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Current Residents

 2019 Spring Residents

Blue Sky Gallery Photography Resident: Daesha Devón Harris

Residency Dates: April 1 - May 2

Daesha Devón Harris is a Saratoga Springs, New York native, artist and photographer who has spent time in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA. She credits her parents for always fostering her creativity and fueling her interest in stories and history, but most importantly for teaching her the importance of community. Both her multi-cultural family and the unexpected death of her young father have greatly shaped her life. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the College Of Saint Rose and a MFA in Visual Art from The University at Buffalo. She is a member of various organizations and plays an active role in her community as a youth advocate, social activist and cultural history preservationist. The gentrification of her hometown and it’s effect on the local Black community has played a major role in both her advocacy and her artwork. Most recently Harris has been an En Foco Fellowship winner, MDOCS Storyteller’s Institute Fellow, Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship awardee. She is also an avid fisherwoman and hobbyist gardener.

Artist-at-Sea: Kristin Link

Kristin Link has been working as a natural history artist in Alaska since she received a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University Monterey Bay in 2010. Her ambition as an artist is to create images that explain and tell stories about the natural world. Her hope is that her work inspires people to look closer at their own surroundings, and in that action to instill knowledge and conservation. Her work may be found on interpretive signs, in books about national parks, and in museums. She has exhibited her illustrations and field sketches at the Alaska State Museum and received grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She lives in a cabin outside McCarthy, Alaska on the edge of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. She is excited about the artist at sea residency to explore how science is conducted in the field on a research vessel and to make work about plankton and its role in the ecosystem.

Visual Artist: Alex Hirsch

Residency Dates: March 18 - 28

Alex Hirsch creates permanent, site-specific architectural glass installations and intimate, fine art watercolors. Her work is in national and international collections including the United States Embassy (Bulgaria), Good Samaritan Hospital (Washington State), U.S. Aid (Uganda), Hallmark Corporation (Kansas), ODS Companies, Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University (Oregon). Her solo exhibitions include one at both Russo Lee Gallery (2017) and the Oregon Jewish Museum (2013). The Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Linfield College, and the Ford Family Foundation have awarded Ms. Hirsch grants to support her work. She made the drawings for Scott Parker’s book A Way Home, published 2018. She completed an installation of glass windows, Sky Cascade, late 2018 for Auburn High School. Her training includes a Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Bachelor of Fine Arts Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon.

Visual Art: Isabelle Hayeur

Residency Dates: January 21 - May 2

Born in Montreal in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Quebec, Canada. As an image-based artist, she is known for her photographs and her experimental videos. Her work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. Her artistic approach examines the relations between nature and culture in a world where their (false) opposition is a dominant ideology that still structures our Western societies. She participated in many major shows such as the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (North Adams), the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin) and Today Art Museum (Beijing).

Writer: Matt Jones

Residency Dates: January 21 - May 2

Matt Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama MFA program. His writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, Post Road, The Normal School, and various other publications. He has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, as well as residencies from Willowtail Springs and The Leopold Writing Program. He is currently working on a collection of essays and a novel.

Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident: Fred Sharpe

Residency Dates: January 21 - May 2

Fred Sharpe Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University) has been investigating the behavior of humpback whales for over a quarter century.  He specializes on the bubble-netting of Alaskan humpbacks that exhibit enduring bonds, task specialization, team hunting and communal tool use. Following the whales south to their wintering haunts in the Hawaiian Islands, Sharpe and his colleagues have been investigating historical ecology of north Polynesian cetaceans. He has been awarded the Fairfield Award for Innovative Marine Mammal Research and the Society for Marine Mammology’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Communication.  Fred (Botany B. Sci., U of Washington) is a naturalist in the classical tradition; he is co-author and illustrator of Wild Plants of the San Juan IslandsBirding in the San Juan Islands and Voyaging with the Whales. Fred currently serves as a principal investigator with the Alaska Whale Foundation, performs as a Wilderness First Responder and volunteers as a large whale disentangler with NOAA’s Alaska Stranding Network.

Visual Art: Felix Prater

Residency Dates: January 21 - May 2

Felix Prater is a multi-medium ecological artist. His practice is an exploration into art's power to deepen our relationships with other species, the land, and the life we inhabit. His work spans a wide range of practices, including; Film, Performance, Music, Poetry, Collage, Painting and Installation. Felix Prater is based between Brighton, United Kingdom and Berlin, Germany.

Winds and Waves Recorder Resident: Adéla Gardavská

Residency Dates: March 25 - May 10

Adéla Gardavská is a recorder player and teacher, and a culture anthropologist. She is originally from the Czech Republic, where she started to learn the recorder at the age of 6. She studied at the Conservatory of Evangelical Academy in Olomouc with Jitka Konecna, and graduated in 2017. Adéla performed with the Czech recorder ensemble Flauto Dolce and participated in workshops and Early music masterclasses with well-known recorder players, such as Alan Davis, Jostein Gundersen, Saskia Coleen or Ashley Solomon. She spent two years spent in France where she studied the recorder with Sabine Weill and Agnes Lacornerie. Since 2005, Adéla was a member of the group Marnatosnaha, playing various genres, as medieval, renaissance, folk, and christian in the Czech and Slovak Republic.  Currently, Adéla is a member of the Washington Recorder Society and the recorder ensemble Sine Nomine. In addition to her musical background, she has a Bachelor degree in the Culture Anthropology and French philology, and a Master degree of European studies.

Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Resident: Brenda Mallory

Residency Dates: January 21 - February 1

Brenda Mallory’s work ranges from individual wall-hangings and sculptures to largescale installations. She works with mixed media, creating multiple forms that are joined with crude hardware or mechanical devices in ways that imply tenuous connections and aberrations. She is interested in ideas of interference and disruption of long-established systems in nature and human cultures.

Mallory grew up in Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She received a BA in Linguistics & English from UCLA and a BFA from PNCA. Mallory has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council. In 2015 she was an Eiteljorg Museum Contemporary Native Art Fellow and in 2016 she received a Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.

Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Resident: Chris Antemann

Residency Dates: February 11 - February 22

Chris earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota and her B.F.A. in ceramics & painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and China. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, The 21 C. Hotel Museum, The KAMM Teapot Foundation, The Archie Bray Foundation, and the Foshan Ceramic Museum in China. Her artist residencies include The Archie Bray Foundation and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, where she was the NEA funded resident.  In 2010 she was the First Place Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Grant, a prestigious grant awarded to artists working in 3D to allow them time to further their work. For the past seven years, Chris has been working with MEISSEN; collaborating with Europe’s Oldest  Porcelain Manufactory on Unique and Limited Edition Artworks. This experience offered her the opportunity to create her largest installation, Forbidden Fruit:  Chris Antemann at MEISSEN, which travelled for three years in the US from the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon to the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York and will travel to The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.