Work of Art Artists
Greg Herriges, Musician, Composer, Author
Guitarist, bouzoukist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Greg Herriges performs and records an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled music” with a unique approach honed by his studies of Indian, East Asian, and other world traditions. He is also a soundtrack artist and music director for film and theater and an author of music books for Hal Leonard Publishing. Performing is his lifeblood; he gets equal fulfillment playing with cross-cultural ensembles or “letting one guitar play him.” He has received artist fellowships and grants from the Bush and McKnight Foundations and the Metro Regional Arts Council.
Rachel Jendrzejewski, Playwright and Interdisciplinary Artist
Rachel Jendrzejewski is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist currently based in Minneapolis. She has written, performed, and otherwise collaborated on performance, film, music, and public art works throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her plays have been developed or produced by The Playwrights’ Center, Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Red Eye Theater, In the Heart of the Beast, Padua Playwrights, Rhode Island School of Design, Trinity Repertory Company, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, The Wild Project, and Playwrights’ Horizons, among others. Current projects include new collaborations with playwright/multimedia artist Theo Goodell and with contemporary performance ensemble SuperGroup, installation artist Liz Miller, and art rock band Brute Heart. Honors include a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant; a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship; a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship; residencies at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and Adam Mickiewicz Institute; and project support from Irrigate Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Erik Ehn and Lisa D’Amour.
Anna Metcalfe, Ceramic Artist
Anna Metcalfe lives in Minneapolis where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with her MFA. Metcalfe currently teaches ceramics at the U of MN Department of Art, and professional development for artists at Springboard for the Arts. She is a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist’s Project Grant for Public Art in 2009, a MN State Art’s Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2013, and most recently, a Jerome Foundation Study and Travel Grant.
Bianca Pettis – Beatrix, Co-Founder of Beatrix*JAR
Jacob Aaron Roske – JAR, Co-Founder of Beatrix*JAR
Bianca Pettis (Beatrix) and Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR) are a sound art duo and couple creating exciting electronic sound collage utilizing circuit bent battery-powered children’s toys, AM Radios paired with flash cameras and found sounds. Beatrix*JAR provides unique programming that includes: Audio Collaborations, Live Performances, Circuit Bending Workshops, Demonstrations and Hands-On Audio Playgrounds.
Circuit Bending, the direct result of experimentation and play, is the act of modifying the circuit board of a battery-powered children’s instrument or keyboard to unleash sounds the manufacturer never intended. Circuit Bending themes include electronics, recycling, science and sound art.
Beatrix*JAR’s been featured at Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, American Visionary Art Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego to name a few. The duo has released three albums of note: I Love You Talk Bird, Golden Fuzz and Art Star. They are also recipients of a 2010 Archibald Bush Artists Fellowship in Media Arts.
Toni Pierce-Sands, Artistic Director, TU Dance
Uri Sands, Artistic Director, TU Dance
Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands in Saint Paul, Minnesota, TU Dance is a leading voice for contempory dance. The 12-member, professional company is acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements. Through celebrated performances of the professional company and accessible dance education at TU Dance Center, TU Dance provides opportunities for everyone to experience the connective power of dance.
Janaki Ranpura, Designer / writer / producer for performance and play in public space
I design and write for stage and non-traditional spaces, for plays and to play. My work changes the way space is perceived by performers and participants. It alters the relationship between a designed space and the people in it; onlookers and performers are of equal import to the work’s meaning. I use a dialogic process, meaning projects are not complete until expressed and experienced by others. Performance closes the feedback loop; my definition of performance is intentionally ample. Humor is a favorite entry point because it opens a naive dialogue between art and audience.
Peyton Scott Russell, Artist, Teaching Artist
Peyton, born in Minneapolis, MN. My earliest memories, as a child were making art. This continued into high school were I discovered graffiti art from the film Style Wars, in 1984. This had a profound effect on me and consumed my art interest. A portfolio of traditional art and graffiti influenced works helped earn for me acceptance to the Arts Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Graduating in 1991, I became a professional artist and teaching artist. I founded organizations like House of Daskarone, Juxtaposition Arts, Art House Education, and SPRAYFINGER. Today I am a Bush Fellow studying, practicing and teaching the art of creative lettering: graffiti. My focus is to increase the awareness of graffiti as a teachable art form by doing more community events, exhibitions, painting, writing grants and teaching.
Kao Lee Thao, Visual Artist, 3D Animator
Puddle jumping sums up my background properly. I’m continually sucked into one path after another. I started seeing a pattern echoed through each, people and people’s minds fascinate me. Needless to say I spent half my life studying psychology dreaming to become a psychiatrist and unwrap people from the inside out. Unexpectedly a reoccurring dream urged me to abandon psychology and pursue my childhood passion of art. After studying people’s desires for so long, to ignore my own would have been foolish. I left the psychology world behind and dove head first into pursuing my art interest.