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Current Residents

 2018 Fall Residents

‍photo by Kendrick Moholt

Poetry: Kim Stafford

Residency Dates: October 1 - October 19, 2018

Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown.

Visual Art: Kristen Densmore

Residency Dates: October 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Kristen Densmore uses photography, fiber arts, and mixed media to explore­ the complex and interconnected relationship between humans and nature. Her current work focuses on species, environment, history, ecology, and perception. She received a BFA from Prescott College and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Music: Soraya Perry

Residency Dates: October 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Soraya Perry is a Black-Iranian multimedia artist raised in Lebanon and the U.S. She works with any visual, aural, or performative medium that can make fun and/or magic. At Sitka, she is writing music and studying how melody can help us tell stories. Her recent projects include documentary short “ASPIC” and “The Power in Barber’s Radish,” a thesis on the social function of food taste. Perry has been awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and Worcester's Collective A Go-Go, and she graduated from Vassar College in 2017 with a B.A. in Film and Sociology.

Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident: Bruce Byers

Residency Dates: October 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Bruce is an ecologist, independent consultant, and writer with more than 35 years of professional experience in more than 40 countries. He works at the interface of ecology and sustainable development, combining an academic background in ecology and evolution with extensive practical experience in applied social sciences. Topics of his work include forest management, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and environmental communication, outreach and behavior change.

Visual Art: Sadie Sheldon

Residency Dates: October 1, 2018 – January 11, 2019

Sadie Sheldon is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the Aquarium Collective and Majaks Theater, as well as a MFA graduate from Tulane University. In 2018 she has been an artist-in-residence at Basement6 in Shanghai, The Birdsell Project in South Bend and a recipient of the Art Prize Big Pitch award.

Writing: Vanessa Blakeslee

Residency Dates: November 20 - December 20, 2018

Vanessa Blakeslee's most recent book, Perfect Conditions: stories is a Chicago Tribune 2018 "Summer Reads" pick. Her debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015), was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as a "tale of self-discovery and intense first love." A previous recipient of the Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Vanessa has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Ledig House/Writers Omi, the Banff Centre, and many others.

Visual Art: Mary Brodbeck

Residency Dates: October 29 - November 20, 2018

Mary Brodbeck has studied, employed, and taught the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock printmaking since 1998. She learned this art form from Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo, while studying for her MFA from Western Michigan University. Mary utilizes a visual language of shapes, colors and textures in her colorful images of land, sea and sky. Her residency at Sitka will be her first outside of her home state of Michigan and she is very excited about the opportunity to be immersed in a new environment.

Writing: Josie Sibara

Residency Dates: December 21, 2018 - January 11, 2019

Josie Sigler is the author of The Galaxie and Other Rides, a collection of stories, and a book of poems, living must bury, which won the Motherwell Prize and was published by Fence Books. She is a graduate of College of the Atlantic and the University of Southern California’s dual Ph.D. Program in Literature and Creative Writing; her doctoral dissertation focused on literature and climate change. She has received an NEA Literature Fellowship and an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. The draft of her first novel won the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. A work of long fiction, The Man on the Beach, was recently published as a Ploughshares Solo. Josie is a contributing editor to Tethered by Letters.

Writing: Jay Sibara

Residency Dates: December 21, 2018 - January 11, 2019

Jay Sibara is an assistant professor of English at Colby College. His scholarly work has appeared in the journals Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States and Literature and Medicine. Jay is the co-editor of the recently published anthology, Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory. Jay’s manuscript in progress is Imperial Injuries: Race, Disease, and Disability in Narratives of Resistance to US Empire. He is also at work on a collection of nonfiction essays entitled Adam’s Rib, which explore transgender identity, health, and living on the road.

K-12 Educators Resident: Jen Wozniak

Residency Dates: August 7-21, 2018

Educator Jen Wozniak works at the intersection of art and scientific inquiry. She has a BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a background as an environmental educator at NatureBridge and Caldera Arts. She has taught 4th grade at Springwater Environmental Sciences School for the past decade, where she is also the K-4 Art Teacher. 

Visual Art: Daniela Molnar

Residency Dates: December 3-30, 2018

Daniela Naomi Molnar works in a range of forms including painting, art direction, design, site-specific intervention, a collaborative poetry/visual art project, writing, activism, and teaching. She grew up in the New York City area, a daughter of immigrants, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Daniela is the founding Program Director of the Art + Ecology program and a full-time Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students about painting, drawing, environmental issues, visual culture, critical theory, and pedagogy since 2007. She also teaches at the Sitka Center for Art + Ecology.

Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Resident: Yoonhee Choi

Residency Dates: October 1-12, 2018

Educated as a city planner, an architect, and an artist, Yoonhee Choi’s work explores the potentials of unexpected materials to express both multiple scales of spatial experience and intimate, personal associations. In her projects, which range from tiny collages, drawings on paper to room-size installations, she uses everyday materials in an improvisational manner to search for limits and possibilities, seeking to discover new compositional devices and structures. Her work has been exhibited across the country and is part of collections on both coasts.

Artist at Sea Resident: Esteban Camacho Steffensen

Residency Dates: July 3-26, 2018

Esteban, a dual national from Eugene, Oregon and San Jose, Costa Rica, is a visual artist who has collaborated with many communities in the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica and Europe to portray the beauty and significance of the natural world through the creation of public murals. For the last 14 years he has focused on ecological themed murals to explore their role in revitalizing urban spaces and communicating local values. His first mural, completed in 2005, can be seen at the YMCA community swimming pool in Eugene, Oregon. He has produced over 40 murals committed to ecological awareness through the designs, the use of appropriate materials and an inclusive, interactive social process which has involved hundreds of people and students in generating new localized, public awareness of our ecological and cultural heritage.