AiR Bios

“The time I spent here was refreshing and I am returning home with a renewed energy for studio work. I liked the small studio buildings and galleries scattered around a beautiful central garden.”  — Leigh Tarentino


Nikki Painter: Artist-in-Residence TEN

(February 7 – March 21, 2017)
Nikki Painter has been making drawings for as long as she can remember, and she is most interested in the idea that artmaking is a way to create a new world. She thinks of all the drawings, paintings, and installations she makes as being part of one world — they are all just fragments of this place, sometimes from different phases of its cycle (like seasons of the year). For the last several years, Painter has been working with more architectural imagery, dealing with themes of construction and destruction, but more recently, she has gotten into plant-sourced imagery, thinking about concepts of growth and renewal.


Elizabeth Condon: Artist-in-Residence NINE

(January 10-31, 2017)
Elisabeth Condon grew up in Los Angeles, down the street from a canyon. This landscape comprises her most vivid recollections, dissolving form in flows of light and color. Visual memory conflates the Asian influenced décor of her childhood home with the canyon, as if plum blossom wallpaper formed the backdrop for its riverbeds and rocks. LA’s glam rock nightclubs, travel to Asia and the Grand Canyon sharpen her desire to paint synthetic landscapes that appear equally fantastic and real. Lately, combining wallpapers and fabrics with pours of paint recreate the ‘dance’ of elements found in Chinese ink painting, replacing calligraphy with stylized plant forms and birds. Condon’s love to travel, strong sense of place and passion for Chinese culture past and present lead her to the intersection of architecture and nature via décor.


Deanna Morse: Artist-in-Residence EIGHT

Over the past thirty-five years, I have been working as a film/video artist, creating experimental and art films and videos, animations, installations, and interactive multimedia pieces. My films are visual poems, often revolving around a character exploring an environment or situation. This art-film-work has been screened in many different and varied venues: on cable, network and public television, in film and animation festivals, museums and schools. My films are represented in many international collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Australian National Film Library. I have also made films for children, including animations for Sesame Street.


Marie Yoho Dorsey: Artist-in-Residence SEVEN

Sharon Lee Hart: Artist-in-Residence SIX

Masha Ryskin and Serge Marchetta: Artists-in-Residence FIVE

Marydorsey Wanless: Artist-in-Residence FOUR

Elysia Mann: Artist-in-Residence THREE

Leigh Tarentino: Artist-in-Residence TWO

Josette Urso: Artist-in-Residence ONE