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

Everest Pipkin: Artist-in-Residence SIXTEEN

(Summer 2019)
Everest Pipkin is a drawing and language artist from the small town of Bee Caves, Texas. Everest produces printed material as books, essays, chapbooks, and zines, as well as make drawings on paper. In general, their work follows landscape as complicated by digital space- how the internet enters the landscape as fiber-optic cabling, data center construction, and
network infrastructure (and the very real effects these structures have on the communities that support them).
Everest also studies how physical space is digitized, particularly in projects like Google Street View, satellite imagery, and place and census data. By looking at archives, big data repositories, and other online resources for holding and sharing human information, they  aim to reposition these often-corporate spaces as signifiers of a place-based commons. Everest’s works with these large data sets is intimate, gentle, ecological, and personal. By translating big-data imagery and language into drawing and poetics, they attempt to propose an ecology of online space, demanding an internet with room for gentleness, one-to-one interactions unmediated by sorting algorithms, and a value for softness in digital spaces and with digital tools.
Everest holds a BFA from University of Texas at Austin, a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has shown nationally and internationally at The Design Museum of London, The Texas Biennial, XXI Triennale of Milan, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and others.

Lori Larusso: Artist-in-Residence FIFTEEN

(Spring 2020)
Lori Larusso earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art and a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). She has exhibited work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recently awarded residency fellowships include The Studios of Key West, Willapa Bay AiR, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and the MacDowell Colony. Themes explored in Lori’s work include bourgeoisie domesticity as fantasy (as performed), protest (as fundamental to the American experience), animals (as pets, food, and trophy), and food imagery (stereotypical middle-American). Lori’s work is represented by Skidmore Contemporary in Santa Monica, California. She currently lives in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky.

Wade Schaming: Artist-in-Residence FOURTEEN

(March 8-27, 2020)
Wade Schaming (b. 1984; Pittsburgh, PA) lives and works in New York City. His sculptures are painstakingly assembled solely through processes of stacking. The materials remain unchanged – used as is/found – and are unfixed to each other: as such, he creates delicate juxtapositions perilously balanced, like thought given concrete form. From discarded and forgotten objects, which memorialize hope, the assembled forms aspire to return dignity to the bearer and evoke empathy in the viewer. This process is site-specific and confined to the present moment: because he works only with found and discarded materials (nothing used is purchased), his pieces reflect their origins while reinforcing a desire to create impermanence.
Schaming studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (BA 2006) and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (MFA 2010). His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, Field Projects, New York, NY, The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX and Primary Projects, Miami, FL. He has been
profiled/interviewed by Paper Magazine, International Sculpture Center and The New York Times. Residency awards include the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, Bronx, NY (2012), Residency 108, Clermont, NY (2014), the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY (2015), Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2016), Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY (2017), The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY (2017), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE (2017) and Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY (2018).

Katrina Bello: Artist-in-Residence THIRTEEN

(April 2019)
Born in Davao City, Philippines, Katrina Bello is a visual artist whose practice is devoted to drawing. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and the Philippines: Rowan University Art Gallery, El Museo Cultural, West Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Neon Heater Gallery, Gallery Aferro, The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster among others. She has been awarded residencies at the Art & History Museums in Maitland, Florida and the Tides Institute & Museum of Art in Eastport, Maine, USA. Bello is the founder and operator of North Willow, an informal artist-run attic exhibition space in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. She lives and works in New Jersey, USA and Metro Manila, Philippines.

Carole d’Inverno: Artist-in-Residence TWELVE

(January 8 – February 16, 2019)
Carole d’Inverno is a self-taught artist. She was born in 1956 and grew up in Italy and Belgium. She moved to the United States in 1979 and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. d’Inverno has had numerous solo and group shows in the United States. Recent solo shows include “Massillon and Ohio,” at the Massillon Museum of Art and History, Massillon, Ohio;  “Appalachia: an Abstraction,” at the Western Carolina University Art Center;  “A Way of Saying,” at SUNY Rochester Monroe College, Rochester, NY. d’Inverno is the recipient of “The Art of Ivy Side, National Competition Winner,” PENN State Altoona, PA;  she has been accepted into the historical Artist Lab at Rokeby Museum,VT, and has been awarded Fellowships and Residencies at the Art and History Museums, Maitland, Florida, the Studios at Key West, La Playa, Summer Lake (OR,)  Willapa Bay AIR, Willapa (WA), the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson (VT), the BAU Institute, Otranto (Italy,) Starry Night, Truth or Consequences (NM,) and the Wassard Elia Center, Ascea, (Italy.) Her work is in the public collections of the Microsoft Art Collection, Kirkland, WA; Group Health Headquarters, Seattle; Swedish Hospital, Seattle; Seattle University, Seattle; The Maitland Art and History Museum and in private collections across the US and Europe.

Barbara Marks: Artist-in-Residence ELEVEN

(February 7 – 28, 2018)
Barbara Marks is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connecticut. She uses color to create space. A child of the sixties, Marks fell into graphic design and established her own studio specializing in book design. In 2001, she left that behind to study painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (BFA 2005), and Brooklyn College CUNY (MFA 2008). She has been awarded artist residencies in Italy, France, and across the United States and has shown her work throughout the Northeast.

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.

Elisabeth 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

Marie Dorsey works in multiple mediums including printmaking, photography and sculpture. Fascinated by the power of stories and the creation of myth her multidisciplinary practice reflects upon the nature and expectation of narrative as a means to explore ideas.  Dorsey studied at the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Tokyo, and earned her MFA from the University of South Florida. She practices the of the art of Ikebana, the constant search for a balanced relationship between the sky, the earth and man: a parallel to her own personal, spiritual journey.

 Sharon Lee Hart: Artist-in-Residence SIX

Sharon Hart is a DC born visual artist with a practice primarily focused on photography, works on paper, and a developing interest in book arts. She earned her BFA from Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hart maintains a studio in South Florida, where she is the Head of the Photography program and an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University.

Masha Ryskin: Artists-in-Residence FIVE

Masha Ryskin is a Russian born artist currently based in Rochester, NY and Providence, RI. She received a classical art education in Moscow, Russia, followed by a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Michigan. She uses a variety of media, including drawing and painting, printmaking, installation, and fibers. Her work is concerned with landscape and its elements as a metaphor for memory, history, and passage of time.
Masha’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has participated in a number of artist residencies, both in the United States and abroad. She is a recipient of many grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright grant to Norway.

Serge Marchetta: Artists-in-Residence FIVE

After 18 years of service at Post Canada, Serge Marchetta quit in 1993 and started a new career as a visual artist. Graduating from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1995, Marchetta has participated in over than forty solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, Québec, Europe and United States.
Since 2010, in parallel with his individual practice, he has started to work in collaboration with Masha Ryskin.

Marydorsey Wanless: Artist-in-Residence FOUR

Marydorsey Wanless is a visual artist and educator living in Topeka, Kansas. She is an Associate Professor Emerita of Photography at Washburn University Art Department, where she has taught sixteen years. She is currently retired and teaching workshops in photography.
Her art work is photo-based, using historical photographic alternative processes. It incorporates personal experiences combined with the photographic processes. She has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally; and has received many awards, including the grand prize in the SoHo Gallery’s alternative photography show, The Krappy Kamera Exhibit 2009. She has exhibited in over 150 juried shows, in 32 invited group shows, and has had 25 solo shows of her photography.

Elysia Mann: Artist-in-Residence THREE

Elysia Mann is from St. Louis, where she earned her BFA in printmaking.  She later earned her MFA at the University of Tennessee, where she was a graduate teaching associate.  Mann’s work embraces doubt as a way of knowing and redundancy as a performance of doubt.  She has an interdisciplinary approach that includes printmaking, weaving, installation, and poetry. Areas of repeated focus in Mann’s work include language, time, the body, the body politic and repetition.

Leigh Tarentino: Artist-in-Residence TWO

Leigh Tarentino is from Rhode Island. She is an artist who makes paintings, works on paper and digital prints constructed from photographs of the built landscape. She is an Assistant Professor at Brown University.

Josette Urso: Artist-in-Residence ONE

Josette Urso makes paintings, drawings and collages working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. For Urso, space is a malleable substance that she delights in manipulating acrobatically in a kind of gymnasium of mark making and image collision all governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color, and a wayward geometry. Her approach involves “moment-to-moment” extrapolation where the contrasts and cross-fertilizations are cumulative, non-linear, free flowing and interpretive. She strives to discover and engage the known as well as the unknown in unforeseen ways.
Urso has shown widely in the United States and abroad in galleries, public institutions, and museums including the New York Public Library, the Drawing Center, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. She has had numerous grants and residencies including those from the NEA, Basil H. Alkazzi and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as the Camargo Foundation, Ucross and Yaddo.