6/24 June Open Studio

Painter Melissa Oresky at the May Open Studio

Thursday, June 24th

5:30pm SFAI

Admission is free

We have another fantastic month of residents for you to visit with! There are three writers and seven visual artists working in a huge variety of mediums. Join us for Open Studio and get a sneak peek into studio practice as well as a taste of the kind of work these folks do in residence at the SFAI.

June Residents

Rita Ciresi – Wesley Chapel, FL
Rita Ciresi is the author of five works of fiction, including Mother Rocket (winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for Short Fiction); Blue Italian (selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover New Writers Series); Pink Slip (winner of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel): Sometimes I Dream in Italian, (a Book Sense 76 pick and finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize) and Remind Me Again Why I Married You (a comic novel told in two voices). She has received support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Virginia Commission on the Arts, Florida Department of State, National Writer’s Voice, Ragdale Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, American Academy in Rome, and the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat. She is a professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of South Florida.

Greg Edmondson – St. Louis, MO
Greg Edmondson has lived and worked in Germany, the UK, and throughout the US. He is currently Artist in Residence at Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis, Missouri. For the past five years the primary focus of his work has been an ongoing body of drawings and sculpture collectively titled “SIMPLE”. This collection of work began as a conscious attempt to remove all reference to personal narrative, and to explore the boundaries between intention and response. It has become about mutation, transformation, growth, decay, and inevitable collapse.

Chris Jonas – Santa Fe, NM
Since moving to Santa Fe from NYC in 2001, US Artist Award recipient, Chris Jonas has worked as a composer and video artist, receiving many commissions for large scale intermedia projects in the US and abroad, including works for chamber groups, new media projects and installations. Jonas has taught at Wesleyan University, the College of Santa Fe and currently teaches New Media Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Recent awards include the 2008 New Visions/New Mexico Award for the Santa Fe Opera video commission “Memorylines” and the 2009 United States Artists Award for music.

Becka McKay – West Palm Beach, FL
Becka Mara McKay is the author of the poetry collection A Meteorologist in the Promised Land (Shearsman, 2010) and has translated two works of Israeli fiction: Laundry (Autumn Hill Books, 2008) and Blue Has No South (Clockroot, 2010). She teaches translation and creative writing at Florida Atlantic University. She has received grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the American Literary Translators Association and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. Her work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, ACM, Third Coast, The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Rhino, Natural Bridge, Rattapallax, and elsewhere.

Melissa Oresky – Bloomington, IL
Melissa Oresky is a painter based in Chicago, IL. Her work engages a revolving set of concerns including landscape, color, science (and science fiction) the body, and cognition/perception. Solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, and Van Harrison Gallery, NYC. Group exhibitions include Proof Gallery, Boston, Lemberg Gallery, Detroit, Mixture Contemporary, Houston, and many others. Upcoming exhibitions include OQBO gallery, Berlin Germany, and a solo show at the Elmhurst Museum of Art, Elmhurst, IL. Oresky was awarded a 2005 Illinois Arts Council fellowship. She has been a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Schloss Plüschow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Illinois State University. You can read more about and view her work at: www.westernexhibitions.com or www.melissaoresky.com

Brian Silberman – Marietta, PA
Brian Silberman’s plays include Manifest, recipient of the 1998 Clauder Prize and the 2003 Pinter Review Prize for Drama and published by the University of Tampa Press, Walkin’ Backward, which appears in the anthology Best American Short Plays of 2001, Salvage Baas, anthologized in New American Short Plays 2005, Capgras Delusion, Chattanooga: a series of monologues for a solo performer, The Yip, Throw, Sugar Down Billie Hoak, Feral Music, Half Court, Retrenchment, and The Gospel According to Toots Pope. Selections from both Half Court and Sugar Down Billie Hoak appear in Smith & Kraus’s Best Stage Scenes of 1995, Best Men’s Monologues of 1995, and Best Women’s Monologues of 1995. He teaches in the Theatre Department at Franklin & Marshall College and is currently at work on a new play entitled The Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.

Millee Tibbs – Providence, RI
Millee Tibbs (b.1976) is an artist residing in Providence, RI. She holds an MFA in photography from RISD and a BA in studio art and Hispanic studies from Vassar College. She is interested in surfaces and their relationship to what lies beneath – the discrepancy between what we see and what we know. She uses photography because of its ubiquitous presence in contemporary culture and its duplicitous existence as both an indexical representation of reality and a subjective construction of it. Her work lives in the space where these qualities contradict each other and coexist simultaneously. Millee has exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as Notre Dame University, Indiana; 55 Mercer Gallery and Winkeman/Plus Ultra Gallery, both in NY; David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Rhode Island; Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, New Jersey; and at both the Museum of Modern Art and Spanish Cultural Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her work is currently held in the Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn flat file and is a part of the online database at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Millee teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Allison Watkins – San Francisco, CA
Allison Watkins is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the significance our personal possessions gain over time. She constructs work by tracing, re-creating, and dissecting objects considered to be embedded with individual and sentimental meaning. Currently, she is creating life-size embroideries of her closet. Watkins lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Ansley West – San Juan Pueblo, NM
Ansley West is a fine art photographer from Atlanta, Georgia. Her art interprets narratives, both real and speculative, through her compositions, often using herself to re-contextualize those stories. The work portrays social issues on subjects like mental health, women’s portrayal in the media, HIV/AIDS in Uganda, food consumption, and the psychology of altered landscapes. She shoots all film with a large format camera and then hand prints on fiber paper. The whole process, from film to darkroom, is an important part of her photography. West’s artwork is in many private collections including Georgia’s Museum of Contemporary Art. She shot stills for the film, “When Clouds Clear,” an anti-mining documentary about the cloud forest in Ecuador. She has had three solo shows and has been in many group shows. West’s work is in two publications: Slow Exposures and The International Library of Photography Book. She recently returned from shooting a documentary film on 16mm called Mothers of a Nation, in Jinja, Uganda about women living with HIV and their connection to agriculture.

Michael Woody – Champaign Urbana, IL
Woody lives and works in the Champaign Urbana Illinois. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Mississippi, has an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently an MFA candidate in New Media Studies at the University of Illinois. Michael’s work deals primarily with the darker aspects of human nature as revealed through popular media and secular mythologies. He works across media; his disciplines include painting, photography, video, performance and sound. Michael has shown throughout the US and abroad including cities Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Brooklyn, Seattle and Bombay. He has curated shows in commercial and university galleries and has published several articles in regional magazines in the southeast. Michael has taught in several colleges including Armstrong State University, The Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. He is currently editing a documentary about street psychics in New Orleans and is constructing content for a show based on allegations and conspiracy surrounding the Bruce Ivins Anthrax case.

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