April Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, April 26
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.
Bernadette Esposito – Laramie, WY
For most of her life Bern believed that her recurring plane crash dreams were an augury of a crash to come. Rather than give up flying, she set up an elaborate belief system to inoculate her from a crash: she would not fly during inauspicious astrological aspects, on the eighth day of the eighth month or on flights whose numbers added up to eight. Then, on the eighth of August, she boarded flight 7685 to Paris. Following take-off, the engine over which she was seated exploded. The question of why she abandoned a belief system that otherwise would have prevented her from boarding the flight initiates an investigation into belief, proof and survival. In 2006 Bern trained to investigate Survival Factors in Aviation Accidents at the National Transportation Safety Board Academy. Her essays on plane crashes have appeared in several literary journals, including “Best American Essays 2011.” She teaches math in Laramie, Wyoming.
Bart Exposito – Los Angeles, CA
Bart Exposito was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1970. He is presently a working artist living in Los Angeles. His pursuits as an artist began with his studies and consequent BFA at the University of Texas Austin. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2000 and has exhibited consistently nationally and internationally since that time. He has taught painting and drawing at the university level for almost a decade now. He currently is represented by Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles.
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.
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).
Teri Rueb – Buffalo, NY
Teri Rueb (www.terirueb.net) works at the intersection of interactive media, sound, land and environmental art. She pioneered the form of GPS-based interactive installations and is the recipient of numerous awards including a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction. She is a CalArts Alpert Award nominee for 2012 and was twice nominated for the Rockefeller New Media Award and the Boston ICA Foster Prize. Her work has been presented internationally and funded by the Banff Center for the Arts, Edith Russ Site for Media Art,Klangpol, LEF Foundation, Turbulence.org, Artslink, and various state arts councils. Rueb is currently Professor in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) where she is Founder and Director of Open Air Institute. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Rueb will be collaborating with Carmelita Topaha and Larry Phan to produce a site-specific work for ISEA2012.
Carmelita Topaha is a member of the Navajo Nation, Newcomb Chapter. She has an Associates degree in Anthropology from San Juan College, in Farmington, New Mexico, and a BA in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She has worked as a consulting anthropologist, archaeologist, or ethnographer on a variety of projects. For the past ten years she has been the primary Navajo consultant for David Mark, David Stea and Andrew Turk on their cross-cultural research on landscape and language conducted on the Navajo Nation. She is a weaver, potter, and a writer. Carmelita has taught in the Native American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico and currently teaches at San Juan College.
Larry Phan (www.larryphan.com) is a studio artist and teacher in Farmington, New Mexico. As a first generation Asian American, his background is marked by strong family influences. His experiences have shaped his stance on the importance of family, social necessity, and material function. His artistic concepts utilize family unit ideals in a way that is symbiotic to daily ritual experiences. He continues his expression as a maker of functional ceramic objects and as an educator at San Juan College. Phan received his Ceramics and Sculpture BFA from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has been a resident artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, MT. Phan’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States.
Tom Shepard – San Francisco, CA
Tom Shepard produced and directed Scout’s Honor, a PBS-funded documentary that won top awards at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival Scout’s Honor broadcast nationally when it opened POV’s 14th season in 2001. In 2006, Shepard co-directed and produced Knocking (www.knocking.org) in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their contributions to medicine and civil liberties. Knocking broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens in May of 2007. In 2009, Shepard directed WHIZ KIDS (whizkidsmovie.com), a coming-of-age documentary about high school youth who compete in the Intel Science Talent Search. WHIZ KIDS aired on PBS stations in 2010. Previously, Shepard worked as an editor at National Public Radio for Linda Wertheimer. At NPR, he co-produced Listening to America, an audio documentary on the history of public radio in America. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in biology and film and is the former Chairman of New Day Films. Shepard’s latest collaboration with filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson is THE GROVE, a film about AIDS and the nature of remembrance (www.thegrovefilm.com). THE GROVE broadcast on PBS beginning December 2011.
Lynette Smith – Victoria, Australia
Lynette Smith’s work comes from a long-standing interest in how a thing, organism or any organised structure comes to be the way it is. She’s interested particularly in those things which we believe, rightly or wrongly, to be shaped by purpose. Lynette lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she completed her BFA at RMIT University in 1995. She also has postgraduate qualifications in linguistics and philosophy. In 2004-2005 Lynette was a member of the board
of West Space, an artist-led gallery in Melbourne. She exhibits regularly in Australia and, more recently, Europe. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
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.