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January 2017

Open Studios featuring the January Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, January 28 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Lauren Chandler, Culinary Arts (Portland, Oregon) 

Lauren Chandler has been a proponent of cooking with whole foods since she kitchen-hopped around the globe on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1998. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, she cooked at the James Beard House and at restaurants in Boston, New York & Oregon while simultaneously teaching cooks of all ages, skill levels, and food preferences. Lauren received an MSW from Portland State University and worked at Outside In, supporting its mission to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. A natural outgrowth of this work is Lauren Chandler Cooks, established in 2014, which helps individuals and families grow healthier and happier through learning to cook. Often working in conjunction with clients’ health care providers, Lauren Chandler Cooks offers customized culinary instruction and chef services. In addition to running her own small business, Lauren develops and teaches culinary classes to future nutritionists and naturopathic physicians at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
During her residency, Lauren taught two cooking workshops with Caldera high school students. Together they explored cooking basics and developed granola bar recipes, the results of which were taste-tested by the public during Open Studios.

Shelby Davis, Visual Arts—Sculpture (Portland, Oregon)

I enjoy saying I’m from the hills of South Carolina. I did serve moonshine at my wedding, but I don’t own any guns. My background involves exploring the woods since I was small and building or making whenever I got the chance. I’m not sure one becomes a sculptor without a curiosity for how things are made. I have a compulsion for trying processes new to me and another compulsion for seeking out imagery to render with materials in a way I haven’t seen before. I mix high-tech digital planning with a folksy and precision-obsessed, hand-finished approach. My subject matter is derived from the deeply personal, the humorous, or the paradoxical. I hold a deep interest in the natural sciences, unfinished or readjusted fiction, and the power of storytelling. And I practice kung fu.

Genevieve Hudson, Literary Arts—Prose (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Genevieve Hudson is an American writer who lives in Amsterdam. She received her MFA from Portland State University, where she also taught writing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various magazines, literary journals, and online forums including Tin House (online), the Believer Logger, Alpinist, Portland Monthly, The Rumpus, No Tokens, Monkeybicycle, and other places. Her work has been supported by a yearlong Fulbright fellowship and by a residency at the Dickinson House in rural Belgium. She owns and operates a small copywriting business based in the Netherlands.

Dain Mergenthaler, Visual Arts—Sculpture/Installation (Brooklyn, New York)

Dain Mergenthaler’s work is informed by the landscapes of labor that have surrounded him in the cities he has lived and worked in: Baltimore, Detroit, and Brooklyn. Drawing from the gendered histories, forms, and functions of the stuff of labor and leisure, Dain recontextualizes what is around him to make sense of it all. He holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, both in fiber, and has explored and exhibited around the country. Most recently he was a founding fellow for Offshore Residency, spending a week on a sailboat in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Dain has been in residence at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, and the Wassaic Artist Residency. Dain’s most recent projects have included exhibitions at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan, as well as projects at Hatch Art, in Hamtramck, Michigan, and Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dain is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.

Tomas Moniz, Literary Arts—Prose (Berkeley, California)

Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and writer for the award-winning zine, book, and magazine: Rad Dad. In fall 2016, culminating anthology Rad Families: A Celebration will be released. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is a tender, chaotic road trip about friendship, family, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Award, the 2016 Can Serrat International Art Residency, and founder of two literary reading series. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zine Tendril Wild is available, but you have to write him a postcard to receive one: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA, 94703. He promises to write back.
During his residency, Tomas taught a public writing workshop at Sisters Public Library. Tomas guided participants through prompts and techniques for generating new writing ideas and building new writing routines

Kaj-anne Pepper, Performing Arts—Drag (Portland, Oregon)

Kaj-anne Pepper (Pepper Pepper) is a performance and theatre artist, educator, and choreographer. Kaj-anne’s fabulous drag persona Pepper Pepper is a humorous yet thoughtful gender-bending emcee and entertainer. Pepper’s artistic practice centers itself in articulating queer excellence and criticism with vulnerability and artifice while turning tragic into magic and trauma into drama. Pepper has been a fixture in the PDX nightlife and performance community for over a decade. S/he started their drag life as a member of the “gender terrorist drag troupe” Sissyboy, soon thereafter winning Portland the “Total Drag Competition” and touring to California, Texas, and New York City with drag band the Genderfluids. While incubating what would soon become Ms. Pepper Pepper, s/he continued pursuing an interest in contemporary dance, performing with Linda Austin, Tahni Holt, and Mizu Desierto. Pepper has premiered new work at festivals, nightclubs, and alternative venues including Risk/Reward, DANCE+, Performance Works NorthWest, The Headwaters Theatre, Austin International Drag Festival, Linfield College, and PICA’s TBA Festival and internationally at OFF-Biennale Budapest.

Annesofie Sandal, Visual Arts—Sculpture/Video (New York, New York)

Annesofie Sandal (born 1977 in Seoul, South Korea) is a visual artist living in Copenhagen and New York. Her work has been displayed at numerous group exhibitions in and outside the United States. Solo shows include Rooster Gallery in New York, aceartinc. in Winnipeg, Format Artspace in Copenhagen, and Factory Gallery in Seoul. Past residencies include Skowhegan in Maine and ISCP in New York, and an International Fellow residency at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. This summer she was the Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellow at Santa Fe Art Institute. In addition to her individual praxis, she organizes shows with an international roster of emerging artists. She is also founder and member of the art group Island Life with whom she has organized eight shows since 2007. She holds a MFA from the Royal Danish Academy School of Visual Arts in Copenhagen.

Crystal Schenk, Visual Arts—Sculpture (Portland, Oregon)

I grew up a West-Coast girl, my family bouncing around Oregon, Colorado, and Northern California. Many of my favorite childhood memories involve scrambling over rocks, catching lizards, and playing in the woods. The mountains and forests are still my shrine, and my work draws its meaning and strength from natural phenomena, memory, and my rather disquieting familial history. I have a very labor-intensive and detail-oriented way of working in which craftsmanship and material choices play a large role. Woven through what initially appear as visually disparate works are common themes of class structure, heritage, physical and mental illness, and the fluctuating perceptions of memory. While much of my subject matter is drawn from my past, the topics I explore are based on experiences we all share—bridging the gap between personal and public. Each piece captures a moment within a broader story, one that is left for the viewer to contemplate and allow their imagination to complete.


February 2017

Open Studios featuring the February Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, February 25 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dean Spade will also teach a public workshop at OSU-Cascades on Sunday, February 12, and Lindsay Wong will teach a public workshop at Sisters Public Library on Wednesday, February 22.

Esperanza Cortés, Visual Arts—Sculpture (New York, New York)

Esperanza Cortés is a Colombian-born multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited in venues including Neuberger Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and Socrates Sculpture Park. She has had international exhibitions in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Spain. She has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation; the Puffin Foundation, New Jersey; and the Robert Rauchenberg Foundation, New York. Artist residencies include the Joan Mitchell Center, Los Angeles; Sculpture Space, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Fountainhead Residency, Florida; Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic; Galeria Bielska BWA, Poland; Can Serrat, Spain; and Medellín, Colombia. Inclusion in public collections include the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico.

Michael Crenshaw, Performing Arts—Music (Portland, Oregon)

Chicago-born poet and emcee Michael (Mic) Crenshaw fell in love with music at a young age while living in Minneapolis. His teenage years were challenging as he actively confronted white-supremacist gangs that were a growing part of the hard-core music scene. He eventually chose to escape the violence and moved to Portland. Mic has released numerous solo albums and been part of various hip-hop projects. He has opened for Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, KRS-One, Mos Def, and The Roots, to name a few. Mic played the Bibo festival in Halle, Germany, and the SWAG Jam in Berlin in 2015; recently toured multiple U.S. cities with Dead Prez; and just returned from Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival in Hartford, Connecticut, where he helped to establish a college touring network for African artists who participate in the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan. In addition to his work in spoken word and hip-hop, Mic cofounded Globalfam Ent., a nonprofit project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa. Globalfam has blossomed into a music label, production, artist management, and education company providing mainstream entertainment that supports social justice activism.
During his residency, Mic taught two spoken word and hip-hop workshops with Caldera high-school students. Together they explored rhythm, truth, and poetry, creating original works that they shared during Open Studios.

Christopher Kuhl, Performing Arts—Design (Los Angeles, California)

Christopher Kuhl is a lighting, scenic, and installation designer for new performance, theater, dance, and opera. Recent work includes Dog Days (PROTOTYPE festival, LA Opera); The Object Lesson (BAM, Edinburgh Festival, Sydney Festival); The Source (REDCAT, BAM); The Institute of Memory (TBA Festival, The Public Theater); Straight White Men (Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, The Public Theater, Kaaitheater, Centre Pompidou); Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse); ABACUS (Early Morning Opera, BAM, Sundance Film Festival, EMPAC); Quartier Libres with Nadia Beugré (New York Live Arts, Walker Art Center); and Cipher with Samita Sinha (TBA Festival, The Kitchen). He was also the production manager and lighting director for Ralph Lemon’s How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? He has had the pleasure of making art at On the Boards, Fusebox Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Opera, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Beijing Music Festival, Queer Zagreb, MAC in France, Santiago a Mil in Chile, and the Holland Festival. As an associate artist with Hand2Mouth Theatre, he designed 10 productions for the company. He is originally from New Mexico and is a graduate of CalArts.

Rachel Mauser, Visual Arts–Book Arts (Louisville, Kentucky)

Rachel Mauser is a multimedia artist living and working in Louisville, Kentucky. She is cofounder and program director for the Steam Exchange, a community arts organization that serves the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville. She recently completed the two-year core fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She holds a BFA in painting and art education from Murray State University. She was a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Award in 2011 and the Windgate Project Grant in 2016. Her work has been shown at national and international art venues, including Penland School of Crafts, Todd Art Gallery in Tennessee, and Murray Art Guild in Kentucky. Rachel has taught papermaking, printmaking, painting, and bookbinding workshops in Louisville, North Carolina, Los Angeles, and Mexico.

Jeanne Medina, Visual Arts–Fiber Arts (Richmond, Virginia)

Jeanne Medina works between fiber, fashion, and performance, using the process of weaving as a means of textile production and methodology for collaboration. Having pursued research in Antwerp, Belgium, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Fashion Department, the Betet Skara archive at the ModeMuseum, and with knitwear designer Christian Wijnants, she hopes to develop a sustainable model for craft production that might also create economic agency in her community. Jeanne received her bachelor of fine arts in fiber and material studies and post-baccalaureate in fashion, body, and garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her master of fine arts in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she was awarded the 2013 Toby Devan Lewis Award. Currently, she resides in Richmond, Virginia and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Zoe Aja Moore, Performing Arts—Theater (Los Angeles, California)

Zoe Aja Moore is an LA-based artist and director who works primarily with live performance. Recent works include making space, homeLA; A Streetcar Named Desire presented at the 2015 Live Arts Exchange (LAX); Dedicated to a True Lover (and Therefore Probably Nobody), presented by Los Angeles Performance Practice; an ongoing site-specific episodic performance of Lulu in homes across Los Angeles; Looking for Lovborg at REDCAT; The Series at The Standard, Downtown and the Ace Hotel, LA; an electronic opera adaptation of Story of the Eye (with Kristin Erickson); and Desire Under the Elms at the Walt Disney Modular Theater. Zoe is currently developing Sad Girl, through a residency with LAPP and CAP UCLA, and will be in residence at National Sawdust for the development of a new opera (with Julia Holter and Yelena Zhelezov). Zoe received her MFA in directing from CalArts and is currently on faculty at CalArts in the School of Theater.

Dean Spade, Literary Arts—Prose/Video/Activism (Seattle, Washington)

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex, and/or gender nonconforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. In 2015 he released Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, an hour-long documentary that follows a local queer-community controversy and examines the concept of pinkwashing (watch free here).
During his residency, Dean presented an interactive public workshop at OSU-Cascades, exploring the theme “Art, Survival, & Transformative Social Change.” Participants examined art that has fueled and been created by contemporary social movements and considered the relationship between art and political development.

Lindsay Wong, Literary Arts—Prose (Coquitlam, British Columbia)

Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in No Tokens, The Fiddlehead, Ricepaper Magazine, and Apogee Journal.
During her residency, Lindsay taught a public memoir-writing workshop at Sisters Public Library. Lindsay introduced participants to a variety of narrative techniques and approaches used in memoir writing; particularly those related to structure, form, point of view, theme, and the relationship between narrative and exposition.


March 2017

Open Studios featuring the March Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, March 25 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Michelle Peñaloza will also be teaching a public workshop at the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, March 19.

Kate Bredeson, Literary Arts—Theater History/Dramaturgy (Portland, Oregon)

Kate Bredeson is a theater historian, a director, and a dramaturg. In her theater history scholarship, Kate researches and writes about 20th and 21st century experimental theater. Her research focuses on French theater in the 1960s with a particular emphasis on theater surrounding the events of May 1968. She is currently writing two books; Occupying the Stage: Theater of May ’68 and A Lifetime of Resistance: The Diaries of Judith Malina 1947–2015. Kate’s research has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation, Killam Fellowships Program, American Philosophical Society, and American Society for Theatre Research. She has been a resident at the Camargo Foundation in France and the Bellagio Center in Italy. Kate’s recent publications include essays in the journals Theatre Journal, PAJ, and TDR, and the books Center-Staging the Sixties: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014), International Women Stage Directors (U. Illinois, 2013), and May 68: Rethinking France’s Last Revolution. Kate’s professional dramaturgy work includes collaborations with the Court Theatre, the Guthrie, Yale Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, and choreographer Tahni Holt. Kate is Associate Professor of theatre at Reed College.

Rachael Dichter, Performing Arts—Dance (San Francisco, California)

Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco–based dancer, performer, choreographer, and curator. She studied dance and art history at Mills College and was a 2015 danceWEB Scholar. Her work has shown at DOCK 11 (Berlin), Ponderosa Tanzland (Berlin), Joe Goode Annex (San Francisco), and Mårten On the Boards (Seattle), and she has been lucky to collaborate with a number of fierce and talented folks, including Laura Arrington, Mica Sigourney, Ruairí Donovan, Allie Hankins, Sara Kraft, Abby Crain, Jesse Hewit, Mårten Spångberg, Keith Hennessy, and Jess Curtis. For four years she co-curated the San Francisco–based live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT.

Saideh Eftekhari, Performing Arts—Music (San Francisco, California)
Saideh Eftekhari is a Tehran-born vocalist, violinist, and setar player based in San Francisco. She credits her Midwestern upbringing and trips to Iran and beyond as inspiring her passion for international music. Her study of world languages and cultures is another important focal point of her work as a quadrilingual musician and multicultural music educator. In 2015 she was selected as a OneBeat Fellow, a cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State. Currently, Saideh is exploring issues of equity as a 2016 Fellow of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong tea drinker and avid seeker of the sounds of nature.
During her residency, Saideh will teach a music workshop with Caldera high school students,  introducing them to new instruments, songs, and methods of collaborative and improvisational music-making.

Allie Hankins, Performing Arts—Dance (Portland, Oregon)  

Allie Hankins is a Portland-based performer who makes works that toy with the destabilization of persona through uncanny physicality, layered imagery, and a biting wit, all while trying to suppress her contentious eagerness to please. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK Dance Center, and in 2013 she cofounded Physical Education, a critical and casual, reading and researching, drinking and dialoguing, dance and performance body consisting of herself, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Her current endeavors include a duet-in-progress titled When We with San Francisco–based artist Rachael Dichter, her all-levels movement class TRANSCENDENTAEROBICOURAGE, teaching Dance & Social Practice at Portland State University, and learning American Sign Language. Most recently, she has performed with Julien Prévieux (Paris), Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Tahni Holt (Portland), and Suniti Dernovsek (Portland). She has been an artist in residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and the New Expressive Works Residency at Studio 2. Outside of Portland, her work has been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Berlin, and Austria.

Jamie Howell, Visual Arts—Film (Wenatchee, Washington)  

Pacific Northwest writer, filmmaker, and musician, Jamie Howell, currently serves as both Artistic Director for Film and Development Director for the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, WA. As Artistic Director for Film, he curates a documentary film series and has been responsible for building a new film education program that includes a Young Filmmakers Camp and year-round filmmaking workshops. Jamie started his career as a journalist and editor before moving into documentary film production and founding Howell at the Moon Productions in Wenatchee, WA. His documentary productions have centered largely on issues of sustainability through works such as “Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer” and “Pedal-Driven: a bikeumentary.” He has garnered two Northwest Emmy nominations and a host of film festival awards, along with an award-winning body of television and online commercial productions. In addition, he played guitar, sang, and wrote with the musical group Fathappy for 12 years. He is currently at work on two novels and lives in Wenatchee with his wife, Nena.

Zoe Keller, Visual Arts—Illustration (Portland, Oregon)

Zoe Keller uses graphite to create highly detailed drawings that blend hints of narrative with images from the natural world. A Woodstock, New York, native, Zoe is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the Midwest and Northeast.
Zoe’s residency position is funded by The Ford Family Foundation’s Golden Spot Award.

Susan Murrell, Visual Arts—Mixed Media (La Grande, Oregon)

smurrell 2016Susan Murrell’s painting-centric installations investigate our expanding concept of landscape as technology continues to shift our perspective. She has been awarded residencies with international programs such as Yaddo, Ragdale, and Signal Fire, and been the recipient of The Ford Family Foundation Oregon Visual Artist Mid-career Residency Award at PLAYA, and the Golden Spot Award at Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts. In the fall of 2016 she created work as the Artist-in-Residence at Portland State University’s Studio MFA program then exhibited the project, “we are all cosmic dust,” at PSU’s Autzen Gallery. Other recent solo exhibitions include, “Embedded” at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, “The Matter” at the International Gallery of Art in Anchorage, “Areal Density” at the Portland International Airport, and “Shell” at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Susan lives and works in La Grande, Oregon, where she hikes daily in the beautiful Blue Mountains with her dog Amiga, and is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University.
Susan’s residency position is funded by The Ford Family Foundation’s Golden Spot Award.

Michelle Peñaloza, Literary Arts—Poetry (Seattle, Washington)

Michelle Peñaloza was born in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in the city of Seattle. She is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes. Her poetry and essays have been featured in Poetry Northwest, New England Review, Off Paper, Vinyl, The Collagist, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. Michelle has taught at George School, the University of Oregon, Seattle Central College, the University of Washington’s Robinson Center, Seattle University, and the Hugo House. She lives in Seattle and serves as operations administrator of the Seattle Human Services Coalition.
During her residency, Michelle will teach a public somatic poetry workshop at the Downtown Bend Library. Taking a cue from CA Conrad’s (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals, Michelle will introduce participants to somatic poetry “rituals” to be mindful of the present moment and “reveal the creative viability of everything” around them.

Sherrie Wolf, Visual Arts—Painting (Portland, Oregon)

Sherrie Wolf has dedicated her painting career to magical illusions. Her practice of juxtaposing exactingly realistic still-life painting with a variety of references from art history creates works that are kaleidoscopic in their impact. Cascades of lush drapery, riotous tulips and fleshy, ripe fruit overflow to create paintings that are tactile, sumptuous and sensuous. A strong connection to a history of reinterpretation and artistic borrowing evolved from a love of art history and a desire to present informed multiple levels of expression. A resident of Portland, Wolf’s solo exhibitions include the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Russo Lee Gallery. Sherrie’s lifelong interest and study of both music and ballet have actively involved her in dance and folk music communities. Her largest painting resides in the lobby of BodyVox dance theater. Sherrie performs as a singer songwriter and just released her CD collection of songs titled THE KEEPER OF SONGS, as a fundraiser for Artichoke Music Center.


April 2017

Every April Caldera hosts a curated residency, funded by The Ford Family Foundation’s Golden Spot Award. Read more here

Luann Algoso, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)

Luann AlgosoLuann Algoso is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, creative activator, cultural worker, and strategic communications specialist. Her work in organizing both in Asian American and women-identified spaces melds at the intersection where the arts meets activism. As a cultural worker, Luann is in service to using her art in building movement for justice and liberation. She utilizes creative strategies and tactics to center the voices of communities that are directly impacted by injustice and oppression and supports the leadership development of those impacted to create those messages. Luann is inspired by the many manifestations of the written word, whether used in prose, poetry, storytelling, or in relationship with media. Since her artistry is multifaceted, Luann immerses herself in the different methods words can be used to shift harmful narratives and to begin envisioning alternatives.

Demian DinéYazhi´, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)

Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water). DinéYazhi´s creative practice is materialized through the lens of curatorial inquiry, site-specific installation(s), poetic expression, social engagement, and art production. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Demian is the founder and director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to education, perseverance, and evolution of Indigenous art & culture, as well as co-director for the forthcoming zine, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. DinéYazhi was an artist-in-residence at Institute of American Indian Arts (2016), and is a recipient of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2017 Creative Exchange Lab and Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency. He has received grants from Evergreen State College (2014, 2016), PICA – Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014, 2016), Art Matters Foundation (2015), and Potlatch Fund (2016).

bart fitzgerald, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)

Bart Fitzgeraldbart fitzgerald’s work explores black sociality, religion and queerness through a lens of liberation theology as base ideology for radical living. they make work as an visual artist, writer, lecturer and curator of vibrant life for black folks in Portland, OR. and abroad. recently, their work has been presented at Reed College, Newspace Center for Photography, Friends of The Children, Black Lives Matter: Portland, St. Mary’s Academy. They have received commissions and funding from c3:initiative, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Urban League of Portland and numerous local and national organizations.

Patricia Vázquez Gómez, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)

Patricia Vázquez Gómez lives and works between Portland and Mexico City. Her practice includes a range of media, from painting and murals to video and socially engaged art projects, and it is deeply informed by her experiences working as organizer and educator in the immigrant rights and other social justice movements, both in content and in the methodologies she uses. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Reece Museum, the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, and the Houston Art League; but also in more accessible spaces as apartments complexes, community based organizations and schools. She is the recipient of the 2013 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland’s Jade and Midway Districts and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Sharita Towne, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)

Sharita TowneSharita Towne works collaboratively in research, education, print media, video, and socially engaged art projects. She’s pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, and gentrifying cities like Portland. Her work takes place in museums, schools, print shops, community centers, neighborhoods, and within her own family. Towne works within the collective URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora) and the postcolonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is 2015 Art Matters Grantee.