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Alexis Day is a Portland based, mixed media artist, originally from the coastal town of Bandon, Oregon. Utilizing her background in psychology, she investigates the themes of perception and memory, and how these processes relate to both individual and cultural identity. Working with a variety of mediums including paint, photographs, fabric, thread, and charcoal, Day creates artworks that resist categorization, and communicate through both their rendered subject matter, as well as the materials and processes used to create them.
Day is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. She has earned an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2019, a Bachelor of Science in Art Practices from Portland State University in 2017, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2010. She recently attended an artist residency at The Studios at Mass MoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts, participated in the Forefront Symposium at Cynthia Reeves Gallery, in North Adams Massachusetts, and exhibited a solo show, Cascades: Synapse and Satin, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Other shows include the California Exhibition, at the TAG gallery in Los Angeles, California, Putting it Together 2, at the Foundry in St. Charles, Missouri, Figuratively Speaking at Liberty Arts Gallery in Bend, Oregon, and Dismantled, a solo exhibition at the Lodge Gallery in Portland, Oregon. She has also participated in several Portland group exhibitions including, Gathered, at ADX Studios, HEART, at Urban Studios, Can’t Touch This, at the 511 Gallery, Potentialization/Actualization, at the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, and Groundcover at The Lodge Gallery.
Matthew Leifheit is an American photographer, magazine-editor, publisher, and professor based in Brooklyn, NY. He is Editor-in-Chief of MATTE Magazine, a platform for new ideas in photography founded in 2010. He was formerly the photo director of Vice Magazine, and has written criticism and interviews about art and photography for Aperture and Time. Leifheit holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, where he was awarded the Richard Benson Prize in 2017. He is currently on faculty at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Robert W. Fieseler is the winner of the 2020 Columbia Journalism School First Decade Award, the 2019 NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association) Journalist of the Year and a debut nonfiction author. He currently lives with his husband and dog in New Orleans. He graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and the Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing.
Fieseler’s essays and feature stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and recognized in roundups of best nonfiction by The Atlantic. He writes about marginalized groups and overlooked people who make the world better for themselves. As such, his heroes tend to be exiles and outcasts seeking their own strange forms of freedom.
As a little boy in flat flat Chicago, Fieseler’s favorite movie was The Wizard of Oz, and he thought he lived in Kansas. He loved the Wicked Witch and melted everywhere he could, including one time in the middle of Cook Country traffic court when his mother was disputing a ticket. Now, he owns an opinionated Cairn Terrier – same breed as Toto – who accompanies him to the library. Perhaps unsurprisingly to his mother, Fieseler grew to be a proud gay American.
photo by Ryan Leitner