In 2010 Salem Art Works partnered with the Lake Constance Cultural Department in Salem, Germany to create an international artist residency exchange program. Every year since, the organizations have taken turns hosting groups of interdisciplinary artists, alternating every other year between Salem, New York USA and Salem, Germany.
This year we will welcome twenty-five Salem2Salem artists to SAW for the 7th anniversary of the program. The public is encouraged to stop by and visit during organized events. Activities include weekly open mic nights, one open studio visit, and a final exhibition featuring music, visual, spoken, and performance art produced during the residency.
Adrian was born and raised in New York City and attended the Lycèe Français. His father is a violinmaker from France and used to have an art gallery with his mother who is from Holland. He has always aspired to do something creative. First he wanted to be an architect, then a car designer, did a bit of violin making, and ultimately discovered the magic of metalworking and the limitless freedom to just simply create almost anything you can dream of.
After studying Industrial Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco for a year, traveling and working out in the American West and learning the trade of violin making and horseback riding with his father back in New York, he studied metal sculpture with Cliff Dufton at The Art Students League of New York. His metal shop is currently located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. He is mainly self-taught.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Amy Kaps is in constant dialogue with her surroundings and those who inhabit it. Possessing a predilection for the abstract and surreal while emphasizing the human form and condition, she presents a psychological puzzle hoping to entice the viewer to question what they see. Highly conceptual with the intention of altering perception and provoking thought, her objective is to create honestly and question the status quo while reveling in a feast for the senses. The challenge is to decipher the common denominators, recognizing the similarities within the differences that connect us regardless of age, race or gender. As a solo performer, a seemingly self-indulgent display of personal history yields to an amorphic universal body in an attempt to elevate the banal to the beautiful.
Kaps recently completed two residencies in Germany at the Eremitage-Weidengasse in Cologne and Salem2Salem at the Castle in Salem. She is the recipient of Best Experimental Film, 2016 Fine Arts Film Festival: VICA for Continental Drift. Sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Bridge Foundation, she traveled to Cuba to perform at the Habana Bienal 2015, and was 1st Place Winner, 2014 One Shot: One World International Photography Awards/Lucie Foundation.
Working in the realms of performance, installation, video, photography, music and words in the United States, Germany and Cuba, Amy Kaps was conceived in Columbus, Ohio, born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in suburban New Jersey, schooled in up state NY and Japan, lived in New York, Köln, Germany and currently resides in Venice, California.
Andrea was born in in Ravensburg/Germany in 1964. In 1988 she graduated from the University of Trossingen with a state exam degree. She went on from there to study vocals at the University of Heidelberg/Mannheim from 1988 to 1990. In 2013 she studied to be an organist with church music director Sönke Wittnebel. Since 1988 she preformed with the choir “Gächinger Kantorei“ and BigBand Langenargen at venues in Germany, France, and Italy.
Andrea has been a teacher for piano and singing in Langenargen/Germany since 1991. In 2007 she was the voice coach of the duchess Amelie of Württemberg and the duchess Dorothee of Württemberg in Friedrichshafen and many of her students have successfully participated in music competitions.
Anne was born in 1982 in Rostock (Northern Germany). In 2012 she graduated from the State Academie of Fine Arts / Karlsruhe. There she studied Fine Arts/ Sculpture in the class of Professor Stephan Balkenhol. She went on the get her masters in arts from the State Adademie of Fine Arts in 2013. Currently Anne lives and works in Allgau (Southern Germany).
Claudia was born in Stuttgart Germany in 1967. She was first educated as a stonemason and then moved on to study sculpture at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. In 2001 she continued her studies of form at the Academy for Design in Ulm, Germany. Currently Claudia lives and works in Eberdingen, Germany. There she creates sculptures that are shown nationally and internationally in sculpture symposiums and has exhibited in the Park of Götzenburg and Red Castle, Jagsthausen and MIK, Museum Information Kunst, Salon, Ludwigsburg. Dietz is also part of many fine arts associations ranging from VBKW, Association of Fine Artists Württemberg to the Association of freelancing Sculptors Baden-Württemberg .
Dorothea was born in 1957 in Freiburg, Germany. She studied literature and philosophy and works as an essayist and literary critic. She is the author of many novels including Die schwere und die leichte Liebe (The Hard and the Easy Love) 1996, Wie Engel erscheinen (How Angels Appear), Belice im Männerland – Eine wahre Geschichte (Belice in Male-Land – A True Story) 1997, Damen und Herren (Ladies & Gentlemen) 2002, Guantánamo 2004, Harzreise (Harz Journey) 2008, and Termini 2009. Furthermore, Dieckmann is the recipient of various awards and stipends ranging from the Literary Prizes of the cities of Hamburg and Marburg to the stipend of the German Literature Fonds. She previously attended residencies in Wiepersdorf Castle, Linz, and Salem.
Ewelina Bochenska (b. Lodz, Poland) is a Brooklyn based artist. Ewelina received her MFA in Painting from the New York Studio School and her BA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, Poland and the United States, at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in London, England, Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York in Brooklyn, the National Academy Museum and Lesley Heller Gallery in New York and Socato Gallery in Wroclaw, Poland. Ewelina completed her 2015 Artist in Residence Fellowship at Salem Art Works, Salem, NY and has been awarded the Jane Chace Carroll Scholarship from the New York Studio School.
Florian Raditsch was born in Fresno, California. He studied at the Fresno City College Art Department, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austra. As an artist, Raditsch practices in photography, painting, and animation. He has exhibited in multiple venues around the world such as the Galerie grenzART in Austria, the Langenzersdorf Museum, the Art Space Gallery, Beijing, Germany, and Italy. Raditsch received the Sofie and Emanuel Fohn Scholarship in 2016 and the Atelier des Landes Oberösterreich, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz in 2017.
Gabriele Loges was born in the village of Dettingen in Southern Germany. After her high school graduation, she studied German Linguistics and Philosophy in Tübingen (Graduation year of 1988). From 1988 to 2008, she managed the public library of Gammertingen, while attending extra-occupational training as a public-relations manager, as well as seminars in Romance Studies and Social Anthropology in Freiburg.
Since 2009, she works freelance as a novelist, journalist, and lecturer for creative writing. She is a member of the German Writers’ Association (VS), Berlin, in the Artists' Association GEDOK e.V., Stuttgart, and of the Segeberger Kreis e.V., association for creative writing, Kassel. In 2007, she was awarded the distinction Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the Department of State for the Republic of France for extraordinary transnational services to literature. In 2008 and 2015, she was awarded a grant scholarship of the Society “Förderkreis deutscher Schriftsteller in Baden-Württemberg“.
Julie Anne Ward
Ward’s work embraces the shift from the physically laborious raw materiality of an iron sculptor to the contemporary technologies of the cool blue screen. In addition to material shifts, she risks exploring collaborative making by inclusion of a variety of art forms and artists, such as musicians, to trace experience beyond the visual. Conceptually, Ward’s work folds in the remnants of vanishing industrial practices. The fading past and rapidly evolving present occupy the striated spaces of history giving us glimpses of the spaces between parallel worlds: between past and present, between old and new, between traditional and contemporary, between the material and the ephemeral. Ward graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with an MFA in Sculpture. In 2014, Ward completed a second MFA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati’s department of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Julie is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
Kelly Cave is a working artist born and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. She received her BFA from Syracuse University with a degree in Fiber and Material Studies with Minors in Sculpture and Visual Culture. She has attended residencies at Salem Art Works, Franconia Sculpture Park, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. These opportunities, in combination with her teaching experience, have been a catalyst for her interest in travel and desire to connect with people. She has recently completed her MFA at the University of Cincinnati, in the sculpture department. Today, Cave continues being a traveling and teaching artist.
Maya Kuroki is a musician, performer, director and visual artist currently active in Montreal. After 2 years of studying at TOHO GAKUEN theatre university, 5 years of performing in the HAIYUZA theatre company, and many years of participating in independent productions as a professional actor in Tokyo, Japan, Maya Kuroki explored the world for 2 years.
She "put a stone" in Montreal, devoting herself to music composition, performance, painting, writing, and looking for treasures in garbage. She established the band DYNAMO COLEOPTERA, which offers not only experimental rock in Japanese, but also theatrical performances. This project was given long-term guidance by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in 2008, received 1st prize at Mon Accèse à la Scène, 2007, and was awarded a grant from Conseil des Arts et des Letters du Québec. She also collaborated on "Haunted Womb Tour” which received a prize from Tangente at Montreal's Fringe Festival in 2007. In music for films and in improvisations with other musicians, Maya continues to compose and perform throughout Quebec, looking for a world without frontiers.
Michael T. Otto
At the age of nine, Michael T. Otto (Germany) began to play the trumpet in a local wind band. After a brief odyssey with military music he began his studies with Prof. Malte Burba at the Cologne University, where he also entered into the realms of jazz and composition. His Debut album "Spin Trumpet" was released by the renouned label "Thorofon" in 2003. One year later, he founded the international "mtojazz-quartett", featuring Olivier Hutman (Paris), Andy McKee (New York) and Bernd Reiter (Paris), an ensemble dedicated to modern jazz. He furthermore is the founder of the Band STUBENJAZZ, an unconventional ensemble of instruments (vocals, kuhlohorn, trombone, guitar, double bass) that interprets contemporary arrangements of traditional German songs. In 2005, M.T. Otto teamed up with the Parisian songwriter Didier Delepeleer to create the French-German children's musical "Pigeon Vole“, that was awarded with a second prize by the Robert Bosch foundation. Since 2006 he develops trumpets and flugelhorns with the instrument maker Friedrich Lüttke (ELEPHANT-Instruments).
Michael T. Otto is also the inventor of the Whisper-Penny® and since 2016 he has been the musical director from the MONTFORT JAZZ CLUB. Michael T. Otto has taught at the Musikschule Langenargen, Musikhochschule Nürnberg, and Burba Brass Network.
Mika Fowler is a multidisciplinary artist whose photographs, paintings, prints and collages are rich in narrative inspired by literature, psychotherapy and art history. Fowler has created commercial images for Esquire Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Knight Ridder, Gannett and McClatchy newspapers.
His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Florida in a group and in solo shows since the 1980’s and is held in public and private collections. He currently owns and operates Sangha Press, a publishing company and letterpress print shop in Tallahassee, Fl.
Pat Wasserboehr earned her BFA and MFA degrees in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. She currently teaches sculpture in the School of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served as Head of Department from 1998 to 2010.
Pat’s sculpture has been represented in art museums, centers, and galleries throughout the United States and internationally in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. The North Carolina Museum of Art, the Muscarelle Museum in Virginia, Phoenix Gallery in New York City, and the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Alabama have featured her sculpture and drawings. She was an artist-in-residence with the University of Massachusetts Summer Abroad Program in LaNapoule, France with the University of Georgia’s summer program in Cortona, Italy. During the summers of 2014 and 2017 she was invited to attend the Digital Stone Project in Lucca, Italy. Virginia Watson Jones published her biographical information in Contemporary American Sculptors and photos of her sculpture are included in Sculpture Fundamentals by Arthur Williams. She has been awarded research grants and travel awards from UNCG.
Philippe Wozniak is a double bass player, performer and composer who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1985. Philippe’s work deconstructs and reorganizes space and time in sound. He investigates the perception of common realities, acoustic and visual, by indicating individual components (which mostly remain unrecognized by our consciousness) and metamorphosing them. He works with various disciplines and art forms to develop concepts and realize finished works, including video and sound installations and sculptural performances. As such, collaboration with other artists, across media, is a significant aspect of his larger practice. Currently Wozniak is based in Berlin, Germany.
Richelle Soper is a sculptor working in mixed media. She focuses on the essence of materials and the relationship of their uses in both industrial and domestic contexts. Her work has been exhibited widely up and down the east coast. She earned her BFA from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2013 and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. She has been recognized for scholastic and artistic achievement and has appeared as a guest artist and lector at various institutions and universities around the country. She currently is an adjunct professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Russell lives in Glens Falls, NY where he has maintained his studio at the Shirt Factory since 2006. He attended the New School of Art in Toronto, Ontario with a concentration in drawing and screen process printing followed by printmaking at the Center for Music Drama and Art in Lake Placid, NY and lithography at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He founded Seri-Graphics in 1978. The company specialized in hand screen printing original four color process works on textiles until 2005.
Since 2008 the focus of his work has centered on the vine tendril as his medium. The energized line naturally found in the strength and determination of the vine tendril captivates him. He uses the vine tendril as his drawing tool, or mark, as three-dimensional line. His process centers around the selection of individual tendrils, each having a complex simplicity, which once interwoven create a fluid shape, a composition.
Russell’s solo exhibitions include Salem Art Works in Salem, NY and Castleton College, Castleton, Vermont. His has displayed in invitational and juried exhibitions including the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region 2016, the Lake George Arts Project, Albany Center Gallery, the Laffer Gallery, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
His work is included in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art and private collections.
Salome Schmuki is a graphic designer and artist. She examines the structure and organization of language, the way in which written language is coded, and relationships and/or disruptions in various aspects of perception and the (sub-)processes involved in it. She has also been interested in dyslexia for a long time. Based on different aspects of the reading process, she creates typographic designs in which she resists the uniformity of letters.
Salome Schmuki completed her studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich and the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam and had a two-year scholarship at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Postacademic Institute for Research and Production in Fine Art, Design and Theory, Maastricht. Her recent presentations include, et al.: the Frauenpavillion St. Gallen; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Mukha Antwerpen; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, and Komplot, Brussels.
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) and “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times). She is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, piano duo X88, Grand Band, New Music Detroit, and has collaborated with other ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink Ensemble. Her latest recordings of Steve Reich’s 'Piano Counterpoint' (Nonesuch) and Tristan Perich’s 'Surface Image' (New Amsterdam Records) was included in the top albums of the year lists such as The Rolling Stone Magazine and Rhapsody. Her solo album AORTA (fall 2016 - New Amsterdam Records), features six new works by American composers such as Rome prize winners Andy Akiho and Christopher Cerrone. Later this year, An EP of a solo piano work by Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon titled "SONATRA", will be released on Cantaloupe Music. As an artist frequently broadcasted on WNYC’s Q2 radio, her recorded work can be found on the 'Nonesuch', 'New Amsterdam', ‘Tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe’,’ Innova’, ‘Hinterzimmer’, and ‘AltaVoz’ labels. Interviews and articles featuring Ms. Chow were published in the Huffington Post, Gramophone, The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, and many more. Her performances of Morton Feldman and John Cage were featured on BBC3‘s documentary series ‘The Sound and The Fury’, based on Alex Ross’ book ‘The Rest is Noise’.
Starting piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and made her NY orchestral debut appearance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Ms. Chow is a Yamaha Artist.