November 2015 Artists-in-Residence

Kevin Bell’s work is informed by experiences growing up in the western United States, including ten years as a backcountry ranger and guide in Alaska. He earned a BA in history from Bowdoin College, and completed an MFA in painting from University of Oregon. His paintings are exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent shows in Hong Kong, Hamburg, Seoul, Vancouver B.C., Houston, New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago. His work was included twice in the publication New American Paintings, and featured in art fairs such as PULSE New York and NEXT Art Chicago. He is currently an Associate Professor at The University of Montana and serves as Editor-in-Chief of FATE in Review, a national journal dedicated to college-level art pedagogy.

AKatrina Brees is a parade producer from the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Her work in visual and performance arts has been a favorite of audiences of over 250 parades as well as television and film.  Brees brings the Carnival to Mardi Gras with a rainbow of costumes, performers, floats and music.  Her focus on environmental sustainability in the Carnival industry has established her as a leader in the “Greening the Gras” movement and was acknowledged with the 2013 “Urban Hero” Award.  Parade production marries Brees’ unique skill set of costume design, dance, theater, circus, burlesque, sculpture, painting, prop building, music and event planning. Through influences of global festival and ritual arts, Brees develops interactive, multi-sensory and inclusionary experiences for all ages.

Cristiane Mohallem is a Brazilian artist who currently lives in São Paulo. She graduated in Psychology from PUC-SP in 2000. Working as a psychologist she coordinated an art project at the Rim e Hipertensão Hospital, UNIFESP, where she stayed until 2006. Her interest in becoming an artist initiated during her graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a MAAT in 2008. Aesthetically attracted to specific themes (sky, hands, trees, stones) she investigates them by painting, needleworking and drawing. Her first solo exhibition “Skys are Heavens” was held at DConcept Escritório de Arte Gallery, in São Paulo. Her visual works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels WHEN SHE WOKE and MUDBOUND, which won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for socially conscious fiction. She also published the digital short “Aftermirth.” Hillary is currently at work on a sequel to MUDBOUND called FATHERLANDS.