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Artists in Residence: Don’t Miss February and March Open Studios

Posted on: February 15th, 2012

February and March Open Studios
By Elizabeth Quinn
Artist in Residence Coordinator

Caldera’s Artists in Residence program offers the gift of time and space. Upon being selected through a jury process, we welcome artists from all over the world to our Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon, for month long residences. Artists are provided private A-frame cabins and share access to wet and dry studios, a darkroom, a kiln, editing facilities and rehearsal and performance space. Because we believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, residencies are open to artists from any field, as well as scientists, engineers and environmentalists. Since 2002, we have served over 270 artists. In 2010 the Ford Family Foundation recognized our residency program with an Oregon “Golden Spot” award.

For the next two months join Caldera in celebrating the inspiring work of its Artist in Residency participants. Listen to poets and musicians, see paintings, sculptures and contemporary theater and enjoy a gathering of community all during AiR Open Studios. Saturday, February 25 and March 24, residents will read, present and exhibit their work in a special event from 1 to 3pm at the Caldera Arts Center.

The audience will move from the Grand Room, the Library and into the studios to experience residents’ creative process and works-in-progress from their month long stays at Caldera. Winter treats and beverages are provided.

February: Erin Beaver Valentine, painter, New York, NY; Leanne Hall, writer, Melborne, Australia; Harvey Hix, writer, Laramie, Wyoming; Erik Petersen, painter, Seattle, WA; and Portland Experimental Theater, Portland, OR.

March: Ahimsa Bodhran, poet, Jeri Flom, fiber artist, Tualatin, OR; Sean Frenette, musician, Portland, OR; Vanessa Renwick, installation/mixed media, Portland, OR; and Kristin Steele, writer, Portland, OR.

Images from January Artist in Residence Open Studio

February Artists in Residence

Posted on: February 14th, 2012

To see all artists in residence participants, visit our Current Roster page.

Harvey Hix, Poet


H. L. HIX was born in Oklahoma and raised in various small towns in the south. After earning his B.A. from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and his Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of Texas, Hix taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and was an administrator at the Cleveland Institute of Art, before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, where, after a term as director of the creative writing MFA, he now teaches. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai University and the University of Texas, been the “Distinguished Visitor” at the NEO MFA, and taught in the low-residency MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His poetry, essays, and other works have been published in McSweeney’s,Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Boston Review, Poetry, and other journals, been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award, and been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.
He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with his partner, the poet Kate Northrop.


Leanne Hall, Writer

Leanne Hall lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her debut novel This Is Shyness won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, and was a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year awards. Her second book, Queen of the Night, will be published in 2012. In addition to her young adult fiction, Leanne’s short stories have been published in publications including Best Australian StoriesMeanjin, and Sleepers Almanac. Leanne’s writing presents a skewed reality, and often draws on mythology and fairy tales. Her current work in progress explores themes of art, identity, gender and family.


Kate Sanderson Holly, Performer

Kate Sanderson Holly is a director, performer, dramaturge, playwright and educator, specializing in Devised Theater.  She is a founding member of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble and former artistic director of Fever Theater.  Holly has collaboratively created and produced over 12 full-length original productions.  She holds an MFA in Theater:  Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Theater and Filmmaking from the Evergreen State College.  She has studied extensively with members of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, and she continues to train and teach their primary methods of Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition regularly.  Other influential teachers include members of Bread and Puppet Theatre, Roy Hart Theatre, Tectonic Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, and Schechner’s Performance Group. Holly’s work has been variously supported and commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Colville Foundation, the Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards, and Caldera Arts Colony.


Erin Beaver, Visual Artist

Erin Beaver was formerly the creative director and producer at Katie Brown Workshop. She has held artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, SWAP(Supporting Women Artists Project) and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues, including Kill Devil Hill in Brooklyn and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. She earned a MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Erik Peterson, Visual artist

The nuances of picture making, the potential for visceral communication, and a relationship to the past and present through meditative objects called paintings; this is what Erik Peterson is most interested in.  The chance to spend the month of February focused on the development of pictures and objects while surrounded by the snowy mountains of Oregon is a tremendous thrill for Erik. Structures in wilderness, the pursuit of stability in ever changing environments, sharing the experience of a belief in uncertainty; these are themes in which Erik’s work is created.  A graduate in painting from the University of Washington and American University, he has exhibited in Washington D.C. at Conner Contemporary Gallery, and Seattle at SOIL Gallery, in addition to several other venues.  His work can be seen at the web site: http://erikcpeterson.weebly.com/

Creative Partners Come Together to Celebrate

Posted on: February 8th, 2012

On January 17, ad agency Wieden+Kennedy (most famous for their work for Nike), and film company Laika (the creators of the film Coraline) got together with Caldera for a little party on Wieden+Kennedy’s 6th floor.  The reason? For professionals from both creative industries to meet each other — and Caldera folks — around the concept of supporting Caldera kids.

Travis Knight, Lourri Hammack and Suzanne Johnson of Laika surprised Dan Wieden and Tricia Snell of Caldera with the presentation of a $10,000 check to support Caldera’s work with underserved Oregon students. Not only that, they pledged to continue to share their animation skills with Caldera students, as part of Caldera’s Creative Industry Partner program.

Caldera conducts an ongoing Creative Industry Partner program that pairs designers of all kinds (from shoes to tea!), marketing and branding experts, and artists and creative craftspeople with Caldera youth. The program allows Caldera students to learn how their creative talents might translate into a career, to make important connections with creative professionals, and to develop their portfolios of work and ideas. The creative professionals are inspired by the kids’ already well developed skills, their fresh ideas, and their different perspectives on the world. It’s a rich exchange.

Because Caldera was founded by Dan Wieden, and our Portland headquarters are stationed in the W+K building, Caldera has collaborated in this way with Wieden+Kennedy for many years and in a wide variety of ways. Currently, W+K Creative Director Tyler Whisnand, Studio Designer Julie Dery, and Studio Manger Michael Frediani are working with Caldera kids to explore the concepts of branding and graphic design. Past collaborations with W+K staff have included Portfolio Design with Project Manager Jason Resch and T-Shirt Design and Screen Printing with Studio Screen Printer Walker Cahall.

Caldera’s collaboration with Laika began in 2008 when Lourri Hammack and Suzanne Johnson came out to Self Enhancenemnt (SEI), one of our partner schools, and fell in love with Caldera kids and staff. They went on to working with Caldera kids at SEI in 2009 in special animation workshops, and they also conducted an amazing weekend-length workshop for Caldera kids from all our ten partner schools. At the January 17 get-together, we showed a small sampling of animated shorts that Caldera kids created with Laika professionals.

We are deeply grateful for Laika’s continued support, with both their time and their significant $10,000/year donation to support our program. We would also like to thank Wieden +Kennedy for their continued deep support of our programs, and all our Creative Industry Partners, a sampling of which includes Nike, Ziba Design, Allied Works Architecture, tbd design, Steven Smith Teamaker, Sarabella Upcycled, Bunky Echo-Hawk, Denise Rowcroft/Lost & Found Art, and D’Wayne Edwards/Pensole.

At the January 17 party, we displayed work that Caldera kids produced in collaboration with various creative industries, discussed the creative industries partner program and served delicious hors d’oeuvres from Ping (care of John and Janet Jay), pinot noir from Patton Valley Wines (care of Dave Chen), and white wine from The Cellar Door (care of Karen Hinsdale), all donated by Caldera supporters. The event cooked up some new friendships and ideas as well as refreshed Caldera’s outlook on developing this excellent aspect of our youth programming.

If you are a creative professional in a creative industry, and think you could be a good pairing with Caldera kids, please contact me at Tricia.Snell@CalderaArts.org.