WATER RIGHTS FAMILY RESIDENCY MONTH
While not all July residents are Family Residency participants, this month is Family Residency month at SFAI. Within the thematic residency year, we set aside the month of July specifically to host artists and other creative practitioners with families and provide them the opportunity spend time developing work or continuing a project that engages with the annual residency theme. Parent artists apply through SFAI’s annual thematic residency application, more information on our family residency is available here. SFAI’s Family Residency is funded in part by a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
Dennis DeHart’s fine art photographs and interdisciplinary projects are informed by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art / Photography with Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. During the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017, Dennis will be traveling and living abroad with his family while doing research on cross culture water issues in SE Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the American West.
Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-native, his abstract paintings, socially practice projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno is the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee, was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art and his solo exhibition, Reclaimed Water was identified in Art LTD as a Critic’s Picks: 2014 Top 10 exhibitions in LA. Tsuno’s long-term interest in bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his work with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, Theodore Payne Foundation, the grantLOVE Project, and his exhibits at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Emily Piatt Wilson is an artist currently practicing in New York City. After earning a Masters of Architecture from Yale University in 2002 as well as her Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, E. Piatt Wilson creates sculptures to capture the way in which we perceive and interact with our environment in relationship to new media and digital technology. E. Piatt Wilson was selected to create works at the following artist residencies: Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2010, the Vermont Studio Center in 2010, the Jentel Foundation in 2012 and Haystack School of Arts and Crafts in 2015.
The collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos and cinematic based installations internationally at museums, galleries and film festival. Their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life with their two children Madeleine and Emmett into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. This new kind of “suburban fluxus” generates work that documents and re-contextualizes their objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenging presumptions of the everyday.
Mildred Beltré is Brooklyn based artist, mother and activist working in print ,drawing and participatory politically engaged practice, to explore facets of social change. She is interested in exploring political movements and their associated social relations and structures. Her most recent work involves looking at revolutionary theorizing and posturing through a feminist lens. Beltré’s selected national exhibitions include: International Print Center New York, NYC; Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT; Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Art in General, NYC ; and international group shows at Projecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; Brun Leglise Gallery, Paris France, among others. Her work is included in the Special Collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN among others. She has been awarded residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Foundation and the Rema Hort Foundation, among others. Beltré is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, an ongoing socially engaged collaborative art project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that addresses gentrification and community building through art-making.
Moira Williams’ co-creative practice weaves together performance, group walks, sound, science and sculpture. She invites people to reconfigure familiar objects and social events to offer multiple opportunities for building our social imagination and questioning systems of power and influence. For Moiraparticipation is not about homogeneity it is in service of human connections and our connections to our world: to participate is to generate empathy and vitality. She has spoken at Open Engagement Conference for Art & Social Practice,Elastic City Walks Festival, Articulating Space Research Centre Falmouth University, UK and interviewed by C Magazine. Her works have been seen and supported by iLAND, The Kitchen, Flux Factory, ABC No Rio, NY, No Longer Empty, NY Cornell University, NY, The People’s Museum, Manchester, UK,CHRCH Projects Space, NY, Centennial National Park, Tennessee, WALK 21, Munich, Denniston Hill Artists Colony, NY, Footworks, London, Buffalo University, NY the Ghetto Biennale, Haiti and Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico. Moira is a Laundromat Project Fellow, and recently awarded a Creative Access Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Fellowship, Emergency Grant from the Contemporary Arts Foundation and Creative Capital selected Moira as an On Our Radar Artist. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts NYC, an MFA with a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Politics from Stony Brook University, NY.