Fiona Morehouse seeks to expand points of connection through grounded presence. Her paintings explore a sense of home place within the tension of the human experience. Comfortable at the crossing point of ease and dis-ease, Fiona paints predominantly with a palette knife and sometimes with her fingers, creating an energetic narrative that transcends time and space. With vibrant color and rhythmic movement, her style of expressive realism provides an invitation to explore the dwellings of the mind and the landscapes of the spirit.
Fiona’s work can be found in private collections around the world. She has studied art in Italy, has made art in India, and has taught art in New Zealand and Central America. She has founded and directed 3 different community-based art studios, owned and operated an art gallery and performing arts space, and has multiple permanent public art installations across the country.
Fiona studied fine art and music at McDaniel College where she received her BFA in 1999. She continued graduate study in ceramic art at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and then painting at The Art Students League in New York. She now lives and works in Putney, Vermont and Vinalhaven, Maine.
Meredith Leich is a videomaker, painter, and writer, who works with video installation, animation, watercolor, music, and text to weave interconnected stories of climate change, cities, whales, and women. Leich received her MFA in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and has degrees from Swarthmore College (BA in Art History and Music, 2008) and the San Francisco Art Institute (Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Painting, 2013). Her on-going collaboration with glaciologist Dr. Andrew Malone was awarded a 2015-16 Arts, Science & Culture Grant from the University of Chicago. The resulting film Scaling Quelccaya, which uses satellite imagery to digitally recreate a glacier in Peru, won 2nd Prize in Deutsche Bank’s 2017 Macht Kunst Contest in Berlin and received a 2018 Individual Artist Grant from the city of Chicago’s Department of Culture and Special Events. Leich was a 2017 Resident at the Wrangell Mountains Center at the foot of the Kennicott Glacier in the Wrangell St Elias National Park in Alaska. She was also a 2011-2012 Dorot Fellow in Jaffa, Israel and held residencies at Root Division in San Francisco and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally and abroad. She lectures at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Loyola University in Chicago.
Jennifer Brody is the award-winning author of The 13th Continuum. Her book sold in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums complete this epic trilogy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA.
Italian born artist Marco Calvani is an award-winning writer and director based in NYC. His new play Beautiful Day Without You will open Off Broadway in November 2018 directed by Erwin Maas. Most recently, he wrote and directed the film The View from Up Here (US/France, 2017) starring Melissa Leo and Leïla Bekhti, based on his eponymous play commissioned by The Actors Studio and directed by Estelle Parsons. Trained as an actor since he was a teenager, he made his debut as a playwright in 2002 with Quasi, commissioned by the European Social Forum. Strong Hands was his first play to be performed to great acclaim throughout Europe. Commissions from Phoenix Theatre of London, Kunsthaus Tachheles of Berlin, Teatro di Roma, Théâtre de la Ville of Paris, La MaMa Theatre of New York and Grec Fundaciò of Barcelone followed. Neil LaBute directed the world premieres of two of his plays: Things of This World (Spoleto Festival; Fringe Festival Madrid; La MaMa Theatre) with Estelle Parsons and Larry Pine; andThe Second Time (Biennale Venice, La MaMa Theatre). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. He is the winner of the 2011 S.I.A.E. Prize for Best Playwright, of the 2013 Outstanding Playwright at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards and of the 2015 Calcante Prize. He’s also the recipient of an artist grant at the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris and of the Writer Fellowship at the Edward F. Albee Foundation; and he’s a permanent artist-in-residence at La MaMa Theatre. He teaches writing and acting in USA and in Europe. He translates from English and French into Italian and he’s an official translator of Theresa Rebeck, Bernard Marie-Koltes and Bryony Lavery. His work is translated and produced in nine different languages across the world. He’s currently working on his first feature film.