Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident: Susan Waters
Susan Waters is the Rare Species Ecologist at the Center for Natural Lands Management in Olympia. WA. Her research focuses on plant-pollinator community dynamics in Puget Trough/Willamette Valley prairies, and on restoration of habitat for rare butterflies. Susan’s training is in pollination ecology and plant community ecology, with an emphasis on species interactions under climate change. She 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.
Eli N. H. 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. He has a forthcoming project on Seattle’s and/OAR imprint.
Laurie Lambrecht, a native of Bridgehampton, NY is a photographer and fiber artist who studied at Marymount College, The University of Colorado and The Visual StudiesWorkshop. 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 Museum. 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 “RoyLichtenstein, 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 theRauschenberg 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. https://laurielambrecht.com/
Brie 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. Common themes in her work include memory, identity, and introspection in relation to landscape and place. Being 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.
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.
Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency
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: