Yanara Friedland

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“I see my work as that of crossing thresholds, bordering and bridging between often asymmetric or estranged places and fields of inquiry. My practices involve walking, divinatory work, qualitative research, creative methodologies of mapping, oral history and archival research, assemblage, erasure, translation and deep listening.” Yanara Friedland, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Sara Fraker

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“I am fascinated with the notion that music, art, dance, and other art forms can spur action and awareness of environmental issues through powerful multivalent connections to the heart, mind, and spirit. As a musician, above all, I believe in the power of music to communicate as a unique language, an incomparable energy, on its own terms.” Sara Fraker, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Danielle Foushée

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“My mission is to bring magic and enchantment to people’s everyday lives. I use color, light and shadow, transparency, and movement to communicate values such as play, lightness, and transformation.” Danielle Foushée, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Claire A. Warden

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“Mimesis is grounded in issues of identity, the other and the psychology of knowledge and power. The struggle to accept the unfamiliar is pervasive in our culture. Raised in a family with a diverse ethnic heritage has led me to reflect on the fluid, abstract nature of identity, which informs my use of photography.” Claire A. Warden, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Henry Flurry

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“As an artist, I strive to find new principles that stretch well beyond the traditional set of rules yet still speak to the heart. This is a discipline that requires careful study, careful listening, and careful criticism.” Henry Flurry, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Ashley Davidson

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“If you’re having a good time writing, most likely your readers are going to have a good time reading. If you care for your characters, your reader will care for them too. If you learn something you didn’t know by writing, your readers may learn something as well.” Ashley Davidson, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Will Cordeiro

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“I am motivated by the classical imperative to both educate and delight; I want my audience to learn from my work as well as to enjoy it—I seek to inspire a greater awareness of my subject matter and pleasure in the work itself.” Will Cordeiro, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Julie Comnick

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“My primary goals in art, research and teaching are to pose questions, evoke contemplation, and inspire response.” Julie Comnick, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

James Colby

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“I feel that all sounds are inherently also music….When one begins to think this way, the entire world around you becomes a cacophonous symphony, and your mental attention to one sound while filtering out the rest makes you the composer and producer of a personal soundtrack that follows you through all your waking hour.” James Colby, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Amy Carpenter

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“In the best improv scenes, everyone shares equally in the creation. of something that could exist no other way than through collaboration. It is exhilarating, frightening, ephemeral, real, silly, vulnerable, and so much fun.” Amy Carpenter, recipient of a 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant.