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Past 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. 

 

 

Past 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. 

 

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

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

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.

 

Past Resident

Daniel Walzer

Daniel A. Walzer is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Walzer received his MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, his MM from the University of Cincinnati, and his BM from Bowling Green State University. Originally trained as a jazz percussionist, Walzer has composed music for a range of small ensembles, solo instruments, and soundscape pieces for fixed media. Walzer recently won the 2016 360 Jazz Composer’s Initiative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and had premieres by the Adelphi University Flute Ensemble and a saxophone duet at the New Music at the Bayou Festival. Additionally, some of Walzer’s recent electroacoustic work appears on the Janus Music and Sound Label. Walzer recently completed his doctorate from the University of the Cumberlands.  

Past Resident

Christina Rosati

Christina Rosati's paintings have been exhibited at MCLA's Gallery 51, Massachusetts (2017) and at The Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York (2016).  

Her films include: The Gods Obscure, an experimental film (75 minutes), available via Amazon Video Direct; and a 35mm short film that premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and screened in festivals across the United States and internationally (Leeds, United Kingdom; Montevideo, Uruguay; and St. Petersburg, Russia). She most recently studied classical drawing at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy (2017).  

Past Resident

Kristina Kassem

Kristina is a visual designer and artist. She currently works in branding and identity within the hospitality realm. She's worked with a range of brands and non-profits including The Plaza Hotel, The Global Oneness Project, The William Vale, and Chelsea Piers. As an artist assistant she has worked with Candy Chang to help Candy establish the Before I Die project which has been installed in over 70 countries including Iraq, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.

Past Resident

Joseph Mastroianni

Joseph Mastroianni is a maker, creator, and Glorified Doodler living in Troy, New York.

Joseph’s work is a fast-paced, unremitting exploration of process and time. He creates oversaturated compositions influenced by our vastly stimulated contemporary culture. His digital drawings are a constant exploration of mark making and color that emerge through an autonomous process. Rather than using sketches or predetermined ideas he approaches each piece with the purpose to expand his eclectic forms, shapes, and characters that invade his work.

He evokes confusion within his compositions, mixing too many different formal elements and over saturating the surface with vibrant color.  This confusion is important.  As humans, especially adults, we attempt to over analyze and interpret our surroundings in search of concrete answers. As children, we continuously explored, daydreamed, and encompassed our nostalgic state.  The intended outcome of his work is to force the viewer to experience a constant daydream filled with humor and anxiety with a dash of uncertainty.

 

Past Resident

Earl Carlson

Earl is an artist and designer. His work explores what makes us human and what we have control over. Earl's primary field of work is getting himself and others into a flow state where they can start to explore those questions in an in depth manner with one another. In his design career he works in large complex systems, currently he is at Facebook on the news team working on the news integrity initiative.

Past Resident

capt.

capt. is from Pasadena, California and is the youngest child of James and Sharon Stovall. After playing college football and attempts to play pro football. capt. left everything and entered art school at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to study advertising. After some time in the cold he made his way to San Diego where he continued his studies in advertising eventually dropping out to focus full time on his practice. While drawing his entire life and becoming strong as a portrait artist, capt. turned his sights on painting wanting to be like the greats before him. His art reflects love, intellect, and childlike desire to have fun and be free.

Artist statement:

Growing up the youngest and only boy, I had a lot of time to myself which allowed my imagination to roam free. I always knew there was something more, something out there for people who thought like me and growing up my grandfather taught me to question everything, even him, who was a pastor and supervisor of the UCLA life science department for 30 years. That along with my father’s past as an artist started me down the road of free thought and creativity. I drew everything and everywhere I went, in fact as a shy observant kid I don't remember a time where I wasn’t trying to creatively communicate with others with drawings, paintings, or designing and never stopped, I just saw playing sports as a way to fit in as I got older and hid the creativity. I loved the the feeling I got on the field creating just made me feel whole. It allowed me to see love, touch it, and become it and after while I knew there was only one path for me and it was being an artist. My love for history, work ethic, and dedication from sports translated into a hunger to leave a stamp on the world. My influences come from everything around me; nature, history books, comic strips, cartoons, fashion designers, to painters like Picasso, Jasper Johns, Basquiat, Paul Klee, Sol Lewitt, and Matisse. My brother Weza DuBois is also a huge influence on me, he's my partner and other half of LZY GENiUS, and he helps me be a better person daily.

Description of Work:

My work is meant to make people think deeper into what is actually there the way we look at kids and wonder what they might be thinking sometimes. A lot of the work is running inside jokes with myself and a divine presence but, people should draw their own conclusions and come up with their own stories as they look at the work. Everyone sees things differently and it is my job to allow each person see what they want in the work. I would love for them to see and feel the love and freedom in each piece. Spray paint, acrylic, and oils are used to create the canvas paintings, and a mathematical equation is used as my signature because no matter what the visual is, no matter if the picture makes sense to someone or not, the answer to the math is always right. Along with drawing and painting I also write, film, digital illustrate, make music, instillations, and any other mediums as a form of expression and communication.