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Chantala Kommanivanh is a Laotian American Artist and co-founding member of the independent hip-hop duo Maintenance Crew. His work investigates cultural hybridity and tensions of identity, as a refugee from the 1964-1975 Secret War in Laos.
Sky Hopinka, a 2017 Nohl Fellow in the Emerging category, is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. His talk will consider the production of these videos and their influences using selections from his work, as well as adjacent writings, responses, and problems around their existence.
Xavier Monsalvatje’s work includes ceramic sculpture, painting, and installations mainly focusing on the study of industrial architecture, architectural recovery, and the aesthetic impact of these elements on the landscape.
Marianne Fairbanks is an assistant professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including The Museum of Art and Design, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, and Museum London, Ontario.
Ian van Coller was born in 1970, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in the country during a time of great political turmoil. These formative years became integral to the subject matter van Coller has pursued throughout his artistic career.
Emory Douglas created the visual identity for the Black Panther Party and his iconic images came to symbolise the struggles of the movement. As the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the 1980s, Douglas’s work, described as ‘Militant Chic’, featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther.
Indigenous printmaker John Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture.
Cappy Counard creates jewelry and vessels that honor detail and interconnection. The content of her pieces reflect on memory, observation, potential and realization: what we notice, what persists, the things we hold and the things that hold us.
Neil Horsky is a community artist, educator, musician, and amateur people’s art historian working to cultivate creativity and solidarity among the young and young at heart. He creates clever and biting studio art and public art to protest injustice and to envision a more just world.
Ariana Vaeth, a 2017 Nohl Fellow in the Emerging category, is a representational painter focused on personal narrative. A graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Vaeth recently completed the first artist-in-residence program offered by her alma mater.
With ten years experience curating art in public spaces internationally, Cleo Barnett now works as the Program Director of The Amplifier Foundation. As Amplifier’s first employee, Cleo has co-produced and co-curated multiple global public art campaigns including the iconic We The People Campaign, Women’s March on Washington, and March For Our Lives.
The 2018 book, "Ecological Aesthetics: artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics" by Nathaniel Stern, is poetic and scholarly collection of stories about art, artists, and their materials, arguing that ecology, aesthetics, and ethics are inherently entwined, and together act as the cornerstone for all contemporary arts practices.
Glenn Williams explores constructs: political, social, or environmental in nature. He deconstructs, reconstructs, and sometimes simply reflects various accepted norms in an effort to expose and on occasion question their impact on varying social realities.
The Church of Type is the new Letterpress Studio of Kevin Bradley, one of America’s most prolific letterpress printmakers.
Melissa Wagner-Lawler's work explores the perception of landscape and place, documenting the moments before change and destruction through artist books and prints.
Claudia Hart's work deals with issues of representation, and the role of the computer in shifting contemporary values about identity and what might be called the natural. Her project is to de-masculinze the culture of corporate technology by inserting the irrational and the personal into the slick, overly-determined Cartesian world of digital design.
In the studio, Lucy Derickson transforms found pewter serviceware in order to dissect complex human relationships and the objects tangled in that mess. The environmental benefits of using found material is essential to her current studio practice.
Tomory Dodge is an internationally recognized contemporary painter, much of this early work depicted scenes of wind blown detritus in desert-like settings, often exhibiting surreal or apocalyptic undertones while maintaining a sense of playfulness.
Jay Wolke lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, Harvard University and the California Museum of Photography.
Zachery Lechtenberg is an artist who "appreciates the shelf ready object," as an avid collector of toys and other items. His highly stylized enamel works take the form of jewelry and narrative plates, with original packaging covered in hand drawn illustrations.
Mutope Johnson has a rich and diverse background in the visual arts. His practice has led him to consider his role as an artist and how creative thinking can serve as a useful tool to establish points of contact between artists and community.