Maddison was born in Nuremberg, Germany shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She has lived in many places since then, but currently lives and works in Eugene, OR. She graduated in 2013 from Brigham Young University with her MFA in studio art and has subsequently been an artist in residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, an artists' assistant in Berlin, a middle school art teacher, an adjunct professor, and a graphic designer. During that time, she has also made multiple interlocking, interdisciplinary bodies of work. Learn more about Maddison.
Nina is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains where she cultivated a curiosity about gravel pits, mines, and military sites. Her drawings and paintings examine land use in the American West and illuminate how landscape is shaped by societal needs, economies, policies, and powers. Nina co-founded an off-the-grid artist residency program called PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, was the Residency Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and leads wilderness trip with the arts organization Signal Fire. She has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Learn more about Nina.
Raised in the Southwest and an Oregonian since 1982, Analee comes from a family of artists from painters to potters. Her Mexican-American heritage instilled an appreciation of bright colors and rich patterning that is the lens through which Analee views the world around her and indeed, Oregon's great natural beauty. She spends much of her time outdoors in the summer, and even though Oregon is often a green/gray palette, the colors of our Northwest fish are comparable to any Arizona sunset. An avid flyfisher and boater, Analee feels most at home on the water. Learn more about Analee.
Geetha received an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University in 2014. Her writing includes fiction and poetry in journals such as Orion, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter and the Mid-American Review. Recognition for her work includes an O. Henry Award, the James Wright Poetry Award, the Calvino Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. She grew up in the United Arab Emirates and presently lives in Panama. Learn more about Geetha.
GEETHA IYER photocredit: Martijn Slot
Cynthia is a native Oregonian who finds inspiration in its physical and psychological landscape. She grew up in Portland Oregon, leaving to earn her bachelor's degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. After graduating, she returned to Portland, where she continues to live and make art. Cynthia's art practice encompasses drawing, collage and sculpture. Her work is influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as personal experiences and emotions. She was awarded the Hallie Ford Fellowship for artists in 2013 and the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship in 2015. Learn more about Cynthia.
Marsha is a printmaker, painter, writer, book designer and illustrator. Her current work juxtaposes disparate elements drawn from the natural world, sciences, ethnology and philosophy - exploring how we have historically defined our relationship to our environment. In the juxtaposition and layering of seemingly disconnected lexicons, common threads emerge, revealing how our own beliefs define us and the world we move through, and opening us to a more productive engagement with the mysteries of an environment in peril. Marsha graduated from RISD, working for 3 years in the ethnographic collections of Harvard University's Peabody Museum, and is a founder of Corvidae Press, a printmakers' collective. She has traveled extensively, exhibited and taught in New England, New York and the Pacific Northwest, where she now resides.
Artist Eileen Olivieri Torpey works in film, installation, photography and drawing. She studied Anthropology/Sociology at Lewis and Clark College and Visual Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Eileen's art primarily originates from site-specific, immersive experiences in landscapes across the U.S. and beyond. Her life-long commitment to transform the subtle, and often ignored, into an overt, visible form is one of the essential themes present in her work. This is illuminated in her graphite/ink drawings, and video installation pieces, which showcase her poetic mark-making process, mimicking the ephemeral rhythms of the natural world. Her documentary films expound upon this theme by exploring untold socio-cultural histories. By focusing on the inclusion of these narratives they, too, are made visible. Learn more about Eileen.
From his tree lined studio, high on a hill above the Tongass Narrows in rain-swept Ketchikan Alaska, Ray Troll draws & paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto shirts sold around the planet. Basing his quirky images on the latest scientific discoveries, Ray brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology & paleontology. He and his wife Michelle run the Soho Coho gallery in Ketchikan, situated in an historic house of ill-repute located on a salmon spawning stream. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard and Yale, shown work at the Smithsonian and has even had two fish named after him: a New Zealand species of ratfish called Hydrolagus trolli and a prehistoric genus of Italian herring called Trollichthys. Learn more about Ray.
RAY TROLL photo credit: Halinenbig
Rebecca recently moved to Port Townsend, Washington to be near the sea and tides that deeply influence her woodwork. Marine science - especially the wild world of plankton - has provided subjects for her current wood sculpture. She has carved most of her life, alongside commercial fishing, house painting and several years living and working at the Sitka Center. Artist residencies at Playa and Surel's Place have provided Rebecca with wonderful opportunities to build upon. At Sitka, Rebecca plans to continue her focus on marine science with the help of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport - creating and testing prototypes of her plankton board game and other fun educational materials. Learn more about Rebecca.