September 2017 Open Studios

September 2017 Artists-in-Residence
Tim de Christopher, Massachusetts, Visual Arts Mr. de Christopher is a full time sculptor living and working in Western Massachusetts. He was once employed as an architect and carver at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, which proved a pivotal point in his development as a sculptor. He now focuses his efforts primarily on carving stone, where he has established a significant and well regarded body of work both here and abroad. Currently he is developing a monumental installation he calls The Time Capsule Project to be installed in his home town, Turners Falls, MA. Florent Ghys, New Jersey/France, Music Composition/Sound Art Double Bassist and Composer Florent Ghys’s music has been described as ”highly contrapuntal, intelligent…and inventive…” (WQXR); a ”thrilling breed of post-minimal chamber music” (Time Out NY). His “…pieces…blend elements of minimalism, pop music and a dose of extravagant wit” (John Schaefer, WNYC). Florent holds multiple degrees in Performance, Composition, and Ethnomusicology, has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Norton Stevens Fellowship, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Composition at Princeton University. Hong Hong, Connecticut/China, Visual Arts Born in Hefei, China, Hong is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans sculpture, installation, and performance. She earned her MFA in 2014 from University of Georgia and her BFA in 2011 from State University of New York at Potsdam. Hong is the recipient of grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Artspace New Haven. In 2017, she will complete residencies at PLAYA, Morgan Conservatory, and I-Park. Hong currently lives in Connecticut, where she is working on a site-specific project called Everlasting Ephemera. Jette Mellgren, Denmark, Visual Arts Jette Mellgren is trained as a basketmaker and works as an artist. The aim of her work is to build a bridge between old basketry techniques and new design, to put basketry into a new context and interpretation. Passionately she weaves with branches and draws with twigs. Working in the field of land art she challenges the basketry tradition, which historically has been connected to function and use, into fancy and sculptural objects, which far exceeds its conceptual form. Recently she has been presented with her sculptural works in Australia, France, Holland and Denmark. Ekaterina Smirnova, Washington/Russia, Visual Arts Ekaterina Smirnova is an artist who is deeply inspired by science. She works in various media: large scale watercolor paintings, ceramic sculptures and interactive electronics. Ekaterina collaborates with musicians and engineers. She participated at art residencies in Japan, Ireland, Austria and around the USA. Ekaterina is known as an artist for the space mission Rosetta, by the European Space Agency, where she presented her work and continues to collaborate with scientists. Ekaterina’s current focus is the climate change. In the past year she participated EGU environmental symposium in Vienna and gave a talk at NASA. Hanna Subotnick, Rhode Island, Moving Image Hannah Subotnick is a filmmaker from Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the Brown-Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program in 2016 with honors at both schools. She received her RISD BFA in Film/Animation/Video and her Brown BA in Modern Culture and Media. Having studied ballet and modern dance from an early age, she is fascinated by movement. She sees dance in all abstract movement. Hannah uses the screen’s transformative potential to create mysterious imagery that resides in otherworldly, unplaceable environments. Hannah’s films have been shown internationally. Elise Winn, California, Creative Writing Elise Winn’s fiction has appeared in Granta, Third Coast, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere, and has won awards from journals such as Fairy Tale Review, Zoetrope: All Story, and The Iowa Review. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and has been an artist-in-residence at Hedgebrook, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Playa. Elise currently teaches at the University of California, Davis, and serves as co-director for the literary series Stories on Stage Davis.

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