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Anna Fidler (JumpstART director) is an artist and instructor in Corvallis, Oregon. Fidler moved from Traverse City, Michigan where she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Western Michigan University (B.F.A. Painting) to the Pacific Northwest where she received her M.F.A. in Studio Art from Portland State University.
Fidler’s large-scale works on paper are composed of glittery mica-enriched acrylic washes and colored pencils. Her work depicts invented landscapes, mythical happenings, and unseen energy in the universe involving such diverse subject matter as Victorian feminists, vampires and rock stars. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Washington D.C and has been shown in The Portland Art Museum’s APEX series, The Boise Art Museum, The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, The University of Southern California, and The Japan Society in New York. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Fidler has received numerous grants and awards, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant, and Residencies at Painting’s Edge in Idyllwild, California. Fidler is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon and Johansson Projects in Oakland, California.
Katherine is an artist living in Portland, OR. She currently works as an Adjunct Instructor at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Linn-Benton Community College teaching printmaking and art foundations. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Oregon in 2013 and served many roles at the Independent Publishing Resource Center from 2014-2018.
In her studio practice, Spinella transports the refuse of commerce into fractured, elevated, and philosophically personified artifacts through multi-media collage. Using digital manipulation, printmaking, sculpture and video installation in her process, recent projects examine the conflation between language and image in relation to our perceptions of nature. Spinella is Co-Founder of Carnation Contemporary (est. 2017), Thunderstruck Collective (est. 2018), and Well Well Projects (est. 2021). She is preparing for her first major solo exhibition at Carnation in Portland, OR (2021). Recently she has exhibited in Future Landscapes at Borders International Art Fair in Venice, Italy (2020), Thunderstruck at NARS Foundation in New York, NY (2019), and is soon to participate with WAVE Collective in What’s Different at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, WA (2021). Her work has been supported by the Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Portland State University, Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, and Women's Studio Workshop.
John is an interdisciplinary artist whose drawings and digital work employs meditative methods by which personal experience is mapped. Throughout his work, the potentially ambiguous nature of signal and noise is explored as both positive and negative, signifier and obstruction, sacred and profane. Whitten has had recent solo exhibitions at Charles Hartman Fine Art and the Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University. His work has been included in group exhibitions at NARS in New York City, NY; Outback Arthouse in Los Angeles, CA; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum in Korea; Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center and Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, OR. He co-founded Thunderstruck Collective and Carnation Contemporary in 2018 and Well Well Projects in 2021. Recent awards include a Project Grant from the Regional Art and Culture Council, a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, a Faculty Research Award from Oregon State University, a residency with Signal Fire funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and a residency at Caldera funded by the Ford Family Foundation. Whitten earned his MFA from the University of Oregon and his BFA from Watkins College of Art. He lives in Portland, Oregon, is a Full-time Instructor of Digital Art and Drawing at Oregon State University, and is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon.
Madelaine is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Detroit, Michigan. Her research-based practice moves fluidly between textiles, sculpture, drawing, and writing. Corbin’s work is informed by her participation in the New York Arts Practicum, immersive study in Athens, Greece, and as an artist-in-residence and research assistant in a chemistry lab where she helped to synthesize and characterize a new blue. Corbin received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber and BFA from Oregon State University. Recent awards include a Bloedel Reserve Creative Residency, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award, an Oak Spring Garden Foundation artist residency, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Stuart Thompson Fellowship, Honorable Mention for the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Award in 2020, and finalist status for the Redmond Design Prize.
Julia is associate professor of photography and new media communications at Oregon State University. She teaches all levels of photography classes, video art, landmarks in media content, and new media visualization. Her research interests center on the history and technology of photography with particular emphasis on art and data and art and the environment. She received her MFA from San José State University with an emphasis on photography and video art. Bradshaw photographs well-used institutional spaces. Previous research projects center on the material and production properties of photography and also flatness and abstraction in contemporary photography. Other projects are more responsive to her social environment such as being a foreigner or reading. Unable to separate the theoretical and the creative in her art practice, Bradshaw describes her projects in context of the work of other photographers and theorists engaged with similar concerns.
Kaitlyn Carr-Kiprotich (Kip-roh-tich)
Kaitlyn Carr-Kiprotich (Kip-roh-tich)
Kaitlyn earned a B.F.A. in applied visual arts from Oregon State University in 2016. She is a full-time middle and high school art teacher at a small, rural school and a practicing artist in northwest Oregon. Her studio practice primary consists of collage and mixed media textile work. "Navigating Race and Ethnicity" is Carr-Kiprotich’s ongoing paper collage series documenting lived realities of being in an interracial relationship in Oregon. This work is part of permanent collections such as the Portable Works Collection in Kent, Washington and the Provost’s Purchase Award Collection at Oregon State University. She attended Playa Artist’s Residency in 2017 and has shown in multiple group and solo exhibitions around the Northwest including the Portland Biennial in 2016 and the Centennial Center Gallery in Kent, Wash. in 2019.
Johnny is an artist and arts instructor living just outside of Corvallis, Ore. He received his B.F.A. at Oregon State University with a concentration in painting and his M.F.A. at Portland State University, focusing on contemporary studio practice. While his work highlights painting, he also uses sound, digital and internet art, sculpture, poetry, video, and more to address personal and public narratives on mental health. Beaver is especially focused on supporting young artists and regional arts, having exhibited and curated in Oregon over fifty times throughout the last decade.