August Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, August 23
Shonto Begay – Flagstaff, AZ
Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Discovery/Residency Fellow
Shonto Begay was born on a Navajo reservation sheep camp to a weaver of Tonalea storm patterns and a respected medicine man. As a boy, he was forcibly removed from his Hogan home to attend a government boarding school far away from his family and culture. Now he reclaims his identity through art, balancing the harsh realities of reservation life with the amazing beauty found among its canyons and mesas. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts and the California College of the Arts and has been a professional artist since 1983. His has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions in several galleries and museums, including The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Contemporary Arts Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Rosalie Favell – Ottawa, Canada
Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman. Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, the US, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris, France and Taipei, Taiwan. Her artwork resides in many important collections including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), and Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, New York). She has received numerous grants, and won prestigious awards such as the Chalmers Fellowship and the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunten award. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (Toronto), Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level. She has worked with grassroots organizations in Winnipeg with Inuit educational groups in Ottawa and Nepalese women’s groups in Katmandu.
Rodney Gomez – Brownsville, TX
Rodney Gomez works as a public transportation planner in Brownsville, Texas. He holds a BA from Yale, an MA in philosophy from Arizona State University, and an MFA from the University of Texas – Pan American. He was a finalist for the Andres Montoya Prize, a Canto Mundo fellow, and an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Barrow Street, The Literary Review, Nimrod, Salt Hill, The Pinch, The Chained Haynaku Anthology, and the forthcoming A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.
Rae Gouirand – Davis, CA
Rae Gouirand’s first collection of poems, Open Winter, was selected by Elaine Equi for the 2011 Bellday Poetry Prize and published in fall 2011. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Columbia, The Kenyon Review: KROnline, Seneca Review, Bateau, Memoir (and), & two recent volumes of the Best New Poets series, and were featured on Verse Daily’s Best of 2010 list. The winner of the Meijer Fellowship, the Hopwood Award, fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute, and an award from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation for outstanding work by emerging poets, she lives in Davis, California, teaches private workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction throughout the Central Valley, and serves as Writer-in-Residence for the Cache Creek Conservancy.
Mayumi Hamanaka – Oakland, CA
Mayumi Hamanka is a photography and installation artist. Originally from Japan, her work often examines concepts of individualism in our society such as loss of individual tastes under mass-circulated trends, personal histories/memories buried within historical events, and power struggles of individuals within group dynamics. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2004. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues including Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Taipei Artist Village, Taipei; San Francisco Art Commission Gallery; Mission 17, San Francisco; Swarm Gallery, Oakland; Asian American Art Centre, New York.
Marisa Handler – San Francisco, CA
Marisa Handler—writer, singer-songwriter, teacher, and speaker—is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky, which won a 2008 Nautilus Gold Award for world-changing books. Her essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Tikkun, Orion, Salon.com, Alternet, the San Francisco Chronicle, Zeek, Witness, and other publications. She received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Fulbright scholar to India in Creative Writing. She teaches on several MFA programs in the Bay Area. Marisa has performed her music all over the country, and her first album, Dark Spoke, was released in 2007. She is currently at work on a novel and her second album. More, including interviews and music videos, at www.marisahandler.com
Cobi Moules – Boston, MA
Cobi Moules currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a BFA from San Jose State University in 2004 and a MFA from The School of Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. He was recently awarded a SMFA Traveling Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell MFA Grant. His most recent exhibitions include “The Question of Drawing” at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, “Joan Mitchell Foundation 2010” at CUE, “Family Portrait” at Foster Gallery, “Queer Me: 2011 Art and Gender Politics NYC,” “Visibly Invisible” and “Hairy dudes and the moments before”, a solo show at Carroll and Sons Gallery.
Alex Peña – Santa Fe, NM
Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Discovery/Residency Fellow
Alex was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and is a member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. He received his B.F.A. in 2006 from Cameron University and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He currently resides and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Peña’s work has been exhibited nationally and has participated in international group shows in the Ukraine; Ekaterinaburg, Russia; and Shanghai, China. In the fall of 2012, Alex will participate in his first International Biennial in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work is in a number of private and public collections.
Nathan Pohio – Christchurch, New Zealand
Nathan is an artist working in video and other photo-media. Often working with found/gifted material’s embraced into his video and photographic work Nathan often stirs around the touchy topic and idea of colonization, something he considers to be constantly before him as he passes backwards through time into the unknowable future. Nathan is currently employed as an Exhibition Designer at The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, is a Board Member of The Physicsroom, a contemporary project space in Christchurch and recently graduated his MFA in Film at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch. Nathan employs absurdities sourced from his ‘bi-cultural inheritances of the everyday’. Typically Nathan’s work involves a humor that has poignancy while historic references and practices found in the cinema are employed to present his ideas. His work has been acquired by Te Papa Tongarewa, The Christchurch Art Gallery and The Queensland Art Gallery and private collections within New Zealand. Among other group and solo shows Nathan was part of the New Zealand Art focused exhibition ‘Unnerved, The New Zealand Project’ touring from G.O.M.M.A. Brisbane to N.G.V. Melbourne 2010 – 2011.
Sherry Farrell Racette – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sherry Farrell Racette (BFA, MEd, PhD) is an interdisciplinary scholar with an active arts and curatorial practice. Her scholarly interests include Indigenous art history and art criticism and First Nations and Métis women’s history. Her arts practice includes beadwork, painting and textile-based works. She has illustrated children’s books by noted authors such as Maria Campbell (Métis), Freda Ahenakew (Cree) and Ruby Slipperjack (Anishinaabe). Her most recent collaboration with Wilfred Burton (Métis) was the Fiddle Dancer trilogy, of which Dancing in My Bones (2009) won three Saskatchewan Book Awards and a Spirit Award gold medal from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Farrell Racette was the 2009–2010 Anne Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM and is currently teaching at the University of Manitoba cross-appointed with the Departments of Native Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She is a member of Timiskaming First Nation in eastern Quebec, but was born and currently resides in western Canada.
Janet Rogers – Vancouver BC, Canada
poet, media artist– spoken word, radio host
Victoria Poet Laureate 2012 -2015
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, short fiction, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music and script writing. Janet has three published poetry collections to date; Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions 2007), Red Erotic (Ojistah Publishing 2010), Unearthed (Leaf Press 2011). Her 2nd poetry CD titled Firewater 2009, gained nominations for best spoken word recording at the both the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards. You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts “Native Waves Radio” on CFUV fm and “Tribal Clefs” on CBC fm in Victoria BC. Her radio documentary “Bring Your Drum” (50 years of indigenous protest music) won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011. She was also commissioned to create a radio art piece by the same company that same year. Ojistah Publishing (Mohawk word for star) is Janet’s publishing label. ikkwenyes or Dare to Do is the name of the collective both Alex Jacobs and Janet started in 2011. Through the collective they produced a poetry CD titled “Got Your Back” a collection of live and studio recordings. ikkwenyes invites artists into their collaborations to create projects that promote the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture. www.janetmarierogers.com http://soundcloud.com/janet-marie-rogers 250-884-5548 12 Eaton Avenue, Victoria British Columbia Can. firstname.lastname@example.org