Emerson Sigman was born in Chicago, IL. He is a 2014 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Arts and Sciences. Sigman's practice integrates performance, its documentation, moving and still images, and language. He has been the recipient of a mentorship project through Homeroom's Emerging/Established Artists Exchange, a participant in Industry of the Ordinary’s Summer School, and a student in Lucky Pierre’s Free University.
Industry of the Ordinary - Chicago, IL
Through sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance Industry of the Ordinary are dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian.
Erin Peisert and Jared Mimm - Shanghai, China
Erin and Jared are a Shanghai-based live art action duo. Using time, space, and their bodies as material they explore the relational aspects of duality, tension, and intimacy in their work. The experiential nature of their practice can be presented publicly as a social experiment or live in a performative context.
Anya Liftig - New York, NY
Anya Liftig’s work has been featured at TATE Modern, Highways Performance Space, Exit Art, [performance space] london, Performmer Stammtisch Berlin, Dimanche Rouge Paris, Roves and Roams and OVADA Oxford UK, Chashama, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Eyedrum, Grace Exhibition Space, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Galapagos, The Flea, Performance Art Institute–San Francisco, Chez Bushwick, Socrates Sculpture Park, Yale University, Center for Performance Research, Lock Up Performance Art London, Debrillator Gallery, INCUBATEChicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Vaudeville Park, Mess Hall, Joyce Soho and many other venues.
Her work, “The Anxiety of Influence,” was an intervention into Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” retrospective at MOMA. Liftig dressed as the elder artist and sat across from her all day.Her work has been published and written about in The New York Times Magazine, Bomb, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Italia, Marie Claire Italia, Heeb, Public Culture, Art Papers, X-tra, ArtNews, The L Magazine, The Other Journal, Jewcy, Mix Magazine, Katalog, Next Magazine, Now and Then, Stay Thirsty, New York Magazine, Gothamist, Jezebel, Animal New York, I Love You, Art Animal, Hyperallergic, Burnaway and many others.
She is a graduate of Yale University and Georgia State University and has received grant and residency support from the MacDowell Colony, The Field, Vermont Studio Center, University of Antioquia, Casa Tres Patios-Medellin, Colombia, and Flux Projects, Atlanta.
B. Salt Lake City, Utah. Torres is a Latina ex-Mormon currently attending School of the Art Institute Chicago pursuing an MFA in Performance. Torres is a seasoned art educator, and teaching artist working within museum institutions, community centers and public schools. Her practice analyzes representations of strength throughout history, reinterpreting them within the focus of gender and race.
Courtney Brown is a Chicano artist and organizer from the suburban "Bible Belt" of Dallas, Texas. Grounded in Lakota ritual and autobiography, her public and private performance work is contoured by the poetic and political-- tracing loss, absence and reclamation through hybrid cultural identity building, diasporic aesthetics and indigeneity, intergenerational trauma and performing resistance.
She is an MA candidate in Arts Politics at New York University and holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Máire Witt O'Neill is a performance and video artist. Her work explores irresolvabilities in the realms of gender, visibility, representation of self, entertainment and mediation. She is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Erika Wilhite is founder and Artistic Director of Artist's Laboratory Theatre where she devises site-specific, immersive performances that include audiences in unique ways. From collaborating with community groups in the writing process to engaging through interactive experiences during a live immersive performance, Erika hopes to make meaningful group experiences through performance.
Cassandra Davis is a Chicago-based artist, currently pursuing an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Fiber and Material Studies department. Her current work examines the spiritual experience, exploring cloth as shroud and sanctuary. Themes of the erotic, spiritual ecstasy and transformation emerge from an interdisciplinary practice that engages photography, video and installation.
Julia Gladstone is choreographer who imagines the body beyond the limits of physical containment. Her work takes shape in the form of dance, video, and participatory workshops. She has developed live and mediated work through collaborations and residencies in Germany, Israel, Belgium, and the U.S. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Entity is an experimental dance group consisting of April Robertson, Shannon Terry, Avery Martin, and Missy Conry. Entity was formed by Roberston, a member of Portico Dance Company in Tulsa, who then transferred to Fayetteville. Entity has performed at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Entity also has hosted an event at Fayetteville Underground called “The Mesh”, which showcased their dance performances and several local artist’s short films.
“True to our name, when we come together, we become a unit; an entity. Each individual dancer contributes her own unique energy and natural movement to form a living piece of art, full of raw emotion that is both human and universal.”
Laura Reese is an artist in Norman, Oklahoma. They received their Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, and have since worked in arts administration and curation. Reese is the Executive Director of Individual Artists of Oklahoma. Recently they have performed and exhibited work at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK), the Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe, NM), and La Esquina (Kansas City, MO).
FUPA 福怕, mashing together Shanghai’s diverse landscape and performance art, we investigate identity, the Chinese internet and relational aesthetics. As we stress the boundaries of performance and publicity thereby opening arenas of collaboration to engage with the politics of our resident country, CHINA (中国).
Sonia and Mike Davis Gutiérrez, wife and husband artists, work independently and together. Their works have been featured in Sydney, Australia, 21c Museum Hotel, and Crystal Bridges Film Festival. Mediums include stone, sound, video and found objects. Themes in the past have included place, identity, religion and reflection.
Luke Mannarino - Bronx, NY
Luke Mannarino is a conceptual artist currently based in the Bronx, and works in both video and installation along with performance. His work deals with a variety of subject matter mostly tackling the process of understanding human experience, from traumatic ones to those filled with love. He has exhibited nationally in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York, and also internationally in Favara Sicily.
Taylor Cleveland is an artist working internationally through digital technologies. Through performance, sound, video, installation, and other disciplines, he challenges the relationships we have with our media to better understand our position within a techno-globalized society. By creating identity, (mis)communicating unique perspective, and experimenting with standards of perception, Taylor situates himself as an enigmatic representation of an artistic idea.
I am a skateboarder, a fisherman and a performance artist. Skating teaches me how to slip and slide through the changing landscape, fishing shows me how to read the water and find prime lies while performance art allows me through ritual to heal the collective wound. These are my spiritual disciplines.
"Chiaromonte tenuously weaves between contemporary issues and those which are considered timeless. He doesn’t seem to replace one preoccupation for the other. In a sense his performance seems primarily focused on the act of ceremony and mythmaking. The audience is offered the task of drawing the relevances and transposing the signification of the performance themselves. It is precisely the overlap and the shift of the signifiers he uses that draws my attention."
Wanbli Gamache lives in Fayetteville, AR while pursuing a BFA at the University of Arkansas. He utilizes video and animation formats to review interactions of abstract space, the digital world in reference to the figure, and the subject of memory alongside decay. With a focus towards work made on-site, his videos focus on intuitive reactions to the given locales and structures.
Jordan Wayne Long is a performance/video artist originally from Bald Knob, Arkansas who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed/lectured both nationally and internationally including NYC, London, and the Netherlands. His work has been featured on NPR, Artnet, Hyperallergic, PBS and more. He also makes award winning documentaries and short films with his production company HCT.media.
Beverly Fresh is a artist and musician from the United States of America. His work uses both traditional and alternative strategies to examine cultural structures through a variety of media, including drawing, graphic design, installation, video and performance. He has exhibited and performed throughout the U.S. and internationally, including China, Japan, Peru, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, France and Germany. Recent notable exhibitions include "MR MDWST - A REAL GOOD TIME," a solo exhibition at the Cranbrook Museum of Art