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2019 Artists in Residence

January 2019 Artists in Residence

Open Studios featuring the January Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, January 26 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Farooq Ahmed, Literary Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
Raised in the great state of Kansas, Farooq Ahmed is a graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program and of Brown University, where he studied biochemistry. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been lauded by the South Asian Journalists Association. His novel Kansastan will be published in 2019 by 7.13 Press. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, children, and a fear of earthquakes. You can find him on Twitter (@farooqtheahmed).

Maria Alejandra Barrios, Literary Arts (New York, NY)
María Alejandra Barrios is a writer born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She has lived in Bogotá and Manchester, UK, where she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Manchester. Her story “Luna” was shortlisted in 2017’s Bare Fiction competition in London, and her fiction is forthcoming in Reservoir Journal and Bandit Fiction. The Vermont Studio Center supported her work with a residency in March 2018.

May Cat, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
May Cat grew up in Chicago, setting her sights on creative work from an early age. As a multidisciplinary artist, May immerses herself in various mediums, inspired by her Thai-American roots. One of her deepest devotions is to present the perspectives of the Southeast Asian community.

Andres Chang, Visual Arts (Brooklyn, NY)
Andres Chang is an artist whose work probes the ever-present negotiation between humans and natural systems. He employs numerical computation, drawing, construction, sound design, and performance to produce work from a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective. Climate change is a common thread, and Andres alternately designs projects that respond intimately to environmental conditions and as speculative replacements for a dying planet.

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen are two people who work together as one artistic entity. Their project-based work is often grounded in and around the activities of reading, writing, and translation. Utilizing a range of media and contexts, their pieces and projects have appeared in many public places as well as at institutions such as The Renaissance Society (Chicago); The San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA); SPACES (Cleveland, OH); Locust Projects (Miami, FL); Camp CARPA (Joshua Tree, CA); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); and on the pages of NOON literary annual. The pair live in Portland, Oregon, where they work, teach, and raise their eight-year-old son.

Jefferson Greene, Visual Arts (Warm Springs, OR)
Born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, Jefferson Greene has been groomed to share much of his life experiences, learnings, understandings, and adventures with communities throughout the northwest region. Art has been an avenue for Jefferson to express himself to his audiences. After completing his bachelor of science degree in three disciplines—management, marketing, and advertising—Jefferson began serving the people and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, coordinating community projects, writing grants, producing arts and entertainment, and being a public educator on Columbia Plateau history and customs. More recently, his interests have centered on language preservation in the Columbia Plateau, where he apprentices under several first-language Ichishkíin speakers from Warm Springs, Yakama, and Umatilla.

Anthony Hudson, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)
Anthony Hudson (Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performer, and filmmaker perhaps best known as Carla Rossi, the premier drag clown of Portland, Oregon, and an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Anthony and Carla host and program Queer Horror, the only exclusively LGBTQ horror screening series in the country, at Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony’s new play Still Looking for Tiger Lily is in process at Artists Repertory Theatre. In 2018 Anthony received a National Artist Fellowship in Artistic Innovation from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Find out more at TheCarlaRossi.com.


February 2019 Artists in Residence

Open Studios featuring the February Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, February 23 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Sarah Abdel-Jelil, Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Sarah Abdel-Jelil is a Mauritanian-American dancer/choreographer/filmmaker based in Minneapolis. She graduated from Carleton College in 2016 with a BA in cinema and media studies. Growing up in eight countries, she is interested in one’s ability to find home in instances, spaces, and people. Sarah combines slow movement with time-lapse video techniques as a way of inviting people to move with each other and the world around them. With the support of a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, she completed her most recent dance time-lapse film, Batikh.

Gisell Calderón, Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Gisell Calderón is a first-generation multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis. She is inherently drawn to DIY, punk, and underground spaces, often finding herself solo traveling long distances by car, train, or bicycle. She blends video, writing, 35mm photography and music to examine institutional structures, family, and technology. The proud daughter of immigrant parents, Gisell ultimately works to make sense of being a young Latinx adult in the Midwestern United States. She is currently working as a freelance videographer with a focus on spotlighting empowered communities of color. She has two plants and a trusty, rusty bicycle named Stimpy.

Abigail Chabitnoy, Literary Arts (Fort Collins, CO)
Abigail Chabitnoy earned her MFA in poetry at Colorado State University and was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and Boston Review, among others. She is a descendant of the Koniag Corporation and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, Alaska. She grew up in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Colorado, where she is a research associate for a consulting firm specializing in supporting indigenous self-determination. Her debut poetry collection, How to Dress a Fish, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in fall 2018.

Ian Hanesworth, Visual Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Ian Hanesworth is a queer, nonbinary artist living and working in Minneapolis. Their practice investigates systems of reciprocity and the malleability of queer identity through material explorations in textiles, printmaking, and installation. Ian attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and was a 2017 resident artist at the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, New York. Their work has been exhibited at various venues including the Regis Center for Art in Minneapolis, The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri, and the Watkins Gallery in Winona, Minnesota.

Larry Krone, Performing + Visual Arts (New York, NY)
Interdisciplinary artist Larry Krone was born in Chicago in 1970, raised in St. Louis, and now resides in New York City. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the United States and beyond. He designs unique costumes and stage gowns as House of Larréon and self-published Look Book in 2015. His honors include Yaddo (2017); NYFA (2015, 2009); The Millay Colony (2013); Joe’s Pub Working Group (2015); LMCC (2014); The MacDowell Colony (2011, 2012, 2018), and the Peter S. Reed Foundation (2006).

Rubén García Marrufo, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Rubén García Marrufo is a border rat, Mexican filmmaker, and American artist whose work focuses on the aftermath of borders, bilinguality, and body instrumentality. A work that finds its place between fiction and documentary forms and narratives of hearsay and fact. Marrufo has produced both feature length and short experimental videos that have been exhibited in Mexico and the US, including film work presented at Artists Space in NYC and Kunstverein in Munich.

Aurora Masum-Javed, Literary Arts (Lewisburg, PA)
Aurora Masum-Javed is a writer, performer, and educator. She is currently lecturing at Cornell University, where she recently completed her MFA in poetry. Her work can be found in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, Nimrod, Aster(ix), Callaloo, Jaggery, and So to Speak. She was the 2016 winner of the Winter Tangerine Award, a Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist, a finalist for the BWR Flash Prose Contest, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has received fellowships from Callaloo, Squaw Valley, Pink Door, and BOAAT. She will be the fall 2018 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing.

Maximiliano, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Maximiliano (b. 1989 in Dayton, OH, USA) stays in Portland, OR. They are one half of CVLLEJERX, a performance x fashion collaboration (2016 Andy Warhol Foundation Precipice Fund recipient, 2017 Regional Arts & Culture Council grant recipient) and one half of NAT TURNER PROJECT: a radical art space (2017 c3: Initiative artist in residence, 2017 Regional Arts & Culture Council grant recipient). Maximiliano has authored chapbook-zine drwn cities & blvk bvg dvily missvl. They are a 2018 Oregon Arts Commission individual artist fellow. They have performed and presented nationally and internationally at the MexiCali Biennial, S1 Portland, Disjecta, Reed College, c3: Initiative, TBA 2018, TBA 2017 as part of themselves curated by Kristan Kennedy, Compliance Division, Cooley Gallery, TX, WA, OK, and PA.

Jamila Osman, Literary Arts (Portland, Oregon)
Jamila Osman is a writer, educator, and community organizer living in Portland, Oregon. She teaches high school English and facilitates poetry workshops for incarcerated youth. Her writing explores the tension between place, colonial and postcolonial histories, and identity. She also writes about the intersection between education and race. Her work has previously appeared in Teen Vogue, Aljazeera, Pacific Standard, Catapult, The Establishment, BOATT, Diagram, and other places. She is a VONA/Voices of Our Nation and Winter Tangerine workshop alum.


March 2019 Artists in Residence

Open Studios featuring the March Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, March 23 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Kemi Adeyemi, Literary + Visual Arts (Seattle, WA)
Kemi Adeyemi is an assistant professor of gender, women & sexuality studies at the University of Washington. Her book manuscript, Making New Grounds: Black Queer Women’s Geographies of Neoliberalism, and coedited volume, Queer Nightlife, are in development. Adeyemi has written exhibition catalog essays for black is a color (Los Angeles), Endless Flight (Chicago), and Impractical Weaving Suggestions (Madison, WI), among others, while also writing on artists including sidony o’neal, Oliverio Rodriguez, Brendan Fernandes, Adee Roberson, and taisha paggett. Kemi cocurated unstable objects at The Alice (Seattle) and will curate a 2019 show on black texture at Ditch Projects (Eugene, Oregon).

Julie Hammond, Performing Arts (Vancouver, BC)
Julie Hammond is an artist working across performance, pedagogy, and intervention. As a director, performer, writer, dramaturg, and instigator of public projects, her practice activates spaces with the performative and investigates the relationship between performance and audience, spectator and place, site and story. Her work has been published in print magazines, seen on stages, hung in galleries, shared on the street, and supported by Vancouver New Music, ArtStarts Gallery, Vancouver Park Board, On the Boards, Vancouver Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission, among others. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary practice from Simon Fraser University.

Alexandria Martinez, Visual Arts (Oakland, CA)
Alexandria Martinez is a first-generation queer Xicana, raised among nopales, strawberries, and canneries in Watsonville, California. I began my formal fine arts education at San Francisco State University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art, focusing on printmaking and painting. Working toward inclusive arts education, I became a dually credentialed general education and special education teacher focusing on students with moderate/severe disabilities. I am dedicated to exalting people of color and the LGBTQI artists community through multi-disciplinary learning, collaboration, and education.

Carolyn Monastra, Visual Arts (Brooklyn, NY)
Artist, activist, and educator Carolyn Monastra has exhibited nationally and abroad in the UK, China, and Japan. Awards include grants from the Puffin Foundation and Brooklyn’s BRIC, plus residencies at the Millay Colony, Djerassi Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and Iceland’s Skaftafell. Her photographs are in the Margulies and Johnson & Johnson collections. The Witness Tree, her current photography project, is about the impacts of climate change around the world. In 2012, Monastra was selected to be a Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. She is currently an associate professor of photography at Nassau Community College in New York.

Emily X.R. Pan, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)
Emily X.R. Pan is the author of The Astonishing Color of After. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is a cocreator of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology, the founding editor in chief of Bodega Magazine, and a 2017 artist in residence at Djerassi. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

Analise Cleopatra, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Analise Cleopatra is an artist ​and filmmaker ​from Miami, Florida, working in Portland, Oregon. She was born to two West Indian immigrants, and her work centers around matriarchs, water, and foliage. She celebrates our connection to ancestry through trees and nature​ through painting and film​​​.​ She was a cocurator during the Portland Black Film Festival and was a featured artist in PRIMARY, a Culture Series exhibition at Wieden+Kennedy.

Alisa Yang, Visual Arts (Saratoga, CA)
Alisa Yang is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Her practice is rooted in collage across mediums, from two-dimensional work to installation and film. She explores themes of language, cultural identity, memory, and sexualities of diasporas. Her work has shown in Riverside Art Museum, Orange County Center of Contemporary Arts, and New Mexico Museum of Art. Her recent films Please Come Again (2016) and Sleeping with the Devil (2016) won the first Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Golden Reel Award for Short Documentary and the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Best Regional Filmmaker Award, respectively.

May and September 2019 Artists in Residence

Unit Souzou, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)

‘Souzou’ can be written in three ways meaning ‘creation’ (創造), ‘imagination’ (想像), or ‘noisy’ (騒々), alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world. Inspired by these words, the mission of Unit Souzou is to build creative, imaginative works while honoring the history and roots of the taiko art form. The core of Unit Souzou’s artistic voice is personal and authentic, sound shaped and inspired by form and by movement. The essence of Unit Souzou is an expressive blend of taiko and Japanese folk dance, forging new traditions for evolving communities. In addition to creating groundbreaking professional theatrical works, Unit Souzou is deeply committed to share taiko through community performances and collaborations, public classes for adults and youth, and school-based education programs. Unit Souzou was founded in 2014 by Co-directors Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, relentless innovators at the forefront of a growing artistic movement within the taiko community.