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Amanda Chestnut’s work focuses on the representation of history – and in particular, how the history of race and gender impacts modern narratives. Her art has been exhibited in Rochester at Firehouse Gallery, Joe Brown Gallery, University of Rochester, and High Falls Art Gallery at the Center at High Falls. She was formerly a resident at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, NY and at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education in Rochester, NY. She has held graduate assistantships at Visual Studies Workshop and the Criminal Justice Department, both at the College at Brockport in Rochester. Chestnut holds an MFA graduate of Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. As an artist interested in both upending and interpreting traditional definitions of the archive, she pairs archival images and text with contemporary imagery and her own perspective to convey the history, emotion, and lasting socio-economic impact of the past. Her previous works incorporate photographic poems that draw from archival imagery, text-based poems, and Chestnut’s hair.
Sarah Perry is the author of the memoir After the Eclipse, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Poets & Writers Notable Nonfiction Debut, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Perry is the recipient of the 2018 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award and a fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University and will serve as the 2019 McGee Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Davidson College.
Francisco Loza has 20+ years of experience creating Arte en Estambre — Pressed Yarn technique. To create his original pieces, he works on wood surfaces that he covers in special wax and onto which he presses threads one-by-one into intricate designs varying in themes, sizes, and color schemes. He creates pieces with mixed media with chaquira (beaded Huichol artwork), while others have 3-D images and depth. Viewers are captivated when they see the intricacy and depth of Loza’s work. Loza’s artwork reflects a hybrid of themes including his interpretations of Huichol traditions and spirituality, Mexican culture and communities, abstract designs, and contemporary themes focused on environment, equality, and immigration. A self-taught artist, Loza has over two decades of experience collaborating with Huichol Shaman-artisans from rural communities in central Mexico. He has designed and led special events with Huichol artisans in the U.S. and in Mexico, including NEA-funded workshops that LOZA conducted while he was Artist-in-Resident at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.
Loza has led countless workshops to share his Arte en Estambre technique with students and teachers of all ages and abilities at mutliple, including Walter’s Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), universities, public schools, and cultural centers in Maryland, Ohio, California, and North Carolina. Loza has collaborated with Mexican Consulates in the U.S. to showcase Mexican cultural traditions through his artwork. Loza leads workshops for students and teachers of all ages and abilities. Through his art and teaching, he wants to inspire people to gain more nuanced understandings of art, traditions, families, and communities in Mexican and Latino communities in the United States. He sees his work as a form of artistic diplomacy between the United States, Mexico, and beyond.