Visual Artist: 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: