Welcome Spring 2017 Hatch Artists

Artist Meredith Kooi setting up a participatory installation utilizing radio waves.
Artist Meredith Kooi setting up a participatory installation utilizing radio waves.

C4 Atlanta is proud to announce the twelve artists selected into the Hatch Training Intensive for Spring 2017! These artists will spend the next four months learning skills for creating art projects with community.

The Hatch Training Intensive was established as a training program through C4 Atlanta in October 2015. The course is a result of three years of collaboration, research and curriculum development with both national and local experts in the field of community driven art projects. Now in its third cycle, past participating artists have gone on to work on public art projects across the country and internationally. The program emphasizes skills in cultural organizing, understanding and establishing identity, identifying key community stakeholders, and working with community in ways that are sustainable for both artists and community members. The program also emphasizes important career development skills necessary to do social and civic practice work, including working with city planners, applying for RFPs/RFQs, negotiation and budgeting.

Photo by Anthony Gary, from his upcoming book, I Am Human. The image depicts 23-year-old Danny Thompson, a homeless man living in Atlanta.
Photo by Anthony Gary, from his upcoming book, I Am Human. The image depicts 23-year-old Danny Thompson, a homeless man living in Atlanta.

“Hatch is creating a pipeline of artists well trained to work in community development on both civic and artist-led community projects. Protecting both the interests and the integrity of community members is central to this program,” said Executive Director Jessyca Holland. “We also know that the artists involved need skills to protect their business and artistic interests in order to do this work, and that is part of their training, too.”

“We are excited by the diversity of experience and expertise that the Spring 2017 cohort brings,” said Audrey Gámez, Education Manager. “These are dynamic artists who span an array of ages, identities and disciplines. Their work is an expression of love for the communities with which they work.”

Artists selected to the Spring 2017 Hatch Training Intensive include:

Lisa Alembik: A native Atlantan, Lisa Alembik is an artist, educator and curator. Her work focuses on spaces that are charged with histories of love and violence, the effects of loving and loss on the fleshy body, and issues of misogyny and women’s rights. In early 2016, drawings from her series titled “Murder Ballads” were exhibited in “The Green Mantle,” named after a chapter in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, curated by Ann-Marie Manker at Kibbee Gallery, GA. Summer of 2016, a sculptural installation of plaster works, both abject and fetid, were included in critic Jerry Cullum’s curation “Garden of Unearthly Delights.” Among Alembik’s solo exhibitions are “In the Belly of the Whale” at the Arts Exchange, and “Solace” at the Spruill Gallery. Her work was included in exhibitions “Herstory” at the Memphis College of Art gallery, “Sex Drive” at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, “Pap Art,” at Truman State University, MO and San Francisco’s City College Art Gallery, and “The Last Taboo” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Alembik’s curatorial projects from 2016 were “Lightweight” at the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA and “This beautiful tangle” at the Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College. She is an associate professor at Georgia State University-Perimeter College in Clarkston, where she teaches the foundations of art, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, drawing and painting.

 

Rachel Garbus: Rachel Garbus is a theater-maker, writer, improviser and actress. A graduate of Smith College, Rachel is a native New Englander but is proud to call Atlanta home since 2013. She performs around town with Village Theater, Highwire Comedy, and the lit shows Write Club and Bleux Stockings Society. Her devised theater work – creating an original piece with input from all members of the ensemble – has taken her to New York, Haiti, and the east side of Atlanta. She’s never been one to turn down a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie or a singalong. Rachel is thrilled to join the 2017 Hatch intensive!

 

Anthony Gary:  Anthony Gary is a self-taught freelance photographer. Mr. Gary is an Atlanta native whose love for photojournalism has lead him his most recent project producing a book called I am Human covering the impoverished population of Atlanta. Anthony also works in the local film industry as an IATSE Local 479 member as a motion picture grip. An active member of the local arts community, Anthony enjoys freestyle rapping as a member of Soul Food Cypher, writing stand-up comedy, and screenwriting. He is also a dedicated volunteer with non-profit organizations such Mission Dawgs, MUST, and WonderRoot.

 

Julia Hill: Julia Hill is an artist living in Atlanta, GA. She is owner and director of The Workshop, a mixed-use artist studio and makerspace. She enjoys facilitating creative visions, being outside, and playing with dogs. Julia’s studio pursuits include large puppetry, installation, metal fabrication, ceramics, and much more.

 

 

Brice Kennedy:  Brice Kennedy is a visual artist and graphic designer. A conceptual designer, his inspiration for innovation is a quote by another artist: “Anything can work!”. His work is influenced by relationships and personalities of those he has met through his travels. A native Atlantan, he spent most of his childhood playing in local creeks.

 

 

Meredith Kooi: Meredith Kooi is a visual and performance artist, critic, curator, and educator based in ATL. Using research-based and process-based practices, Kooi engages radio broadcast, performance, drawing, mapping, writing, book-making and zines, video, photography, and installation to illuminate the embodied nature of the electromagnetic spectrum. In recent years, Meredith has been working collaboratively, connecting with others in conversations, oftentimes broadcasting those dialogues on air. She is an artist-in-residence with The Creatives Project (2015-17), a Wave Farm Transmission Artist, Hambidge Fellow, and recipient of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award (2014-15). Meredith is currently working on her PhD at Emory University in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, received her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011), and earned her BA in Environmental Studies from Denison University (2007).

 

Lydia See: Lydia See is a multidisciplinary practitioner, educator, curator of art + archives, currently in residence as the first Artist in the Community Resident in partnership with HUB-BUB and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Working primarily with photography and fiber at the intersection of site-specificity and duration, her practice involves material and conceptual investigation through research and collection, and is rooted in history: literal and conceptual, local and global, intimate and environmental, personal and anonymous.

 

Muhammad Suber: Born in Yonkers, New York, Artist InUs (Muhammad Suber) began sketching at 5 years old and is predominantly self-taught. He uses color pencils, pens and markers to inject real-life figures into fantasy settings -creating superheroes out of everyday people in his work. His goal is to break into the video game industry as a 2-D artist and to create a nonprofit that trains low-income youth in artistic techniques and current 2-D and 3-D animation to increase the diversity of representation in emerging art-technology industries.

 

Giovanna Veltre: Giovanna Veltre is an Atlanta artist currently working towards her BFA at Georgia State University. She is a feminist fiber artist using knit, crochet, and dye techniques in reference to the body. Using unlikely materials like tampons, she celebrates both menstruation and birth in relation to female power.  She plans to continue her practice in Atlanta and hopes to one day open her very own an arts center.

 

Jacquay Waller: Jacquay Waller, a native of Memphis, Tennessee received his BS in Computer Science from Tennessee State University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University, MBA from Troy University and multiple professional certifications.  He is a classically trained bass-baritone vocalist and has been an accomplished member of AmeriColor Opera Alliance. He is a proud recipient of the James A. Hyter Award and the African American Playwright Exchange (AAPEX) Artist of the Year Award. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Incorporated.  In his last year of seminary at Emory University, Jacquay produced and directed the show Coming from where I’m from. From here, his entertainment company DreamCatcher ENT was birthed. DreamCatcher produces theatrical experiences as a means for igniting community engagement with social issues.

 

Andrea Waterstone: Andrea Waterstone is a community-based public artist and the Director of Curation and Programming at Square Mile Gallery in Clarkston, Ga. She has served as the Arts Program Director at the Clarkston Community Center where she ran STE(A)M afterschool and summer programming. Andrea is a visual art teacher and multi-media artist who collaborates with teaching artists on fabricating large wooden sculptures, murals, recycled environmental art and mixed-medium Public Art. Andrea has designed and implemented arts based programming at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, The International Community School, Jewish Kids Groups and served as a writer for the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for K-12th grade Art. Andrea received her BA from the University of Georgia in Studio Art and holds a Masters in Special Education/ Deaf Education from Valdosta State University.

 

Kacie Willis: Kacie is a Detroit-native who has been residing in Atlanta for the past 3 years. She holds her BS in Music Recording Technology from Hampton University and her MFA in Sound Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to freelancing, Kacie has worked at The Center for Puppetry Arts and Horizon Theatre and interned at Synchronicity Theatre and Theatrical Outfit. She currently serves as the Patron Services Manager at 7 Stages and enjoys finding ways to contribute to the community through creative collaboration.

Past Hatch participants have been busy putting their skills to use both in Atlanta and elsewhere. Lauren Pallotta Stumberg is the curator and organizer of the Moreland Mural Project, a public art project to be located at the corner of Dekalb Ave and Moreland Ave in Atlanta, which, when completed, will include murals by 22 female artists. Charmaine Minniefield recently wrapped her time as curator of the Foxfire 50th Anniversary Festival in the North Georgia Mountains. William Massey’s ColorATL project is working to provide coloring books for 1,500-2,000 Atlantans in transitional or medically urgent situations featuring the work of over 40 Atlanta based artists. Currently, you can find Michael Jones finishing his 100-ft long mural project near the Chamblee MARTA. And Beth West conducts a regular series of Social Justice Improv workshops around the Atlanta Metro Area.

C4 is excited to welcome our newest cohort and looks forward to the creative work they will bring forth to communities in our city and beyond!

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