JORGE MENNA BARRETO
Visual artist and designer, living and working in Brazil. He attended courses in sculpture and painting with Professor Jailton Moreira, in Porto Alegre, in 1990, and completed his bachelor's degree in fine arts with a specialization in drawing at UFRGS, Porto Alegre, in 1997. Themes of desire and friendship are woven into some of his work, by bringing the viewer closer and making them the engine of the work. One of his most recent projects for the 32nd bienal in São Paulo, the Rastauro (Restoration) project, raises questions about the development of eating habits and their relationship with the environment, landscape, climate and life on earth.
RUSSELL ARTHUR BAUER
Lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. He received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in the Art & Ecology program, and his BFA from Michigan State University. He creates kinetic, performative, and allegorical sculptures by applying his knowledge of construction, electronics, and living systems. When the works hang from the wall he considers them paintings. As much work as possible is released into the public domain. His portfolio is available at www.rabaw.com. Major ongoing projects include the Edible Carnival www.ediblecarnival.org and the United States Chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Technology and Infrastructure www.PETTI.us.
(born 1975, Brazil, Indiana) is a New York-based artist whose work investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world, while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized. Brooks’ work is driven by his interest in the ways in which humans interact with natural and built environments, often bringing natural elements into an art context. His complete disassembly of a combine harvester to form a veritable asteroid field of musicological displays throughout the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is currently on display at the Bemis Center in Omaha through August, 2017. Brooks received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. Often working with biologists in the Amazon basin, the artist draws parallels between a cross-disciplinary scientific process and an artistic desire to understand the world. Brooks lives and works between New York and New Orleans, is on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is currently a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow.
Graduate of the Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Program. She is passionate about creating better places and building community through landscape. She has worked with the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department organizing public outreach and park improvement projects and also as an Urban Design Fellow for the research and design collaborative non-profit Emerging Terrain collaboratively creating site-specific installations and events with participatory processes. Kayla continues to work in Omaha for a multi-disciplinary design firm where she focuses on site design for K-12 schools. Through her work, she hopes to strategically position design, and more specifically landscape architecture, as an opportunity to recover our own consciousness and health, our lost traditions and sense of community, our rootedness in the land and our connectedness with one another.
Is a conceptual artist: she works in service of an idea rather than in service of a marticular material. Her ptojects usually take the form of performance, photography, installation, or writing. She is interested in using found objects, found situations, and found people, exploring the world around her to call attention to the power of the everyday. She was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives.
Is an artist and educator whose projects involve everything from archiving cultural heritage, examining public access to information and knowledge, and exploring how economies affect both local and global communities. Her collaborative projects often utilize unexpected workshop formats in order to father people together to discuss tough issues and co-create new stories. Born in the Philippines in 1974, she migrated to the U.S. as a young child and attended the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University. A long-time educator, she is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at UC Berkley, where she is committed to supporting public education and working to build coursework that melds traditional craft forms with digital technologies and social engagement. She is a recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, and she has exhibited widely. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
THOMAS LOWELL EDWARDS
Is a multimedia artist who creates sculpture and pottery with an aim to inspire dialogue about diminishing communal activities in our culture. Edwards received his MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and his BFA in ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Technological University. When he traveled to Jingdezhen, China as a Windgate Fellow to be an artist in residence at the Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute, the birthplace of porcelain inspired him. He became fascinated by ceramics as industry – particularity how remnants of industrial production were integrated into architectural elements throughout the city—and later continued his international research in production ceramics through an internship program in Germany. While there, he was able to work closely with a production potter and observe European Studio practice. Edwards has since set up his studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he currently resides with his wife and son.