May Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, May 24
Carmiel Banasky – Portland, OR
Carmiel Banasky is a writer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, Anderbo, Tottenville Review, and The Boy Bedlam Review. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, and her MFA from Hunter College, where she also taught creative writing. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has also lived Mississippi, where she taught and worked in grassroots organizing. Currently, she’s hard at work on her first novel while attending writing residencies.
Marci Erspamer – Salt Lake City, UT
Marci Erspamer was born on May 29, 1974 in Salt Lake City, UT. Marci remembers from a young age being unusually contemplative and in constant wonder about the world around her. Throughout Erspamer’s youth she struggled with the meaning of life and felt constrained and unsatisfied in the classroom. It wasn’t until she took an Art class that anything made any sense to her. Marci realized that the answers she was looking for were found in shape and color. This began her voyage into the world of art and luckily, this relationship has slowly blossomed over the years.
Katya Grokhovsky – Brooklyn, NY
New York based Australian/Ukrainian artist Katya Grokhovsky works across disciplines including performance, video, installation, photography, sculpture, drawing and text. She has an MFA in Sculpture (2011) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA and a BFA in Painting (2007) from Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. Grokhovsky’s work has been widely exhibited in Australia, USA and Europe. She has traveled extensively, partaking in residencies and performance art events and received various awards and scholarships. In 2011, Grokhovsky was an artist in residence at Robert Wilson’ s Watermill Center, New York, where she was commissioned to create a major installation/performance project for the annual benefit and Open House. In 2012, Grokhovsky’s Projects include The Art School – an Innovative Educational Project – Residency in Queens, NY, awarded by chashama, space to create, a “Wonderwomen” residency in _gaia studio in Jersey City, and numerous various group and solo exhibitions as well as performances in various venues, including Art Fairs, non-profit, university and commercial gallery spaces in USA and Australia.
Joe Hall – Baltimore, MD
Joe Hall received his B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2004 and his Master’s of Fine Arts from George Mason University in 2008. In this time he has been employed as a light industrial laborer, assistant sawmill operator, video production assistant, hand model, produce stocker, and educator. He was the recipient of the 2007-2008 George Mason Thesis Fellowship. His first book, Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean), was published in 2010. It appeared on the SPD best-seller list and has received positive reviews in The Colorado Review, HTML Giant, and elsewhere. His next two collections will be published in 2012 and 2013. He currently lives in Baltimore with his partner, Cheryl Quimba.
Agnés Hémery – Normandy, France
Born in 1951, Agnés Hémery has been making national and international exhibits for more than 30 years. She works and lives in Normandy, France. Agnés Hémery is known for her large Caravagesque pastels and her vibrant oil on canvas and mixed media on paper displayed in contemporary art galleries and museums, in Paris, in France and abroad, i.e. Glaerie d’Avignon in Montreal (2002-03), galerie des Talents in Switzerland (2003-04), Galerie GNG in Paris, Gallery Het Swandepand in Belgium (2005-06). The perfect adequation between Agnés Hémery powerful enigmatic work and vast historical places such as Abbayes, cloisters or priories, has naturally permitted large displays in prestigious sites such as Vivoin (Sarthe) 1989, Avranches (Manche) 1992, Le Thoronnet (Var) 1995, Salpetriére Paris (2001), Mont Saint Michel (2009), which are only examples. Agnés Hémery’s work is also presented in art fairs, such as Gand in Belgium (2003, 2004) and Geneva (2003). Representative catalogues of her work are available as well as two illustrated books she is the author of, “The Songs of Destiny” and “The Songs of Time.” Her work is supported by state institutions such as the Conseil General of la Manche, France, who organized large retrospectives of her work in 1992 and 1999.
Aimee Lee – Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. As a Fulbright fellow, she researched traditional Korean hand papermaking and allied crafts. In 2010 at Cleveland’s Morgan Conservatory, she built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America. She has exhibited internationally, and her artists’ books reside in collections that include the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Library. She teaches and lectures extensively while traveling as a resident artist and her first book, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking, will be published in Fall 2012 by the Legacy Press.
Cheryl Quimba – Baltimore, MD
Cheryl Quimba received a BA in English from St. Marys College of Maryland in 2005 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Purdue University in 2010. Poems of hers have appeared in Dusie, Phoebe, Tinfish, 1913, and Everyday Genius. She lives in Baltimore and works as a publications assistant at Johns Hopkins University.
Christopher Robinson – Federal Way, WA
Christopher Robinson is a writer, teacher and translator currently living in the wind. He earned his MA in poetry from Boston University, where he studied with Louise Glück and Derek Walcott, and his MFA from Hunter College where he studied with Tom Sleigh. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Chiron Review, Umbrella Factory, FlatmanCrooked, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Sante Fe Art Institute, the Lanesboro Arts Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Fellowship (in 2010 and 2011) and the Yale Younger Poets Prize (2012).
Lynette Smith – Victoria, Australia
Lynette Smith completed her honours degree at RMIT University in the mid-nineties and has been working since. Her practice has taken a course through painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and more recently, animation where she has started to work with change over time and the symmetries that can be found there. She also spent a considerable chunk of 2000-2010 studying linguistics and philosophy. Lynette’s time here is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.
Brian Willmont – Brooklyn, NY
Bred in Boston, living and working in Brooklyn, Brian Willmont received his BFA with honors from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2007. His paintings and installations have been featured in solo shows at Receiver Gallery in San Francisco, Space 1026 in Philadelphia, LaMontagne Gallery in Boston, and the Mills Gallery in Boston. His work has been published in Juxtapoz Magazine, The Boston Globe, Beautiful/Decay, Hardcore Magazine, The Santa Fe Reporter, The Boston Phoenix, and many other print and web publications. In 2005 Brian started Apenest, an experimental group devoted to book and print publishing.