Alma Shoaf | Gainesville, FL
Elaine began her life as a painter, then illustrator, then somewhere in-between. Much of her work centers around death, the role of those who witness death and how mortality and violence inform both individual and communal expectations. Her work is primarily drawing, although she has always pushed her media usage, experimenting with low-relief collage, fabric and photographic elements, and more destructive painting processes.
She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. She has since shown in exhibitions across the country, including two solo shows, and has completed a variety of illustrations and personal commissions for national and international clients and publications.
Caitlin Vitalo | Edison, NJ
Caitlin Vitalo (b. 1988, New Haven, Connecticut) is a contemporary sculptor and glass artist whose work addresses systems of power, privilege, and systemic racism. Working in a variety of mediums such as glass, found objects, plastic, paint, and wood she uses her art to express the possibility that there always exists the opportunity to look at things from alternative perspectives.
Growing up in central Massachusetts, Vitalo began her artistic career working with glass at the Worcester Center for Crafts in 2004. She graduated with a BFA in sculptural studies from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010 and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2018. She is currently living and working outside New York City and is an active board member of the Glass Art Society, an international glass organization.
Vitalo has received many honors including the Pilchuck Glass School Student Scholarship Award, 3rd place at the International Glass Art Society Student Exhibition in Norfolk, VA, and a recipient of Tyler School of Art’s Deans Grant. She has exhibited most recently at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington D.C. and Gallery One Artspace in Raleigh, NC.
Justin Higgs | Houston, TX
Justin was born in Jefferson, Texas in 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler: 2007 BS Sociology & 2015 MS Human Resource Development. He received his Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2010. His chosen mediums are Photography, Painting, Body Makeup and has created his own genre of Selcouth+Meraki.
He has won various awards for his work, been featured in many local shows and published in many modern and pop magazines. In addition to art, he is a licensed Attorney, Human Resource Professional and avid dancer. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with two four year-old French bulldogs Gia and Jackson.
Stephen Barnwell | Wayne, NJ
Stephen Barnwell is a professional artist, working in the genres of printmaking, photography, and illustration. His prints have been exhibited internationally in prestigious museums, including the Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum in Paris, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California, the Altmärkisches Museum in Stendal, Germany, and the Lahti Art Museum in Lahti, Finland.
Barnwell has been in over seventy exhibitions in galleries across the country and around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels, Naples, Seville, Budapest, Copenhagen, Finland, Hungary, and Bulgaria.
His prints are in private collections in all fifty US states and in fifty-one countries around the globe, and they are in the permanent collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, the Haupt Collection in Berlin, and the Lake Eustis Art Museum in Florida. His award-winning work has been featured in two monographs, Capital Offenses and MoneyArt, published by Antarctica Arts.
Stephen Barnwell was born in Rutherford, NJ in 1960. He received his BFA from Bard College in 1983.
Eric Johnston | Petaluma, CA
Traveling the world and viewing our modern environment through the eyes of artists past, has given Eric insight on how to preserve current events in the form of art. He aspires to visually educate people on the therapeutic qualities of creative thinking and the impact it can have on one’s soul. The motivation that drives Eric’s creativity is the chance to connect with everyone in the world on issues that he believes are pivotal to our existence. Eric started questioning the purpose of life at an early age as a result of traumatic experiences. Growing through each of these experiences and learning from every personal encounter is the key to Mr. Johnston’s success.
Eric currently resides in Northern California where he received training in Visual Art from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Mr. Johnston plans to continue creating original artwork of individualized style every day, drawing inspiration from the world we all share and the realities we each fabricate.
James Berson | West Hollywood, CA
James Berson is a Los Angeles based artist who has been creating art for twenty-one years. Berson is diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and he faults this condition for the fact that it is only in the past three years that he has begun submitting work to art shows. Berson views himself as a perfectionist, who can only complete an artwork when he is able to forgive himself for not being perfect. Berson credits his art education to experimentation, thousands of hours of thought, and a serendipitous opportunity that allowed him to work as a full-time security guard inside of the galleries of an encyclopedic art museum. This job, which lasted approximately two years, allowed him to spend forty hours a week viewing art and speaking with museum guests. "I learned and grew more than I ever possibly could have imagined," Berson claims. Although Berson's museum job ended nearly a decade ago, he has continued to visit museums and other galleries on a regular basis. Berson's work has been displayed at several art museums, and has also been highlighted in articles published by Huffpost, Hyperallergic, Textile Forum, Art and Cake LA, and KCET.
Berson is most interested in creating art that forces the viewer to question their own mental susceptibilities. Berson asserts that "we all share a series of mental susceptibilities and strengths, all of which allow us to either come together or to divide. Unfortunately, we must be willing to acknowledge these susceptibilities, if we are ever going to come together as a human race."
Nela V. Steric | North Hollywood, CA
My pieces are comprised of water-based media painting on Yupo surface. They are archived in various series and groupings, all inspired by different facets of the human psyche and imagination.
Groupings vary from raw, emotional, and meditative to distorted twisted realities that subvert their source inspiration. I mix my particular cultural sensibility with thoughts and events of a contemporary nature. As a stark contrast to my often-crude subject matters, I use a sleek, new age type of painting surface, Yupo surface. As such, uncommon swirling textures “create themselves”, leading the viewer through a visual journey, narrated by the drips and brush strokes that fill the paper.
These works aim to celebrate the marriage of the elusive and unpredictability of Yupo surface with water-based media, effectively mirroring my philosophies and my ever-changing, living spirit.
Sarey Ruden | Birmingham, MI
Sarey is an artist and graphic designer living and working in Detroit, Michigan. Combining her passion for art and design with a portfolio of dating fiascos that would rival most, Sarey transforms the creepy, cruel and bizarre messages she receives on dating apps such as Plenty of Fish, OKCupid, Match, Jdate and Tinder, into works of art which are sold in stores throughout the country.
Candice Flewharty | Norwich, CT
I live in Norwich, CT in a house that’s older than the United States. My own history began in Tyler, Texas. I moved to New York City in 1999 and finished my MFA in painting in 2001 at the School of Visual Arts. Because my husband was in the United States Navy, we moved to many places over a short period of time. In 2005, my daughter was born at the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We finally planted our feet in Norwich, CT in 2007. We still live there today in a home that predates the Declaration of Independence.
Eric Rauseo | Carson, CA
Eric Rauseo was born and raised in the humble streets of Caricuao, a district of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1995 he migrated to the United States in search of the coveted American Dream. Growing up, he worked hard to adapt to his new home without losing sight of his roots. The internal struggle of bridging cultural differences without undermining either one’s significance, created the foundation for his work.
Gary Aagaard | Tucson, AZ
My conceptual cover and interior illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The Village Voice, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon & Barron’s. My work has received recognition from American Illustration, 3x3 Magazine, the Society of Illustrators (NYC), the Society of Publication Designers, Print, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and Applied Arts.
My paintings have been displayed in many galleries including the Museum of American Illustration (NYC), Gallery-Henoch (NYC), the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Gallery 110 (Seattle), The Studio Door (San Diego), Verum Ultimum (Portland OR), Ward-Nasse Gallery (NYC), POP Gallery (Santa Fe), Contreras Gallery (Tucson), Tubac Center of the Arts), Greg Moon Art (Taos NM) and was part of the Museum of American Illustration 2000-2001 Traveling Exhibition (40 selected works).
Holly Ballard Martz | Seattle, WA
Holly Ballard Martz uses language and found objects to create iconic, multi-media works about deeply felt social, political, and personal issues, including mental illness, gun violence, and reproductive rights. Her two-dimensional, sculptural, and installation-based practices include casting, sewing, metalwork, encaustic – whatever is needed to articulate her concerns and engender critical dialogue. Based in Seattle, Martz has exhibited nationally and her work is held in many private and public collections.
Kamal Al Mansour | San Jose, CA
As an artist and visual culturalist, my art is personal and humanistic, encompassing social, political and spiritual frameworks as prisms from life experiences. I am intent on dispensing information as an underlying part of my artistic expression. My collages and assemblages directly confront viewers, immediately and holistically engaging them in a visual discourse.
Michelle McCunney | La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Often looking at parallels in human and animal behavior, I use formats that vary from small artist´s books and wood+paper reliefs to larger series in oil or ink. The insects began to appear after the 2016 elections, and they continue to crawl across my work in response to the anti-immigration and racist rhetoric uttered by the current occupant of the White House and his supporters.
Shelley Bird | Dublin, OH
For me, art is a process – both a thinking process and an idea process. In my studio, I often feel like a scientist. Posing questions. Testing theories. Challenging perceptions. Pushing boundaries. Making art is one grand experiment for me. And a messy one at that!
Although my pieces are physical manifestations, it’s the experience for both artist and observer that intrigue me. There is my experience as an artist and there is the experience where my creative journey intersects with the observer. My experience – my journey – often begins with found objects. I’m interested in revealing something new from discarded and salvaged materials.
And while I’m a visual artist, I also love language and storytelling is at the foundation of my work. Sometimes I know the story that I want to tell even before I begin. More often though, the objects themselves suggest the stories we will tell together. My work is inscribed with a personal or social statement and may be composed as a riddle or visual pun for the viewer to interpret. Ambiguous meanings; paradox; sometimes humor; always a sliver of hope.
In my work, you will discover your own meaning. You will find your own story.
Sisavanh Houghton | Murfreesboro, TN
Sisavanh Houghton is an Associate Professor of Painting in the Department of Art and Design. In 2014 she won one of three MTSU’s Teacher of the Year Award and in 2017 was awarded one of two prestigious Tennessee Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2D. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and her M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. Currently her body of work is inspired by the non-profit organization Legacies of War mission statement: "is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs”.
As a refugee/immigrant, the process of connecting and disconnecting with a place or community are abstracted ideas of migration. The collage and painting process is unpredictable and is an ongoing dialogue about assimilating and relocating into another culture and space. Her current and upcoming exhibitions include: Minnesota Museum of American Art, MN; Hunter Museum of American Art, TN; Lauren Rogers Museum, MS; Huntsville Museum of Art, AL, Reece Museum, TN; Flying Solo Arts in the Airport BNA Exhibit, Nashville, TN. Her publications include: Wall Street International, Create Magazine, Voices of America, and Studio Visit Magazine, College of Liberal Arts magazine, The Tennessean, and The Pinch Journal Publication.
Her permanent collections include: American Embassy, Paramaribo, Suriname; Legacies of War Office, Washington, D.C.; Tennessee State Museum; Pinnacle Bank, Memphis and Nashville, TN; Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA. Her research has been funded numerous times by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the generous support of MTSU grants. She continues to give back to the refugee community by partnering with The Frist Art Museum Center for the Visual Arts’ Educator for Community Engagement, Oasis Center, and CRIT, Center for Refugees+Immigrants of Tennessee.
Tad Benson | Burbank, CA
As a former marketing professional, I always gravitated towards the creative aspects of the job. Twenty years later, I followed my passion and went back to school to formally study art and graphic design. I enjoy working with a number of mediums, including photography, graphite drawing, modern sculpture, and graphic design. My work often focuses on psychological, societal and political statements and observations.
Virgil Scott | Arlington, TX
Scott has been a consistent recipient of both local and national design awards being recognized by Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine and by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications. Scott’s most recent letterpress poster “Arming Teachers is off Target” has been accepted into the 2018 Communication Arts 59th Design Annual–a professional journal for those involved in creative visual communication. Of the 3,894 entries to the 59th Design Annual, only 131 were accepted, representing the work of 117 designers, design firms and in-house design departments, making the Design Annual the most exclusive major design competition in the world. More than 25,000 copies of the issue will be distributed worldwide in September/October 2018.
Scotts “Peace Poster” has been exhibited at The Design College Australia, Brisbane, Australia (Aug, 2016), The New England Regional Art Museum in Armadale Regional, Australia (February of 2017) and Amplify & Multiply, Colorado College Colburn Gallery ( March of 2017). Scott’s “Pure Texas Talk” poster series was featured in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual highlighting the 348 best American Designers of 2015, published in January of 2016. Scott’s Ann Richards poster,“The Bigger The Hair the Closer to God” was selected by Print out of 3,493 entries to be one of the pieces chosen to represent the strongest design in the Southwest.
Scott’s letterpress poster work resides in the permanent collection of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum (2016 & 2018). The Press at Colorado College (2017), The private collection of Cecile Richards (daughter of the late Texas Governor, Ann Richards), New York, New York (2016) .The Danish Museum of Media (2016), Northeastern Illinois University, (2011) Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (2011).
Corey J. Willis | Savannah, GA
Corey J. Willis is an American artist. His latest photographic studies look at consumer culture. Using design to depict bubblegum logic, Willis interprets current events.
Corey J. Willis is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Photography and former participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has had solo exhibitions in Philadelphia at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery and has shown his photography in New York City, Brooklyn, Reykjavik, San Francisco, San Diego and Savannah.
The artist has been awarded residencies through the Icelandic Association of Visual Artists. With this opportunity Corey J. Willis has spent both the summer and winter seasons in Reykjavik and traveled to East Greenland for his work.
Marie - Ange Hoda Ackad | Montreal, QC, Canada
Based in Montreal, Canada, Marie-Ange (Hoda) Ackad is increasingly showing her works in the United States. Most recently, her works have been exhibited at the Alexandria Museum in Louisiana, at the American Swedish Institute and the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minneapolis. For two consecutive years, at the Center for Contemporary Art, Bedford, New Jersey, at ISEA (International Symposium for Experimental Artists), at Viridian Artists Inc in Chelsea, NewYork at 20 xTieton in Tieton, Washington and at the Brownsville Museum in Texas; Her work “Rasta at the Beach" was featured on a billboard in central Los Angeles, California for The Billboard Creatives; As well, at the Hud Gallery for Dab Art, Ventura, California and numerous other venues. In 2015, she was a participant in the Help Hope Nepal Mural project, during Art Basel Miami 2015.
In 2018 her work was shown at Place des Arts in the Maisonneuve foyer during Les Grands Ballets Canadiens cocktail and Tribute to Gradimir Pankov, Artistic Director meritus.
Her portrait” Gradimir Pankov” features in the movie” Tibute to Gradimir Pankov” and can be seen on Youtube.
Joe Castro | Collegeville, PA
Joe Castro is an accomplished Philadelphia based collage artist, musician, and graphic designer. His work has been shown in several galleries and art spaces across the United States, Canada and Europe, and has been featured in numerous books and magazines including The Age of Collage (Gestalten), Glamour, GQ Style, Arkitip and The Baffler. Castro's works have been described as “a controlled explosion, aggressive and pensive (Kolaj Magazine)” and “bold and diverse… one of those collage artists whose works you recognize immediately…” He is also a signature member of the National Collage Society.
David Weed | Seattle, WA
At two years old, David's father and mother sold the family business, an iconic "bowling alley" diner located in Oak Lawn, IL. They packed the family wagon and moved to Tucson, AZ. As a basic nuclear family living in the heat of southern Arizona, his mother took care of the family unit, while the father sold insurance. Thirteen years later, his parents separated. David with his identical twin brother and mother moved to the surf laden culture of San Diego CA., while his older brother and father stayed in the desert. This was the start of a back-and-forth affair between Tucson and San Diego.
As time passed, David finally obtained a BA in Sociology from the UA. After a few years of working in milieus such as juvenile courts and psychiatric hospitals he moved to Flagstaff, AZ., where he earned an MA in Sociology from NAU. Although his focus was on Sociology, David was always taking art classes, which he put to use and completed a BS in Art Education from NAU. The idea of merging Sociology with Art interested him, so he moved to Washington State, where he received an MFA in painting from CWU. Currently David resides in Seattle, where he works from his downtown studio applying Semiotics to an Art aesthetic.
Karen Fiorito | Escondido, CA
Karen Fiorito is an vegan artist and activist residing in California. Fiorito received her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Arizona State University and her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in major publications such as Art in America, Hyperallergic, Art Forum and ArtNews and featured in such books as American Women Artists in Wartime, Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today and The Design of Dissent. She has received grants from Change, Inc., the Puffin Foundation, the Pollination Project, A Well Fed World and LUSH Cosmetics for her public art projects.
Her current public billboard project, 'Got Drought?' has been touring the U.S. since 2015. She is also noted for her controversial ‘Trumpocalypse’ billboard in downtown Phoenix (2017) which gained international media attention.
James Berson | West Hollywood, CA
James Berson is a Los Angeles based artist who has been creating art for twenty-one years. Berson is diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and he faults this condition for the fact that it is only in the past three years that he has begun submitting work to art shows.
Berson views himself as a perfectionist, who can only complete an artwork when he is able to forgive himself for not being perfect. Berson credits his art education to experimentation, thousands of hours of thought, and a serendipitous opportunity that allowed him to work as a full-time security guard inside of the galleries of an encyclopedic art museum. This job, which lasted approximately two years, allowed him to spend forty hours a week viewing art and speaking with museum guests. "I learned and grew more than I ever possibly could have imagined," Berson claims.
Although Berson's museum job ended nearly a decade ago, he has continued to visit museums and other galleries on a regular basis. Berson's work has been displayed at several art museums, and has also been highlighted in articles published by Huffpost, Hyperallergic, Textile Forum, Art and Cake LA, and KCET. Berson is most interested in creating art that forces the viewer to question their own mental susceptibilities. Berson asserts that "we all share a series of mental susceptibilities and strengths, all of which allow us to either come together or to divide. Unfortunately, we must be willing to acknowledge these susceptibilities, if we are ever going to come together as a human race."
Kathy Taslitz | Los Angeles, CA
Recognized in 2017 by Americans for the Arts as a nominee for the prestigious Best of Year Public Art Project Award, Taslitz has received several monumental sculpture commissions with permanent installations in cities throughout the United States. In addition to her commissioned artwork, she produces large-and-small scale sculptures that have been shown in exhibitions across the nation including Art Basel Miami Beach; artCrush, Aspen Art Museum; Life in this Ocean, Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica; Kasher Potamkin Gallery, New York; and the Wright Gallery, Chicago, among others.
A curiosity about today’s modern landscape has inspired Taslitz to integrate mediums like light, video and sound, and to utilize advanced digital tools to bring concepts to life in the fabrication phases. Further, in 2018, it led her to create Everything is Great. Not Really, a series of aluminum and giclée prints that examine how technology has provided a platform for self-promotion and branding, driven by a need to be viewed with singular success in our personal lives. Exploring the human experience in a culture defined by social media, this series presents existential stories of fear, insecurity, and aspirations.
Taslitz has been featured in prominent publications including Architectural Digest, Huffington Post, Interior Design, Los Angeles Times, and Vogue Living Australia. With an early career as an interior designer and a decade of experience producing artwork, Taslitz has been featured in prominent publications including Architectural Digest, Huffington Post, Interior Design, Los Angeles Times, and Vogue Living Australia.
Matthew Coté | Edinboro, PA
Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Matthew Coté creates work that critiques politics and the power of choice, while simultaneously expressing an understanding of the politics of choice. His work mediates tensions, polarities, and divisions by using satire, paradoxes, visual puzzles, and subminimal messages. Jewelry and metalsmith working are his tools for political activism, as well as broadening art outreach within a community. Predominately using enamels and cast objects, the subject matter of Matthew’s work can range in tone from a satirical to serious take on politics. Overall, the goal of the work is to breach hubris and spark conversation.
Mitchel Hoffart | Moorhead, MN
Pancho Jiménez | Campbell, CA
Pancho Jiménez holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculptural Ceramics from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University. He has exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally at universities, private galleries and civic spaces. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, CA, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University.
His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and numerous other publications including, The Ceramic Design Book, Extruded Ceramics, 500 Ceramic Sculptures and 500 Figures in Clay Vol. 2. He has taught art courses at San Francisco State University, West Valley College, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Santa Clara University where he has been teaching since 1999. Most recently, Silicon Valley Creates named him a 2018 Silicon Valley Artist laureate.
Shelby Newman | Auburn, AL
Shelby Newman is trained both in landscape architecture and art. Shelby completed a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Auburn University. Shelby’s interest are exploring both the fields of landscape architecture and studio arts, as well as their effects on the built/virtual environment and the effect this has on the human psyche.
Tara Cronin | Captain Cook, HI
Tara Cronin is an artist working in various mediums, focusing on photography, installation and book arts. She received her MFA from the ICP-Bard Program in New York. She received her BA in Writing at New School University. While Tara battled hospitalizations and mental illness during her undergraduate work, her healing process veered her toward combining photography, writing, and artmaking in response.
Having exhibited throughout New York City and North America one of her recent shows was as a participant in the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk 2011, and this fall she was given her first museum Solo exhibition in September-November 2012 at the Museo De La Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico. She spoke at the American Association of Arts and Sciences about an invention she and her partner patented from Chlorophyllin and hemoglobin which can remove methane and co2 from the atmosphere. These slides were recently exhibited at Conjured Futures in Santa Fe. Her series Archetypal Writing was also recentyl exhibited by the KlompChing Gallery in New York.
She is currently working on an illustrated English, Chinese, Dutch, Hawaiian Illustrate Hieroglyhpic dictionary as well as documenting an old kingdom translation of the Egyptian book of the Dead. Portions of the Art of Corruption have been on display at Kahilu Theatre in Hawaii, as well as with 10x10 Photobooks at the Carnegie Museum, Ithaca College, and at the Magnum Foundation.
Vigil Ortiz | Cochiti Pueblo, Cochiti, NM
Virgil Ortiz moves into a new era combining art, décor, fashion, video and film. One of the most innovative potters of his time, Ortiz’s exquisite works have been exhibited in museum collections around the world including the Stedelijk Museum- Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Paris’s Fondation Cartier pour I’art Contemporain; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; and the Denver Art Museum.
Ortiz, the youngest of six children, grew up in a creative environment in which storytelling, collecting clay, gathering wild plants, and producing figurative pottery were part of everyday life; his grandmother Laurencita Herrera and his mother, Seferina Ortiz, were both renowned Pueblo potters and part of an ongoing matrilineal heritage. “I didn’t even know it was art that was being produced while I was growing up,” he remembers. Ortiz keeps Cochiti pottery traditions alive, but transforms them into a contemporary vision that embraces his Pueblo history and culture and merges it with apocalyptic themes, science fiction, and his own storytelling.
Wayne Swanson | San Diego, CA
Wayne Swanson is a photographer living in San Diego. Born and raised in Chicago, he still clings to his Midwestern sensibility.
He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. His career has included writing and photography for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and corporate clients.
Currently focusing on fine art and documentary photography, his recent work has been featured in Shots and The Hand magazines. He is drawn to images with a sense of place, atmosphere, time, memory, and a subtle sense of humor.
Ytaelena Lopez | San Francisco, CA
I come from a very diverse background, covering journalism, art history, literature, linguistics, technology and even soap opera (telenovelas) script. That allows me to use a pastiche of theories and disciplines to assemble deux-ex-machina installation and mix media paintings that connect with the public in a visceral way.
Wanda Harding | Houston, TX
Wanda Harding is drawn to the overlooked. By manipulating objects we use everyday yet barely notice, her work gives voice to these under-appreciated elements otherwise destined for recycling centers or landfills. Her interest in trash is both metaphoric and environmental as our planet struggles to contain our discards. Incorporating materiality, abstraction and minimalism, she creates small, poetic works involving cardboard, styrofoam, roof shingles, bandages, etc. Wanda is an MFA candidate in painting at the University of Houston.
Peter Ivanoff | Palo Alto, CA
A native of Wales, California-based artist Peter Ivanoff’s sculpture is all about going places. Crutches, ladders, plumbing fixtures, discarded furniture and wheels deliver the message in his objects and installations. Driving this narrative, Ivanoff’s interest is in
our relationship with technology.
After the recent and on-going wildfires, political turmoil and other disasters, his recent drawings, collages and paintings have taken on an environmental and political shift. In these troubled times Ivanoff is presenting a much darker impression of California than for example, the artists David Hockney or Wayne Thiebaud.
Ivanoff’s techniques are purposely simple; collages are black India ink cut-outs
on bristol and the paintings and works on paper are painted in acrylic. His major influences are Giorgio de Chirico and Philip Guston.
Lee Coburn | Radford, VA
Laura Barth | Abingdon, VA
Laura Barth is an artist, musician, and horticulturist currently living in Abingdon, Virginia. Primary media include photography (digital and analog), charcoal, and watercolor. Laura has a degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in science (horticulture) from North Carolina State University. Her work has been exhibited at the Bath House Cultural Center (Dallas, TX) and Black Box Gallery (Portland,OR), and has received recognition in several juried online competitions.