The Santa Fe Art Institute Artist & Writer Residency Program presents:
October Artists in Residence Open Studio!
Join us to see what the October residents artists (and writer) have been doing with their time in Santa Fe!
Thursday, October 21
Jason Reed Brown – Bellingham, WA
Jason Reed Brown earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is a graduate of Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing in Santa Fe, NM. Throughout his years as a blacksmith, Jason has been featured in various American Indian Art Exhibitions and commissioned award-winning sculptures. Jason has been fortunate to work with Tom Joyce Architectural Blacksmithing for the past ten years, truly immersing him into the wide world of blacksmithing. Jason focuses his artwork on translating the beauty of Northwest Coastal Indian art into hand-forged ironwork.
Alison Denyer – Salt Lake City, UT
Al’s work encompasses the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and installation. Shown in solo exhibitions throughout the US, and numerous national and international juried and invitational exhibitions, her work has been published in New American Paintings, American Art Collector and the Western Humanities Review. Al’s current work focuses on landscape imagery and combines painting and drawing to create illusionary layers of depth, and microscopic elements through the presence of detail. Using subtle approaches to drawing, she is developing bodies of work that address environmental concerns surrounding many of the world’s major rivers and bodies of water. Originally from Bath, England, Al Denyer is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a BA with honors from Winchester School of Art in England. Her work can be viewed at: adenyer.com.
Ai Krasner – Santa Fe, NM
Ai Krasner was born and raised in Japan and has resided in the United States for the last 20 years. Her artwork reflects international sensibilities while retaining Japanese aesthetics. She attended the College of Santa Fe earning a BFA in 2006. She continued her studies in Rome and Philadelphia at the Tyler School of Art earning a MFA in 2009. She focuses on working with petroleum-based materials (ie: plastics) as a commentary on contemporary society. These materials are used as if they are natural materials in our society. We do not question the presence of plastics in all aspects of our lives.
Barbara Mehlman – Woodland Hills, CA
After receiving her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, Mehlman taught traditional and digital painting at the university level and wrote and pioneered online technology courses with San Francisco State University. Concurrently, Mehlman developed a concept she calls Artitorials (Art + Editorial) for on-site interactive digital stories. She published a paper comparing traditional and digital painting, a chapter in a book on Multimedia, and a book on Adobe Photoshop. Mehlman has been exhibited widely and has been honored with prestigious residencies around the country like Montana Artists Refuge, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Jentel, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and was even awarded a grant to paint portraits in Sicily.
Maria Nazos – Provincetown, MA
Poet Maria Nazos received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook, Trailer Park Heart, was selected by Marge Piercy as runner-up for the 2010 Providence Athenaeum Philbrick Poetry Project Award. She has received scholarships from The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Her work won the Fall 2009 Poetry Competition held by The Alabama State Poetry Society. She attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for non-degree credit. Recently, she became a proud member of the Wising Up Press Editorial Collective.
Ian Pines – Culver City, CA
Ian Pines has lived in various places in the Western United States—vast areas that have informed his grandiose paintings. After he was born in Denver in 1984, his family moved from the Rocky Mountains farther west to Santa Maria, California, where they resided for nine years. Ian spent a most formative decade in Albuquerque, New Mexico towards the end of which he began painting. While at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he cultivated a highly idiosyncratic, expressionistic painting practice in addition to an immense appreciation for the wilderness, especially through hiking and backpacking. Ian will receive his MFA in painting from UCLA in the spring of 2010.
Mykola Ridnyi – CEC ArtsLink Fellow – Ukraine
Multimedia artist and founder of the SOSka gallery-laboratory in Kharkiv, Ridnyi aims to create an alternative to the commercial art market in Ukraine as well as examine social and cultural differences between youth culture in the East and West. Ridnyi’s work has been exhibited in Europe, Russia and the US, and through SOSka he has developed a series of exhibitions, lectures, screenings and workshops. He hopes to engage in collaborations with American social practice artists, curators and educators.
Azat Sargsyan – CEC ArtsLink Fellow – Armenia
As director and co-founder of the Gyumri Center of Contemporary Art (GCCA) and the Gyumri Biennial, Sargsyan is interested in how biennials and non-profit arts organizations fundraise, structure residency programs and collaborate with international institutions. In addition to curating the work of hundreds of international artists for the Biennial and GCCA, Sargsyan has co-edited several arts magazines, including Art Today and Cord, which covers the arts of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.