• Laurie Anderson

    Laurie Anderson

    Visual Arts Multi-media Artist

    Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring— creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

    Anderson's recording career, launched by “O Superman” in 1981, includes the soundtrack to her feature film “Home of the Brave” and “Life on a String” (2001). Her live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as “Songs and Stories for Moby Dick” (1999). Anderson has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world.

    In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance “The End of the Moon”.  Recent projects include a series of audio-visual installations and a high definition film, “Hidden Inside Mountains,” created for World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. In 2007, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts. In 2008, she completed a two-year worldwide tour of her performance piece, “Homeland”, which was released as an album on Nonesuch Records in June 2010. Anderson’s solo performance “Delusion” debuted at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad in February 2010 and will continue to tour internationally into 2011.  In 2010, a retrospective of her visual and installation work opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil and later traveled to Rio de Janeiro. 

    In 2011, Anderson's exhibition of all new work, titled “Forty-Nine Days In the Bardo”, opened at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. That same year she was awarded the Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends Award. Anderson's exhibition “Boat” curated by Vito Schnabel opened in May of 2012. She has recently finished residencies at both CAP in UCLA in Los Angeles and EMPAC in Troy, New York.  Her film “Heart of a Dog” was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the same year, Anderson's exhibition “Habeas Corpus” opened at the Park Avenue Armory to wide critical acclaim and, in 2016, she was the recipient of Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts for that project. Anderson lives in New York City.

  • Margaret Curtis

    Margaret Curtis

    Visual Arts Visual Artist

    Born in Hamilton, Bermuda, Margaret Curtis is a painter and visual artist. She has been creating feminist-based work since the late 1980s. Curtis has been included in shows at The Brooklyn Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Huntington Beach Art Center, The Mint Museum and The Wexner Center. Career highlights include being featured in Marcia Tucker’s 1994 Bad Girls exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC; her work was curated by Lilli Wei and by Laurie Simmons; she enjoyed numerous solo and group shows at P.P.O.W. gallery in NYC where she was represented for many years. In addition to solo exhibitions throughout New York and the American South, her work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at Stony Brook University in New York.

    Reviews and features of Curtis’ work have appeared in Art Forum, The New York Times, Art in America, Art News, Modern Painters, New Art Examiner, among others. Her work is in permanent collections throughout the United States. She was the recipient of Yale’s Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship and The Predmore Award from Duke University, as well as numerous residency awards. Curtis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University. She taught painting at The School of Visual Arts in New York for several years, and has been on the boards of both The Flood Gallery in Asheville, NC, and The Upstairs Gallery in Tryon, NC, where she currently resides.

  • Christopher Davenport

    Christopher Davenport

    Visual Arts Bookmaker

    Teaching artist Christopher Davenport uses film, photography, and handmade paper to create his works centered on Ecology, Place, Time, and the Power of the Collective Experience. Christopher teaches at the University of Alabama.

    Learn more about Davenport at https://pocketknifepress.com/

  • Bill Plympton

    Bill Plympton

    Visual Arts Animator and cartoonist

    Bill Plympton is an American animator, graphic designer, cartoonist, and filmmaker. Plympton is best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated short Your Face and his series of shorts Guard Dog, Guide Dog, Hot Dog, and Horn Dog. His illustrations and cartoons have been published in The New York Times and the weekly newspaper The Village Voice, as well as in the magazines Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. Plympton's animated work has been seen on MTV in the late 80's and early 90's, in music video's for Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic, and in multiple Simpsons episodes.

    Learn more about Plympton at http://www.plymptoons.com/