Class of 2017

 

Damon Arhos

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Born in Austin, Texas, Damon Arhos currently lives and works in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He has shown artwork in exhibits and galleries across the United States. His exhibition venues have included Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, New York); Strathmore Hall Foundation (Bethesda, Maryland); Foundry Gallery (Washington, D.C.); City of Austin People’s Gallery (Austin, Texas); East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T. | Austin, Texas); and the Plano Art Association (Plano, Texas), among others. He recently spent a month in residence at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont). A frequent curator and collaborator on artistic projects, he has affiliated with D.C. Arts Studios and Washington Printmakers Gallery in Washington, D.C., as well as Art Alliance Austin, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, and the Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, Texas.

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Natalie Bheekie

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Natalie is from a small Caribbean island and born to a large West Indian and Indian family. These two distinct elements root and influence her work that is focused on questioning identity, authenticity, and cultural memory, explored through matrilineality and within our material landscape, past and present.

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Sarah Clough

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Sarah Clough is a visual artist, writer and teacher who is interested in everything. During her nomadic childhood, she observed the varied and unique sign systems operating in each new environment. This fascination with communication is the point from which her current work emerged. Visible in both daylight and in the dark, her paintings exploit language’s innate musicality, its flexibility, and its joy while acknowledging the subjectivity of perception and the inevitable deficiencies of language:  its potential for vacuity, arbitrariness, and incomprehensibility.

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Ume Hussain

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Ume Hussain is an interdisciplinary artist based in Washington, D.C. She received her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Through her interest in subtlety and quietness, she explores themes of stillness, security, contingency and the illusion of control. Her work incorporates video, sound, light and interactive media to engage – and at times – implicate her audience.

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Caryn Martin

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Caryn Martin is a Baltimore-based artist and educator working in acrylic, ink, and digital photography. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park, her M.A.T. from Maryland Institute College of Art, and she studied painting and art history in central Italy through American University’s Arts in Italy Program. Solo exhibitions include “Things Left Unsaid” and “Atmospheric Abstractions” at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore and “A Sense of Place” at Sheppard Art Gallery in Ellicott City.

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Kwaku Osei

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Kwaku Osei was raised in the Philadelphia area and received his B.A. at Temple University. His work deals with satire, identity politics and the art historical cannon.

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David Shurbutt

David Shurbutt lives in Arden, NC. He works at The North Carolina Arboretum as an Exhibit Curator. Shurbutt has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of South Carolina. David is a socialist and likes to hike in the mountains of western North Carolina. His favorite food is ice cream. His favorite drink is coffee.

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Susan Striepe

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Susan was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1986 and has been living in Nashville since 1988. Art has always been central to her life. She has a B.A. in History of Art, a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and an M.A. in Art Education. She was a member of The Plowhaus Cooperative in East Nashville and exhibited with the group from 2006 to 2012. She also exhibited on occasions with the Nashville Untitled group from 2002 to 2012. Her work has been shown at a number of other galleries as well. Currently she volunteers as a docent at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville and teaches at Columbia State Community College. Central to her work is the relationship between thinking practices and art making practices in which she explores various materials and ideas to create a vibrant interactive situation between the audience and the art work. Susan Striepe’s current body of work explores the concept of the posthuman and the anthropocene.

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Nancy VanNoppen

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Nancy VanNoppen is an artist living in Asheville, NC. VanNoppen earned her B.A. from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. VanNoppen works in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and mixed media arts.

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