Landscape at Escape velocity

Bio: Edgar Cardenas was born in California, raised in Wisconsin, and educated in New England and the Southwest. He studied Psychology at Gordon College (BA), Industrial/Organizational Psychology at University of New Haven (MA), and Sustainability at Arizona State University (Ph.D.). While at ASU, Edgar focused on the intersection of art and science for addressing sustainability challenges. The culmination of this work resulted in both a written dissertation and a solo thesis exhibit at Night Gallery. He believes the next creative mashup should be between art and science so he maintains a serious practice in both spaces. 

Edgar’s work investigates the ecological, cultural, and technological subtleties of human/environment relationships. As an interdisciplinary artist, he works in multiple visual mediums, making decisions based on the conceptual relevance of the materials to the project. Most of his projects become a fusion of photographic, video, and sculptural mediums combined with the written word. Edgar has exhibited internationally at both art and science venues and has been published in art and science journals as well. He is also a member of the – invitation only – Art Photo Index. 

Bio: Kerstin Dale’s current work is based on her concern for the ecological changes in the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, versus the population growth of the desert southwest.  Water—its absence or presence, its memory—is the prominent feature in her artwork. She aims to elevate the role of water, by using her art practice to highlight the utterly essential nature of water, pay homage to the gift of water, and to mourn its loss. Her exhibition record includes exhibitions at Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson Art Museum, and Prescott College Art Gallery. Her work has been supported by a Contemporary Forum Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. Kerstin received her BFA from the University of Arizona, and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kerstin currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ.

Bio: William LeGoullon is an artist and curator raised and currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. Since receiving his BFA from Arizona State University in 2009 where he studied under Mark Klett and William Jenkins, he has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Fort Collins, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Belgrade Serbia. His work has earned him a variety of awards, recognitions, and publications. In 2011 LeGoullon was awarded a Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant from The Phoenix Art Museum and exhibited in The Arizona Biennial at The Tucson Museum of Art. The following year he was awarded a Public Art Commission by The City of Phoenix - Office of Arts and Culture as part of the Seventh Ave. Streetscape Project. His next solo exhibition is planned for January 2016 at Modified Arts Contemporary Gallery in Phoenix, where he will be exhibiting photographs from his body of work titled (Un)Intended Targets.

Bio: Leah Lewman is an artist and student currently based in Tucson, AZ. She is an MFA candidate in Studio Arts at the University of Arizona. Her current work focuses on the visual and ecological contrasts between the natural desert landscape and the manmade structures imposed upon it. Leah is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 2013 from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Lewman has participated in over a dozen exhibitions in the Maryland area, including the 2012 National Juried Exhibition, featuring juror Ethan Karp of the OK Harris Gallery in New York. She received several awards for her undergraduate thesis work, including the Fulton School of Arts Purchase Award and the Roth Honors Thesis Prize. Lewman was also invited to present her work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2013, located in La Crosse, WI. Since coming to the Southwest, she has been in several exhibitions including a group showing at Exploded View Gallery, and a solo show of her works in the Graduate and Alumni Gallery at UA, entitled “Detachments.” She’s received several scholarships as a graduate student, including the Barbara Rogers Scholarship for Painting, the Anne Moreton Memorial Scholarship, and the Sarnoff Art Supply Scholarship. She also maintains a position as Teacher of Record at the University of Arizona. 

Bio: After a 35 year professional career as a graphic/environmental graphic designer, Ann secured her MFA in 2012 from Arizona State University. Currently, she is a practicing artist and educator at Arizona State University and Paradise Valley Community College in metropolitan Phoenix. Her work has been shown and recognized nationally and internationally. A few highlights include The Collective Cover Project, selected in the juror’s top five in the 3D category at ArtPrize 2012 and awarded the OxBow Residency; Street Gems, a social enterprise initiated in 2012-ongoing, engaging individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness to make jewelry and flowers from discarded plastic; and Ground Cover, a socially engaged public art project that was selected by the Americans for the Arts, Public Arts in Review for 2014 and received the Arizona Forward Crescordia award in 2014. Currently Ann has a solo exhibition showing at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through January 2106 that includes The Collective Cover Project and a new social project titled “What Happened Today?”. 

Bio: Darryl Naito is an artist born from Los Angeles with his degree in printmaking from Arizona State University. He won the Congressional Art Competition for the 25th district in California back in 2010 with the first print he pulled, and his work was indicted into the Special Reserves of ASU’s Diablo Printmaker’s Guild after he graduated. His work has been featured as far as Chihuahua’s H. Congreso del Estado Chihuahua and the Cannon Hall in Washington D.C. and as close as ASU’s Night Gallery.
Bio: Buzzy Sullivan is a photographer from Missoula, Montana. He received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft and is currently a candidate for an MFA from Arizona State University. His work has been collected and shown internationally. His most recent Solo exhibition, Between Horizons, is on view at the Buckley Center Gallery at the University of Portland through January 2016.

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