"The residency affected my work by engaging actively with the land. Having the opportunity to work undisturbed in an environment that enabled me to fully concentrate on my work and the land itself or its particles became part of my work. Plus the amazing people I met here, the critical and inspiring exchange we had on an artistic but also very personal level made it possible for me to grow in my own practice. Future collaborations were planned and like-minded fellows in the environmental art found." Christina Gruber (2017)
March 14 –April 11
Kathleen Caprario, Springfield, OR. Visual Artist. Caprario traded the concrete canyons of New York City for the real canyons and broad skies of the Pacific Northwest in the late 1970s, where she has established herself as a studio artist and art educator. She exhibits her work regionally and nationally and is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship (1989), Modesto Lanzone Mostra 99 Award (2001) and The Ford Family Foundation Mid-Career Artist Residency Award (2016) as well as numerous juror and exhibition awards. Caprario is a founding member of the creative cohort and micro traveling venue, Gray Space, and presented her White Noise video and drawing installation in the cube in 2017. Artist residences at the Graves’ Foundation, Playa Foundation, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Jentel Foundation and Ucross Foundation, as well as living and working with Aboriginal children in Central Australia (2010) have informed and continue to inspire her work. In addition to Caprario’s studio practice, she writes and performs stand-up comedy in the Eugene area.
Herbert Stolz, Regensburg, Germany, Visual Artist. Stolz has worked as a professional photographer, commercial and freelance for 25 years.
Ryan Hueston, Emeryville, CA. Media Artist. Hueston is Navajo and Hopi from the Four-Corners Reservation in Arizona and Utah. Growing up between the reservation and Orange County, California, he used his time at Orange County High School of the Arts to develop his performance style, learning jazz vocals and cabaret. Hueston received his BFA from Dartmouth where he pursued studies in American Media History from 1850-1950. He moved back to California to begin graduate school at California College of the Arts, where he immersed himself in performance and installation exploring his cultural and queer identities. While there he founded the Grand Opera House Collective providing a safe and queer-friendly interdisciplinary performance space for students. Hueston founded the Navajo Mountain Boarding School Project in 2016 with a $10,000 grant from IMPACT funding the renovation of historic boarding school buildings on his Navajo Reservation, undermining the abusive and culturally obliterating legacies and making it into a place of arts and culture. He received the Barclay Simpson Award in 2017 for his work as an artist, presenting the New Grand Opera House and a take on the Ziegfeld Follies. Today, he creates works that are a response to the current political climate, drawing from Weimar-era cabaret and culture, as well as WWII-era media, to explore anxieties, hopes, queer agendas, and victories in the face of a fascist political regime.
Cassandra Kaczor, Chicago, IL. Composer. Kaczor is a Chicago-based composer, pianist and multimedia artist focused on issues of social justice and women’s empowerment. Kaczor is a passionate collaborator and has worked with artists of all disciplines. As a dedicated advocate, composer, and performer of new music, she champions any opportunity to educate adventurously through multimedia and experiential teaching methods. Along with composing, Kaczor enjoys an extensively involved artistic administrative career in Chicago as a board member of The Sunflower Project, curator of musical events at the Awakenings Gallery and Foundation, and as the Artistic Director for Brunch Project Productions. She received the Zodiac Trio Competition Award (2016), the Performing Social Justice Student Seed Award (2015), the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund Grant (2015), and was Featured Artist at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts “Inside Steinway” Exhibit (2014.) Kaczor received her BM from Western Michigan University and her MM from Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Debra Kajiyama, Alameda, CA. Choreographer. Kajiyama loves repetition, synchronization, chaos and surprise. She was born in California’s central valley and grew up in the walnut and cherry orchards of Stockton, and spent a few formative years living in Tokyo. Her interests lie in the intersection of cultural studies, social justice and performance. Since 2001, Debby has created eight full-evening programs and numerous shorter works with NAKA that have been presented nationally and internationally. Debby has also performed with Dandelion Dancetheater, the Dance Brigade, Rosy Simas Danse, and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, an Irvine Fellow at Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Residency Program, and a recipient of an ACTA Apprenticeship to study Taiko with Jimi Nakagawa. Kajiyama’s artistic practice includes an attention to story, in particular trauma narratives; objects, in relation to the moving body; and the liminal state between the conscious-unconscious. Kajiyama is collaborating with José Navarrete while in residence.
José Navarrete, Oakland, CA. Choreographer. Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children’s parties as a clown and dancer. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and MFA in Dance from Mills College. He has studied dance with Sara Shelton Mann, Taiko with Hiroyuki Nakagawa and Argentine Tango with Nora Dinzelbacher. In 2004, Navarrete was the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg residency at The Yard, and a Djerassi Program residency. He is the recipient of a CHIME Mentorship with Jess Curtis, and a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. Navarrete has taught dance and performance to youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He currently curates and produces the Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR) initiative at Eastside Arts Alliance, which provides residencies and performing opportunities for artists of color in East Oakland. Navarrete is collaborating with Debra Kajiyama while in residence.
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, East Lansing, MI. Poet. Bodhrán is a writer and editor, educator, activist and community organizer, and multimedia artist. He is the author of Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking (New American Press, 2017) and South Bronx Breathing Lessons (Palabrera Press, 2017); and editor of the Fall 2010 international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. An activist and community organizer since he was a teenager, Bodhrán continues to be active in Indigenous, womanist, and queer/trans people of color movements for environmental, racial, economic, gender, and sexual equality, justice, and liberation. His poetry, nonfiction, and interviews appear in 190 publications in 21 nations in the Americas, Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. He is winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs WC&C Scholarship; Bamboo Ridge Editors’ Choice Award; and NYC LGBT Community Center Poetry Contest. Bodhrán has been awarded writing/multimedia visual arts residencies at MacDowell, Syzygy, Calumet Artist Residency, Ucross Foundation, James Merrill House, The Corporation of Yaddo, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, Prairie Center of the Arts, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Caldera Arts Center, Escape to Create, The Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Soul Mountain, and Wildacres Retreat. He is the recipient of the following scholarships and fellowships: Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Foundation, CantoMundo, Diversity Initiative/Educational Foundation of America, Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc. (RAWI), Macondo Foundation, Lambda Literary Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center/Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation. Bodhrán is finishing Yerbabuena/Mala yerba, his third book and first multimedia project.
E. Dolores Johnson, Cambridge, MA. Nonfiction Writer. Johnson’s essays and guest blogs examine the evolution of race mixing in America, with an eye to the accelerating browning of America. Her first book project, a memoir in progress called SAY I’M Dead, is a multigenerational story about sacrifice, racism and growth. She studied creative nonfiction and memoir writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and Grub Street, Boston, and has been awarded residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale Foundation, The Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Johnson holds a BA from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Long committed to issues of racial equality, as a former high tech executive, she has consulted on diversity for major corporations, universities, non-profits and think-tanks. She chaired the Diversity and Women’s Committee on the Berklee College of Music board, multiplying their numbers, importance and contributions across the College.
Adrienne Love, Sausalito, CA. Writer. Love is a writer, editor and yoga teacher. She has been in the Bay Area since 2010. Love lived many professional lives and has collected a bounty of useless postgraduate degrees. All she has ever really wanted to do is write books, but she procrastinated for most of her life. She is currently working on a travel memoir entitled The First Lemon. Love received her BS in Communication from Boston University, her MA in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. www.AdrienneLoveYoga.com
Fawzia Mirza, Chicago, IL. Playwright. Mirza is an actor, producer, and writer who believes in the power of comedy to tackle divisive topics and breakdown stereotypes. She was named one of ’10 Filmmakers to Watch’ by Independent Magazine, a White House ‘Champion of Change’ in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a 3Arts Grant Recipient in Acting, a ‘Top 10 Creative’ by Indiewire magazine and ‘100 Ladies We Love’ by GO Magazine. Her short films have screened at festivals all over the world. She’s made web series and documentaries including a mockumentary The Muslim Trump where she plays the illegitimate Muslim daughter of Donald Trump. Mirza is featured in the acclaimed Emmy-nominated and Gotham, Peabody and GLAAD-Award winning web series Her Story. She’s adapted her one-woman play, Me, My Mom & Sharmili into a screenplay with screenwriter Terrie Samundra; the project is an SFFilm Society 2017 Rainin Fellowship Finalist. Her first film Signature Move, which she co-wrote, produced and stars in along with Indian film legend Shabana Azmi, world premiered at SXSW and was named one of the “Most Anticipated Films of the Year” by Filmmaker Magazine. Signature Move has screened at over 100 film festivals all over the world and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative at Outfest.
Maud Streep, Brooklyn, NY. Writer. Originally from Nyack, New York, Streep is a 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in One Story and has been supported by scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lighthouse Works, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA). She holds an MFA from the University of Montana.
Korde Arrington Tuttle, Charlotte, NC. Playwright. Tuttle is a playwright, hailing from Charlotte, NC. His work has been developed and seen at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference, and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Tuttle is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected as a finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play, clarity, won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and was published in their successive anthology. He is a current playwright-in-residence at Lincoln Center Theater, and is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. He received his MFA in Playwriting from The New School. Check out his work on instagram, via @heykorde.