Jack Straw Cultural Center 2021 Artist Support Program residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2021 Artist Support Program (ASP) to 17 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.

arx duo
arx duo

2021 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

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

Medejin, photo by Kyle Todaro
Medejin (photo by Kyle Todaro)

Artists/Teams selected for the 2021 Artist Support Program are:

arx duo: Recording two brand new commissioned works for marimba and vibrophone.

Ebo Barton: Audio version of Ebo’s book Insubordinate as individual audio files to be sold on streaming outlets.

EarthToneSkyTone: An album of original, experimental songs that find comfort amidst uncertainty and change.

Reggie Garrett: Compose and record a collection of songs dealing with the experiences of Black Americans throughout the nation's history.

Sylvia Jones: An audio version of "Buzzard," a debut collection of poems that deal with notions of class inequality, ancestral memory, and loss.

karinyo: A four-song EP about Filipinx history and Diaspora identity, a music video featuring interviews, & Release Party with a discussion aspect.

Kitty Junk: Producing an album by Kitty Junk, a hard rock duo from Seattle.

Kaliane Van: Tracking for a Cambodian Psych project that simultaneously transforms and caresses traditional folk songs with new life.

Chet Corpt: Recording original music combining the kora with different musical contexts and instrumentations.

Etsuko Ichikawa: Production for a new podcast, Traveling Clouds.

Maggie McClellan: A concert piece weaving together music composed by Maggie McClellan’s mother, Mimi Nolte McClellan Krebs, with extracts from her letters written as a young woman during World War II.

Medejin: Recording the debut LP from Seattle dreamwavers Medejin.

Kate Olson: An album of original saxophone quartet compositions, to be accompanied by the sheet music scores for artistic and educational purposes.

Gavin Reub and Maggie Lee: Producing a theatrical audio drama podcast retelling historical events in the Pacific Northwest with a fantastical horror twist.

Byron Schenkman & Friends: Recording a program of intimate and inspiring piano music by women and Black composers from the early 19th to early 20th centuries.

Greg Sinibaldi: Performance system design and recording project, using a new electronic, wind controlled instrument that controls software and hardware instruments.

Amanda Winterhalter: The second volume of Fatality Records, an anthology of locally-created music inspired by true stories of death and its many forms in the Pacific Northwest.


2021-22 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 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 2021-2022.

Artists selected for the 2021-2022 New Media Gallery Program:

Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American hybrid writer, community organizer, and teacher. They are author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press; winner of 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry), as well as the chapbooks how to make black paper sing (speCt! Books, 2019) and Kundiman for Kin :: Information Retrieval for Monsters (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs and a Finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award). Chen is also co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011; AK Press 2016) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009). A 2020 Jack Straw Writer, they have also received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Can Serrat and Imagining America and are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. They are currently Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell.

Chanee Choi has developed a ritualistic craft-based art practice that transcends the conservative and isolationist roots of traditional East Asian craftwork by focusing on a celebration of feminist theory and modern tech. Within this hybrid genre, she produces both embodied and virtual immersive experiences exploring the effect of immigration on issues of identity, and the synesthetic processes of corporeal-cognitive space. Chanee is originally from South Korea and now lives, works, and studies in Seattle, Washington. She earned her BFA in Craft Design from Dongduk Women's University in 2013 and MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Choi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art and Technology at DXARTS at the University of Washington. Her projects and exhibitions have been shown domestically and internationally, New York, Chicago, Covington(KY), Seattle, Los Angeles, Hongkong, Taipei, Berlin, Helsinki, and Seoul.

Tiffany Danielle Elliott is a Seattle based curator and artist who works in performative enactment, text(ile), and digital objects. In both her art and curatorial practice, she is focused on creating nuanced conversations around all the things we think we shouldn't say. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, an MA in Theology & Culture, Imagination & The Arts from The Seattle School and a BA in Studio Art from UNC Wilmington. She is currently the Co-Director for the seattle residency project, Lead Curator for Interloper, a guest curator for Das Schaufenster , a founding artist of Woolf Collective and maintains a collaborative practice with Connor Walden called The Milkshake Club.

Satpreet Kahlon is a Punjabi-born artist, curator, and educator based in Seattle, WA. Through her work, which has been featured in Hyperallergic and Artforum, she is interested in creating visual language and immersive encounters that express and explore intersectional cultural experiences as well as the manufactured systems of inequity that dictate their boundaries. In addition to her studio practice, which most recently includes a solo show at Brown University, a body of work shown at the Wing Luke Museum, and a large-scale public commission at the new Washington State Convention Center, Satpreet is a co-curator of yəhaw̓, as well as the managing editor of New Archives, a non-profit arts journal covering the Northwest Coast. She has also designed and taught youth programming all over the US, most notably running the Design Your Neighborhood program with the Seattle Art Museum between 2015 and 2017. In 2019, Satpreet graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a full-fellowship to pursue her MFA in Sculpture, and she was named one of 35 most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.

Panelist Bios

2021 Artist Support Program Panelists

A conservatory-trained classical pianist and vocalist who fell into creating electronic music shortly after a stint playing Baroque lute, Kaley Lane Eaton’s music is colored by this eclecticism, expressing a preoccupation with harmony, improvisation, storytelling, emotion, physical gesture, and vocal virtuosity. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Her “disconcertingly lovely” (Seattle Magazine) compositions are quickly gaining notoriety for combining innovative digital technology with ancient performance practices, questioning humanity’s growing dependence on technology and the resulting exploitation of human connection. She holds a DMA in composition from the University of Washington and is Director of Music Technology at Cornish College of the Arts.

Christopher Icasiano is a Filipino-American percussionist and composer from Redmond, WA. Based now in Seattle, he has been performing and touring professionally for over 15 years. His specialization in free-improvisation and experimental music combined with his vast experience with pop and rock have made him a highly sought after collaborator in all genres of music. He co-founded the grassroots arts organization Table & Chairs, as well as the Racer Sessions, a weekly performance series and free-improvisation jam session. He is committed to anti-racist and anti-sexist organizing within Seattle’s DIY and art communities in order to create more accessible and safer spaces.

Shin Yu Pai is a poet and essayist. She studied creative writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the author of several poetry collections including AUX ARCS (La Alameda), Adamantine (White Pine), Sightings (1913 Press), and Equivalence (La Alameda). Her personal essays have appeared in Tricycle, YES! Magazine, and City Arts. In 2015, she was a Jack Straw artist in residence for her public poetry project HEIRLOOM, which was installed in Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park. Shin Yu has received grants from the Awesome Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture for her work. Presently the Program Manager at Town Hall Seattle, she lives in Bitter Lake, Seattle, with her husband and son.

Elizabeth Schiffler is a scholar and film & performance artist, presently sifting through the multiple cultural, ecological, and transnational scales at which food and performance interact. Prior to moving to LA, she was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Seattle's Pacific Science Center in 2018, and has presented works at Northwest Film Forum, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and other odd collaborations with regional organizations. A firm lover of events, live gatherings, and sharing ideas through performance, highlights of 2019 included her curated event: Women Who Eat: Food, Film, and Feminism, a paneled event thinking about gendered portrayals of food in film. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA.



2021-22 New Media Gallery Panelists

Hugo Solís García is a Sound Artist. His main field is the creation of interactive sonic works. His work has been shown or performed on national and international venues over the last years. He has received grants, prizes, and awards from FONCA, UNAM, TELMEX, MIT, UW, IMEB, 4Culture, Seattle City, among others. Currently, he is a full-time professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in the field of Digital Art and Interactive Technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from DXARTS, University of Washington, a DEA of Computer Sciences and Digital Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University, and a Bachelor in Piano Performance from the Escuela Nacional de Música of the UNAM in Mexico City.

Naima Lowe comes from a long line of Black people who make things. She has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-great grandparents who are musicians, fashion designers, Sunday school teachers, waitresses, and field hands. Through them she inherited a lineage and aesthetic of Black cultural production that is as enigmatic as it is discernible. These people have also gifted Naima with her commitment to social justice, focused work ethic, and big mouth. Naima’s work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church, and Seattle Center for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University and an MFA from Temple University. Naima has been an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and was a Visual Art Fellow at The Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

Shamim M. Momin is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Henry Art Gallery. Momin oversees the Curatorial, Exhibitions, and Programs departments, and has organized the museum-wide group exhibition, In Plain Sight, as well as current and upcoming exhibitions with Gary Simmons, Math Bass, and Diana Al-Hadid. Prior to joining the Henry in 2018, she was director, curator, and co-founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a nonprofit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects. Previously, Momin served for more than ten years at the Whitney Museum of American Art, co-curating the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and overseeing the Contemporary Projects series. Momin was Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Art for Williams College for the 2007 and 2008 Semester in New York program, and is currently Affiliate Professor of Art at the School of Art, Art History and Design, University of Washington.


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