Multidisciplinary: Maya Vivas
Maya Vivas is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums such as ceramic, performance, painting, installation. Maya has exhibited work, spoken on panels and hosted workshops throughout the United States including venues and institutions such as Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Louisiana State University and Yale. Vivas is also co-founder of Ori Gallery, whose mission is to redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.
Animator: Joanna Priestley
Priestley has directed, animated and produced 31 award winning films one iOS app and the recently completed an abstract animated feature, North of Blue. Her work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of boundaries and intuitive whimsy and she is dedicated to experimentation in technique, theme and content. Priestley has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Stuttgart Animation Festival (Germany), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland), American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA), Hiroshima Animation Festival (Japan) and Jenju International Film Festival (Korea) and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Creative Capital. Priestley was founding president of ASIFA Northwest and has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1993, where she annually juries the Academy Awards, Student Academy Awards and the Nicholl Screenplay Fellowships. Currently she is delighted to be an artist-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, OR, where she is working on a new animated film. More info: www.joannapriestley.com.
Photographer: Ebenezer Galluzzo
Galluzzo is a gender non-conforming trans man, mother, husband, and witch living in Portland Oregon, who views the craft of photography as "a way to claim and redefine the lens through which I see the world." Galluzzo uses photography as a tool to reveal what stories are one's own, and what stories are attached to us by cultural forces from outside ourselves. Exploration of what we perceive as "natural" and "unnatural" within the human experience is present in Galluzzo's recent work, and Sitka is thrilled to provide time and space here in the coastal forest and Cascade Head landscape for him to continue this deeply personal body of work and nature-inspired exploration. This Summer, Galluzzo will return to Sitka on June 19 to share his work and residency experience as part of our Mingle & Muse speaker series.
Photographer: Melinda Hurst Frye
Hurst Frye works within themes of ecology and place through photographs and scans of the Pacific Northwest landscape. By way of observation,experimentation, and slow investigation in the field, her imagery refers to the mysterious activity of urban and forested ecosystems layered with a sense of place. Analogous to scenes from a natural history museum, flora and fauna take center stage to illustrate that we are always tied to migration, evolution, and metamorphosis. Hurst Frye is an artist and educator based in Seattle, Washington. She holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and has been featured on Humble Arts Foundation, Lenscratch, and WIRED Photo.
Writer and Poet: Christopher Rose
Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington. His poems have appeared in Fjords Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Hawaii Review, Vinyl Poetry, FreezeRay, and others. He is a Cave Canem fellow and VONA alum, and is a 2019 recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers of Color. He currently teaches Composition, African-American Literature, and Science Fiction at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon.
Naturalist: Ingrid Erickson
Erickson's work spans the intersection of art and science through the investigation of specific species and ecosystems. Think of her as a "cut paper naturalist." Both artists and scientists are "askers" of life's important questions. In her artwork, Erickson explores the ornithology, botany and ecology of ecosystems. Erickson enjoys working with and learning from scientists. Each artwork is individually hand cut using an X-acto knife and scissors, with up to several thousand tiny cuts per piece and involves extensive research. She works from life whenever possible, as well as from natural history collections and specimens, radiographs, and her own photographs and video. Recent partner organizations include The Field Museum, Chicago, NC State Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, The Carolina Raptor Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, and the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident: Susan Waters
Waters is a Rare Species Ecologist, coming to Sitka from the Center for Natural Lands Management in Olympia. Washington. Her research focuses on plant-pollinator community dynamics in Puget Trough/Willamette Valley prairies, and on restoration of habitat for rare butterflies. Her training is in pollination ecology and plant community ecology, with an emphasis on species interactions under climate change. Waters earned her doctorate at the University of Washington, where her research focused on native-exotic plant interactions mediated by pollinators and the effects of phenological shifting on those interactions. She currently studies how prairie plant-pollinator networks change as sites undergo restoration and as native plant populations rebound. Susan also co-founded and co-directed the Urban Pollination Project, a citizen science initiative in Seattle that investigated urban land use impacts on bumble bee foraging and urban food production. Susan is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington-Bothell.
Neumann-Hammond is a composer from Massachusetts who explores themes of representation and place through minimally processed field recordings. At the core of his approach is an understanding of sound as a social and material flux between listeners and their environments. His work is informed by avant-garde poetics, anthropology, and the history of audio reproduction technology. Eli holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in Providence, RI, where he completed a thesis on the sounds of contemporary transportation infrastructure. His work was recently featured on Seattle's and/OAR imprint.
Lambrecht, a native of Bridgehampton, NY is a photographer and fiber artist who studied at Marymount College, The University of Colorado and The Visual Studies Workshop. She has had numerous solo exhibits in the US and internationally. Her photographs are in public collections including the National Gallery of Art, The Portland Art Museum and the Parrish Art Mueum. Between 1990-1992 she worked as administrative assistant to Roy Lichtenstein, simultaneously photographing the artist and his process. In 2011, Monacelli Press published her monograph "Roy Lichtenstein, In His Studio". In 2013 she taught in Medellin, Colombia in the program Literacy through Photography. Lambrecht has lectured at The NGA, Art Institute of Chicago and Morgan Library among other venues. She has participated at other residencies including the Rauschenberg Residency, the Watermill Center and KH Messen in Norway. Her work celebrates the landscape in an intimate way combining photography and needlework while exploring nature's patterning and a craving of the tactile.
Schettle is an interdisciplinary artist and curator living in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2016). Schettle identifies as a hybrid artist-working with many modes of expression including painting, installation, sculpture, digital printmaking, and photography. Her work illustrates "process over product" and merges technology with environmental art. Themes within her work include memory, identity and introspection in relation to landscape and place. An avid traveler, Schettle has conducted research and exhibited work in Italy, France, Ireland and throughout the United States. She has participated in several international artist residencies including La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts in Noyers, France and the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland.
Musician: Altea Narici
Through cello, voice and composition, Narici researches the worlds of traditional music, nature and animal sounds, and the relationship between individuals, groups and the environment. She also explores different art channels like drawing, carving, painting, writing and storytelling to best represent her inner world and joy to communicate. Since childhood, Narici wanted to have a social role as an artist and believed she wasn't shaped to stay locked inside the academies and schools within which she grew up. She now travels between different associations and community centers, in and out of concert venues, helping with projects of active citizenship, science outreach and conservation, and sharing music with children, elders, travelers and other artists. Based in Rome, Italy, she is currently on the move, building up collaborations including with Archipelagos Association and the Celacanto Centre.
VisualArtist: Lanny DeVuono
In the ongoing series on OuterSpace, Lanny DeVuono is interested in the current privatization of space research, historical parallels with past explorations, as well as the fast changing environments of the earth right now.
DeVuono has received a number of awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship, a GAP Grant, and artist residency awards at Yaddo, Centrum, Jentel and RedLine. Her work is in collections such as NW Museum of Art & Culture, Mills College Art Museum, Washington State Medical Center, Swedish Hospital, Jundt Art Museum, the Kent Justice Center, Great Western Bank, as well as private collections.
She also writes on contemporary art under the name Frances DeVuono for Third Text (online); past publications include: Art News, New Art Examiner, Arts and Artweek, among others.
Visual Artist: Genevieve Robertson
Genevieve Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in environmental studies. Her drawings are often comprised of found organic materials collected on-site, and map a visceral and long-term engagement with specific regions. Through recent research in the Kootenays, the Salish Sea and the Fraser and Columbia rivers, she has engaged with the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation and climate precarity. Robertson has exhibited and participated in residencies internationally and holds an MFA from Emily Carr University (2016) and a BFA from NSCAD University (2009).
Interdisciplinary: Katie Gourley
Katie Gourley's work as an urban planner, researcher, and creative practitioner is grounded in the relationships between communities, ecologies, and food systems. She has a background in urban agriculture and local food systems and works to create systems that build community, and cultivate conditions for radical care, justice, and well being. In May 2019, she received her Masters in Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her Thesis on community seed libraries and grassroots movements to preserve biodiversity, cultural traditions, and ecological knowledge was the recipient of the Harvard Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize. Katie's personal artistic practices combine her lifelong passion for baking and creating experiences around shared food with a sustained interest in bio-cultural diversity and place-based social justice. She is a collector of recipes, heirloom beans, poems about food, and visions of feminist utopias. Her first degree is in English Literature and she has worn many different hats in the food and agriculture world as a baker, cheesemonger, farmers market manager, and culinary educator.
Writer: Maxim Loskutoff
Raised in small towns in the west, Maxim Loskutoff is the author of COME WEST AND SEE, an NPR and Amazon Best Book of 2018, and a New York Times Editor’s Pick. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, and Playboy. A graduate of NYU’s MFA program, he has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell. Other honors include the Nelson Algren Award, the M Literary Fellowship, and an arts grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. His debut novel SPIRITS is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana.
Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident: Catherine Craig
Catherine Craig, PhD is an adjunct Research Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, and a Senior Research Associate at Whitman College, Walla Walla. Previously she served as an Associate Professor on the biology faculty of Yale University for 9 years where she maintained a laboratory, conducted interdisciplinary research and taught a variety of courses in Ecology and Evolution. After receiving a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, she moved to Harvard University where she maintains an appointment as Museum Associate. In 2003, she published an academic treatise (Spiderwebs and Silk: tracing evolution from molecules to genes to phenotypes. Oxford University Press) that summarized her previous research. She then collaborated with Leslie Brunetta to popularize those themes (“Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating”, Yale University Press).
Artist-at-Sea: Sarah Grew
Sarah Grew is a painter and photographer whose work expands into installation, collage, printmaking and environmental art. In search of new materials she has become a beekeeper, studied native plant habitats, and worked as an artist-in-residence for a recycling facility in California. Grew relishes discovering places that are new to her and has traveled widely to expand her cultural awareness and enrich her work. She has been awarded a number of residencies including Playa, Joshua Tree National Park, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Brush Creek, the Ucross Foundation, and the Collegeum Phaenomonologicum in Italy. Recently she installed a large site specific cyanotype piece at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center and is working on a series of paintings that examine modes of expressing temporality and cycles of time through layering visual art technologies from different periods of time.
Writers: Andrea Stolowitz and Jonathan Walters
Andrea Stolowitz is a Portand-based playwright whose plays have been produced nationally and internationally. She is a member of the class of 2024 of New Dramatists (NYC) and is a Core Member at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. She is a resident artist with Hand2Mouth and is the Lacroute Playwright in Residence at Artists Repertory Theater. She has an MFA from UC-San Diego and is on the faculty at Willamette University.
Jonathan Walters founded Hand2Mouth Theatre in 2000, after beginning his career in Poland. As Hand2Mouth's Artistic Director, Jonathan has co-conceived, co-created, and directed the bulk of Hand2Mouth shows, and works closely with guest writers and the ensemble to develop original devised theatre work. Under his direction, Hand2Mouth Theatre has premiered 18 major new works, as well as site-specific and commissioned short pieces in the Portland area, and toured these works regionally, nationally and abroad, presenting at today's leading venues for contemporary theatre performance. He teaches and directs devised theatre at colleges and theaters across the Pacific Northwest, the greater US, as well as in Europe and Latin America.
Writer: Lydia Conklin
Lydia Conklin is a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. She has received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, a Creative & Performing Arts Fulbright to Poland, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others, and grants and awards from the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. She was the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in fiction at Emory. Her fiction has appeared in a compilation of the best of the last twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize and in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Rev, and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Lenny Letter, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The annual Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency was established to provide artists with little or no printmaking experience the opportunity to explore a new creative medium with guidance, from a master printmaker. Nine of these original residents are coming back to create another print alongside master printmaker, Julia D'Amario, and produce a special portfolio commemorating Sitka's 50th anniversary in 2020. These nine returning artists are:
Patti Warashina was born in 1940 in Spokane, Washington. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle (1962,1964). After 30 years of teaching art in the Midwest and Seattle, she retired in 1995 as Professor Emerita from the University of Washington, where she taught for 25 years. In 2012, Warashina was honored with a 50-Year Retrospective Exhibition entitled "Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom" at AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona, CA.
A companion book was published in conjunction with the AMOCA exhibition. In 2013, the exhibit moved to the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, which also received a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Baba Wagué Diakité is an artist, storyteller, author, and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. He was born in Bamako, and spent his early childhood in the village of Kassaro. At night, he and his cousins would gather around the family fire waiting for grandma to share stories. These stories connected them to their surrounding nature, to their ancestors, and to the history of their village. Diakité arrived in the US in 1985 and began a career in art, creating colorful and lively paintings on pottery and hand building mythical ceramic creatures. In 2004 he founded the Ko-Falen cultural center in Bamako and returns to Mali annually to direct programs. He is the creator of numerous children's books, including the award-winning The Hunterman and the Crocodile.
Linda Hutchins is a visual artist whose work tests the limits of body, mind and self in a reappraisal of the meaning and experience of drawing. Beyond works on paper, her investigations have taken form as site-specific installations, wall drawings, cross-disciplinary collaborations, performances and custom drawing tools. Hutchins has been honored with two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Jurors' Award in the Tacoma Art Museum's 2009 Northwest Biennial, and a solo exhibition in Oregon's Governor's Office. Hutchins holds a BFA in Drawing from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Before attending art school, she wrote operating system software for Intel Corporation. She lives and works in the Bowstring Truss House, a renovated warehouse in Portland, Oregon.
Larry Thomas's work is based in the natural landscape, primarily that of the northern California coast. He taught drawing and printmaking for many years at the San Francisco Art Institute and served as dean of academic affairs and as interim president of the school prior to retiring in 2005. Each summer for many years he has taught a drawing intensive workshop at Sitka Center and also has taught drawing at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. His work is in numerous public and private collections regionally and nationally. He currently lives and works in the small coastal town of Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, California.
Marie Watt is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation residing in Portland, Oregon. Her work draws from history, biography, protofeminism, and Indigenous teachings. She explores the intersection of history, community and storytelling, and addresses how multi-generational and cross-disciplinary conversations create a lens for understanding connectedness to place, one another, and the universe.
Watt holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Willamette University. Among other residencies, she has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and received fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation and the Hallie Ford Family Foundation. Her work is in numerous museums nationally and internationally.
Heather Watkins' work explores the nature and possibilities of the drawn line-both concretely and poetically. From intimately-scaled embroideries, to large sculptural fiber installations-her practice is process-driven, rooted in material investigation and concerned with the language of abstraction. Her work takes many forms: sculpture, drawing, text-based work, printmaking, writing and artist's books.
Watkins' work has been exhibited nationally. She has received grants from Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and has been awarded residencies at c3:initiaive, Caldera, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Watkins holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is represented by PDX CONTEMPORARY ART.
Dana Louis is a visual artist who makes works that honor the interconnectedness of being and that explore the timeless, magical reality of biology in the natural, personal and constructed worlds we inhabit. Glass, light, drawing, shadow and a variety of other media shape her work which fluctuates between intimate, domestic-scale pieces, interdisciplinary performance collaborations and large-scale public installations.
Ryan Pierce's vivid, large-scale paintings depict our world recovering from human industry. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature and folk art to create scenes that portray the resilience of the natural world. He has exhibited internationally and his work has been recognized by grants from the Joan Mitchell and San Francisco Foundations, as well as reviews in Art in America, Art Papers, and The Oregonian. He is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland. Pierce is the co-founder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines.
Sabina Haque is an artist from Karachi, Pakistan, and now lives, teaches and makes art in Portland, Oregon. Haque's immigrant experience has always informed her art practice. She works across various media, including painting, photography, printmaking, animated video with sound installation to explore place, memory and identity. Haque's recent work has focused on investigating place-keeping and neighborhood identity among communities of color in Portland. Haque received her MFA in Painting from Boston University and teaches Art at Portland State University.