February Open Studio

Artist Ajean Ryan at an SFAI Open Studio


Readings & Open Studios

Thursday, February 24
5:30 pm SFAI

Join us to check out the work of our incredible February artists and writers!

February Residents:
Zinnia Gupte – poet, San Francisco, CA

Zinnia is a poet, fiction writer, artist and healer who expresses her artistic journey through writing, painting, drawing, music, yoga and dance. She is devoted to the bigger love and the bigger dance for herself and all who enter her life. She has published a chapbook of poetry, Lands of Exile and is working on her second manuscript, The Seasons Of Persephone. Zinnia received her MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University and has been a fellow at the Tomales Bay Workshops and the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony. She is inspired by the goddess, all expressions of love, dance and music, women’s bodies, Mother Earth, seasons and cycles, and sacred art. She has lived and traveled in India, China, Tibet, Egypt, West Africa, South Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and England. She is moving to Ibiza, Spain in the spring.

Britta Hallin – interdisciplinary artist, Minnetonka, MN

Britta Hallin is an interdisciplinary visual and somatic artist working in sculpture, video, photography, installation, public art, performance, the body and consciousness. Her process is an integrative practice of vinyasa yoga, mindfulness meditation, and art making. Britta’s union of the living and creative arts is based on the connection with the physical, energetic, and spiritual dimensions of existence. Embodying a spiritually connected life in the age of information and globalization is the complex phenomenon that drives her aesthetic search for meaning in the path of creating beauty.

Kristiana Kahakauwila – writer, Honolulu, HI

Kristiana Kahakauwila’s writing focuses on Hawai’i and the Pacific. Her current work, a short story collection titled “I Never See You For a Long Time,” questions Western and Oceanic notions of tradition, culture, ethnic identity, gender, and Native rights. Kristiana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction  from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has worked as a writer and editor for publications such as Wine Spectator, Cigar Afficionado, and shareyourtable.com, and at present teaches English at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Dani Katz – writer, Los Angeles, CA

Dani Katz established her reputation as one of Los Angeles’ finest literary talents by way of her bold voice, her expanded perspective and her mastery of language, having published over a hundred articles in the LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Whole Life Times, LA Yoga and Swindle, among others. In addition to her broad spectrum of practical experience and formal studies, including a Master’s Degree in Journalism, she has spent the past five years immersed in the study of empowered languaging and conscious communication, researching and perfecting the myriad ways, whys and hows that language influences our every human experience.

Jung In Kim – drawing/painting, Woodside, NY

Jung In Kim was born in 1976 in Suwon, Korea. In 2000, she graduated with a BFA from Chonbuk National University in Jeonju, Korea. That same year, she had her first major exhibition at the Seoshin Gallery in Jeonju with an installation entitled “Back Street.” In 2001, she moved to the United States and enrolled in the Art program at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she obtained an MA in 2004 and an MFA in 2006. A resident of New York, Jung In Kim has been showing her work regularly since 2005, exploring the subject of displacement and alienation through the mediums of drawing and painting as well as installation.

Nikki Louis – writer, Seattle, WA

Nikki has lived the rich and precarious life of a working artist—a dancer in her youth, actor/playwright in middle age, and in late blooming maturity, a creative writer. New Mexico ans SFAI have been serendipitous for her—a year of teaching at UNM and upcoming projects, including reserach on the WWII enemy alien camp that is now the dog park. Forty-five years elapsed between a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, breaking stereotypes an unexpected consequence of her life pursuits. She likes to say that she’s jobless and homeless but not friendless or hopeless. The stories keep coming and coming.

Constance Mallinson – painter, Woodland Hills, CA

Originally from Washington, D.C., Mallinson has resided in Los Angeles for over 30 years where she continues her long career as a painter, teacher, and critic for publications such as Art in America. She is a recipient of an NEA Artist’s Fellowship, a City of L.A. Artists Fellowship and has been a resident at the Djerassi Foundation. She is represented in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Orange County, San Jose and Pomona College Museums, and the National Academy of Sciences. Most recently she has had solo exhibitions at Angles Gallery in Santa Monica and Pomona College Art Gallery.

Maria Pithara – video/installation, Richmond, VA

Maria Pithara was born in Limassol, Cyprus. In 2002 she received a Fulbright scholarship to study sculpture in the United States. She has been living on this side of the Atlantic ever since. Pithara repurposes found objects and choreographs simple gestures to create collages and videos that explore the relationship between body, nature and ritual..Her work has been shown in venues across the country and abroad, including the Hirschhorn Museum in DC, Bow Arts in London and Omikron Gallery in Cyprus.

To learn more about the SFAI’s Artist & Writer Residency Program, visit out website or call us at (505) 424-5050.

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