Matt Browning - 2015 Fellowship Recipient
Matt Browning lives and works on Vashon Island, WA. His work concerns time, latency, and the selective and hierarchical valuations of human activity. Browning studied Fiber Arts at the University of Washington and has exhibited in the US and Canada. Recent exhibitions include the University of Washington, Frye Art Museum, and Western Bridge, Seattle. In addition to his sculpture- based practice, Browning teaches material studies and art history to non-traditional adult learners through the organization Path With Art.
Paul Komada was born in Seattle and raised in Yokohama, Japan. In 2002, he completed his MFA program at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Between 2003-2005, he worked at a Buddhist temple as a monk in Tokyo, Japan. Today, he lives and works in an artist loft in Pioneer Square.
Paul paints geometric abstraction, but in the past few years has incorporated knitting into the paintings, exploring the boundary between Art and Craft. He has exhibited works in the Northwest region. He has shown works nationally in Harlem, NY and Peoria, IL, as well as internationally in Seoul, Toronto and The Hague, Netherlands.
Elise Richman received her BFA in painting from the University of Washington and her MFA from American University in Washington, DC. Richman has exhibited her work nationally in commercial galleries, non-profit spaces, and university galleries. Her innovative, process-based paintings explore elements of the material world and states of flux. Her current work is informed by multi-disciplinary research into water as an elemental substance, physical phonomenon, resource, and subject in landscape paintings throughout history.
Robert Yoder is an artist living in Seattle, Washington. His paintings and collages have been shown across the country and internationally and are in numerous private and public collections including Boeing, Microsoft, Neiman Marcus, Twitter and the Seattle Art Museum. His work is included in the book-arts collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York City Library System. Robert has received many awards including the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. His work is represented by Frosch & Portmann in New York and Zurich, and Platform Gallery in Seattle. In 2010 Robert opened the gallery, SEASON to promote local artists to the world and introduce international artists to Seattle. SEASON produces at least four shows a year and participates in art fairs.
Leo Saul Berk received a FBA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1997 and an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1999. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Lawrimore Project, The Lee Center, and Howard House in Seattle; INOVA in Milwaukee, cherrydelosryees in Los Angeles, and the Bellevue Art Museum. His work has been included in shows at Galleri Erik Steen in Oslo, Edward Cella in Los Angeles a, d.u.m.b.o. Arts Center in Brooklyn, Tacoma Art Museum, Maryhurst University in Portand, and California State University, Long Beach.
Berk has been honored with grants and awards by the Seattle Art Commission, Artist Trust, and 4Culture and was teh recipient of the 2010 Arts Innovator Award and the 2013 Betty Bowen Award. His work has been published in Art in America, Art Ltd., LA Times, Modern Painters, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly, and has been acquired by such public collections ad the Seattle art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art museum, University of Washington, City of Seattle, King County, Amgen Corporation, and the United States Department of Nave. Berk lives and works in Seattle.
Mark Calderon was born in Bakersfield, California in 1955. He received his BA from San Jose State University, California. He resides in Seattle. Calderon has exhibited at Greg Kucera Gallery, the Holter Museum of Art, Wright Exhibition Space, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, among others. He is a 2001 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and a 2000 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. Recent work responds specifically to personal losses of the last few years, other pieces were inspired by recent global events--art of the past serves as a reference to create a personal expression of these feelings.
Wynne Greenwood - 2015 Fellowship Recipient
Wynne Greenwood is a queer feminist artist who works with video, performance, music and object-making to practice culture-healing. Her work has been included in performances and exhibitions at independent and institutional spaces internationally, including the Tate Modern, Whitney Biennial, The Kitchen and On the Boards. From 1999 - 2006, Greenwood performed the multimedia art-band Tracy + the Plastics. Upon ending the project, Greenwood shifted her focus to installation and object-based work, exhibiting with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Lawrimore Project in Seattle. Most recently, Greenwood participated in Anti-Establishment, a group show at Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, and released the full-length music album A Fire To Keep You Warm. Greenwood also teaches performance and video through workshops and after-school programs.
Mark Mitchell is a survivor and storyteller who speaks to social issues thorugh textiles. His contributions to Seattle's cultural community bridge a number of disciplines, including music, theater, fashion, and education. He is the subject of the award-winning short film Burial, and presented a performance and exhibition of the same title at the Frye Art Museum in 2013. Mark is currently in residence at The New Foundation Seattle where he is developing a new body of work called Burial 2 and conducting research on interlovcking systems of power, privilege, and oppression.
Rodrigo Valenzuela received a BFA in photography and art history degree in Chile and in Philosophy from the Evergreen State College. He completed an MFA at University of Washington in 2012 and is currently a Core Fellow at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2015), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2015), Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR (2015), Envoy Enterprises, NYC (2015), CUAC, Salt Lake City (2015), Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA (2014) and Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle (2014).
Valenzuela has participated in residencies at Skowhegan (Maine), Bemis Center (Nebraska), Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York) and Vermond Studio Center. Valenzuela is recipient of Artist Trust's Arts Innovator Award (2014), the Texas Contemporary Award (2014) and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant (2013).