About the Program
About the Program
Literary Arts: Writer
Bo Caldwell is the author of the national bestseller The Distant Land of My Father and the novel City of Tranquil Light. Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, Story, Epoch, and other literary journals. A former Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, she lives in Northern California with her husband, novelist Ron Hansen.
Performing Artist: Costume Designer, Stage Director
Barbara Cannon served as Artistic Director for Bus Barn Stage Company from 1999 – 2012.
Visual Artist: Sculptor, Textile
Ryan Carrington works as a lecturer at San Jose State University teaching sculpture, foundry work, and mold making. Having received his MFA in spatial art from SJSU he went on to earned his BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in ceramics and woodworking. Carrington also spent 18 months as an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, an experience that the artist credits with as having as much impact on my work as any formal education. His work deals with a wide range of issues that connect labor, class, work ethic and economics with his personal history and family. Using cast objects, construction materials, and tools that combine craftsmanship with symbolic irony, he touches on themes of labor through gallery installations, performances, and site-specific work. Artist Statement: My work addresses the shift in public perspective towards the culturally defined roles of blue and white-collar workers in the United States. It bridges issues of labor, class, work ethic and economics with my personal and family history. Within my studio practice I delve deep into processes that parallel the monotony and tedium that laborers endure. By using construction materials directly off the shelf from Home Depot, pieces of uniforms that represent America’s workforce, and performing acts of labor while dressed as a CEO, I invite a discussion about the ever-changing class struggle in the United States. My intent is to provide a conduit for empathy between our stratified society by inspiring dialogue across communities of people that represent the corners of our culture, history and socio-economic status.
Performing Artist: Musician
Demone Carter has played many roles within the Silicon Valley arts and education circles for the past 15 years. Performing under the name DEM ONE, he has released several albums and collaborated with notable Hip Hop artists like D-Styles, Motion Man, Chali Tuna and Bambu. In 2014 he was given the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist award from San Jose Rotary Club. Demone co-founded Unity Care’s Hip Hop 360 after-school program. From 2004-2010, Hip Hop 360 provided over 1,000 youth the opportunity to express themselves through the four elements of Hip Hop. Building on his experiences with Hip Hop 360, Demone started FutureArtsNow! The FutureArtsNow! program seeks to fill the void left by vanishing school arts and programming by giving local youth an outlet for expression. FutureArtsNow! has received recognition from San Jose Job Corps (Service to Youth Award) and the City of San Jose (State of The City Honoree). Demone is also Vice Chair for the community access organization CreaTV San Jose and is a graduate/Program Manager of the Multi Cultural Artists Leadership Institute (MALI). Metro Magazine named Demone ‘Silicon Valley’s Best Mentor’ for 2013.
Visual Artist: Filmmaker, Videographer
Andrés Cediel is known for his work on Rape in the Fields (2013), which investigates the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women, for Frontline, and the Spanish-language version, “Violacion de un Sueno,” for Univision. Andrés Cediel was the Co-Producer on the Emmy-nominated film, “The Judge and the General,” which chronicled human rights cases against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. This film received a duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Cediel was also the Co-Producer on “Post Mortem”, a collaborative reporting project between Frontline, NPR and ProPublica, looking at death investigation in America. Cediel has produced pieces on refugees of violence in Colombia, environmental justice in Ecuador, and Native American burial desecration in California. He worked as a Master Video Teacher in KQED’s Education Network, and was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by Arts Council Silicon Valley for 2007. Cediel graduated from Brown University and received a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jonathan L. Clark
Visual Artist: Photographer
Jonathan L. Clark is a multi-faceted artist whose work encompasses photography and the creation of books using letterpress, gravure, and digital printing. Clark is the 2012 recipient of the Oscar Lewis Award for outstanding contributions to the Book Arts from the Book Club of California. He has received two USIA travel grants to Poland and Spain; a fellowship from the Arts Council Silicon Valley; the JGS Foundation Book Award; the Western Books Award of Merit; and Photo-eye’s Best Photography Book Design of the Year Award. His work is included in many permanent collections in the USA, Japan, and Europe. Solo shows of Clark’s photographs have been held in Japan, Spain, and Eastern Europe, as well as the United States. A show organized by the US Information Service traveled to museums throughout Poland. His books and prints have been included in scores of exhibitions at venues including: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco; Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; Stanford University Library; De Saisset Museum; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel; Photo Gallery International, Tokyo; Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco; San Francisco Center for the Book; George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco; Gallery 291, San Francisco; and many others. He has lectured or held residencies at: The Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco; Stanford University; The Book Club of California; University of Barcelona, Spain; Institute for North American Studies, Barcelona; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel; University of West Florida, Pensacola; University of South Florida, Tampa; University of Rochester; and the US Consulate and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, among others. His publications include: Carmine (Artichoke Editions, 2011); Ottawa, Illinois 1967 (Nazraeli Press, 2008); Prospects of Florence (a photogravure album with text); Cut-Paper (with Frederick Sommer; 2006); as well as articles and photographs in various books and journals. He is co-editor of The Hedgehog, an international arts review published in San Francisco. Clark was born in Ottawa, Illinois in 1952, and has spent most of his life in California. He began taking photographs at the age of 14. He studied with George A. Tice at the Aspen School of Contemporary Art, and enjoyed long creative friendships with Wynn Bullock and Frederick Sommer. He received a BA in Photography from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills.
Visual Artist: Photographer
Marty Coleman (me) is the creator of the Napkin Dad drawings. I am a full-time artist and photographer living in Glenpool, Oklahoma (known the world over as the town that made Tulsa famous) with my wife, Linda. Also in cohabitation are wiggle dog, stubby dog, and normal cat. I am the owner and artist behind ‘MAKE Studio’ with a focus on Photography and Design. I maintain an active career as an exhibiting artist with an exhibition of my photo-collage work slated for January 2012 at Living Arts Gallery in Tulsa. I got my start as an artist when my Grandfather, Buck Powell, who was an amateur artist, began teaching me how to draw around the age of 5. From then until now it’s what I do. My mother and father encouraged me and I had gathered 2 degrees in art as I reached young adulthood. After spending 9 years teaching art at the college level I went in the new direction of computer art, eventually spending 14 years in interactive and internet design before moving into my present work as an artist out on my own. During that time I was married and the proud father of 3 daughters (for whom I drew the original napkin drawings). After a divorce I remarried and had the good fortune of gaining a fourth daughter. My four daughters are all up and grown now, living all around the country and making me proud in every way.
Performing Artist: Costume Designer
Allison Connor (Costume Designer) performed in TheatreWorks’ very first production, Popcorn! She went on to earn an MFA in costume design from New York University, and to design costumes for over 20 productions at TheatreWorks including To Kill a Mockingbird; Twelfth Night; Dessa Rose; Intimate Apparel; Vincent in Brixton; Bat Boy: The Musical; Floyd Collins; Side Show; and Cabaret. Other Bay Area theatres where her work has been seen include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, and Opera San José. Ms. Connor is an instructor at San Jose City College, where she teaches Art History and Color Theory.
Visual Artist: Photographer, Videographer
Tricia is currently producing a one-hour documentary titled Stable Life, which tells the story of a family of undocumented immigrants who live and work on the backside of a racetrack. She also directed the award-winning short films, Eighty Layers of Me (that you’ll have to survive), a documentary about former cheerleaders turned activists and We Got Next, a narrative about young women basketball players. Both films won numerous awards and screened at festivals throughout the United States. Tricia is the founder of FLACAFILMS, where she works as a director/producer and digital video editor. She has taught film/video production and documentary filmmaking in the Social Documentation department at U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Drexel University and in collaboration with several youth-related non-profit organizations. Tricia is a PBS/CPB Producer’s Academy Fellow (2008) and a Latino Producers Academy Fellow (2008). She serves on the Board of CreaTV San Jose, a community access television station and traning center. Tricia received her BA from U.C. Berkeley (Psychology and Chicano Studies) and graduated from San Francisco State University with an MFA in Film Production. She lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and two children.
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