Jillian is a trained creative arts therapist, installation artist, and classically trained ballet dancer. Jillian has danced at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with The Miami City Ballet under the tutelage of Edward Villella and trained with The Boston Ballet. After acquiring a BA from New York University in Art History, Psychology, and Studio Art, Jillian earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Creativity Development and Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. She co-created and managed the first mental health program at University Settlement’s Children’s Corner in Brownsville, Brooklyn where she treated youth, ages two to four, through group and individualized play, dance, and art therapy. She co-created the first mental health program at The League’s Education and Treatment Center’s LAND Gallery, a studio and gallery space for adults with developmental delays; and she has worked in the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. She also worked as Director of Development at RxArt, a nonprofit organization that transforms sterile healthcare environments by commissioning contemporary artists to create site-specific installations. She performed in the 2017 Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Party with Quenton Stuckey. Jillian also performs with contemporary dance company FlucT+ at The Lever House in Upward Facing Control Table Top curated by Maccarone Gallery, Studio 94 and Performa; and at Secret Project Robot for Model Home, a performance art installation created by Monica Mirabile and produced by Secret Project Robot. She has performed and continues to work with choreographer Sigrid Lauren in pieces including Nike Dead Daddy Dog at Wild Project, and in The Spring Break Art Show in partnership with Kickstarter and Current Sessions at Skylight Moyinhan Station. Jillian choreographed and performed work in curator Sarah Kinlaw’s Living Library and has choreographed and performed in the piece Duality with Uta Bekaia in Susan Bartsch’s Art-A-Porter at Chashama. Jillian has built installations for Output, Paperbox, Glasslands and for Authority Figure directed by Sarah Kinlaw and Monica Mirable at The Knockdown Center. Jillian was Otion Front Studio’s September 2016 artist-in-residence, resident artist at BUOYRR summer 2017, and will be artist-in-residence at Arts, Letters and Numbers in October 2018.
Born: Adelaide, Australia, 1988
Xiaohan Li is a media artist whose work investigates media awareness, human perception, and machine labor in line with relational aesthetics and information technology. She focuses on conceptual art and new media art, by using multiple media and material, including sculpture, installation, photography and live performance. Her work has been exhibited and screened at Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Mengi(Iceland), Sol Koffler Gallery, RI Convention Center, Ann Arbor Art Center, SHIFTSPACE Gallery, HfG(Germany) among others. Xiaohan Li received an MFA from RISD. She lives and works in New York.
Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. Their practice responds to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Coombs is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny, impressive and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items and gesture to explore human connection and/or disconnection.
Coombs is also a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-current). They graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours, and has been awarded a PhD (practice-based research) in Visual Art at the same institution. Coombs has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in venues that include: Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Villa Merkel (Esslingen), Roji to Hito (Tokyo), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), Performance Space (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) and Metro Arts (Brisbane).
Vanessa Loh is an Australian Costume Designer for Film and Television. She is interested in the human condition and how this can be expressed through clothing. She has worked within a diverse range of productions from network dramas, independent features, tight-deadline commercials and music videos.
Recent Credits include Costume Design for: Safe Harbour SBS Australia 2018 (Dir: Glendyn Ivin, starring Phoebe Tonkin, Ewen Leslie, Jacqueline McKenzie & Joel Jackson), The Second 2018 (Dir: Mairi Cameron, starring Rachael Blake, Suzie Porter & Vince Colosimo), Australia Day 2017 (Dir: Kriv Stenders, starring Bryan Brown), Jungle 2017 (Dir: Greg McLean, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann), Goldstone 2016 (Ivan Sen's sequel to 'Mystery Road', starring Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), David Wenham, David Gulpilil and Hong Kong's screen legend Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Channel 7’s TV Series Wanted 2016 (starring Rebecca Gibney).
Apprenticed in Architecture, with a BA in design and sustainability from The Evergreen State College, Wolfgang Kahler is a designer and craftsperson with a love of experimentation. He is excited by unconventional materials and practices, by the combination of old and new, by acts of service, by collaboration, and by all opportunities for learning and play.
His creative practice veers toward the architectural and he has spent time exploring the potentials for spontaneity and community engagement in the creation of space and shelter. Wolfgang currently practices freelance design and building in Portland, OR and around the Northwest. In his heart he is also a gardener, a cook, an aspiring seamstress, and a sketcher.
Corinne Lestch's fiction explores the fluctuating states of female adolescence, as well as how identities change over time into adulthood. Using humor and empathy, she investigates the nuances and complications of relationships, and the subtle shifts in dynamics between people. She is working on a collection of short stories as part of her thesis for Columbia University's Master of Fine Arts program. While at Columbia, she was awarded a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship and served as a Communications Fellow. She has taught creative writing at Rikers Island and at Marian House, a transitional housing program in Baltimore for women recovering from addiction.
Corinne's fiction and nonfiction have been recognized by numerous publications and organizations. Her short story "EDP" was selected as a finalist for Narrative magazine's 30 Below Short Story & Poetry Contest, and she was named "Writer of the Month" by the Inner Loop Literary Series in Washington, D.C. Before enrolling in Columbia, she was an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News, where she covered crime, education and City Hall. She was the recipient of a Front Page Award for Beat Reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York for a series of articles on disciplinary shortcomings at a Harlem school.
Alice Shockey is a Visual Artist and Reiki Practitioner. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Studio Art and received her Reiki level 1 and 2 Attunements at Maha Rose Center for Healing, where she also leads Art Themed Community Reiki. During a Healer Mentorship with Lisa Levine, Alice began to combine her visual art and Reiki practice, exploring a creative process of image making that emerged more from the body directly than from the mind.
Alice has suffered from Lyme disease since early childhood, and it wasn’t until she began practicing Reiki and integrating it into her creative process, that she found empowerment and confidence in her ability to heal.
Alongside her partner and Creative Art Therapist Robyn Olds, Alice is currently holding workshops in Brooklyn that combine Reiki and embodied meditation with a body tracing exercise that visually maps the individual experience.
Alice has begun to find fluidity and cohesion in working dynamically with her visual art and Reiki practice, and by working creatively with children. She has been working closely with Brooklyn Nature Days, a nature immersive program in Prospect Park, Brooklyn where she holds Earth Art workshops daily and finds creative inspiration from her students, as they lead the way with their originality and wonder.
Alice hopes to continue to hold workshops in Brooklyn and additionally during her residency at Arts Letters and Numbers and within the incredible Averill Park community.
Matthew Bacher’s work addresses the simultaneous fetishization and disposability of nature. His pieces depict nature's “pests,” such as pigeons and raccoons staking their own claim to altered environments. In the piece Pigeons and Hipsters, the two subjects share and exploit the crowded urban cityscape. They are both equally the result of their environment. Matthew enjoys creating specific instances where human paths cross with those of animals. While humans create fences and walls to suppress their fears of nature, wildlife struggles as their habitats are bombarded by plastics, rusting metals and cracking concrete. His landscapes yearn to be explored and plundered fervently. He paints beautiful trash and hideous flowers in an attempt to blur our assigned values of each. Matthew plays with the idea of the total desecration of the natural world and invites the viewer to draw parallels between our environments and theirs. The work explores environmental problems we face such as pollution, overpopulation, and climate change. In his work there is a duality of consuming and caring for one's surroundings. In End Game Loot for the Juncos, Matthew examines the Dark-eyed Junco, a common bird of North America. This bird species is primarily migratory, yet a large flock defied norms and seized permanent residency at UC San Diego during the mid-1980s. The Juncos are able to thrive due to the abundance of food and human spoilage scattered throughout the campus. The abundance of food, in turn, allows them to produce more young and live longer.
The inspiration for his work is born from Matthew’s travels to new places. He reflects on trips to large densely populated cities. Despite cities' attempts to suppress the natural world, plant and animal invaders abound. Matthew incorporates aves (birds) into his works, as they are one of the few large wild animal groups that can adapt fast enough to survive the drastic changes humans make to their natural environments. Birds are aided by mini environments such as backyards and garbage dumps. Traveling allows the artist to explore new environments that provide for varying species of flora and fauna, such as parks, college campuses and back yards. He take these environments and deconstructs. Doing this allows the artist to reflect on his own personal connection with nature as well as his impact on the environment. He thinks about his own impact on the natural world.
Matthews’s main focus is in drawing and painting. He utilizes their history of storytelling and their capacity to engage with narrative. He specifically uses dramatic lighting, loose brush strokes, and stark flat planes keeping the viewer interested in not only the subject matter but also the material. An incorporation of organic and inorganic shapes and brush strokes creates the illusion of order and chaos within the pieces. These material objects demand focus and labor which refreshingly contrast an era consumed with instant gratification.
Matthew is also interested in curating. Through his job teaching painting at drawing to children and adults at the San Diego Music and Art Cooperative, Matthew is able to bring artists together. Matthew believes that only through conversation can we work on issues within our own communities. Matthew believes artifacts can serve as a tool to facilitate these conversations. Matthew insists that art has a means to transgress the status quo and can make it easier for people to take in a new perspective.
Tilly Davey's work questions the vulnerability of humanity and the daily struggles which the world at large faces and has done so since time memorable. Directing and tutoring a number of different community art programs throughout Canberra, Australia has a large impact on the works that Tilly produces.
Tilly takes an interdisciplinary approach to art making, having a diverse artistic skill set she works with a range of different mediums and people from all backgrounds to produce large and small scaled pieces which can stand alone or be adjusted by the viewer.
Christopher Raia is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator based in New Jersey. In 2018, he received his BA in Interactive Multimedia at the College of New Jersey. His practice mixes both physical and digital means of making in order to create installations that transform spaces and provoke conversation. Additionally, he is interested in inhabiting these spaces with imagery and object making that suggest personhood. He does this by challenging the conceptual and formal conventions that often define figurative work. He is constantly questioning what makes an image humanoid both physically and psychologically.
Most importantly, he embraces working with immediacy and without fear of failure in the hopes of developing a sincere voice.
Lu Heintz is an artist, educator, and feminist collaborator currently based in Providence, RI. Through multiple points of entry- textiles, metalsmithing, video, sound, installation, performance, paper works, and writing- her transdisciplinary practice examines personal experiences on sociocultural scales. Lu balances her artistic endeavors with a commitment to feminist pedagogy and scholarship and is an Associate Artist Researcher for the Digital Institute of Early Parenthood (UK). Her work has exhibited and screened nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and artist-run projects including: The RISD Museum, The National Ornamental Metals Museum (Memphis, TN), R.K. Projects (NY), Sarah Doyle Gallery (RI), Brood Film Fest (Exeter, UK) and Strano Film Fest (Capestrano, IT). She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Additional education includes studies at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Ox-Bow School of Art (MI), and CE.CA.TI (Michoacán, Mexico). She has been awarded residencies at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center and Arts Letters & Numbers (NY), and has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The International Sculpture Center and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
Gordon H. Williams is a composer, musician and educator. He has performed as a soloist with the Gordon College Wind Ensemble (Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Timpani and Wind Band) and as marimba soloist, premiering a commission for Boston Children’s Chorus’ 10th year anniversary (Three Haiku by Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth).
Gordon believes strongly in the communal benefits of music and has worked with a number of community groups; serving on the board of directors for the Harvest Coop Markets, assistant directing Community Band- Wenham, and performing and conducting with the Ipswich Summer Band. Gordon works in the Education and Community Initiatives department at Boston Ballet.
Gordon strives to make art relevant and accessible. He has presented interactive events in festivals such as Make Music Boston, ArtWeek Boston and Figment.
Gordon graduated magna cum laude from Gordon College with a B.M. in Music Education. His private teachers include Aaron Trant and Robert Schulz (percussion), Armine Karapetian (piano) and Jawwad Noor (sitar).
Born and raised in Dominican Republic, Erika Morillo is a freelance documentary photographer based in New York City. She studied clinical psychology and sociology, which influenced her to photograph as a way to understand her family dynamics and the social environment she inhabits. Her photographs focus on the issues of family, inner city life and the finding of identity. Her work has been published and exhibited in the United States, Dominican Republic, Chile, Canada, Germany and Italy. She lives in Manhattan with her son Amaru.
Born in Bristol, TN, Jonathan Adams received his BFA from East Tennessee State University in 2016. He is currently an MFA candidate at Rutgers University. Being a black man in the Christian south lead to difficulties finding a community and understanding his identity.
Visual art was a bridge to initiate dialogues with peers and family; He uses visual art as a means of understanding. Within his work, he explores aspects of perceived identity using scenarios of the human condition and history.
Drawing upon mythology and invasive observational conversation with peers/viewers he is able to fully express the idea visually. Jonathan also enjoys the countryside and a good day nap.
Christina St. Clair’s narrative paintings and installations explore social, cultural, and environmental practices from a global perspective. Her recent work examines Foodways, defined as the eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region or historical period. This series focuses on individuals working in a kitchen environment, preparing dishes relevant to their respective cultures. The pieces tell stories by combining images of subjects and their environments with actual objects, cooking ingredients, and surfaces that they have touched or used.
Christina’s current project explores her growing interest in climate change and the incremental environmental changes that are taking place all around us on a global level.
Her recent works have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the CAMAC Centre D’art in France, and the United States Embassy in Costa Rica.
Dr. Marshall Jones is a composer, pianist, hornist, church musician, and educator. Currently, Marshall is Director of Music at St. John Lutheran Church in Beatrice, NE. Marshall recently completed his D.M. in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University where he served as a graduate assistant teaching composition, music theory, and aural skills. He also earned an M.M. in Composition from the University of South Florida and a B.M.E. in Music Education from The College of Wooster.
Marshall’s acoustic works have been featured as part of the Cortona Sessions for New Music 2016, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium 2014, the International Horn Symposium 2015, and regional SCI Conferences in 2012 and 2015. His electroacoustic works have been featured as part of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Soundcrawl:Nashville, and the Ammermann Center’s Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology. His orchestral work Paramnesis won the FSU Orchestral Composition Competition in 2015. His works have been performed by members of the Semiosis Quartet, the JACK Quartet, the FSU Horn Choir, the Florida State University Philharmonia Orchestra, and members of the Greater Cleveland Flute Society.
Using light in its various forms as a medium, Suzy Sureck works with physical and metaphoric qualities of reflection and shadow, and the poetics of luminosity. In awe of earth’s inherent beauty and value, its complexities and cycles, her works applaud the richness and interdependence of our diverse world. Referencing branching systems, plant cells, bee colonies, rivers and constellations, in relation to the pace of technology, her works acknowledging the increased vulnerability of our planet and ourselves. Her artworks have been exhibited in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Korea, Australia, and India.
Jamming media and fluidly cross-pollinating disciplines, Sureck expands drawing into an expanded field of experiential interaction by
Drawing with Light – sculpture and video
Drawing in Space – architectural and environmental installations,
Drawings on paper –in collaboration with natural phenomena
Alex the Grave is an American painter and poet living and working in Troy, New York. They’ve received a BA in English and a MA in Fine Arts, both at University at Albany, SUNY.
Their work mainly explores themes of mental illness, invisible disability, personal relationships, trauma, dark and dry humor, and the idea of a melodramatic truth. It is a therapeutic self exposure. Heavily inspired by comic books, zines and items such as handmade signs or diaries, Alex seeks to combine these aesthetics and simultaneously enlarge and expose specific moments and feelings in a physical form.
I explore the correlations and contrasts between the materiality of paint and digital constructions through painting, drawing, coding and video. My practice examines the spaces in-between; of solidity and ephemerality, the transition from light to colour, colour to light. I like to capture the moment where the collapse of distinction between what is visible or invisible, still or moving becomes a space for creative intervention. It is a study of contrast and the finding of a still point that exists in the intermediary state between flow and resistance. Central to my practice is the search for harmony and equilibrium. My work is deeply informed by Taoist philosophy on the flow, nature and water. This search for harmony through the adding and removing of marks, through balancing the right amount of colour, and mediating between configuration and spatiality, becomes a process of internal resolution as much as a pictorial one.
Yu Ting graduated with BA Fine Art from Slade School of Art (UCL) in 2013 and MA Painting from Royal College of Art in 2015. Recent exhibitions include ‘Radical Residency Exhibition 2018’, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London, UK, ‘The Internet Yami-Ichi', Offprint London, Tate Modern, London, 'You Never Look at me from the place which I see you', Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London, London, UK as well as residencies at Cove Park, Scotland, UK, Grey Projects, Singapore and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.