Jack Straw Cultural Center 2020 Artist Support Program residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2020 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.

JR Rhodes - Photo by Michelle Smith Lewis
JR Rhodes (photo by Michelle Smith Lewis)

2020 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.

Mary Coss
Mary Coss

Artists/Teams selected for the 2020 Artist Support Program are:

Vania C. Bynum: Audio production for Excerpts from the Soul of a Woman: Queens in the Military, a multidiscplinary dance performance exploring the challenges that women face in the military.

Peter Colclasure: Produce a two-movement work for piano and string quartet based on the My Lai Massacre.

Randy Hathaway: Produce a recording of Urban Dance, a 2 movement composition scored out for English Horn and Classical Guitar that will incorporate a dancer in performance.

Benjamin Hunter: Record original music composed in conjunction with choreography for Dani Tirrell's dance piece Black Bois.

Marijke Keyser: weathered: Recording music performed on a marimba-sculpture left outside to weather, to document how itshow its sounds evolve, and them as components for performance.

Jeffrey Moidel: Produce a recording of "The New Colossus," a setting of the poem on the Statue of Liberty.

Alicia Rabins:Record songs for the musical feature film A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.

JR Rhodes: Produce a collection of original songs in the genres of folk, spiritual and lullaby music.

Samantha Boshnack: Uncomfortable Subjects: Record six new compositions written in collaboration with two poets for both a string trio and a chamber group of mixed instrumentation.

Mary Coss: Audio production for Timbre Lines, a sound piece that incorporates water, interviews, Whulshootseed language, and sounds of a working mill to accompany a large sculpture.

Kimya Dawson: Record songs for her 8th solo album.

Anna Doak/Different Drummer: Mix 9 tracks from a 2019 performance at the Chapel Performance Space and record 3 new pieces live in-studio to include on the album release.

Kaley Lane Eaton: Produce a concept album and evening-length work from two recent compositions, BIG DATA and PSYCHOGRAPHICS, for acoustic ensemble and electronics.

Luke Fitzpatrick and Laure Struber: Produce ZOMBIES: an album from the duo entr'acte, with new and arranged music for violin and piano.

Betsy Hanson: Produce an audio version of her novel Always Gardenia.

Wayne Horvitz: Recording of new compositions and improvisations for piano and amplified piano with electronic processing.

Bettina Judd: Audio production for Mitochondrial Eve, a multidisciplinary project that takes up the image of the Black mother in U.S. culture and history.

Leanna Keith: Voices of Air: An album of solo bass flute pieces written for and performed by Leanna Keith.

Lindsey Strand-Polyak: Sei Sola: An album of pieces written for unaccompanied violin, and incorporate spoken word elements for cultural and musical context.

Christopher Young/The Morsel Trio: record four new piano trios commissioned by local composers.


2020-21 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 2019-2020.

Artists selected for the 2020-2021 New Media Gallery Program:

May Maylisa Cat is a multidisciplinary artist who examines the Southeast Asian diaspora through texts, images, objects, and personal recollections. Her work spans video, paintings, glass, and live performances. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY. Her projects have received support from multiple grants including the Precipice Fund from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation, the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, the New Media Fellowship from Open Signal, and grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, OR. May has attended residencies at Wassaic Project, Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera Arts, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. She has spoken as a guest lecturer for Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art in Pittsburgh, PA and as a teaching artist for Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR. She is currently based in Portland, OR.

Peter Christenson is a multidisciplinary artist working with video, new media, social sculpture, and installation. He has lectured, exhibited, and screened his work across the United States and internationally, at venues including the Armory Center for the Arts, Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad, Autonomni Kulturni Centar Medika, The Royal College of Music Stockholm, Camp As One Vityazevo, and at festivals including the Edmonton International Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Videoarte Camagüey, and the Oscar-qualifying shorts program at the Cinequest Film Festival.

Andrew Fallat is a sculptor who has worked out of Seattle since 2005. He creates complex sculptural systems. Much of his work is about the instruments we make to understand our place among each other and the natural world.. Recently, he has been practicing a wide variety of traditional processes to understand and utilize the plasticity of materials. His work is often kinetic, object based , and droll. He was selected for the Bellevue Arts Museum metal-focused biennial in 2016 and is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust and 4Culture. He has received a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design and a MFA from the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design.

Rachel Lodge has been working with video installation and interactive art to explore the daily internal conflict of individual lives.  An individual’s sense of belonging is the dominant subject of most of her works. These works explore this subject by examining the environmental limitations, social systems, and relationships that contribute to the construction of individual identity. Her video work consists of recordings which depict incidental accidental daily encounters as well as interviews with people concerning their everyday lives. On the contrary, her video installations create dreamlike, ethereal moods which convey not only emptiness and loneliness, but also the senses of hope and satisfaction which arise in the cycle of one’s daily life. She is a graduate student in the DXARTS program at the University of Washington.

Panelist Bios

2020 Artist Support Program Panelists

Amber Flame is a writer, composer, and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. Flame served as the 2017-2019 poetry Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House in Seattle. Her first collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was published in 2017 by Write Bloody Press with her second collection is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

Joshua Kohl is a composer and conductor and is the creative producer and co-founder of Degenerate Art Ensemble, which is his primary creative outlet. He has performed with the group throughout the United States, and in Western and Eastern Europe. Recent project highlights include a major museum exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in 2011, a 2012 commission by theater Director Robert Wilson to create an interpretation of his and Phillip Glass's epic work Einstein on the Beach at the Baryshnikov Center in New York, and collaborations with Kronos Quartet in 2012 and 2015. Joshua is also an avid orchestral conductor of the music of his peers. He was commissioned by the legendary Czech band Uz Jsme Doma to create an evening length suite of orchestral interpretations of their music, which he conducted in Prague in 2016.

William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian American and resident of Seattle, studied at St. Peter's College, Oxford University (UK), the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music, and at the University of Texas at Austin. As a regular guest clinician, Nyaho gives lecture-recitals and workshops advocating music by composers of the African heritage. He has compiled and edited a five-volume graded anthology Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora, published by Oxford University Press. His performances have taken him to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and North America, including Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. He performs as soloist with various orchestras, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. In 2020 MSR Classics released Nyaho's album Kete: Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora, produced through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Kay D. Ray was the senior film producer for Experience Music Project, where she developed and created over 85 films. She also created all the exhibit films for the new Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, and the exhibits Edible City, Celluloid Seattle, and Essential Seattle. Her award winning feature documentary Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, toured the US in film festivals and schools, and is now in distribution. Her documentary In Her Hands, which explores obstacles facing women in Jazz today, was released in 2020.


2020-21 New Media Gallery Panelists

Erin Elyse Burns holds an MFA from the University of Washington and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Nevada. She is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Jack Straw New Media Gallery, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Recent artist residencies include Vermont Studio Center and the Westfjords Residency in northern Iceland. She has received grants from the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle, The New Foundation Seattle, and was a Fulbright Arts Finalist.

Peter Rand is an interdisciplinary artist. Many of his projects are documents of his own learning process and chronicle attempts to make sense of things that in the time of their inception, were unclear. His questions often have to do with the co-created space in which we find ourselves, and the indeterminate nature of an individual’s role within it. Peter’s work has been exhibited internationally and he has collaborated on public art projects for the cities of Santa Monica, Dallas, and Rome. He has received a BFA in New Media Art from the University of North Texas, and an MFA from the School of the Arts & Architecture at UCLA.

Norie Sato is an artist living in Seattle. Her artwork for public contexts is derived from site and context-driven ideas. Her practice also includes works for galleries, museums and other installations. She strives to add meaning and human touch to the built environment and considers edges, transitions, and connections as important as the center. Her projects are located around the country, including for the San Diego International Airport Reflection Room; San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2; Arabian Library and McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, both in Scottsdale; Miami International Airport; the Seattle Justice Center; Iowa State University's Hach Chemistry Building; Salt Lake City Light Rail; the new Port of Portland Headquarters; and University of Wisconsin/Madison's new Biochemistry Building, Current projects include mosaics for Ft. Worth's new Chisholm Trail Parkway and an artwork for the Union St. East-West Connector for Seattle's waterfront. She works in sculpture and 2-dimensional work, and in various media including glass, metal, terrazzo floors, integrated design work, landscape, video and light. She is a former member of the Public Art Network Council and former commissioner of the Seattle Design Commission.


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