Hiroko Tsuchimoto is a visual/performance artist based in Stockholm. She holds an MFA at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and she also studied at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Going back and forth between ethnographic curiosity and critical distance, Tsuchimoto investigates the cultural constructions of personal and collective identity. She approaches sites, situations, and people with both critical eyes and a disinterested gaze in her artistic practice. She also uses her self-representation as analytical tool towards social problems of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality.
Diana Hartel provides a fresh perspective linking the current conflict over water, dams, agriculture and fisheries to local and US history, including her personal family history, as well as to the diabetes epidemic affecting Indigenous Native communities in the Klamath River Basin and nation-wide.
In 1993, while working in environmental sciences and epidemiology, she founded a non-profit for urban arts, eco-restoration, and nutrition called Planet Hot Plate. In 1999, a passion for painting emerged over the course of over three years of residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskills.
All the elements of her life merge in art, permeated with meditation practice.
Nathan Rivera is a native of the Writing words and music on the accordion, guitar, voice, piano, what else? Traveling to share the gift of music with those willing to accept it. Spreading positivity and joy one note at a time.
Anna Leahy and Doug DeChow-Writers
Violinist Jeff Thayer is currently the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony as well as concertmaster and faculty member of the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). Previous positions include assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, and concertmaster of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. His teachers include William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin, and Dorothy DeLay.
Awards include the Stephen Hahn/Lillybelle Foundation Award in Violin from the Music Academy of the West, the Starling Foundation Award, the George Eastman Scholarship, and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Robert Chamberlin lives in Burlington, Vermont. By day he walks to his work as an engineer. By evenings, weekends, and travel, he enjoys art, particularly paintings of all types. He is a co-author of The Confluence: Fly-fishing and Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant .
Connie Sommer- Writer
Bruce Trinkley taught composition and orchestration and conducted the Penn State Glee Club from 1970 to 2006, and was music director for Penn State's Centre Stage from 1970 until 1995. He received degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson and Charles Wuorinen.
Professor Trinkley's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and China
Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men's voices; One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women’s chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble; and York: the Voice of Freedom, a music drama about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His operas for young people include The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little.
Alexandra Sokoloff and Craig Robertson-Writers
New Jersey artist Heidi Curko produces non-representational works with masses of dark energetic forms. Ms. Curko has had numerous exhibits from LA to India to New York.
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