|Jack Straw Cultural Center 2018 Artist Support Program residencies
2018 Jack Straw Artist Support Program
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
Martin Jarmick: The Pieces
Naima Lowe: Black People Singing
Chun Shao: Silicone Love - Her Garden
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.