Nina Ruelle is a textile artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2013 she graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a BA in Visual Art and significant coursework in biology. In her work, she blends meticulous craftsmanship with material decadence, creating surfaces and sculptures that both invite and critique through their adornment. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Dirt Palace, where she has lived since 2014. Previously, she has completed residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists Residency and the Mildred's Lane Art Complex(ity), and has won scholarships to attend the Penland School of Crafts. Her works have been exhibited in various Rhode Island venues, including Anchor Gallery, the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, RISD's Expose Gallery, the David Winton Bell Gallery, the List Art Center, and the Dirt Palace Storefront Window. She has two upcoming shows in 2016, including a group show at the Green Space Gallery at the T.F. Green Airport and a solo show at the AS220 Project Space.
Briona Hendren is an interdisciplinary artist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area working primarily in sculpture, installation, and performance art.
She began seriously creating works of art after a chaotic change of events during her 4th year of college when she was pursuing a degree in psychology at University of Hawaii at Manoa. In May 2016, Briona completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture with a minor in Museum and Gallery Methods.
Through various mediums, Briona’s art analyzes paths of the human endeavor, concepts of the human condition, and the psychological processing that is intertwined in both every step of the way.
Presently, she is attending her second artist residency in upstate New York, and preparing a large-scale public art commission that will be installed in Rohnert Park, CA, Winter 2017.
William Carson Graham is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist of a variety of traditions. His music aims toward a specific and deliberate balance of interest, integrity, and familiarity. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he studied composition at Vanderbilt University and at the Sydney Conservatorium and is now based in New York City.
Aparna Sarkar is a mixed-media artist and teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Her work deals with the meeting of the sacred and profane in the brown female body, as related to the notion of the othered body. She depicts this body as both a vessel and a barrier. She draws on Hindu mythology and queer theory to discuss hybrid identities and the potential of myth to affect reality. Aparna graduated with a BA from Pomona College, majoring in mathematics and minoring in art. She teaches in the math department at Saint Ann’s School. At Arts Letters & Numbers, Aparna will be collaborating with resident Sam Keene to create a series of painted, sculptural forms.
Sam Keene is an artist and furniture maker based in Brooklyn. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Studio Art from Pitzer College. He has since worked professionally in art and architectural fabrication, and has immersed himself in the study of both traditional craft and digital fabrication techniques.
During his time at ALN, Sam will be working on a sculptural collaboration with fellow resident Aparna Sarkar, exploring personal identity, material culture and the creation of myth.
Jen received her MFA in Visual Communication Design from VCU [Virginia Commonwealth University] in 1997 and has since taught Graphic Design at several institutions in Virginia, California, and Oregon.
Her teaching expertise is in graphic design history and processes, typography, and logo / identity design. She has conducted research in and published on such topics as signs and symbols, design history, book arts, and travel (as a metaphor for design and as design inspiration).
Much of Jen’s personal mixed media work explores juxtaposition, whether that be driven by type or image or the intersection of both. From embedded meanings in symbols to the contradictions inherent in language, letters, words and culture play an important role. Her paintings, collages, and artist books often celebrate her travels and the objects that help create a sense of place, but also may shape one's identity.
Jonathan Russ composes direct, expressive music with an eye towards social good, drawing from the languages of contemporary classical music, musical theater, and indie rock. His music has been performed throughout America and Europe.
Jonathan is Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble and the Blueshift Ensemble and is a founding member of the ICEBERG New Music composers' collective. He has worked with loadbang, Sō Percussion (through their Summer Institute), Marimolin, members of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, clarinetist Stanley Drucker (NY Philharmonic), singers Kamala Sankaram and Jennifer Beattie, and pianists Amir Khosrowpour and Marilyn Lehman. Awards include the MA-ASTA Composition Competition, ShoutHouse Call For Scores, and the Boston Conservatory Choral Composers' Competition. He has held residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Hambidge Center, Arteles, and Crosstown Arts, and was featured at the inaugural New Music On The Bayou Festival. His short opera Bark! (with librettist Lane Dombois) was produced by American Opera Projects and NYU. Upcoming projects include a piece for Yarn/Wire, a book of piano miniatures, an opera about a hermetic young woman, and a rock EP.
Robin is from the San Francisco Bay Area and received her MFA in Poetry from St. Mary’s College. She is working on a hybrid form that intersects visual art and language to engage the viewer on a more intimate level. She is driven by finding beauty in unpromising corners of the visual world: the small, broken, mundane; and in finding a completeness in fragmentary and disembodied language. In combining language and visual images she hopes that a spark may jump across and light each side.
William Fillmore was raised in Fullerton, California. After earning his Bachelors in Business Administration, he pursued his desire for making art, and earned his MFA in Sculpture in 2013, from Indian University, Bloomington, Indiana. Since graduating William has participated in numerous Artist in Residence programs, including The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Core Clay Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, Franconia Sculpture Park, Schafer, Minnesota, Campos De Gutierrez, Medellin, Colombia, and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont. William has had the great fortune to profess his passion for the studio arts for the last seven years as a professor of visual art at colleges and universities, from Indiana, California, North Carolina, and now New York. William’s creative style and tastes are as eclectic as varied as his career. He takes great pleasure in questioning what is possible with material and ideas, and above all else he loves fucking with people’s expectations…