Greetings friends and family of SAW!
Here's a look at our current artists-in-residence:
Nina Devine is a relentlessly gritty artist-activist born on the Eastern shores of Lake Michigan in 1996. They (Nina does not identify with a finite gender) received their BFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati in 2018. In 2017, Nina earned a grant to study activism in Northern India with Operation Groundswell; including the Tibetan Women’s Association and PRAGATI (Panchayati Rule and Gender Awareness Training Institute). Nina served as Co-Founder and President of University of Cincinnati’s first Sculpture Club. Nina lives, works, and stirs up trouble in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jackie Fischer received her BFA at Alfred University in 2018. She grew up in the suburbs of eastern Long Island between two very different American communities. She was constantly advised with various phrases and idioms. She’s transformed these idioms into sculpture by playing with their figurative and/or literal meaning. Her personal, feminine and cultural story presents itself through formal, spatial, conceptual and material qualities in her sculpture and installation. From “Bite off More Than You Can Chew” to “Don’t Beet Around the Bush”, these sculptural installations are composed of ceramics, cast metal and unconventional materials. Her rootedness in the values of hard work is in tension with her doubts and questions regarding the traditions and ideals of the “American Dream”.
Julia Holtmann, currently based in Andalusia, was born in the middle-west of Germany. After completing her Abitur, a visit to South Africa as volunteer inspired her to study Fine Arts in Cape Town for a couple of years. Back in her home country she went on on studying Fine Arts and Illustration in Dortmund to then receive her Bachelor of Arts from the Design Faculty of the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg in 2013 where she explored free drawing. Her multidisciplinary work has been exhibited in group shows across Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Spain where she also had solo exhibitions.
Anna Rafalowski is a sculptor and goofball living in Greensboro, North Carolina. She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In her time spent in school she discovered her playfulness through material learning of ceramics, wood, metal and found objects. During her undergraduate studies, she has been awarded the Honors Student Excellence Award and scholarships to Penland School of Craft, Salem Art Works Student Residency, The Forge Makerspace, and The Digital Stone Project.
I'm Amanda Vaughn, I was born and raised in New City, NY and I am currently living in Hunter, NY. I recently graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelors of Fines Arts in Painting & Drawing and a minor in Environmental Studies. While recently I have focused on painting, specifically flow painting and the integration of the entire body in art making, I also work with printmaking, ceramics, metal, sculpture, and digital media!
Alec Aita is a sculptor from Salisbury, Maryland. He has earned his BFA in glass from Salisbury University where he studied under artist Steven Durow. Aita works mostly in cast glass and steel while touching on the topics of perception, space, and individual identity.
Emily Budd is a contemporary queer artist and sculptor currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing from her background in traditional lost-wax bronze casting, foundry work and mold-making, Budd uses various casting processes to document and transform objects from our constantly changing world. Taking inspiration from geology, archaeology, ecology and paleontology, she creates fictional artifacts and memorials to express concepts of time and place, history and memory. Budd was awarded a Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and an Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship from The San Francisco Foundation.
Lilith Guillot-Netchine obtained her MFA from the National School of Fine Arts of Paris (ENSBA) in 2015. She is a French contemporary sculptor whose installations play on architecture and tension between materials to highlight the presence of gravity in spaces. In 2016, she was an art fellow at the 16th century Manoir de Soisay in France where her sculptures narrated contemporary interpretation of the classical building. Afterwards, she was a young resident artist at Mains d'Œuvres, an artistic program financed by the European Social Fund. In addition, she has exhibited at AAB Gallery and La Petite Criée in Paris.
Rhiannon Scheidt is an illustrator and 3D artist. Her work can be seen at Adams State University, the Amarillo Museum of Art, and Brightleaf neighborhood in Durham, NC. Rhiannon received a BFA in sculpture from East Carolina University as a student of Carl Billingsley and Hanna Jubran and has cast iron internationally and domestically. Awarded the Rhein Prize for sculpture in 2005 & 2006. Rhiannon's hometown foundry is at Carrie Furnace in Pittsburgh, PA. This summer she will be working at Sculpture Trails in Solsbery, IN Her work will exhibit in "Solid Gone" at the ICCCIA Conference in Scranton, PA.
Claire Kelly graduated with her BFA from Alfred University in 1996. In 2004 she was granted the EnergyXchange fellowship in Burnsville, North Carolina. In 2008 Claire moved to Providence, RI and is pursuing her new work. She was an Artist in Residence at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and created a body of work using specialty glass from Effetre, a glass company based in Murano, Italy. Recently Claire was selected to be a demonstrating artist at the Glass Art Society Conference in Venice, Italy and a visiting resident artist at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma.