Inverse Performance Art Festival began in 2016 in Northwest Arkansas. Organized and curated by Cynthia Post Hunt of Fayetteville, AR and Emma Saperstein of San Luis Obispo, CA, the festival continues to elevate the medium of performance in the Northwest Arkansas region. This year, the festival has grown to include a second community, that of the Southern California region (specifically San Luis Obispo / Santa Barbara area). Including artists recognized on local, national, and international platforms, the festival hosts a variety of performances with diversity of content and duration. Inverse actively participates in the already existing and thriving art communities of both regions, and exists in part due to the community's support. For the 2017 Northwest Arkansas portion of the festival, Inverse is hosted by the University of Arkansas Faulkner Performing Arts Center, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Hotel Museum Bentonville, the University of Arkansas Art & Design District, and Feast Gallery.
The festival dates are March 30 - April 1, 2017 in Northwest Arkansas and September 28 - 30, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, California.
About the Curators
Cynthia Post Hunt is an artist working in performance, living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. An alumna of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cynthia moved to Fayetteville in the fall of 2014. Since then, Cynthia has performed and shown work locally at Backspace, the Bank of Fayetteville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Fayetteville Underground, Lalaland, the Shed, Stage Eighteen, and Two25 Gallery.
Emma Saperstein is a curator and practicing artist living and working in San Luis Obispo, California. A graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, her experience includes serving as studio manager to internationally recognized artist Titus Kaphar, a variety of curatorial projects in Dallas, Texas, and involvement in the thriving alternative arts and publishing community in Chicago, specifically with ArtWing Contemporary, Public Media Institute, and Lumpen Magazine. Her ongoing experience editing and curating for Hysteria gives her access to significant radical feminist discourse and furthers her ability to engage with critical and sensitive topics. She is currently the curator of the Harold J Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College and the Global Portal Curator at the public art initiative Shared_Studios.
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Kelsey Ferguson is an independent producer living and working in Fayetteville, Arkansas. An alumnus of the University of Arkansas, she works to bridge gaps between local communities and its working artists. She is the co-founder and director of the local production group No Boxes. Her collaborations with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Idle Class Magazine, NWA Creative Arts Network, Sol Lewitt Foundation, University of Arkansas, regional affiliate groups and artists have inspired her to pursue performance art as a medium for connection and celebration.