Visual artist JAMES TEMTE is a Northern Cheyenne contemporary abstractionist who loves to alternate areas of organic movement with linear ribbons of richly variegated hues, representing his Native American heritage. He works spontaneously, constructing abstract motifs directly on the canvas while emphasizing the tangible aspects of pure paint through innumerable applications of opaque and transparent color. With color as a metaphor, James explores a spiritual realm, eliciting feelings, associations, and meanings that allude to a concrete, visible reality. Ultimately, it is this meditative content and its emotional timbre that lies at the heart of his work.
In 2015, MICHAEL DICKERSON was commissioned by author Katherine Arden to write a soundscape for the novel The Bear and the Nightingale. That commission led him to explore cross-disciplinary techniques in collaboration with composer Sandy Nordahl of the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, Michael is organizing the premier of a piece of chamber music, Resurrection Bay Suite, which explores the unique acoustic environment of Fort McGilvray. The piece is to be premiered at the Anchorage Museum's Planetarium in collaboration with videographer Cale Green. Other interdisciplinary work includes incidental music to the film The Blood of a Poet as part of the Celluloid Wednesday series, as well as a film score for an upcoming release by Middlebury College, in conjunction with Off The Map Media.
In 2015, HOLLIS MICKEY was awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres. Her texts have been published in audio and print formats, most recently in the audio chapbook ‘Latin Verbs’ and the print journal Cirque. She holds a B.A. with honors and an MA in Performance Studies from Brown University. In addition to being a practicing artist, Hollis works as an advocate for the non-profit arts. She is Director of Learning and Engagement at the Anchorage Museum, where she manages the Education Department. She provides oversight for all platforms of learning at the museum, from school visits to artist happenings to print and digital resources. She manages community partnerships around teaching and learning, coordinates artist-driven programs, and initiated ‘Unbound,’ a literary event series. She was previously Associate Educator, Academic and Public Programs at RISD Museum, and has taught courses at Brown University.