2018
Christine Carr

Christine Carr is a photo-based artist interested in the human impact on the environment. She collects evidence to bring visibility to the ephemeral or overlooked. In recent work she has made detailed scans of cigarette debris and photographed airborne particles produced by agricultural and industrial practices.

Carr grew up in Virginia and received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art and her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, both in photography. She is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Grant. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in Virginia, Texas and Washington, DC, and in numerous group shows throughout the United States. She is currently based in Story City, Iowa and teaches photography at Iowa State University.

Jenna Bonistalli

Jenna Bonistalli creates works of embroidery through handmade paper. She is fascinated and inspired by the myriad relationships within and among species of the plant kingdom. Her work explores ecological interactions and phenomena, time and devotion. She designs installations and environments using light and projection.

Jenna earned a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School, an MSEd from Bank Street College of Education and has studied at Penland School of Crafts and Paper & Book Intensive at Oxbow School. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Iowa concurrent with a Graduate Certificate at The Center for the Book.

She is a member of the Aquarium Gallery and Studios in New Orleans, LA. She lives and works between New Orleans and Iowa City.

Jenie Gao

Jenie Gao is an artist, curator, and entrepreneur. Her specialties include ink drawings, large-scale woodcuts, murals, and public installations. Her work connects the health of nature’s ecosystems with human relationships and systems. As an artist, she creates work for public and shared spaces and believes that art has the power to make us pay attention to and care about our surroundings. She partners with other artists and organizations to use creativity to transform spaces and focus teams around a shared philosophy.

Prior to building her own business, Jenie worked in both for-profit and nonprofit, in the arts, education, and lean manufacturing. She has helped several organizations improve their systems, become less wasteful, and align their day-to-day operations with their long-term visions. She believes that interdisciplinary work and diverse people are necessary to building a strong, sustainable society.

As a business owner, Jenie works to set a precedent for her field. In addition to her own art projects, Jenie takes on curatorial projects and consulting work with arts organizations. She curated a show on politics and the environment, called “Intertwined,” at Promega Corporation in the summer of 2017. Jenie also currently works with Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA), as a lead artist and to help them to develop solid pricing models, project management tools, and an infrastructure that supports both the youth that they serve and the careers of artists. She seeks projects that allow her to put challenging, meaningful work in shared spaces and to invest in the careers of fellow creatives. She believes that cultivating creativity is vital to building a prosperous and resilient culture, and uses her diverse experience to advocate for this vision.

Jenie received her BFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been the artist-in-residence at Proyecto ´ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Museo de Arte Moderno in Castro, Chile, and at the Bubbler at Madison Central Library. She has artwork in both public and private collections across the states and internationally, including artist books at the Kohler Art Library. Her work as been reviewed and published in The Capital Times, StudioVOX, BRAVA Magazine, SGC International’s Graphic Impressions, and Aesthetica Magazine in the UK. She serves on the curatorial board at Arts + Literature Laboratory and as a committee member on the Madison Arts Commission. She was a TEDx Madison speaker in 2016.

Ellen Hanauer

Ellen Hanauer is a sculptor and installation artist who has focused much of her work on science based art, gender issues, interior spatial relationships of the natural world and the psychological effects of the human condition. In the past four years, she has worked primarily in fiber and digital arts.

Hanauer has exhibited nationally in museums, universities and galleries and has had several one person exhibitions including a recent solo at the Noyes Museum in New Jersey, a current solo in Montsalvat in Etham, Victoria, Australia and two additional upcoming solo shows slated for 2018 and 2019. Her work will be included in the 3rd BioMedical Conference, Sophia, Bulgaria this year. She has been awarded the First Theoretical Prize from Oxford University, UK, and has received many national commissions including those installed in Rockefeller Center and Riverside Park, NYC. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Noyes Museum of Art, NJ; Montclair Art Museum Education Collection, NJ; (the late) Ivan Karp, OK Harris Gallery, NY; The Princeton Review, NY; Organon, NJ; Lynda Zycherman, Chief Conservator of Sculpture, MoMA, NY; Kevah Konner Bus Company, NJ; Tarpon Springs FL, Atlanticare Foundation NJ, and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

Robert Jinkins

Growing up on a farm that has been in my family since 1849, I gained an admiration and reverence for the land that so many of my family members have worked. Like ghosts or spirits that walk the place, monument-like markers exist signifying the actions and lives of those who came before me: a tractor may remain parked as it has been for years since the last time it was driven; a broken crock full of metal now slowly sinks into the earth under years of maple leaves falling from the massive trees that my grandfather planted when he was six year old. A winterkilled field of grass frosted with a light snow cracks like eggshells under my rubber barn boots and a dead cow dies in a pasture to be consumed by coyotes. I find stories on my family’s farm and record, document and preserve them almost obsessively in my art.

The combination and juxtaposition of Regionalism, with its emphasis upon a particular rural venue and paradoxical mystery of Surrealism, forms the aesthetic precedent that is the basis of my artwork. I enjoy painting every blade of grass while allowing a disconcerting ambiguity to lurk below the surface in order to encourage viewers into a deeper dialogue with the paintings. I strive to find the sublime in the mundane that permeates each life to preserve and portray that for the future. The entire world is portrayed within each individual line of graphite or stroke of acrylic ink from which my drawings and paintings are woven.

Tangential to my 2-D work is an exploration of other media areas and modes of creative exploration. I have dabbled in photography, latex casting, printmaking(primarily woodbock and lithography), site installation, painting using firearms including shooting spray installation, drawing with gunpowder, poetry, have even used a piece of roadkill as a paintbrush. Labels on art are often simplistic ways of dividing media areas and pigeonholing an artist. As artists we should use empathy and an open mind to explore other media and investigate this thing we call art.

2017
Quin Kennedy

Quin Kennedy is a digital artist working from Seattle, WA. He has a background in dance, theatrical lighting, and programming. His works resolve themselves at times as zines, or (inter)active installations. He is interested in generative systems, cartography, and learning! Quin is always looking for a good pinball game to sink some quarters into.

Mary Claire Becker

Mary Claire Becker is an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and is also working towards a Certificate of Book Arts at the UI Center for the Book. She obtained her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2012. She has spent time at Asheville Bookworks and Penland School of Crafts, and she has served as a volunteer print shop technician at UNCA in Asheville NC.

Mary Claire’s work is inspired by ecology and merges decorative ornamentation with the complexity of scientific illustration. Her compositions question our accepted definitions of nature by exploring the boundary between decorative and wild. She sees each impression as a building block for larger compositional structures, and uses printmaking as an element in relief sculptures, artist books, and stop-motion animations.

Mary can also be found on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/mcbprint

Eric “Oz” Andren

Eric Andren—better know as Oz—is a creative technologist who currently resides in Seattle, WA. Born in Illinois and raised in Iowa his Midwestern upbringing has influence over his world view which focuses on the importance of character and the rewards of hard work.

An academic career at Iowa State lead him to receiving a BFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Computer Engineering and an MFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Human Computer Interaction. Through his studies and research in these areas he has earned numerous awards for design and also accolades in excellence for his research efforts during graduate studies.

Focusing on the relationship between human and technology his research has explored areas such as user-device awareness, enhanced learning and communication through multi-sensory interfacing, and experience design through gestural interfacing. More specifically, his MFA thesis “I can so I will, now we must: a creative response to selfie culture.” takes a look at online social networking and its effects on our sociological, psychological, and physical wellbeing.

Opportunity—followed by a constant drive for meaningful contribution—has left him with a broad range of experience and knowledge. A deep respect for physical wellness and the power of question have lead him into roles of leadership such as instructing graphic design studios in higher education, mentoring and children in k-12, and coaching CrossFit classes.

He believes our decisions change the world and together we can keep creating better—meaningful—solutions for a more just tomorrow.

Kassha Lisinksi

Kassha is a Minneapolis-based multimedia artist and verbal experimentor of questionable neurotypicality and queer persuasion. They grew up in a very small, bad-smelling city in Iowa which happened to have several pockets of readily accessible natural areas of varying ecological health, which contributed to the artist’s sense of self as a member of a vastly diverse living system. A graduate of art and theatre technology studies at the University of Iowa, they use the vocabulary of immersive spaces to transmit and communally process the trauma of the current environmental crisis, as well as to devise potentialities of survival and resilience. Kassha’s literary work has been published in community zines, online publications, and Iowa City’s Little Village; they design sound, light, and video for live theatre productions; and they have performed at a multitude of open mics and curated shows, including most recently the queer-led Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis.

Kelsey Reckling

Kelsey spent her life growing up between her birth place of Houston, Texas, and a small valley in central Colorado where her grandparents had a home. It was there where she discovered her fascination with ecology and birds. As she got older, she spent a lot of her time moving and traveling, until she landed permanently in Los Angeles, California four years ago. Here, she is a professional photographer who spends her days working at the Natural History Museum and the California Wildlife Center rehabilitating injured wildlife. Los Angeles is very rich in biodiversity and there is always something new to discover and explore, which is why you can find Kelsey either hiking in a local park or up in the San Gabriel Mountains, or birding at various local hotspots. Her art is very influenced by the outdoors, the unknown, and the history behind the rocks, the mountains, the bodies of water, the animals, and the people of the land which she inhabits.

Brian Schorn

Brian Schorn is a multi-disciplinary artist informed by contemplative practices and the direct experience of our natural world. His education includes MFA degrees in visual art, graphic design, creative writing and electronic music. Brian’s visual art has been exhibited and published widely since the 1980s. He has taught visual art, photography, comparative art, digital art, sound art, graphic design and creative writing at a variety of educational institutions. Recently, he received an Arts Education Grant in New York where he worked with 3rd–5th graders developing a collaborative, environmental art installation. Brian’s art is in numerous private and public collections throughout the country. 

Also on Pintrest: www.pinterest.com/brian_schorn

2016
Scott Dickson

Scott Dickson was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from the University of Kansas (2007) with a BFA in Painting, and received his MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2009. He has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City, and at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha. His work is published both online and in print, most recently in Age of Collage, Contemporary Collage in Modern Art, a publication by Berlin-based Gestalten. Through working with aspects of drawing, painting, collage and printmaking Dickson creates images that concern the passage of time and associated memories that occur in solitary engagements with the landscape. In order to further investigations, he seeks out spaces and locations that provide retreat from urban aspects of life. One such escape was during a 2013 through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, taking on a five-month hike from Georgia to Maine. Scott Dickson currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Drawing program at Kendall College of Art and Design. Images of his work can be found online at www.stateofscott.com

Corey Smith

Hi! My name is Corey Smith. I’m a composer, writer and performer from Chicago, Illinois. My work is performance based – playing with combinations of music, theatrical performance, and dance. I’m a native midwesterner (I grew up near Toledo, Ohio and went to school for Music Composition in Ann Arbor, Michigan) and my work at the moment is focused on exploring the Midwest. I’m interested in the geography, culture, and mythology of the region that has been my home for so long. Collaboration is also an important part of my artistic practice – I work often with directors, theatre makers, dancers, writers, musicians, thinkers, and friends. I spend large amounts of time looking and thinking about maps.

Jen Liu

Jen Liu is an artist, educator, and researcher working at the intersections of art, technology and culture. Using different mediums such as traditional craft, digital media and tangible interaction design, she is interested in exploring ways of using technology to examine relationships between the body and the environment. Her projects uses humor and speculation to draw audiences into a dialogue about how to interact with new technologies on an intimate level. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Emerging Media at Carnegie Mellon University.

Cynthia Brinich-Langlois

Cynthia Brinich-Langlois grew up in Bethel, Alaska—a small town on the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta. She attended Kenyon College, where she majored in Studio Art and minored in Environmental Biology. While completing an MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico, she participated in Land Arts of the American West and the Tamarind Institute’s Collaborative Lithography program.

Brinich-Langlois has been an artist in residence at Wilson College, Elsewhere Artists Collaborative, RedLine Milwaukee, and the Ucross Foundation, where she collaborated with other artists and scientists to create a multifaceted portrait of place. She has exhibited her prints, books, and video animations in solo and group shows throughout the United States and abroad, including at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Awagami Factory, Yoshinogawa City, Japan, A1LabArts in Knoxville, TN, Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO, Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM, Firehouse Gallery in Louisville, GA, Atelier 6000 in Bend, OR, WORK Ann Arbor, Artspace in Richmond, VA, Purdue University Galleries, Creative Research Laboratory in Austin, TX, and Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, WI, among others. Her work is included in the Iowa Print Group archive at the University of Iowa, as well as the Land Arts of the American West archive collection at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.

Brinich-Langlois is the Print and Narrative Forms area technician and teaches digital art as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has conducted numerous workshops and demonstrations, including a steamroller-printing event at Milwaukee Maker Faire, a cyanotype botanicals workshop in Wyoming, and a stop-motion storytelling class for youth in rural Alaska. She has given lectures and shared her work in various presentations, including as the Virginia A. Myers Visiting Artist in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and as an exhibiting artist at the Urban Ecology Center, where she also led a hands-on workshop for high school students to draw attention to the decline of amphibian populations worldwide. Brinich-Langlois has recently displayed work at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and as well as at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

Joseph Mougel

After serving as a combat correspondent for five years in the US Marine Corps, Joseph Mougel completed a BFA in studio art from the University of Georgia and a MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, where he also studied video, performance, and interactive media, and participated in the field-based studio program Land Arts of the American West.

Mougel has presented his creative research at a variety of institutions and conferences, including the Postmodern Documentary Photography Symposium at Purdue University, and as a panelist at the Southeastern College Art Conferences in Richmond, VA, Savannah, GA, and Greensboro, NC, and as a featured artist lecturer at the Society for Photographic Education Southeast and the Midwest Society for Photographic Education conferences. He has spoken as a panelist in conjunction with exhibitions of his work, including Cuban Art, Books, and Contemporary Culture at RedLine Milwaukee, Identity Check at the Union Gallery, and Ucross: A Portrait in Place at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, among others.

Mougel has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI, Cressman Center for Visual Arts in Louisville, KY, San Diego Art Institute, Minneapolis Photo Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA, Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI, The Royal Photographic Society in Bath, UK, The Red House in Sofia, Bulgaria, Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain, PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, Bega Valley Regional Gallery in NSW Australia, Axle Contemporary Mobile Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Elsewhere Artists Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, and PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT, among others.

Examples of his work have been featured in catalogs and other publications, including Art Takes Miami, ARTL!ES Magazine, Art Papers, and After Image, as well as in books, such as Land Arts of the American West, End of California, and The Contact Sheet. He has participated in artist residencies, including Elsewhere Artists Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina, 35/35 in New South Wales and South Australia, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Mougel’s photographs are included in institutional collections, including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Print Study Room at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Green Street Press at the University of Georgia, and the Nevada Museum of Art. Joseph Mougel is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and the area head of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mark Lee Koven

Since earning a Masters of Fine Arts in digital media from the University of Miami in 2005, Mark Lee Koven has worked as an interdisciplinary artist whose research merges materials and processes of art with those of science. Mr. Koven’s work has shown in over 100 exhibitions and venues such as the New York Science Museum, StoreFront for Art and Architecture New York, FlashArt Milan, Miami Science Museum, Southern Exposure San Francisco, Taipei Taiwan, and Scope London. Mr. Koven’s work is also included in various public and private collections including the Perez Art Museum, the Frost Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to being the recipient of both a Florida State individual artist fellowship and North Carolina individual artists fellowship, he has received two National Scholastics Art & Writing Teacher Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. Utilizing a wide range of mediums including bioluminescent fungi, SEM imagery, and reactive computer interfaced installations, his subjects of research comprise: anthropological behaviors, data collection/visualization, renewable energy, and micro/macro environments. Mr. Mark Lee Koven is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Utah State University and Director of ARTsySTEM, a program that focuses on collaboration and integration between the Arts and STEM fields.

2015
Alex Braidwood

Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, media designer & design educator. He has recently been an artist in residence in an Australian National Park, on an Iowa farm and at a mid-western biological field research station. Alex has exhibited work, led creative technology workshops, lectured on his research process, and performed live at a variety of events throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design, Sustainable Design and Human Computer Interaction programs at Iowa State University and is co-director of the artist-in-residence program at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory field research station.

Amanda Breitbach

Amanda Breitbach is a photographer and multi-media artist whose research focuses on the complex relationships between people and land. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 and is currently the program coordinator for Art at Cedar Point, a program that blends art and science at UNL’s biological field station near Ogallala, NE. She will join the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in the fall as an Assistant Professor of Art.

Rachel Kauff

Rachel Kauff was born in the suburbs of Chicago to a plein air landscape painter and an engineer. She received her BFA in printmaking from Grand Valley State University, and her MFA in printmaking and sculpture at the University of Iowa in 2017. She trained in artist-book publishing as an intern-in-residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and learned to work in wood through working for sculptor and designer Josh Vogel. Kauff has been the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and the Gordon Arts Fellowship, and has been awarded residencies at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.