writer and teacher from California. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2011, where she was a Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellow and won a Hopwood Award. She’s taught at InsideOut Detroit, the Front Street Writers in Traverse City Michigan, and the Pratt Institute, and has been awarded residencies by the Lighthouse Works, the Wassaic Project, OxBow School of the Arts, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
Her short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Salt Hill and American Short Fiction, though she’s also interested in collaboration across art practices and alternative venues for her texts. Recent projects include a Risograph print set with the painter Paul Wackers, a short-story-as-album insert with musicians Alexis Georgopoulos and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and a lyric essay contribution to a forthcoming publication by Dispersed Holdings, New York. She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan, where she’s at work on her first full-length book, a collection of long stories.