March Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, March 24
5:30 pm SFAI
Join us to check out the work of our incredible March artists and writers!
Britta Hallin – interdisciplinary artist, Minnetonka, MN
Britta Hallin is an interdisciplinary visual and somatic artist working in sculpture, video, photography, installation, public art, performance, the body and consciousness. Her process is an integrative practice of vinyasa yoga, mindfulness meditation, and art making. Britta’s union of the living and creative arts is based on the connection with the physical, energetic, and spiritual dimensions of existence. Embodying a spiritually connected life in the age of information and globalization is the complex phenomenon that drives her aesthetic search for meaning in the path of creating beauty.
Kristiana Kahakauwila – writer, Honolulu, HI
Kristiana Kahakauwila’s writing focuses on Hawai’i and the Pacific. Her current work, a short story collection titled “I Never See You For a Long Time,” questions Western and Oceanic notions of tradition, culture, ethnic identity, gender, and Native rights. Kristiana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has worked as a writer and editor for publications such as Wine Spectator, Cigar Afficionado, and shareyourtable.com, and at present teaches English at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Dani Katz – writer, Los Angeles, CA
Dani Katz established her reputation as one of Los Angeles’ finest literary talents by way of her bold voice, her expanded perspective and her mastery of language, having published over a hundred articles in the LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Whole Life Times, LA Yoga and Swindle, among others. In addition to her broad spectrum of practical experience and formal studies, including a Master’s Degree in Journalism, she has spent the past five years immersed in the study of empowered languaging and conscious communication, researching and perfecting the myriad ways, whys and hows that language influences our every human experience.
Jung In Kim – drawing/painting, Woodside, NY
Jung In Kim was born in 1976 in Suwon, Korea. In 2000, she graduated with a BFA from Chonbuk National University in Jeonju, Korea. That same year, she had her first major exhibition at the Seoshin Gallery in Jeonju with an installation entitled “Back Street.” In 2001, she moved to the United States and enrolled in the Art program at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she obtained an MA in 2004 and an MFA in 2006. A resident of New York, Jung In Kim has been showing her work regularly since 2005, exploring the subject of displacement and alienation through the mediums of drawing and painting as well as installation.
Nikki Louis – writer, Seattle, WA
Nikki has lived the rich and precarious life of a working artist—a dancer in her youth, actor/playwright in middle age, and in late blooming maturity, a creative writer. New Mexico ans SFAI have been serendipitous for her—a year of teaching at UNM and upcoming projects, including reserach on the WWII enemy alien camp that is now the dog park. Forty-five years elapsed between a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, breaking stereotypes an unexpected consequence of her life pursuits. She likes to say that she’s jobless and homeless but not friendless or hopeless. The stories keep coming and coming.
Maria Pithara – video/installation, Richmond, VA
Maria Pithara was born in Limassol, Cyprus. In 2002 she received a Fulbright scholarship to study sculpture in the United States. She has been living on this side of the Atlantic ever since. Pithara repurposes found objects and choreographs simple gestures to create collages and videos that explore the relationship between body, nature and ritual..Her work has been shown in venues across the country and abroad, including the Hirschhorn Museum in DC, Bow Arts in London and Omikron Gallery in Cyprus.
Lisa von Koch – sculpture, Tempe, AZ
Lisa Corine von Koch received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah, and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Arizona State University. Her practice has expanded to include sculpture, performance and installation in the interest of incorporating ecological practices into art making.
“My work deals with the intersection of nature and culture. As an artist and an environmentalist, I must constantly negotiate a compromise between content and material use. I am interested in exploring this tension in order to determine where boundaries are, to seek material histories, and to discover new solutions for each work.”
To learn more about the SFAI’s Artist & Writer Residency Program, visit out website or call us at (505) 424-5050.