MEET THE 2018 SALEM2SALEM ARTISTS

Greetings friends and family of SAW! 

Here's a look at our Salem2Salem Artists


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Ewelina Bochenska graduated in 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Studio School and received her BA in 2011 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 Watercolors in London, England, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York in Brooklyn, Lesley Heller Gallery and the National Academy Museum in New York City. Recently she has completed Salem2Salem, Interdisciplinary Exchange Program at Salem Art Works and has been awarded PETER RIPPON/ROYAL ACADEMY Travel Award from the New York Studio School

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David Brieske, born in Chicago in 1970, has been creating music and sound work since 2005 under the name Fsik Huvnx. Performing mostly equipped with a guitar and bow, occasionally a synthesizer, tape machines and other paraphernalia come to play. His pieces often include field recordings gathered on his travels, which he often considers integral to the music-making process and a huge inspiration. 

He has performed at many venues and events throughout Miami and collaborated with many local artists and musicians. In 2014, he released the album “Sarmoung” on Other Electricities. David now lives in Miami, Florida.

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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, recently completed her MFA at the University of Cincinnati in sculpture, and is currently the Artist in Residence in sculpture at Northwest Missouri State University. 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.

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Ciaran Cooper was born in Manchester, England on May 1, 1965. He attended Bennington College, earning a BA in Literature in 1987 and an MFA in Fiction Writing in 2004. In 1994, Cooper received an Artist’s Fellowship Award for Fiction from the Illinois Arts Council. From 1994 to 1995, Cooper was an Associate Fiction Editor for The Chicago Review, the University of Chicago’s literary journal. Cooper was a writer in residence at Ragdale three times from 1995 – 1997. His stories and poems have been published in nationally recognized literary journals. He is currently at work on a novel.

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Chris Duncan is Baker Professor of Arts at Union College, where he’s taught for thirty years. After graduating from Colby College he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and studied at the New York Studio School and Bennington. Duncan has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He was Mellon Faculty Exchange Fellow at Skidmore College and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome; Chautauqua Institution; Dartmouth, Colby, Maine College of Art, and Virginia Commonwealth University, among others. Duncan is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.

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Patrick Healy was born in 1987 and raised in New Rochelle. There he experienced all the joys of growing up a middle class male in the suburbs of New York City, sustained on a healthy diet of consumerism, backyard antics, and crappy catering gigs. In 2009 he received his BFA from Alfred University with a concentration in sculpture, and has since worked at Salem Art Works, Mass MoCA, and most recently Union College where he was the Sculpture Technician. In the autumn Patrick will attend the University of North Carolina Greensboro in pursuit of his MFA in sculpture.

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Will Phalen is a songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. Over the last decade, Will's work has focused on the intersection of past, present and future in music, finding unique, innovative ways of wedding together the old and the new, the acoustic and the electronic, the fret board and the mother board. Will runs a record label and production company called Sub-Urban Arts Collective through which he releases his own work and collaborates with other musicians helping to bring their visions to life. He also directs The Midwestern School of Music, a music learning community based in Chicago.

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Russell Soper lives in Glens Falls, New York USA where he has his studio. Born in Niagara Falls, Russell attended the New School of Art, Toronto, Canada, the Center for Music, Drama and Art in Lake Placid, New York and the University of New York at Plattsburgh. 
Solo exhibitions include the Salem Art Works in Salem, NY and Castleton University, Castleton, Vermont. Invitational exhibitions include the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont, USA, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY USA, and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. 
His work is included in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art and private collections

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Richelle Soper is a sculptor working in mixed media. She focuses on the essence of a material and the relationship of their uses in both industrial and domestic contexts. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She earned her BFA from 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 the Sculpture Professor at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming.

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Kristen Tordella-Williams, an assistant professor of art at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, has shown nationally and internationally, most recently at 203art in Shanghai. Her interests lie in the layers of impressions left by our bodies on the environment around us and the reciprocal impressions our bodies hold from the wear and tear of living. She re-interprets the remnants of labor, identity, gender, and memory, discovered or made, and is inspired by processes such as performance, papermaking, sculpture or printmaking using materials commonly found in hardware stores, supermarkets, and recycling bins.

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Pat Wasserboehr teaches sculpture and drawing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served as Head of Department from 1998 to 2010. Her sculptures have been represented in art museums, centers and galleries throughout the United States and in China, Italy, Germany, and Spain. This is her third summer as an artist- in-residence with the Digital Stone Project in Gramolazzo, Italy.  She is a participant in the Salem2Salem exchange program in Salem, New York, and Salem, Germany in 2017 and 2018.

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Lu Xu is originally from Guiyang, China, and has been studying and practicing art in the States for the last nine years. As an emerging artist, Lu has exhibited at Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, NC, Elsewhere Museum, NC, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, and was a fellow artist at Franconia Sculpture Park, MN. Lu Xu worked as the Director of Art Truck and the Curator of Gatewood Gallery at School of Art, UNCG. She received her BA in Public Finance from CUEB, in Beijing, BA in Fine Arts from NSU, SD, and MFA from UNCG.

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