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Drawing from every corner of the soundworld, Eric Chasalow creates genre-defying music. As professor, and long time arts advocate, he works tirelessly to nurture developing composers to take part in a mutually supportive community with the greatest respect and ambition for the arts and for artists.
As Irving Fine Professor of Music at Brandeis University he directs the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS). Part of the last generation of composers to work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, Chasalow has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, an Aaron Copland Award, two awards from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In 1996, together with Barbara Cassidy, he began curating the Video Archive of Electroacoustic Music, an oral history collection. Eric’s music has been commissioned and performed by numerous soloists and ensembles in the US and abroad including Talea Ensemble (New York), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), California EAR Unit (Los Angeles), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, MusicaTrieze (Marseille), the Network For New Music (Philadelphia), Boston Musica Viva, Collage (Boston), The Portland Chamber Music Festival (Maine), and New York New Music Ensemble. The Eric Chasalow collection in the Library of Congress was established in 2009. He is a proud alumnus of Bates College, studied at New England Conservatory of Music, and earned the DMA from Columbia University, studying primarily with Mario Davidovsky.
Irina Patkanian is an award-winning filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar, Professor of Film and Media Arts at Brooklyn College/CUNY, and the President of “In Parentheses,” a NYC based nonprofit film, theater & media arts company that supports immigrant women artists since 1995. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Patkanian came to the U.S. in 1991 after graduating from the University of St. Petersburg with a BA in English Literature & Linguistics. After receiving an MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, she was awarded an American Association of University Women International Fellowship to pursue an MFA degree in Film Production. Irina Patkanian makes hybrid (fiction/nonfiction) films questioning history with poetry, memory with animation, film with theater. Irina’s films have screened at more than 140 film festivals worldwide, (incl. DOC NYC, Ann Arbor, STARZ Denver, Palm Springs, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and many other), winning more than 30 awards. Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from New York State Council of the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, FA, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations, as well as artist residencies at MacDowell, Millay, Ucross Foundation and Obermann Center for Humanities.
Lisa D. Watson (LDW) is a Georgia-based artist and gardener whose environmental concerns are expressed in each project. Her assemblage pieces contain 90% reclaimed material such as paper products, metal, industrial wood, produce netting and more. She has used recycled objects as her medium for over 25 years and continually works towards a fully sustainable practice.
LDW seeks balance between urbanization and conservation in her artwork and landscape design. Her company, Plan It Green Design, LLC consults homeowners with native, drought tolerant, and pollinator friendly landscapes.
Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo exhibitions: Interurban, Brassworks, Montclair, NJ; Right to Vote, Pop-Up, Los Angeles, CA; Deer Humans, The Studios of Key West, FL; Cemento Armato, Florence County Museum, SC, and Avanguardia, Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, Savannah, GA. Subsequently, the Jepson Center purchased one of the artworks, Convergence, for their permanent collection.
Recent national fairs include Art On Paper, ICFF, and The Affordable Art Fair in New York City. Group exhibitions include Car Culture, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, CA; Artfields in Lake City, SC; The New South 4, Kai Lin Art in Atlanta and shows in Savannah galleries including Location Gallery, Roots Up Gallery, Sulfur Studios, and The Grand Bohemian Gallery.
In 2016, Watson debuted her first curatorial project, Span The Gap, an art in action exhibition including 25 local Savannah artists to draw community attention to Savannah’s iconic bridge. She has collaborated with Sulfur Studios to co-curate RE::CLAIMED and Lyric exhibitions.
Articles about LDW have been published in The Savannah Morning News, Wall Street International Magazine, Paprika Southern Magazine, Voices of Nature, Voyage ATL, and Connect Savannah.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio and a Certificate of Interior Design from LTU in Chatsworth, California. LDW works out of her Savannah studio and lives with her husband, Don along with three rescued cats and a Shih Tzu.