Composer and pianist Robin McLaughlin has had work performed throughout the United States and Canada, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. Drawing musical inspiration from metaphor and the sacred, her music is imaginative and energetic. Robin recently held a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Other recent projects include a piece for flute and lighting design for Krisztina Dér’s flute/light project, a Rosie the Riveter-inspired work for the Greensboro-based Women’s Wind Ensemble, and and a saxophone and fixed media piece for Emily Loboda. Robin presented at Nief-Norf’s Genre Lines summit this last June, and her work has garnered performances by numerous ensembles, including the Bechtler Ensemble, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Present~Continuous, the Oraia Reed Quintet, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, and the Houghton College Philharmonia. As a pianist, Robin is a founding member of the Catchfire Collective. She teaches composition and theory at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she also received her Masters in Music Composition. Her primary instructors have been Alejandro Rutty, Mark Engebretson, Sarah Hutchings, and David Davies. Upcoming projects include a clarinet/tape piece for clarinetist Kyle Kostenko, and a new large-scale sacred work. In her free time, Robin loves to read and bake, and has nearly perfected the art of sourdough bread.
Allison McIntosh is a Midwest-based composer originally from the Pacific Northwest. McIntosh graduated with a Master of Music in composition from the New England Conservatory, where she studied under Michael Gandolfi. She also graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in music. In 2018, McIntosh began a Doctorate of Music at the University of Kansas. McIntosh has attended festivals such as the Walden School Creative Musician’s Retreat and the Wyoming New Music Festival, and her music has been performed by many talented musicians including the Washington Masters Chorale and members of the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. She has attended workshops with many brilliant composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Ades, and Joan Tower. She has also taken lessons with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Malcolm Peyton, and John McDonald. McIntosh’s music often involves influence from literature, and she is particularly interested in interpreting poetry through art song. Her music also often connects her passion for music history to her interest in innovation and experimentation. She has seen her works performed at Boston Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and the National Presbyterian Church, as well as many other venues throughout the country.
Natalie is a painter and poet who creates paintings through layers of paint of the human condition. Her art considers methodology, emotion, and craft. They are stylistic, impassioned, and rebellious to the face of contemporary art. Her focus especially centers towards visualizing the female experience, beginning with her own.
Joe Poon is a full time high school art educator and a conceptual artist. He works primarily in video and installation, but counts performance (as teacher) and social practice as contemporary forms of expression as well. He is concerned with deep metaphysical, philosophical, and esoteric topics, but knows that life can't be taken this seriously and that however you live your life at the present moment is all that matters. Much of his work is found within his interior soul, as he spends a lot of time thinking about works he would like to create and indulges in self-satisfaction with these ideas. Some works take form (and are built, painted, or filmed) and he decides to submit them to open calls or try to get them to be displayed or viewable by a public audience. He enjoys teaching art "by day", and his main teaching goals are to inspire students to just make art for their own sakes. "The only artist you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday" is the mantra in his classroom. Joe attempts to, and might fail at times, to construct an environment where the art-making is not comparative or competitive, but rather uplifting, collaborative, and experimental. In his pedagogical experiments, he has introduced elements/skills of compromise, and empathy as ideal forms of learning and the habit of self-assessment and reflection as vital to life's greatest pursuits.
A 2010 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, Darryl Lauster is an Intermedia artist, writer, and a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Texas Arlington. He has exhibited nationally at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the National Metal Museum, the Cameron Museum of Art, the Urban Center for Contemporary Art, the John Michael Kohler Foundation and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, as well as internationally in Berlin, Paris, London and Rutten. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, McNeese State University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
His writing has been published by Gulf Coast, Art Lies, Crack the Spine, Esthetic Apostle, The Conversation, the Art Journal Open and his first novel, Rites of Passage, was published by Creators Press in 2017. His work investigates the American past and present, and hinges on the tensions between the truth and fiction as it informs our understanding of history.
A playful artist from an early age, Marie Claire began to create work with a theatrical flair when she discovered puppetry while studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She then immersed herself in storytelling and visual performance and has created six original puppet shows to date. Having worked with artists ranging from Naomi Fisher to Lyon Hill, Marie Claire has had the opportunity to learn about concept, process, and perseverance from many notable creators. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from MICA in 2017 with a BFA in Fibers, and she now resides and works in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.
Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Hybrid Media artist working in lens and time-based media, performance, installation, sound/music, creative writing, and digital art. Her integrated media works explore feminist new media themes through the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and technology. Her works have been included in national and international exhibitions and festivals including the Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece / Galway International Arts Festival Galway Ireland / Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space Prague, Czech Republic / Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH / Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ / Yan Gerber International Arts Festival Weichang County, China / Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY / Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA / Kennedy Museum of Art Athens, OH, Museum of Contemporary Art Bogota, Columbia, and the E-Poetry Festival London / Kingston Upon the Thames, UK. She completed undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, & DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York. Keough is a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Art at UMASS Amherst in Massachusetts.
Frida Braide is an artist who mainly works with photography. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, Braide makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products and marketing.
Her photos appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
She is currently studying a bachelor in fine art photography at the university of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Rachel Van Wylen graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Art and English in 2007. While at Gordon, she participated in a study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. After graduating, she went to The New York Academy of Art, where received an M.F.A. in Painting in 2009. While in New York City, she also studied at the New York Art Students League. In the years since then, she has taught at a number of schools and arts organizations, including Boston Trinity Academy, the Menino Art Center, and Spring Arbor University. She is currently the Art Department Chair at The White Mountain School, in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where she resides.
In 2015, she was the winner of the Loeschner Competition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, one of the most significant sculpture collections in the Midwest. Her winning piece is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Rachel has also shown her work throughout the Midwest, the Northeast, and Italy. A partial list of venues where she has shown her work includes Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH; The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at the Vytlacil Campus of the New York Art Students League in Sparkill, NY; The Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon; MI, the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, MI; the Art Gallery Le Logge in Assisi, Italy; the Scarab Club in Detroit, MI; and the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, CT.
Stacy Seiler is a multi-disciplinary artist, journalist and design educator based in New York City. Her work explores the psychological impact that architecture plays upon its inhabitants in states of both presence and absence. Beginning with a deep-dive into the history and antiquated technology of defunct 19th and 20th century industrial structures, Stacy’s practice utilizes drawing, cut paper collage, photography, digital print and sculptural objects as a means of channeling the past into the present. Her desire is to communicate the importance of architectural preservation within our culture and spark a curiosity for viewers to investigate the compelling history contained within each structure. Stacy received her BFA in Fine Art with a minor in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Drawing from Parsons School of Design. She has exhibited internationally in notable institutions, including Sotheby's, CH, The Guggenheim Estate, Fashion Institute of Technology, The Swiss General Consulate, NY, The National Arts Club and The Painting Center.
In addition to her art practice, Stacy is the Art Editor of IRK Magazine, Paris for which she conducts interviews and writes feature articles on the work of innovative artists and designers from around the world. Stacy also holds an extensive background in design education and curriculum development. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design and has instructed courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons Paris and Drew University.
Rachel Trusty is an artist, art educator, and independent curator originally from central Arkansas. Her artwork and research focus on traditional feminist art-making techniques, queer art history, and on gendered materiality. Rachel Trusty graduated the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR in 2006 with a BA in Art Education and from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA in 2011 with a MFA in studio art. She currently works as an online art instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton, AR while she pursues a PHD in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
Ariana Martinez works across audio, animation, and sculptural installation to navigate the geographies that have shaped them. From their ancestral landscape of Lajas, Puerto Rico, to their mother's childhood Bronx neighborhood in New York City, and all of the many cities and towns where Ariana spent their childhood, Ariana looks to understand the reciprocal relationship between people and place. In 2017, Ariana graduated from the Brown University | Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.F.A. in Sculpture. In 2018, they were named a New Voices Scholar by the Association for Independents in Radio and received the Signal to Noise Award for experimental sound design from Gilded Audio and UnionDocs. Previously, they were an artist in residence with the New York Arts Practicum and at The Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ben Robichaux (b.1991) is a dedicated composer whose interest for expanding his compositional style has always been a top priority. His chamber works have been featured at the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the 2018 Society of Composers, Incorporated Student National Conference, the SEAMUS 2018 National Conference, the 2017 Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the 2017 Atlantic Music Festival, the Electrobrass II Conference, the 2017 Society of Composers, Incorporated Region IV Conference, the 2016 NACUSA/SCI Snapshot Conference, and the 2016 Society of Composers, Incorporated National Conference among others. His choir music has been performed by the Academy of Voices of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Dekalb Choral Guild of Atlanta, Georgia and the Repertory Singers of the University of Georgia. As a recipient of a James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers, his wind ensemble works have been performed nationally. He was selected as a participant in the National Band Association Young Composers and Conductors Mentor Project, which includes a recording and performance with the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. While participating in this project, his principal mentor will be renowned composer Frank Ticheli. While a student, he was appointed to the Society of Composers, Incorporated student council where he helped implement initiatives that increase student member involvement across the United States.
He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2018. He received a Master's Degree in Music Composition at the University of Georgia in 2016. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 2014. He has studied composition with Natalie Williams, Leonard V. Ball, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Adrian Childs, and Emily Koh. Additionally, he has been involved in masterclasses and private lessons with Jesse Jones, Melinda Wagner, Paul Koonce, Ben Hjertmann, David Ludwig, Pierre Jalbert, Ken Ueno, Nils Vigeland, Donald Crockett, George Tsontakis, Hannah Lash, Robert Cuckson, Jennifer Jolley, Joseph Dangerfield, Elliott McKinley, Luke Dahn, Robert Paterson, Xi Wang and Mari Kimura. He is published by Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC and is affiliated with BMI. He currently teaches music technology and audio engineering at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Andriy Sovetov is an instrumental composer. He focuses on writing concert music as well as writing for various forms of media including films, commercials, trailers, and podcasts. He has an BM in Composition, and will be receiving his MM in Film Composition this next school year. He also records as pianist, this year recording a number of works including Chopin's Etude Op 10 No 1, Rachmaninoff's Prelude No 2, and Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata. Over the next month, he will travel to Vienna, Brno, and Charlotte, NC for premieres and recordings of his own works. These works, along with a selection of solo piano recordings, will make the first full disk he plans on releasing in July.
Monica Hunken is a Brooklyn-based rabble rouser/ performer who creates docu-adventure theatre including; Reading the Water, Blondie of Arabia, The Wild Finish, Hunker Down, Outside the World and Mt Rushmore. In NY, she has been produced at Culture Project, Exponential Festival, The Brick, The Living Theatre, Polish Cultural Institute and HERE Arts Center. She has been produced in Australia’s Horse’s Mouth Festival, the Netherland’s DeParade Festival, Norway’s PIT festival, the Glastonbury Festival in England, among many other theaters across the globe. She is Associate Artistic Director for The Living Theatre. She was an artist in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fish Factory in Iceland and winner of the Patrolio Award for her work responding to social injustice through art in Spain. She has worked in refugee camps around the world facilitating arts programming. She is an avid cyclist, having ridden through over 20 countries while also being an activist/ organizer having worked with Rev Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping, Resist Spectra, Time’s-Up!, New Sanctuary Coalition, Sane Energy Project on environmental and immigration issues and she works as a direct action trainer with Beautiful Trouble, GreenPeace and Rainforest Action Network in NYC and abroad.
Kyle Giacomo is an artist based in Oakland, California working in both paint and photography. He grew up in desert landscapes with wide blue skies and this is represented everywhere in his paintings. The sky-colored blue, pink and orange hues of the desert infuse his work with an expressive freedom. Kyle's indeterminist paintings are strolls in cartoony, sometimes visually intense, landscapes. The colors vibrate and shapes are delimited by clear or hesitant lines that seem to represent something familiar. We sometimes think we see a cloud, a fragment of skull, a bomb or a donkey. The forms are like nesting boxes, lyrical stories within stories, being constructed yet not fully formed.
Kyle’s photographic work has featured conceptual projects such as a (re)staging of Duchamp’s “Unhappy Readymade” in an oak tree, The Chair, a series of photos with an inanimate character, and a collaborative project based on Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse. He is also interested in wilderness, both as subject and artistic practice. Kyle holds an MA in English and has worked in youth education for over 10 years.
Chadchom Cheskhun was born in 1993, Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, living in Washington state, USA. At the age 15, he became interested in photograph, particularly in landscape photography where his father gave him his first camera, “Nikon FM2,” to Chadchom and he has been working on photography ever since then. Graduated in 2014 with Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rungsit university, Thailand.His Prominent works such as “Scape of mind” and “Road trip and landscapes” had been exhibited in many galleries throughout Thailand. His work experiences also extend beyond photography where he was an art director at "Smallroom Bangkok Pop Music Label." One of the top three music companies in Thailand.
Currently, He is studying a graduate degree in Fine Arts at Washington state university and researching the new ways of photography like the contemporary photography and instant film under the project of “Remember not Remember.”
New York/Venezuelan experimental musician, Xi.me.na Borges is an extremely eclectic composer and performer. Armed with an array of digital and analogue technologies, Xi.me.na uses her voice to blend the music of disparate times and places, creating alluring sonic collages and migrating confidently between avant-garde opera and electronic pop.