Current Resident

Augustine Cordero

I had always been encouraged to make things as a child. My father, a home renovator. My mother, a serious crafter and appreciator of foreign arts. We always had stacks of books in our home filled with ancient art.

Later, I discovered influences through popular media in the late 80s and early 90s. The root of these influences stemed primarily from cartoons, video games and toys. Drawing my favorite characters during these cartoon shows or pause my current adventure in a game to admire the dynamics and colors of whichever current protagonist I was in control of. I wanted to make up my own heroes and narratives and would devised elaborate battle scenes with my toys. Even sometimes creating my own figures from broken parts.

This lead me further into visual investigations as a teen. Ones that I later understood to be low brow at the root: graffiti characters, low rider arte, comics, and even horror magazines.

After this, a career in the visual arts became my primary focus. Later earning me a BFA from the University of North Texas where I discovered traditional subject matter and honed my techniques. 

Current Resident

Betsey Gravatt

Betsey Gravatt is an artist based in North Texas. She received her BFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in Drawing and Painting, from the University of North Texas. She is currently in her second year at Texas Woman’s University, undertaking an MFA in Painting, and a minor in Intermedia. Gravatt's work has received several awards, including the Annual Voertman's Award, The Cindi and Mike Holt Award, and the John Weinkein Distinction in the Visual Arts Award.
Betsey currently teaches Watercolor at Texas Woman's University, and gives Professional Practices lectures at universities and high schools in the North Texas area. In recent years, she has been an artist in residence in New York, North Carolina, and California, and her upcoming projects include solo exhibitions in Denton and Fort Worth, Texas.

 

In my paintings, I use vibrant colors and an alphabet of geometric and organic shapes to depict happy memories of my childhood. My process begins in CAD software, such as SketchUp and Adobe Illustrator, where I am able to continuously create and build upon interacting rectilinear and organic objects that become part of a large and intricate structure. Working primarily with gouache, watercolor, and spray paint on laser cut birch panel, MDF, and paper, I create ambiguous shapes that reference toys, architecture, and optical illusion.
Using SketchUp and Illustrator, I create imaginary, nonfunctional spaces and objects in an array of blending and filtering colors that together form these larger structures and arrangements. In these programs, I can control aspects such as scale, transparency, and color until I have created a piece that is reminiscent of the places and objects that filled my childhood with color and appeal.
My work is exploratory rather than didactic, and one of my goals is to create an alternate reality for myself and my viewers to navigate. To me this environment is inviting and friendly, and reminds me of the places I lived in or visited, as well as objects I enjoyed while growing up. I am inspired by children’s toys that were popular in the 90’s, such as Lisa Frank and Polly Pocket dolls, and by TV shows I watched as a young girl, and I use my process as an outlet for childhood wonder and creativity. From start to finish, I feel as though I am a child playing pretend. 

 

 

Current Resident

Jenny Zander

 

As a young artist supporting and engaging in intersectional arts and movements, I’ve been able to work alongside some passionate arts activists doing a wide array of creative resistance work in the Twin Cities. Art has added energy to advocacy, resonating with people at deeper emotional levels, while conveying what cannot be said with mere facts. I have found my voice and comfort in the arts. Through body art and multimedia sculpture, I try to capture life's beauty in the many faces, shades, and shapes it comes in, while highlighting environmental issues that impact frontline communities.


When I paint, I paint on people because a person communicates so much through their body language. My body of work explores the relationships women have with their surrounding environments and the natural world. I center my work around women because there is a strong connection between the violence inflicted on those who identify as female and Mother Earth. The extraction and exploitation of Earth’s wealth also parallels the displacement and commodification of black, brown and queer bodies. My art is often ambiguous, which allows viewers to interpret in their own way. Each piece serves as a silent tribute to the fragility and resilience of nature and humanity. 

 

Current Resident

Michelle Wan Lok Chan

Michelle Chan is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and currently an international dance/movement therapy student at Pratt Institute. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in 2010, majoring in Ballet and Dance Education. She was awarded HKSAR/Mainland Performing Arts Exchange Scholarship when she was at school. In 2016, Michelle had also completed Inspirees Professional Dance Therapy Core Training Program which was the alternative route program in Hong Kong. Since graduation she has had great pleasure to work with various populations with diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities in the community to promote life education through multidisciplinary arts. In addition, Michelle has traveled to Nicaragua, Iceland, Myanmar, Africa, Sweden, Singapore and Taipei National University of the Arts for cultural exchange and performances. In 2016, Michelle has participated the program of artist in residence in Iceland and presented her first interactive dance theater performance “Memomentary” at the 3rd Skammdegi Festival. In 2018, she recreated her solo dance video “Land of snow and sorrow” in Iceland and integrated the experiences in dance/movement therapy training, and finally presented in New York. 

Michelle actively participated in diverse productions to develop the arts field in Hong Kong, including ‘Bolero’ (2006) with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Burning My Life 201’ (2008) with Goodnews Communication International, ‘In Search of the Tree of Life in the Concrete Forest’ (2011) with Danceart, ‘Thanksgiving Music Concert 2013’ with Sharehymns Association Limited, ‘A Bit Closer’ (2014) with HKFYG, LCSD school tour "Philosophy of Happiness of Ant-men"(2016) by DancingAngels, ‘Philosophy of Happiness’ (2016) with DancingAngels, ‘Loving in the moment’ (2017) with HKFYG, ‘Separating From Separation’ (2017) with DancingAngels. 

I aspire to be the pioneer to promote the field of dance movement therapy in Hong Kong, China and Asia. One of my dreams is to spread the concept, intervention and impact of dance movement therapy that integrate my cross-cultural experiences and Eastern wisdom to the community and share with people all over the world. As many people think that therapy is only offered to people who are unwell. In order to promote welling being and prosperous living, being in touch with dance movement and arts appears to be one of the ways to reach the full qualities of humanity, honesty and wholeness. I strongly believe that this approach and shift in mindset will prove beneficial to the society and to the people who are preoccupied with their busy life. Everyone and the society needs it.

Past Resident

Santana Dardot

Santana Dardot is a visual artist that currently focuses on investigating — through visual narratives — experiences related to the effects and the presence of the forces of the living world in the living body, that seizes them through the affections, the perceptions, and the extra-sensorial. 

Graduated in Graphic Design at the Escola de Design of Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (Brazil), he participated in the XI Salão Nacional Victor Meirelles* (2017, Brazil), Videobrasil Electronic Art Festival (2003, Brazil), Tipografia Brasilis (2002, Brazil) and the Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial (2004, 2006, Brazil). He held an individual exhibition at the Galeria do Restaurante do Ano (2013, Brazil) and a special participation in the exhibition Acervo Disseminado – Potes do Sertão (2016, Brazil). He has published works in several publications, such as Latino – America Grafica (2002, Germany), Semipermanent (2006, Australia) and Disorder in Progress (2006, Germany). 

 

 

Past Resident

Anna Kate Blair

Anna Kate Blair is a writer and architectural historian from New Zealand. Her work is broadly concerned with intersections of place, politics and aesthetics, with subjective experiences of architecture and landscape and with concepts of ephemerality. She is currently working on writing projects concerned with islands and water, the Appalachian Trail and urban change in East London. She is very interested in experimental forms of writing, teaching, creating community and communicating research.
 

Anna's non-fiction has appeared in publications including 10 Stories: Writing about ArchitectureThe Journal of Art HistoriographyInside/Out MoMAThe Island ReviewThe AppendixPrint Quarterly and Untapped Cities and fiction in LitroHeadland and Pyramid Schemes: A Collective Cityscape. In 2017, she won the Warren Trust Prize for Architectural Writing. Anna has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously worked in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as an editor for King's Review.

 

Past Resident

Antonia B. Larkin

Antonia B. Larkin (b.1990, Germany) is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA from Georgia Southern University, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of art.

Larkin's work deals with navigating contemporary black womanhood within western constructs that facilitate misogynoir. While black women are still women the intersection often pushes and pulls across the spectrum of identity. Navigating has led her to wonder where the black female body stands socially and historically. Is it problematic for a black woman to identify with Olympia and not her maid? Are black women more akin to King Kong or a damsel in distress?

Larkin seeks to understand the western construction of the black female body, and being.

Past Resident

Joyce Watkins King

Artists Statement:  Joyce Watkins King

A child of the South and ancestor of Eli Whitney, I grew up in a small North Carolina town with a Mom who sewed my clothes as did her mother and grandmother before her. Learning to sew while I was in middle school was my introduction to soft sculpture, though I did not recognize it as such until I was in design school.

As a lifelong artist and designer, I have worked in many media, but the call of textiles always prevails. Textiles are part of my family history. They are a universal language that cuts across cultures worldwide, providing beauty, utility, identity, and symbols for special occasions: births, initiations, proms, ordinations, weddings, death. For me, fabric is also a metaphor for how many separate strands (fragile threads) can come together to make something strong and lasting--relationships, community, connections.

I strive to re-use thread, fabric, and findings in my work whenever possible, in opposition to the escalating trend of cheap fast fashion creation and consumption, with little regard for its consequences for growers, laborers, and our environment. 

Past Resident

eDuard Helmbold

eDuard moves between sculpture and performance to materialise his concepts. Using casting as method and metaphor he is currently exploring the role of nostalgia and shame in the negotiation and production of cultural identities: identities cast into moulds of memory, language and landscape. 

In 2017 he graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (Hons) and was awarded the Constance Gordon Johnson Prize for Sculpture and Installation (2016), President of the Friends of the South Australian School of Art Prize (2016), Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society prize (2017) and the City Rural Helpmann Academy Travel Award (2018). eDuard is currently based at Fontanelle Studios in Port Adelaide, Australia.

 

Current Resident

Dan Thorpe

Dan Thorpe is a Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. As a composer, his work always has a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression. As a performer, his focus is on contemporary Australian repertoire, work by queer and women composers, and multi-instrumental improvisation.

In 2016, Dan played over thirty shows, spanning Australia, the US and Brazil. His album homecoming (three years later) was a finalist in the SA Music awards, he won a Major Commissioning Prize at the Soundstream Emerging Composers Festival, and he was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critics’ Circle. He was one of the inaugural winners of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, which commissioned his piece false cognate for bass flute & electric guitar/viola/electronics. He also took part in highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, and released a tape – D I A P H R A G M – on 3BS Records.

As a composer, Dan’s work has been performed as part of highSCORE Festival [IT], Fresh Minds Festival [Tx, US], Æpex Ensemble’s Soundsystem Takeover  [US, Mi], and he has had works premiered by Ensemble Offspring [AU, NSW], Soundstream Collective [AU, SA], the Australian String Quartet [AU], Kelsey Walsh [US, Ca/DE (Berlin)], and Conrad Tao [US, NY]. As a performer, he has performed around Australia and Internationally at iconic experimental venues (from Sydney’s Red Rattler to San Francisco’s Center for New Music), has self released an LP and EP, an EP on thiswaterfallisyours and a upcoming tape on 3BS records. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (Sonic Arts/Composition) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide.

As well as a career in the arts, Dan has been a freelance Digital Producer, coder and Social Media Manager for five years. He teaches a class on DIY Digital Production at the University of Adelaide, volunteers for peak youth mental health body headspace, and helped found both the South Australian Youth Mental Health Action Group and the Elder Conservatorium Students’ Association.

Past Resident

Gabrielle Cerberville

Gabrielle Cerberville (b. 1991 in Sleepy Hollow, NY) is a curious American composer, multi-media artist, and pianist. She is an “ethnically flexible” blend of Puerto Rican, German, Italian, and Jewish heritages, which displays itself in her unique ability to inhabit many different perspectives in her music and art. Gabrielle’s music has been described as “(a) wondrously meditative connection of un-contentiousness and warm fervency.” She writes in a highly flexible style that is at once familiar and alien. Much of her recent work focuses on spiritual and humanitarian themes, surveying such topics as resurrection, binding, myth and legend, dreams, dogma, and social justice.

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Music from Butler University in composition and theory, and has studied composition with Drs. Frank Felice and Michael Schelle. Her works have been featured in several public forums, including the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, the Jordan College of the Arts Composer’s Orchestra, Butler University’s Elektronik Musik Festival, Indianapolis’s Spirit and Place Festival, Christian Theological Seminary, The University of Washington, Concordia University, and Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts collective. In 2017, Gabrielle’s work “Phases” was awarded the grand prize for the CAN Center for Advanced Notation’s annual composition competition. Gabrielle is a frequent guest composer in Iceland, having been invited as an artist in residence for Skammdegi Festival, A! Festival, and The Factory. She is inspired by the sensual nature of the world around her, and seeks to create art that is both practical and innovative, with an edge of wit and playfulness.

In addition to her regular composition activities, Gabrielle is also a fierce advocate for animal welfare and spends her days running a busy low-cost veterinary clinic on the West side of Indianapolis. Gabrielle has many diverse passions, including Terry Pratchett novels, hiking in bad weather, pyrography, needle felting, theology, studying Tolkien, “experimental” cooking, gardening, brewing increasingly unusual meads, fishing, and cartography. She currently lives and works in Indianapolis with her husband Jordan and their two insufferable cats, Zaphod and Bartók.

Past Resident

Elisa Taber

Elisa Taber is a writer and anthropologist. She explores the interstice between translation and epistemology in the Nivaklé narratives of the Paraguayan Gran Chaco. Both her stories and translations are troubled into being, even when that trouble is a kind of joy. 

In 2013 and 2016 she conducted fieldwork in Neuland, a Mennonite colony in the Paraguayan Gran Chaco, and Cayim ô Clim, the neighboring Nivaklé indigenous settlement. Her hyper-textual lyric ethnography is composed of two multi-sequential sections. The second is an ekphrastic description of 30 second films shot in Neuland and Cayim ô Clim. The first is a metonymic translation of myths from a mixture of Machaco, Guaraní and Spanish into English.

Elisa graduated from The New School Social Research with a Master of Arts in Anthropology. She currently serves as Editorial Assistant for the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons, The New School for Design. 

Past Resident

Aaron Fried

Aaron Fried is a cellist, composer, and music instructor based in Northeast Ohio.  Recent professional appearances have included Cleveland’s Ohio Theater, Antioch College, Duke University, Dickinson College, Kent State University, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a concert of trance music and lullabies at the Original Mattress Factory.  Aaron has performed with the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Parallel 45 Theater, Boston Philharmonic, Earth and Air, and as a featured performer in the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, alongside violinist Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet.  As a composer, Aaron is in the midst of a year-long song/composition-a-day project.  As an instructor, Mr. Fried teaches a full studio and helped to launch Revolution of Hope, an exciting program in Boston offering free, conservatory-level music training to inner-city youth.

Past Resident

Jacob Elkin

Jacob Elkin is a trombonist, composer and arranger based in Brooklyn, New York. His electronic music has been featured in the Lüneburg New Electronic Music Festival '15-'16 and FIGMENT NYC ’17 sound installation. In September ’17, his atmospheric work Dreamscape was broadcast on The Cutty Strange radio segment on WGXC. Recent international performances of his work include Kyiv Contemporary Music Days Electroacoustic Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, SHE LIVES Chamber Composition Workshop in Budapest, Hungary and Festival Días de Música Electroacústica in Seia, Portugal. In NYC, his work has been presented as part of the Concrete Timbre chamber music series as well as the New York Composer’s Circle concert series.

Mr. Elkin’s music ranges in style from atmospheric soundscape to post-minimalist chamber music. In all cases, he attempts to reconcile a heritage of folk and classical influence with a contemporary artistic aesthetic. 

Past Resident

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich writes music that mines patterns and is often tangential to social issues. Her music is inspired by musical and non-musical concepts alike and is visceral in nature.

Natalie is an American composer and vocalist from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Her music has been performed by wild Up as part of the LA Philharmonic's National Composers Intensive, at the So Percussion Summer Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), the 21st Annual Young Composers Meeting (Apeldoorn, the Netherlands), Spectrum (New York), on Q2 music (WQXR, New York), the highSCORE Festival (Pavia Italy), and most recently as a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. She is the recipient of the 2016 Leo Kaplan prize of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Composers Orchestra and New York Youth Symphony First Music Awards, and awards from BMI, ASCAP, and The American Prize, as well as a nominee for the Academy of Arts and Letters. She has recently been commissioned by flute/cello duo Martha Cargo and Ben Larsen, Echo Chamber, and the Shanghai Symphony.

Natalie is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, with both an M.M. and M.M.A. in composition. She holds a dual degree in composition and violin performance from West Chester University, where she ran the NOW Music Society, was the coordinator for Danza Symbiotica, a composer/choreographer collaboration), and was a member of the WCU Laptop Ensemble. Her previous composition teachers include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Chris Theofanidis, Robert Maggio, Larry Nelson, Mark Rimple, Adam Silverman, and Van Stiefel.

Past Resident

Lauryn Welch

Lauryn Welch works and lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She started her undergraduate studies in painting at Rhode Island School of Design, and finished her BFA in painting and drawing at SUNY Purchase College in 2015. In her paintings and installations, she explores how color and pattern are used on the body to express or conceal one’s identity in relation to one’s environment. Her current body of work takes a split approach between body and landscape, and is heavily influenced by naturally occurring patterns. Her work has been shown across the Northeast, and has also been featured in Art New England and New American Paintings.

Past Resident

Eloise Sherrid

Eloise Sherrid is a New York City based filmmaker and multi-media artist. A recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, her work has been featured by BBC Radio 4, the Daily Mail, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and io9.

Drawing on a broad range of skill sets and interests, Eloise's projects span documentary and narrative film making, writing, performance, and studio art.

In addition to her freelance work, Eloise is a teaching assistant at Art Prof, a free online center for fine arts education.

Past Resident

Amy Godsey

Amy Godsey is a classically trained pianist and clothing designer from Texas.  After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design at the University of North Texas and living in Italy, she proceeded to New York and worked for various fashion companies creating womenswear apparel.  Throughout all this time she remained dedicated to music by participating in bands, working on personal musical projects, and teaching piano.  Currently, she is focused primarily on exploring music.

Past Resident

Philip Ellis Foster

As a child I studied piano and gave a concert with two friends playing Chopin’s Polonaise #5 for six hands. 

In the 1990's I discovered improvised music at a Music for People workshop with David Darling and participated thereafter in several of his and other workshops: percussion with Raquy Danziger, Jewish music with Basya Schechter, Meredith Monk's multimedia workshop, Klezkamp, harmonica with David Harp, voice with Western Wind, and two Arabic Music retreats.

In 2012, I took a course in reading music at the Julliard School and played percussion with Karl Berger’s Improviser’s Orchestra monthly for a year at The Stone in New York City. And in 2016 participated in an improv workshop and a performance with Baby Somer at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Dresden.

My compositional education began in the summer, 2015 at the Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat under the direction of Martin Bresnick, where I wrote a score for a slide show performed by Wet Ink, and was followed with a Fall semester course Composition for Percussion Ensemble with Elliot Cole at the New School in New York City, where I composed four pieces for different percussion ensembles. 

I continued my composition studies in summer 2016, first with a composition master class led by Mathias Steinauer at Ticino Musica where I composed two works, then in tutorials with Roger Reynolds and Dror Feiler and discussions with Klaus Lang and other composers at the International Music Institute Darmstadt, and finally with a composition course taught by Christian Ofenbauer at the Mozarteum. 

In summer 2017 I returned to Walden School where I worked with Renee Favand-See and Olivia de Prato from MIVOS and set a haiku poem to music, then on to Ticino Musica in Lugano where I studied under Oscar Bianchi and Simon Steen-Andersen and composed two new works, one for violin, flute and narrator and the second for five unspecified instruments. In Assisi at Ticino Musica I composed a short piece on the life of St, Francis for harp, string quartet and percussion with the help of Stefano Taglietti, and then went on to participate in Ostrava Days where I presented an short improv score in Tom Buckner’s workshop, studied with several teachers, most importantly Mark Sabat, and revised completely the piece for five unspecified instruments. 

In Fall, 2017 I audited George Lewis’s Graduate Music Composition Seminar at Columbia University and continue to do so this Spring, 2018.