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2020 Artists in Residence

January 2020 Artists in Residence

Open Studios featuring Unit Souzou will be held at the Downtown Bend Library on Saturday, February 1 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Intisar Abioto, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Intisar Abioto is a dancer, writer, and photographer.  With a research focus on the global African Diaspora, her unique form of story inquiry as a way of life has taken her from Memphis to Berlin to Djibouti, seeking the stories of people within the diaspora. She’s the creator of The Black Portlanders, an ongoing photo essay and exploratory blog imaging people of African descent in Portland, Oregon. Intisar swears by the true life and love that can be found in fantasy, folklore, language, and movement. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon and her adventure… everywhere.

Timme Zhiyun Lu, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Timme Zhiyun Lu is a Chinese-American printer, designer, book artist, and educator. He currently prints for various letterpress studios throughout Portland and co-operates a risograph publishing space. On occasion he volunteers as a letterpress supervisor and teaches classes at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Tristan Irving, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Hello I’m Tristan, just an alcoholic in recovery. I first picked up a paint brush as therapy because I couldn’t attend as many meetings as I had been going to. It started off by putting words and my emotions in color onto the canvas. Marni Beardsley was the first person to make me realize I was doing something right with the paint when she commissioned me to do a piece that paid homage to Basquiat. Somebody that I idolize. He died from a drug overdose, and I started painting when I got sober. Kind of a crazy connection there. Since then my client list has grown to actors, Emmy award winners and just good people in general. Super grateful. Most importantly I’m a youth worker though! Painting has not only allowed me to tell my story but the story of the youth I work with. I try to make sure they understand that it’s not always going to be pretty but it’ll be worth it if you put your heART into it!

Theresia Munywoki, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Theresia Munywoki is an artist and dancer who lives in NE Portland. They center their work around physical movement and finding new and explorative ways to be in their body. She is driven by the deep introspection of what it means to take up space in a queer Black identity and to show up for herself and others. They are part of the Portland ballroom scene and a member of the kiki house, House of Flora. Theresia’s visual art practice includes writing, collaging/mixed media, and she has recently been exploring video as a means of celebrating queer blackness in its many forms. Theresia is committed to art and relationships as a form of social activism, and is always ready to relearn and re-examine her way of moving through the world.

Emma Rust, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Emma Rust is a mixed race, Asian American comic artist, organizer, and advocate based in Portland OR. Through comics and illustration, they tell intimate personal stories that unpack themes of cultural dissonance, family, identity, and community with the intention of creating more visibility and appreciation of collectivist ideals. Overall, their work invites the reader to recognize their positionality in society and discover moments where they learn from or resonate with the culturally specific narrative of Rust’s characters.

Unit Souzou, Performing Arts (Portland, OR)
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. ‘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. www.unitsouzou.com

 

February 2020 Artists in Residence

Open Studios featuring the February Artists in Residence will be held at our Arts Center on Saturday, February 29 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Hali Espinoza, Visual Arts (Fontana, CA)
I’m Hali Espinoza, and I was born in 1987 in the city of Bellflower, Ca. My family and I lived in various cities within Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County. I enrolled in my first photography class in the summer at Chaffey College. After taking this class, I searched for opportunities to volunteer, participate in non-profit organizations within the arts. In Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to volunteer in an organization that aided and provided art classes to young adults in lower-income communities. I have volunteered for organizations and galleries.

Maura García, Performing Arts (Lawrence, KS)
Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer, a choreographer and the artistic director of Maura Garcia Dance (MGD). Her work is powered by a desire to perpetuate ancestral knowledge, actively respect the living earth and bring happiness to people. Maura’s artistic creations reflect the power of stories to form and change our realities. Through narrative driven choreography she seeks to form connections, empower Indigenous cultural values and explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Daniel Granias, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Daniel Granias is a ceramics artist, educator, and community cultural worker in Portland, OR. His work reaches from teaching arts integration with the Right Brain Initiative in schools across the Portland Metro to community organizing with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.

Sabina Haque, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Sabina Haque’s work combines oral histories, video and animations to explore transformations of place and identity. Haque’s 3-channel video installation was included in the Portland 2019 Biennial. Noted fellowships include Oregon Art Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and artist residencies at Portland Archives & Records Center and with TEDxMtHood. Haque received an M.F.A from Boston University and teaches Art at Portland State University, Oregon. Haque exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Noted public collections including the Gordon Gilkey Print Center at the Portland Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Collection and City of Portland’s and Seattle’s Public Portable Art collection.

Dan Lau, Literary Arts (Queens, NY)
Dan Lau is a Chinese American poet from Queens, New York. A Kundiman fellow, he is the recipient of scholarships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Queer Cultural Center, and San Francisco Arts Commission. His poems have been published in Generations, Cape Cod Review, Gesture, RHINO, CRATE, Colorado Review and others. He resides in the Bay area as Development Director at Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature, and the Managing Poetry Editor of Foglifter, a queer journal and press.

Nitin Mukul, Visual Arts (New York, NY)
Nitin Mukul was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and lives in NYC. His work was in the 2013 Queens Biennial at the Queens Museum. Mukul was a studio assistant to Sol Lewitt, and a creative director of the Indocenter of Art & Culture. He lives with his wife Mitra, a journalist and their two daughters. In 2018, he exhibited at Pioneer Works and Lincoln Center. In 2019 he was a Visiting Critic and lectured about his work at RISD, presented new work at the ICA Philadelphia, and The Rubin Museum, NYC. He exhibits regularly with Aicon Gallery, NYC. He earned a BFA from UMASS, Amherst.

Saba Waheed, Literary Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
Saba Waheed’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review (Fiction Prize winner), The Southeast Review (Pushcart-nominated), Lunch Ticket, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hyphen Magazine, and others. She co-produces the storytelling radio show Re:Work, winner of a Gracies by the Alliance for Women in Media. Saba works as the research director at the UCLA Labor Center using research as a tool to elevate community stories.

 

March 2020 Artists in Residence

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

D’DAT, Performing Arts (Farmington, NM)
“Funky”, “Poetic”, “Complex”, “Forward thinking”, “Outside the box”, “Bad Mothers” Having been featured on NPR, Yahoo, MIC.com, SiriusXM, TED X and more, D’DAT has been described in the aforementioned terms for good reason. Blending national touring artist Def-i’s intelligent, poetic lyrics and hip hop style with the hard-driving instrumental fire of award-winning trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of international touring artist and drummer Nicholas Lucero, and the intellectually explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass, DDAT has carved its own path with high desert-forged influences and world-class musicianship.

Sadé DuBoise, Visual Arts (Scappoose, OR)
Sadé DuBoise is an artist and steamfitter in Portland, OR. She was raised in north Portland by her mother, and paints work in acrylic centered around strong black women, their voices, and nature. She’s interested in capturing stories surrounding mental health and trauma – turning them into bold portraiture works displaying strength, beauty, and a keen gaze. March 2019, Sadé sold two paintings to Multnomah County’s Portable Works collection for the new Multnomah County health headquarters and was recently one of eight women commissioned to paint the portrait of Gladys McCoy for display at the new Gladys McCoy Building.

Stephanie Littlebird Fogel, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Stephanie Littlebird Fogel is a Kalapuyan visual artist, professional writer, and curator from Portland, Oregon. She is a 2019 Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) project grant awardee, a two-time Art + Sci Initiative recipient, and has collaborated with the Oregon Bee Project, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Postal Service.

INFANT, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
INFANT (sidony o’neal and Bogosi Sekhukhuni) are interested in investigating sub particle labor, geomancy, and the occulted worlds in which we are embedded. We take the covalence of these concerns as a point of departure within an evolving engagement with site, sculpture, and architecture. We are based in Portland, OR and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Aviva McClure, Visual Arts (Portland, OR)
Aviva McClure is a licensed educator and arts-integration specialist with The Right Brain Initiative. They’ve been a K-12 teacher and assistant principal, focusing on leadership for transformative justice. They often collaborate with artists and activists that seek to create experiential learning space for youth, which is facilitated through their small business called Our Turn. Advocacy is a passion, and they frequently work with organizations in Portland that offer support services to LGBTQIA+ youth and BIPOC community. They reside in Portland, Oregon where they spend time in their home studio throwing on the potter’s wheel and hiking muddy trails.

Shaheen Qureshi, Literary Arts (Brooklyn, NY)
Shaheen Qureshi is a writer, editor, and educator. The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Pakistan, she received her BA in written arts at Bard College where she received the Wilton Moore Lockwood prize in creative writing. She has worked as a writing instructor to youth in DC and New York City, and developed advanced workshops to the wider community on poetry and essay writing. Her poems have recently appeared in TAYO Literary and Sukoon Magazines. She is currently working on a collection of lyric essays and prose-poetry centered on race, memory, and postcolonial histories.

Pamela K. Santos, Visual and Literary Arts (Portland, OR)
Pamela K. Santos is a Pinayorker cultural producer, writer, and conceptual artist weaving multilingual narratives from diasporic lineages. A 2019 recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation award, Oregon Literary Fellowship, and Mineral School residency, her poetry appears in Tayo Magazine, Anomaly, Newtown Literary, Stoked Words, and the Unchaste Anthology. Her most recent 2019 performances include the Portland Book Festival, Future Prairie, Wordlights, and the Smithsonian’s Asian American Literary Festival. Pamela co-founded Portland’s Winter Poetry Festival in 2018. Her first book Secret Lumpia will be forthcoming in March 2021 from The Accomplices.