December 2015 Artists-in-Residence

Dakota Gearhart is the progeny of a philosophizing mechanic and a feminist director. Identifying as a pansexual mermaid, her practice in video and installation respond to hierarchical value systems of desire. Dakota has exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; On The Ground Floor, Los Angeles, BronxArtSpace, New York, FalseFront, Portland; Vulpes Vulpes, London; and Taiyuan Normal University Gallery, Shanxi. She is the recipient of the Artist Trust Project Grant, the 4Culture Individual Project Grant, and the Jane Davis Fellowship. She received her BFA from Florida State University and her MFA from the University of Washington. Currently, she lives and works out of a decomposing cement box in the Pacific Northwest.

Sena Huh is a visual artist + designer + creator based in New York City. She earned MFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design; BS in Biology and BFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from Indiana University. She received RISD’s prestigious president’s scholarship, graduate fellowship, Alma Eikermann scholarship, etc. Her works have been exhibited in numerous galleries + museums including Arrowment School of Arts and Crafts, Knoxville Museum of Art, Metals Museum, UMAss Dartmouth University, Southern Illinois University, etc and published in Lark Publication, Canvas Creative Arts magazine and other catalogs.

Rebecca Johns’s first novel, Icebergs, was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her second, The Countess—a fictionalization of the life of Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess”—was published in October 2010 from Crown Books. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Mississippi Review, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, and Seventeen, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Missouri School of Journalism, she teaches in the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.