2016

Visiting Artist

Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall was born in Minneapolis in 1982. His feature-length debut film, LA CAMIONETA, was selected as a New York Times Critics' Pick, one of IndieWire's “Top Docs of 2013,” and one of Fandor's “Best Political Films of 2013,” marking him as “a name to watch” in Variety and garnering an award from the International Documentary Association. His films have been screened at the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Anthology Film Archives, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and at festivals such as SXSW, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, É Tudo Verdade, and SANFIC. Kendall has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, Sundance Institute, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Brown Foundation. The artist has received additional support for his work from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Berlinale Talents, IFP and the Jerome Foundation, and has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Dora Maar House, and The Bogliasco Foundation. Kendall holds a B.A. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University -- where he was named to the CEDA All-American Debate Team -- and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. 

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Tony Drazan

Anthony Peter Drazan is an American film director and screenwriter. He grew up in Cedarhurst, New York. He is best known for writing and directing the 1992 film Zebrahead, his film directing debut. Zebrahead was produced by Chuck Mitchell. His other film directing credits include Imaginary Crimes starring Harvey Keitel and Hurlyburly starring Sean Penn. He also directed episodes of the television series Trinity and The West Wing.[4] His last directing credit was the 2003 television film E.D.N.Y. From November 2012 to January 2013, Drazan performed in the autobiographical one-man show entitled The Nod on Off-Off-Broadway

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Megan Mosholder

Megan Mosholder is a conceptual artist who operates in the real-world setting of the social-political landscape through site-responsive, sculptural installations. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. A variety of publications have featured Megan's work including Beautiful/Decay, Hi-Fructose and Huffington Post and her diverse exhibition history includes participation in No Longer Empty’s Through the Parlor (2013) in Manhattan and an installation in Sirmione, Italy (2014), a body of work that speaks of the lasting impression a place of beauty can leave on an individual. More recently, Megan has been working in the corporate sector installing commissioned, permanent artworks, including a temporal, light-sensitive piece for Google's new office in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally from Ohio, Megan is currently based in Atlanta, GA but will be relocating temporarily in January 2017 to Oklahoma for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers 2017. 

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Bart Drost

I was a singer, I kept my mouth
I was a dancer, I stood stock-still
I was a writer, I wrote in white
I was a painter, the canvas remained empty

 

If I were not an artist, I couldn’t breath

 

Bart Drost lives and works as an artist in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His work is not limited to a particular artistic discipline. He also runs the independent artists initiative ‘MAAS’ and gives artists the opportunity to develop new projects or to show their work. Visit: www.maasartistresidence.nl

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016.

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Michelle Susan Elliot

Since a child I have been fascinated with movement and the changes it brings about to life.

A favorite memory of mine is sitting out in the backyard in a chaise lounge on warm Southern California nights (circa 1950's) remembering that feeling of the breeze on my face.  The movement was as a tender caress and I began to think of it as the breath of God....I followed it...I grew more and more curious about the intuitive movement of our bodies, what plays on them and what this tells us about changing and growing more and more into our true selves, our authentic selves. 

While working on my Masters Degree at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California (1980) I was introduced into the study and practice of Authentic Movement, as developed by Mary Whitehouse at Camario State Hospital.  I studied with her student, Joan Chodorov.  Tapping both the intuitive and conscious movement of life this became a major part of my work for 30 years.  

Because of my living situation...on 500 acres of rolling grass land and very old Live Oaks in a coastal valley northeast of Santa Barbara, California, this natural environment, the land, became our studio...along with the hawks, owls, coyotes, cows and assorted other wildlife, day or night, every season (Califonia after all!).  In the 1980's, with growing attention to the woman's movement, I focused entirely on Greek and Sumerian goddess myths and translated the stories into expressive movement experiences.  

Now, as director of a sorority at Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute for the past several years, I have the opportunity to bring movement and meditation into my work with young women scientists.

BA   San Francisco State Univ                      1965

        Art and Education

        (emphasis: clay, photography)

MAAntioch Univ, Santa Barbara, CA             1982 

       Psychology

       Movement Therapy

PhD Univ of Utrecht, The Netherlands

        Univ Without Walls, Los Angeles, CA  1988

        Bioethics

       (emphasis:  The Ethics of Elder Care)

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016.

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Jessie Shefrin

As an artist/educator and leadership coach, Jessie Shefrin's work has been predicated on a deep and ongoing interest in investigating interdependent, integrative and interactive relational systems as experienced through the lens of art, design and business and their intrinsic connection to contemporary culture.

In the late 1980’s, her work focused on integrating electronic tools and approaches into the fine arts curricula at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University where she was Professor of Print and Digital Media for 27 years. During her tenure there she Co- founded The Institute for Electronic Arts and Chaired the Division of Expanded Media and the Electronic Integrated MFA Program. 

In 2004, Jessie became the Dean of Graduate Studies at The Rhode Island School of Design where she worked with faculty and graduate student populations from around the globe to build interdisciplinary curricula. In 2008, she assumed the post of Provost at RISD and led the school in this capacity for three years. During this time she became more and more interested in ideas around leadership, action and change and how live, renewable systems can become the foundation for innovation. 

While at Alfred, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, conferred by the State of New York through the State University of New York in Albany, NY. And more recently received the ‘Rhode Island Women in Higher Education Outstanding Leadership Award’.

Jessie's work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and China. Venues include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art affiliate, Long Island City, NY; The Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, MA; The Beijing International New Media Exhibition, Beijing, China and most recently at BS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012 - 2013 and 2016.

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Anthony Titus

Anthony Titus was born in New York City in 1975, where he studied architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union. He completed his graduate studies in Fine Arts at the University of Chicago in 2001. Upon returning to New York City in 2001he founded an independent studio of art and architectural practice and research.  Since 2002 he has taught architecture at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also acted as an invited guest and critic at Columbia University, Art Center, Parsons, Yale University and Cornell University.

In his 2009 solo exhibition Violence >Silence at Museum 52 in New York City, he exhibited a series of large scale paintings exploring the relationships between abstraction and cultural memory. He ha exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad and is currently included in The 2010 Kings County Biennial, Brooklyn, New York. He  is currently engaged in writing a book and producing a series of projects which engage and explore  the relationship between contemporary art, philosophy and technology.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012, 2013, 2016.

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Uri Wegman

Uri Wegman holds a bachelor of architecture from the Cooper Union and a Master’s degree with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Cooper Union where he teaches design studio. His work has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture and OffRamp, and has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education and the New York Times. He practiced at the Situ Studio and the Sarah Oppenheimer Studio before co-founding Outer Architecture.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012 -2016.

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Robert Williams

Professor Dr. Robert Williams is an artist and academic. He trained at Lancaster University (BA 1983/PhD 2013) and at Leeds University (1990/1) where he was a Henry Moore Scholar in Sculpture Studies. He was the Leader of the Fine Art Programmes at Cumbria Institute of the Arts/University of Cumbria between 1998-2013. He currently leads the practice-led arts research group ARI (Arts Research Initiative) for The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts based in Carlisle.

Williams’ practice includes a number of projects in the UK and USA with close collaborators such as artists Mark Dion and Bryan McGovern Wilson; conceptual writers Dr. Simon Morris and Nick Thurston; archaeologists Dr. Aaron Watson and Dr. David Barrowclough; German cultural sociologist Dr. Hilmar Schäfer, and with his son, Jack Aylward-Williams.

Notable projects with Dion include The Tasting Garden at Lancaster (1998), The Tate Thames Dig (1999), Theatrum Mundi: Armarium at Jesus College, Cambridge (2001) and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2011). A series of prints made with Dion at Cumbria Institute of the Arts formed part of the London Underground Art Project. Other works together include, An Ordinall of Alchimy (2010), commissioned by Cabinet Magazine, a collaboration with fellows from the Mildred’s Lane Project in Pennsylvania for Williams’ project Opus Magnum: Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum (1998-present), and contributions to the exhibition Mark Dion: The Academy of Things at HfBK Dresden in 2015, and ExtraNatural at the École des Beaux-arts in Paris in 2016. A collaboration with Dr. Hilmar Schäfer and fellows from the 2012 session produced Dis Manibus: A taxonomy of ghosts from popular forms (2013) which featured tin-type spirit photographs by Corey Riddell and publication design by Natalie Wilkin. Schäfer and Williams are currently working on a new book, Calvariae Disjecta: The many hauntings of Burton Agnes Hall, which investigates the dissemination of a regional ghost-story within popular culture.

Williams also collaborates closely with internationally respected artists such as the art publishers Information As Material (The Perverse Library (2010), I, Sparkie (2013) and The Nabakov Paper (2013) curated by Kate Briggs & Lucrezia Russo). A recent major Arts Council England funded project with American artist Bryan McGovern Wilson explores the confluence of nuclear energy, mineral extraction industries, archaeology and folklore in the North-west of England. Cumbrian Alchemy (2011-2014) was shown in the UK and France, and will travel to Umeå, Sweden in September 2016 as part of The Arts Catalyst Nuclear Cultures project, led by Dr. Ele Carpenter.

Robert and his son Jack’s interdisciplinary collaborations include explorations of ideas drawn from subjects as diverse as natural history, archaeology, anthropology, myth and legend. Their collaborations include Thesaurus Scienta Lancastriae (2004-2005) and Virga et Lapilla (2006), which explores archaeological inexactitude in the exhibition Stones, Circles, Landscape & Art curated by archaeologist Aaron Watson. Robert and Jack have also worked on projects about The Underworld, Arca Tartareum (2007-08), Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne (Historico-naturalis et Archaeologica ex Dale Street 2007-09), and a project investigating glass shards from around the world in Disjecta Fragmen Communitis (2011) shown at a museum of glass manufacture from the Industrial Revolution. Their recent work, Systema Naturae (2012-2014), is a collection of quotidian objects referencing representations of flora and fauna and was shown at The Galley Exhibition Rooms in Carlisle, UK May-July 2014.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016.

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