Jack Straw Cultural Center 2016 Artist Support/New Media Gallery residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2016 Artist Support Program (ASP) to 20 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.

Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou Phoebe Tsang
Left: Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou; Right: Phoebe Tsang (photo by Claudia Hung)

2016 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio; 12 additional artists/teams will receive matching awards.

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. Projects are presented to the public at artist events at Jack Straw and other venues.

Clyde Petersen
Clyde Petersen

Artists/Teams selected for the 2016 Artist Support Program are:

Alfonso Arias Aluisa / Ayllus: record an album of traditional Quechua music

Codjo Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou: produce a CD of original music that fuses traditional rhythm, vocals and percussion from Africa with modern world music styles

Srivani Jade: record an album combining Indian raga vocals with Greek clarinet, Latin piano, Senegalese drums, and tabla

Coleman Pester & Ethan Folk (Tectonic Marrow Society): Develop sound concepts and recordings for the immersive performance/installation work PYLON

Steve Peters: Produce a recording of Cancoes Profundas (Deep Songs), a soundscape composition for field recordings and improvising musicians

Clyde Petersen: Record soundtrack and live Foley for the stop-motion animated film Torrey Pines

Phoebe Tsang: record Paganini's Shadow, a solo interdisciplinary performance piece exploring the inner life of violinist/composer Niccolo Paganini

Danielle Villegas: record narration for a documentary film about senior lesbian trailblazers

Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee: record performances of rare compositions by Pt. Nikhil Bannerjee and Smt. Annapurna Devi

Madeline Crowley: create an audio 'memory map' of Seattle's Central Area

Stephon Dorsey: complete production of Mela.nin, an R&B/soul mixtape that chronicles life as a man of color in modern day America

Leilani Lewis and Chieko Phillips: Produce an installment of a five episode radio series featuring stories and interviews from black voices

Stacey Mastrian: record new vocal works composed for her by Stephen F. Lilly

Dennis Rea: Record an album of experimental music inspired by the music of Central Asia

Steve Rowland / CultureWorks: produce elements of a podcast series that attempts to answer the question "How much influence does Miles Davis have on contemporary arts and culture?"

Tai Shan: produce a full length album of songs inspired by literature

Peter Vukmirovic Stevens: Record, edit, and mix three new works for string quartet with the St. Helens Quartet

Paul Taub and Friends: produce recordings of five new commissioned chamber works by emerging and established Seattle composers

Peter Williams / Seattle Cello Experiment (Cello X): record music arranged and performed by the Seattle Cello Experiment


2016-17 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 for 6-10 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 2016-2017.

In addition, one artist team was invited to present their work in Jack Straw's Atrium Gallery space, adjacent to the New Media Gallery. Artists selected to show in this space receive 10 hours of free studio time with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and exhibit their completed project in our front entry space for 8-16 weeks.

Artists selected for the 2016-2017 New Media Gallery Program are:

Garrett Fisher: The Iris

Jeffrey Roberts and Roger Feldman: The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies

E.T. Russian: Casting Shadows

Rachel Green and Daniel Salo: In Lethe

2017 Jack Straw Atrium Gallery installation:

City Meditation Crew and Vaughn Bell: Meditations on Water

Panelist Bios

2016 Artist Support Program Panelists

Amber Cortes is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and sound/performance artist. Her writing can be found in the Seattle Times, Grist, and the Guardian, and her short doc Luchadora premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2015. Her video, installation, and transmission-based art have exhibited at Jack Straw New Media Gallery, the Megapolis Art Festival, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. She has performed multimedia pieces for Duwamish Revealed, at the Pocket Theater and at Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle.

Debbie Fant is a public folklorist who has done cultural work for state agencies and nonprofit organizations in eight states over the course of 25 years. She is currently the Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Past positions include :state folklorist for the Idaho Commission on the Arts;  project manager for Texas Folklife; and Programs Director for Northwest Folklife. She is presently engaged in a fieldwork survey of folk and traditional artists in Morrow and Umatilla Counties for the Oregon Folklife Network.

Roger Nelson is a member of the Cornish College of the Arts faculty since 1979 and performs frequently as a pianist and conductor. He holds a B.A. degree from Pomona College and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His early teachers were Adolph Baller and John Steele Ritter.

Sharon Nyree Williams is a storyteller and arts administrator. She was a 2014-2015 Jack Straw Artist Support Program resident artist. She serves as the Executive Director for the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and on the Seattle Arts Commission, Board of Trustee for Cornish College of the Arts, and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Board of Directors. She received an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University in 2009.


2016-17 New Media Gallery Panelists

Joel Ong is an artist whose works connect scientific and artistic approaches to the environment. Originally trained as an ecologist, he began by designing systems of resonance and feedback to explore physical or acoustic environments. His work has recently extended to include social and psycho-geographical implications brought about ubiquitous connectivity.  A current PhD candidate at UW's DXARTS program, Joel is also a visiting artist at the UCLA ArtScience center, and is an alumnus of SymbioticA, the center for Excellence in Biological Arts.

Juniper Shuey is a visual artist based in Seattle. His work has been published in several art books including SOIL Artist, Lava, and Fashion is ART. His video installations, photographs and performances have been shown both nationally and internationally including Italy, Budapest, NYC, Houston, Seattle, Portland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Juniper was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony in 2010 and won the 2013 Stranger Genius Award for Performance with collaborator Zoe Scofield.

Artist/educator Kristin L. Tollefson has received grants and awards from the Fulbright Program, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw, and the Island Treasure Award from the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. Her art resides in collections including the City of Seattle, 4Culture, the Nordic Heritage Museum and City of Akureyri, Iceland. She received her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA, Cum Laude, in Art History and Anthropology/Sociology from Carleton College. Kristin is Education Director at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.



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