Jack Straw Cultural Center 2018 Artist Support Program residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2018 Artist Support Program (ASP) to 19 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.

Damiano Austin
Damiano Austin

2018 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Eight artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio. Eleven 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.

Stuart Wheeler and Jesse Q-T
Stuart Wheeler and Jesse Q-T

Artists/Teams selected for the 2018 Artist Support Program are:

Kathya Alexander: Record a collection of short stories, set for self publication in 2018, called Angel in the Outhouse.

Damiano Austin: A hip-hop album speaking about current social issues through the eyes of the protagonist & the antagonist.

Brandon Blake: Original music featuring the sansula (a variation of the kalimba) and bass guitar, blending old traditions with new techniques.

Charles Corey: Produce a recording of Harry Partch's complete works for Adapted Guitar I and Intoning Voice, as well as works written for this instrumentation by other composers.

Amy Erickson: Audio production for Visceral, a documentary film telling the stories of four people who are living with the impact of post-traumatic stress and begin to transform their physical and mental health with the tools of acting.

Jeffrey Roberts: Recording of guqin solo and ensemble improvisations and compositions for a CD.

Elizabeth Schiffler: Create a sonic landscape for A Hungry Shell (seeks champagne), a live puppetry performance including a giant mollusk puppet that towers through space searching for champagne.

Stuart Wheeler and Jesse Q-T: Produce an album of radically-reimagined 14th-century vocal works by Guillaume de Machaut.

Danny Barksdale/Catalyst Kitchens of FareStart: Produce a podcast featuring conversations with experienced and successful culinary social entrepreneurs and change makers, committed to building a better world by providing people with a pathway out of poverty.

Antonio Gomez: The Guadalevín Project: an intimate exploration of identity and cultural dialogue which radiates across generations and continents; principally a musical collection bolstered by personal writings and historical accounts.

Rachel Green and Daniel Salo: Record an EP by Earth and Ceremony, a music and performance art group that creates installations, modern operas, and contemporary performances that evoke the paradoxical uncertainty of life.

Srivani Jade: Peace Mantra, a musical composition for female voices composed of incantations of peace from all around the world.

Nic Masangkay: The Dark at Dusk EP, featuring original music and spoken word poetry by a Filipinx, queer and trans, sick and disabled survivor.

Dallas Neustel/Agermos Chamber Music Project: Record their repertoire of original compositions, arrangements of classical and folk music, and incidental music and narration for children's stories.

Clyde Petersen: Record new music by members of the legendary Seattle drone band Earth for Even Hell Has Its Heroes, a documentary film about them.

James Kelly Pitts: Produce a full-length album of original songs.

Kay Ray: Audio production for the documentary film In Her Hands: Key Changes in Jazz, exploring obstacles facing women in Jazz today as women around the US are fighting for auditions, creating opportunities and being role models for young musicians. 

Marge Rosen/Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra: Produce recordings of winner and honorable mention compositions from Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO)'s annual international jazz composition contest for women composers.

Amanda Winterhalter: Produce an album of songs inspired by historical stories of death, extinction, theft, relocation, and loss in the Pacific Northwest.

2018-19 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 to show in the gallery in 2018-2019.

Artists selected for the 2018-2018 New Media Gallery Program:

Erin Elyse Burns: Unfolding
Erin Elyse Burns was raised in Reno, Nevada. She earned her BFA from the University of Nevada, has lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany and has exhibited her work internationally. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington and currently resides in Seattle where she is an Assistant Professor in the Foundations Program of the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts.

Martin Jarmick: The Pieces
Martin Jarmick grew up in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle experimenting with art, music and film from a young age. After a patchwork of project work, production roles, and countless jobs, he returned to college as an older student and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. His professional experience in art and digital media production spans twenty years with moving-image and sound works for screen, stage performance, gallery installation, and virtual reality. He has taught youth and college level courses in time-based and immersive media, helping a diversity of young artists find their voice through a multitude of tools.

Naima Lowe: Black People Singing
Naima Lowe received her degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Her work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery. In 2017 she was an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, and a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center. Lowe uses performance, video, photo, and text to explore abjection, mourning, dislocation, and the black body in relation to the natural world. She often uses antiquated audio/visual technologies (VHS, 16mm film, slide film, cassette tape recordings) to create texture and interrogate nostalgia. She is also interested in the ways that the traditions of black utterance create space for emotional depth, code making (and breaking), and humor.

Chun Shao: Silicone Love - Her Garden
Chun Shao is an artist whose research interests encompass the field of live performance, multimedia installation, e-textiles, physical computing, data-driven art, and speculative design. Her work aims to depict the evolving aesthetic between human body and its technological implementations. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at DXARTS, University of Washington. She received an MFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from China Academy of Art.

Panelist Bios

2018 Artist Support Program Panelists

Daniel Atkinson received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011. His research focus is on Afro-American vernacular expression and its interaction with the global landscape. His dissertation research was conducted at the former slave plantation turned world's largest prison, Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. The research was designed to serve as a platform to discuss issues of economic disparity and institutional racism as products of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution as well as to preserve some of the remaining a cappella gospel tradition at the prison. That research is now featured at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American history and Culture. He is currently working on the first historical biography of Vaudevillian and founding father of the Harlem Renaissance, George W. "Nash" Walker (1872-1911) and is the curator of the Global Rhythms concert series at Town Hall, Seattle.

Luke Fitzpatrick is a violinist, composer, and improvisor. He is a founding member and artistic director of Inverted Space, a Seattle-based new music collective. Recent solo performances include Earle Brown's Centering with Inverted Space, Alfred Schnittke's Moz-Art with the University of Washington Chamber Orchestra, and Brian Ferneyhough's Intermedio alla ciaccona in the presence of the composer. Additionally, he has performed with Deltron 3030, The Penderecki String Quartet, inauthentica, The Parnassus Project, The Moth, The Argento Chamber Ensemble and the California EAR Unit. His world premiere recording of Vera Ivanova's Quiet Light for solo violin was released on Ablaze Records in 2011. Luke holds degrees from The University of Washington, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His principal teachers include Benny Kim, Mark Menzies, Lorenz Gamma and Ron Patterson. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington.

Danielle Villegas is an independent film and theater Director/Producer based in Seattle, WA. Her work often explores gender identity and the Native American Two-Spirit concept. She has been awarded support from Artist Trust, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and Jack Straw and is currently serving on the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee. She is actively working on a feature film project and is a rental income maximization consultant. She holds an MFA in Directing for TV, Film and Theater from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara.


2018-19 New Media Gallery Panelists

Roger Feldman received his BA in Art from the University of Washington in Seattle and his MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Feldman has had more than 40 One Person Shows and his work has been included in over 80 group exhibitions. In 1986, Feldman received an Individual Artist NEA Grant and his work began showing regionally and nationally. His site-specific installations, maquettes, and 2-D works have been shown in twenty-one states and six countries, including Canada, England, Scotland, Austria, Portugal, and Spain.Feldman has participated in Artist Residencies at Yaddo in upper state New York, Jentel, outside of Sheridan Wyoming, and Brush Creek Ranch outside of Saratoga, Wyoming. His work has been reviewed or featured in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Art Scene, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, Art Week, The Seattle Times, The Spokane Spokesman Review, and The Third Way, Exeter, England. Since 2005, his work has been included in the Washington State Arts Commission “Artist Pool” for Public Art. Public Art permanent large scale commissions have included work in Scotland, Canada, Texas, and Renton, Washington.

Elisheba Johnson is a multi-media artist and poet and has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work. She has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. Since 2013 Johnson has been at the Seattle Office of Arts of Culture, where she is a project manager in the Public Art Program and works on capacity building initiatives including Public Art Boot Camp for emerging artists, and managing temporary art installation programs.

Beth Sellars served as curator of Suyama Space from co-founding the gallery with George Suyama in 1998 until its closing in 2017. Working as a museum curator in the Pacific Northwest since 1975, and more recently as curator of the City of Seattle’s Portable Art Collection through 2004, Sellars also works as an independent curator. She has served on numerous regional and national jury panels, museum and arts organization boards and committees, and has lectured internationally. Under Sellars’s stewardship, Suyama Space featured artists of national and international reputation in site-specific format, occasionally in collaboration with local and regional organizations. Past media coverage of programming has lauded Suyama Space as one of the Northwest’s pre-eminent contemporary art spaces.


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