"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)
Sandee McGee, Roseburg, OR, Visual Artist – McGee was born in San Francisco, California and lives and works in rural Southern Oregon. She has exhibited across the US including shows at InSight Gallery, Battleboro, VT; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR; 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; and The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA. Her work has been published in an exhibition catalog, which has been collected by the Brooklyn Museum Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Thomas J. Watson Library and the Auckland Museum Library in New Zealand. She received an Individual Artist grant from the Douglas County Cultural Coalition to complete a recent body of work (2013). McGee received her BA in Studio Art from Mills College where she was the recipient of the Ralph DuCasse Award for Excellence in Art and her MFA from the University of Oregon.
Indira Allegra, Oakland, CA, Visual Artist – Allegra explores practices of documentation through poetics and textile performance. She is a recipient of Queer Cultural Center and Oakland Individual Artist grants and has been honored with the Jackson Literary Award, Lambda Literary Fellowship and Windgate Craft Fellowship, awarded to artists who represent the future of contemporary craft as determined by an international panel of curators working with the Center for Craft and Design. Her commissions include works for the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; SFJAZZ Poetry Festival, San Francisco, CA; the City of Oakland and the National Queer Arts Festival. Her time-based works have screened at festivals such as MIX NYC, New York, NY; Perlen Hannover LGBT Festival, Hannover, Germany; Outfest Fusion, Los Angeles, CA; and Bologna Lesbian Film Festival, Bologna, Italy. In 2014 she was the Dr. and Mrs. Ella Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University and a Lylle Parker Women of Color Speaker at the University of Oregon. She was an artist-in residence at The Banff Centre in Canada (2016) and an artist in residence at Takt in Berlin (2016). Allegra received her BFA in Individualized Studies from California College of the Arts.
Katherine Gorringe, Oakland, CA. Media Artist – Gorringe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She believes in the power of storytelling to inspire dialogue and envision a better world. Gorringe has worked on nonfiction productions with The History Channel and independent filmmakers Jamie Meltzer and Eric Daniel Metzgar. Her work has been featured at SXSW, LUNAFEST, The Smithsonian Magazine, and the Festival International De Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz, France. She is currently producing her first feature-length documentary about a Mars habitat simulation and the participants’ changing relationship to the Earth during their isolation. Gorringe received her BA/BM in History, Gender Studies, and Music and Film Studies from Northwestern University and MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.
Diane Landry, Quebec City, Canada. Media Artist – Landry was born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine and maintains her studio in Quebec City, Canada. She initially studied Natural Sciences and worked in the agricultural field for five years. At age 25 she shifted course, feeling it would be easier to change the world through a career in the visual arts. She has exhibited and performed extensively in Canada, USA, Latin America, Europe, China and Australia. Landry has also worked as artist-in-residence in New York, NY; Utica, NY; Montréal, Canada; The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Marseille, France. In 2009 the Musée d’art de Joliette in Quebec published a monograph marking the first retrospective exhibition of her work, The Defibrillators. Her first American retrospective The Cadence of All Things was on view at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC in 2013. She is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award, New York; the 2014 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Career Grant, offered by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She received her BFA from Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada and her MFA from Stanford University.
Wei Keong Tan, San Francisco, CA, Media Artist – Tan is an animation artist living in San Francisco. His animated short film Pifuskin has been showcased in many international film festivals, including the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Annecy, France; Zagreb Animafest, Zagreb, Croatia; Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Stuttgart, Germany; and London International Animation Festival, London, UK. He is the recipient of the Best Experimental award at the Singapore Short Film Awards (2015), and the Special Achievement and Special Mention awards respectively for White and Hush Baby at the Singapore International Film Festival (2007 and 2009). His public art installation Foundin has been featured at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (2014) and the Foundation Espace Ecureuil in France as part of the Made in Asia Festival (2015). Tan received his BFA in Fine Arts in Animation from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore.
Kevin Jenkins, Peabody, MA. Choreographer – Jenkins is a freelance choreographer whose works have been performed by Western Ballet, San Jose, CA; Garage Contemporary Ballet, La Mesa, CA.; Mirable Ballet, Mountain View, CA; Convergence Ballet, Phoenix, Arizona, AZ; ODC Theatre, San Francisco, CA; and Cornerstone SF, San Francisco, CA. His dance film Chaplin was featured in San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Tiny Dance Film Festival (2014-15). San Diego Asian Film Festival commissioned Light & Hope dance film to commemorate Typhoon Haiyan survivors (2014) and his work Snap, Pop won Editors Choice Award from Dance Magazine (2013). Dance Magazine has called his work “riveting.” Jenkins received his AA in Dance from Grossmont College. He is currently on the faculty of Boston Ballet School.
Ivan Ferrer-Orozco, Madrid, Spain. Composer – Ferrer-Orozco was born in Mexico City and is an active composer, sound artist and arts entrepreneur. His music and sound art works have been presented at several concert series, festivals and exhibitions in Mexico, Spain, Canada, Argentina, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Cyprus and USA. He has been guest composer at the Conservatory of Music of Montreal and resident composer of the Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal. Ferrer-Orozco has been awarded at several festivals including the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Seoul, South Korea; Sonosintesis Festival, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico; LEMATS, Spain; the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada; MATA Festival, New York, NY; San Diego New Music and NOISE Ensemble, San Diego, CA; and the Seattle Latin American Music Festival, Seattle, WA. He is director and producer of InterAcciona, a platform that comprises different activities related to art creation and new media, member of NEOPERCUSION ensemble, arts consultant at Acelerador de Artistas and lecturer at the Digital Arts and Experience Design Course at IED Madrid, Spain. He received Diplomas in musical conducting (choral and orchestral) and orchestral conducting from National Arts Center, Mexico.
Ngozi Anyanwu, New York, NY. Playwright – Anyanwu is an overall Renaissance Woman. Her plays include Good Grief, presented as part of the Rising Circle Collective’s 6th annual Ink Tank, New York, NY, with a workshop production at INTAR Theatre, New York, NY. Most recently, Good Grief won the Inaugural CTG/Humanitas Award, premiered at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre in the 2016/17 Season, was listed in the 2016 annual Kilroy’s List, and semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. Victory is Ours was presented as part of the National Black Theatre’s Keep Soul Alive Monday Reading Series, New York, NY. An excerpt of The Homecoming Queen was presented as part of The Fire This Time’s Inaugural’s Writers group, and recently workshopped at Yale with Page 73 Productions for their summer residency. Anyanwu has been a National Black Theater Producing Fellow, 1st Generation Nigerian Project Producer, Producer Director of New Play Development of NOW Africa Playwrights Festival, and Director of She Gon’ Learn by Lisa Strum, Djerassi Alum 2017, for Emerging Arts Festival, United Solo Festival, and National Black Theater. She received her BA from Point Park University and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
Matthew Baker, Grand Rapids, MI. Writer – Baker is the author of If You Find This (Little Brown), which was named a Booklist Top Ten Debut of 2015. His stories have appeared in publications such as American Short Fiction, New England Review, One Story, Electric Literature, and Best Of The Net. Baker is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He received his MFA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the founding editor of Nashville Review.
Susanna J. Mishler, Anchorage, AK. Writer – Mishler’s collection of poems, Termination Dust (Boreal Books/Red Hen Press), was a finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, an Alaska Literary Award from The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and an Artist Residency Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. Mishler received her MFA in Poetry from The University of Arizona in Tucson where she also served as a poetry editor of Sonora Review. Among other things, she has worked as a dock hand, science educator, and sled dog handler. Mishler lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and earns her living as an electrician.
Naomi J. Williams, Davis, CA. Writer – Williams was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was six years old. She is the author of Landfalls (FSG 2015), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, One Story, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review. She is the recipient a Pushcart Prize, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a Maurice Prize for Fiction Award recipient, and a Hedgebrook fellowship Award recipient. Williams received her BA from Princeton University and her MA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis.
Ray Wan, South San Francisco, CA. Writer – As the Creative Director at Earthjustice, the nation’s foremost environmental law organization, Wan leads a dynamic team of writers, designers, multimedia producers, and social media experts at the forefront of storytelling and content production. His Creative Team is responsible for producing some of the organization’s most visible publications, including Earthjustice’s quarterly magazine, monthly newsletter, and blog. He also directs strategy for Earthjustice’s social media platforms and award-winning multimedia program. With a background in graphic design and communications, he is a firm believer that dynamic visuals, honest writing, and smart design are key to igniting social change. Wan is currently working on his first young adult fiction trilogy, Animus. He received his BA in Mass Communications and his BS Conservation and Research Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Environmental Management from Yale University.