Dennis DeHart’s fine art photographs and interdisciplinary projects are informed by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art / Photography with Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. During the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017, Dennis will be traveling and living abroad with his family while doing research on cross culture water issues in SE Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the American West.
Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-native, his abstract paintings, socially practice projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno is the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee, was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art and his solo exhibition, Reclaimed Water was identified in Art LTD as a Critic’s Picks: 2014 Top 10 exhibitions in LA. Tsuno’s long-term interest in bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his work with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, Theodore Payne Foundation, the grantLOVE Project, and his exhibits at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Emily Piatt Wilson is an artist currently practicing in New York City. After earning a Masters of Architecture from Yale University in 2002 as well as her Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, E. Piatt Wilson creates sculptures to capture the way in which we perceive and interact with our environment in relationship to new media and digital technology. E. Piatt Wilson was selected to create works at the following artist residencies: Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2010, the Vermont Studio Center in 2010, the Jentel Foundation in 2012 and Haystack School of Arts and Crafts in 2015.
The collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos and cinematic based installations internationally at museums, galleries and film festival. Their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life with their two children Madeleine and Emmett into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. This new kind of “suburban fluxus” generates work that documents and re-contextualizes their objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenging presumptions of the everyday.
Lauri studied painting and design at the former Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle, WA and experimental film at the San Francisco Art Institute. She supported her art practice for many years in a range of art-related work including working as a sales person for Ricco Johnson Gallery in New York as well as a curator and public relations writer to support Folk and Outside Art exhibitions for MIA Gallery in Seattle. She returned to the studio in 1998 after setting aside a PR career and moving to New York with her family. Lauri operates a successful low water garden design business in Los Angeles, CA. Lauri’s studio practice is based in both Abiquiu, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.
Mildred Beltré is Brooklyn based artist, mother and activist working in print ,drawing and participatory politically engaged practice, to explore facets of social change. She is interested in exploring political movements and their associated social relations and structures. Her most recent work involves looking at revolutionary theorizing and posturing through a feminist lens. Beltré’s selected national exhibitions include: International Print Center New York, NYC; Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT; Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Art in General, NYC ; and international group shows at Projecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; Brun Leglise Gallery, Paris France, among others. Her work is included in the Special Collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN among others. She has been awarded residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Foundation and the Rema Hort Foundation, among others. Beltré is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, an ongoing socially engaged collaborative art project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that addresses gentrification and community building through art-making.
Scott Campbell is a writer, conservation planner, and consultant and the principal of Innovative Conservation Solutions, LLC (ICS). ICS offers strategic consultation services to landowners, NGOs, local governments, and community groups. The company works with planners, designers, scientists, and other experts to tackle distressing social, environmental, and economic problems–employing innovative conservation solutions to solve them. Scott is an expert in water conservation and management strategies that consider the needs of cities, agriculture, and nature. He was the kickoff speaker for Colorado College’s 2015-2017 State of the Rockies Project: The Scales of Western Water and a subject matter expert for Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilience Academy. Scott also recently aided the launch of a joint western water program at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute. He is currently working with irrigated the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to create alternatives to municipal buy-and-dry practices. Scott was the 2015-2016 Lincoln Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he delivered courses and lectures on conservation efforts across major U.S. watersheds. Prior to his fellowship, Scott directed the Palmer Land Trust, which under his leadership protected 50,000 acres of important natural, agricultural, and recreational lands—contributing to a 100,000-acre conservation portfolio. Before his time at Palmer, Scott served in the Colorado Office of Economic Development, helping communities capitalize on the more than $1.2 billion in natural and cultural resource preservation investments Colorado has made through the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado State Historical Fund. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife and two sons.