Leni Zumas

 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City, 2008). Her work has appeared most recently in Salt Hill, Gigantic, New York Tyrant, Kitty Snacks, Quarterly West, Harp & Altar, and New Orleans Review. A 2008 Fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a 2008-2009 Artist-in-Residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, she has been awarded fellowships by Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the MacDowell Colony. She has taught creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Hunter College, and Columbia University.

 

Visit Leni's blog Ambulacra.

Staying afloat, 2009. Gouache, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 42” x 72”
Staying afloat, 2009. Gouache, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 42” x 72”

Devlin Shea

 

Devlin Shea, born in New York City, currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Devlin has participated in residencies at the Banff Center in Canada, The Åland Archipelago Kökarkultur in Finland, the Vermont Studio Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program, Chashama North, Brooklyn College and the Experimental Television Center and has an upcoming residency at the Nelimarkka Museum in Finland in 2010.

In 2007 she co-founded The Sunday Experiment, a monthly film and animation club, housed at the Interborough Repertory Theater in New York City. The monthly deadline this created helped inspire her to begin animating her drawings as another way of exploring and communicating the stories she works with in her paintings.

Devlin'swork has been shown and screened in New York City at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Open House, Interborough Repertory Theater and Brooklyn College; in Charlottesville, Virginia at Ruffin Gallery; in Chicago at Normal Projects; in Buffalo, NY at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Carnegie Art Center and Squeaky Wheel; and in Boston, MA at the Green Street Gallery. She has shown internationally in group shows with the Evolutionary Girls Club in Germany, Finland, Sweden and the Ukraine.  Her drawings have been published in 3rdfloor Arts Journal.

Sarah G. Sharp

 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Sarah G. Sharp is a visual artist, writer and teacher. She received an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History in 2008 from Purchase College, SUNY. Sarah received the BRIC Rotunda Gallery Video Fellowship and was awarded a funded residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in 2009. She was an alternate for the Hayward/Soros Prize for Fine Art from the American Austrian Foundation in 2008. Exhibitions include Content and Discontent curated by Dede Young at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York; 50,000 Beds organized by Chris Doyle at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Slightly Off Center, curated by Ethelyn Honig, 55 Mercer Street Gallery, NY and a forthcoming solo exhibition at Gallery 1724 in Houston, TX. Sarah received a Library Research Grant from The Getty Research Institute in 2008 and publication of her oral history interview with the artist Elaine Reichek for the Smithsonian Institute’s Archive of American Art is forthcoming. Sarah initiated the project "From Dexter to Sinister."

Sierra Nelson

 

Lives and Works in Seattle Wa.

Jill Leininger
lives and works at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Jill Leininger's previous publications include Shenandoah, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Circumference, and other poems can be found online at frostwriting and Soundzine.

 

 

The Unfinished World, 2009, Oil on canvas, 60" x 54"
The Unfinished World, 2009, Oil on canvas, 60" x 54"

Beth Letain

 

Born in Canada, currently lives and works in Queens, NY.

 

Artist Statement:

My paintings are quietly and obstinately resistant; the meaning evinced is fluid and not singular. In a world where images and words are often employed to communicate absolute meaning, I have become interested in an alternate place where understanding is slippery and personal, coalescing and dissolving at once. This work insists upon a meeting place between my own perception and that of the viewer. I liken my paintings to mumbles, mutters and thoughts half-formed, to ideas that have yet to have language attached to them. They are an attempt at developing an idiosyncratic language about happiness, discomfort, tenderness, and feeling ill at ease - the personal experiences that encompass everyday life, and the not so grandiose moments that punctuate existence.

Polarity, 2008, acrylic and oil on wood, 44" x 20.5" x 14"
Polarity, 2008, acrylic and oil on wood, 44" x 20.5" x 14"

Martha Clippinger

 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

 

Martha's work uses painting in response to the visual potential of found objects like wood scraps and lampshades. These affected objects then become the impetus for site-specific installations in which the works can be seen as both individual paintings and parts to a whole. The physical space in which the work is displayed becomes the final tool for completing the work, just like the irregular outlines of the wood scraps provided the first gesture with which to begin.
Martha’s intuitive and site-specific process brings a physical component to the
collaboration opening up the possibility of greater interaction between components.
Martha is also the founder of the dirty dirty, an alternative artist space that encourages
collaboration and experimentation.

Aurora Brackett

 

Lives and works in Oakland, CA

 

Aurora Brackett’s fiction and poetry has appeared in in Alimentum Journal, Cosmopsis Quarterly, The Portland Review, Fourteen Hills and Tinfish. She has an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University, where she received the 2005 Wilner Award for Short Fiction. She has attended residencies at The Vermont Studio and Hedgebrook.  She lives in Oakland, California where she teaches writing.

Zelda Alpern

 

Lives and works in Johnson, VT.

 

Zelda's poetry and fiction has appeared in Literary Imagination, CHAIN, FICTION, Promethean, Release and dislocate.com. She received a Barbara Deming/Money for Women Award for Fiction and her Masters in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. She has  been granted residencies at Norcroft Writing Retreat for Women, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Vermont Studio Center. She lives and works in Johnson, Vermont.