Jack Straw announces 2010 Artist Support, New Media Gallery residencies

Jack Straw Productions, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2010 Artist Support Program (ASP) and 2010-2011 New Media Gallery Program to 24 artists and artist teams spanning multiple disciplines and genres.  The primary goal of Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs is to support audio as a vital medium in the arts. Our Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists opportunities to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs.  Artists for the Artist Support Program are selected by an interdisciplinary peer panel. Selected artists are listed below.

2010 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Up to eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio; 11 additional artists/teams will receive matching awards.

Eye Music, 2010 Artist Support Program.

The opportunity to work in a large professional recording studio with experienced sound engineers is a boon to many artists who may not otherwise be able to afford to produce work in this setting. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Selected projects are presented to the public at our Artist Showcase/Meet the Artist events and Composer Spotlight series. 

Artists/Teams selected for the 2010 Artist Support Program are:

Greg Fields will produce an audio CD with songs, cultural knowledge and biographical information of two Coast Salish culture-bearers, Pauline Hillaire and Johnny Moses.
Eric Lanzillotta will record original compositions for the group Eye Music.
Susie Lee, Emily Greenleaf, Ying Zhou, and
Keeara Rhoades will develop and record the audio component of For These Unclosings, a multi-media performance piece/sculpture/installation.
Joy Mills will record a full-length solo album of original songs.
Doreen Mitchum will record poems for an audio-book anthology focused on love poetry and praise songs from the African Diaspora.
Steve Peters and Steve Roden will record a series of experimental songs using Japanese jisei as lyrics.
Lee Redfield will record a jazz album of instrumental standards and originals.
Ziying Wu will record a CD of traditional Chinese pipa music.
Gerald Diamond will record a CD of arrangements of early 20th century popular songs for piano.
Chenoa Egawa and Alex Turtle will compose and record new, all original Native American Church songs.
Waverly Fitzgerald will record an audio book of her original essays.
Sharad Gadre will record original compositions of Indian classical music.
Batholomew Komoah will record and produce a CD of gyil xylophone music.
Kim Munoz and Trio Lucero del Norte will record a CD of original and traditional Mexican music.
Victor Noriega, Gust Burns, Jeff Johnson, and Greg Campbell will record an album of instrumental jazz with two pianists playing separately with the same bassist and percussionist.
Jason Parker and his quartet will record Five Leaves Left, a jazz tribute to Nick Drake.
Dale Speicher and Seattle Percussion Collective will record new work for chamber music written for percussion and non-percussion instruments in solo and chamber settings.
James Whetzel will record songs by Points of Departure, a performance ensemble whose core concepts are drawn from South Asian and African classical and folk styles, plus two live electronic artists and a choreographer.
Carletta Carrington Wilson will record sunlight clenched like tiny roots and veins that migrate, a CD companion to the book Harvest of the Hoe.

2010-11 Jack Straw New Media Gallery Program

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery is one of the world's only exhibition spaces focused primarily on sound art. Artists from various disciplines can present installation works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element, and the program enables artists to experiment with sound and to develop new skills and ideas in a supportive setting. Artists/teams are selected to receive 20 hours of free studio time with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and to exhibit their completed project in our gallery in 2011 for 8-12 weeks. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop/performance, and other events.  This year our panel chose four artists/artist teams to show in the gallery in 2010/2011, and one to be held over for the 2012 season. Artists selected for the 2010-2011 New Media Gallery Program are:

Nari Baker will create an installation about transnational adoptees who have had unsuccessful searches for their birth parents.  The piece will incorporate oral letters from herself and other adoptees to their imagined birth parents with a visual collection of these letters and digital photographs of sites significant to their adoption histories, such as birth cities and the hospitals in which they were born.

Jim Hobbs and the band Kinski will collaborate on an atmospheric, multi-media installation consisting of two 16mm film projections and a new, collaborative sound piece.  The installation will be based on 16mm footage and field recordings taken at Fort Worden, in Port Townsend, Washington.

Carlisle Roveto will create a sculptural installation evoking a surreal desert canyon.  The piece will guide the viewer through a maze of columns, where they can engage with wire-framed creatures that bounce and create sound in response to audience stimuli.

Robert Millis will create an installation that explores how we 'file away' memories.  The piece will consist of file cabinets and chests of drawers.  Each drawer, when opened, will cause a different recording to play.  The recordings - fragments of voices, stories, sounds, music - when taken together, might tell a whole story.

To celebrate Jack Straw's 50th anniversary in 2012, Ellen Sollod will create an installation transforming the New Media Gallery into a camera obscura that reflects the world outside the gallery.  The installation will include a soundscape that deals with the idea of urbanism and what it is to live in a city as well as Jack Straw as an institution today and historically.

Panelist Bios

2010 Artist Support Program Panelists

Composer Garrett Fisher leads the Fisher Ensemble, an eclectic mix of collaborators, vocalists, movers, actors and musicians that harness ritual and myth to bring opera into the 21st Century. His operas have been presented at such places as The Chapel and On the Boards in Seattle, and HERE Arts Center and Judson Memorial Church in New York. His piece The Passion of Saint Thomas More is available on BIS.

Steve Rowland has been working in radio for twenty-five years, using music as a window to explore issues in American history, society, race relations, human creativity, spirituality, aesthetic beauty, the nature of 'change' and human possibility. He has produced award winning audio documentaries that have been broadcast nationally about John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Andy Warhol, Carlos Santana, The Neville Brothers, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, The Roots, Frank Zappa and Leonard Bernstein. He is currently working on a 13 part series based on a contemporary oral history of William Shakespeare.

Rachel Matthews is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and holds a doctorate in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she was recipient of the Irving Lowens Memorial Prize and the Peabody Career Development Grant. She maintains an active teaching studio in Seattle. Increasingly active in recent years as a composer, her works have been heard recently at the Iowa Arts Festival, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Cottonwood Music Festival in Kansas and Pendulum New Music in Boulder, CO, as well as on radio stations around the country. Rachel is recent recipient of grants and commissions including the American Composers Forum and 4Culture, and holds a residency this season with Jack Straw Productions’ Artist Support Program. Her Voices of Trees for clarinet and piano was released in 2008 on the Origin Classical label.

2010 New Media Gallery Panelists

Esther Luttikhuizen’s early career was spent as a studio artist, exhibiting widely in the Midwest and East Coast. After earning an MFA at the University of Washington in 1993, she co-founded Esther Claypool Gallery in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. The gallery earned a strong reputation for progressive exhibits by artists living in the Pacific Northwest. Luttikhuizen has served as director of Kittredge Gallery at University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) and public art project manager for Washington State Arts Commission (Olympia). Today, Luttikhuizen is on staff at 4Culture (Seattle) where she is gallery coordinator and curator of collections.

Brent Watanabe programs computer applications to connect the gap between his interests in drawing, audio and video, mixing high tech tools with low-tech techniques. He works primarily in video, animation, and computer controlled installations. His short films have been screened at film festivals internationally, and his drawings, videos, and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US.

Chris Weber graduated with a film degree from the University of North Texas. During his time in Denton, TX he joined and became the fundraising coordinator of the Good/Bad Art Collective where he helped organize over 100 one night only music and visual art events including the creation of the much copied Rock Lottery event. In the late 1990's he moved himself and Good/Bad to Brooklyn, NY and continued to organize art events in this space into the 2000s. In 2003 he moved to Seattle and since has continued as an interdisciplinary arts programmer, first as the Program Director of Consolidated Works, then as the Creative Director of McLeod Residence and now as a Programming Manager for One Reel/Bumbershoot.


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