Rare A.I.R

Artist-in-Residence Program in the Visual Arts, Music & Theater Programs at Adams State. Visual and performing artists seek ways to expand their talents and inspire their creativity. The Adams State University Art, Theatre and Music Departments initiated an Artist in Residency program in the fall of 2018 that brings artists, from all disciplines, to campus for long and short term stays. This program presents visual and performing artists with an opportunity to complete projects, spark new ideas, or collaborate with students and the community.

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Application open from Nov 1 – Jan 15

Artist Bios

Fall 2018

Kenneth D. Friedrich from Rare AIRKenneth D. Friedrich

Musician, Composer – Sept 10 – 22

One of the many challenges I face as a collaborative composer is connecting accurately with the collaborator. Many times, even with as much information as I receive on what is wanted ( the style, the level, etc.), I still find it difficult to be confident moving forward. A lot of times I feel like I am guessing and hoping I ‘got it right.’ An ‘active collaboration’, where every part of a composition is sketched out with the intended artist there, would definitely open up opportunities for me. I plan to use the residency as a vehicle for asking questions, to play through sections, give each artist a vision of my work, and re-vision as needed. This would help me see collaboration as less guesswork and more a true bonding of ideas, and, perhaps, a better product long-term. This collaboration will be one on one, a chamber group, band, or chorus.

Anthony Vasquez from Rare AIRAnthony Vasquez

Visual Artist – Sept 29 – Oct 6

During a residency with ASU Rare Air I will use continue researching the topic of the artist’s role in community. For the past three years I have been in New Delhi, India, working with a local arts organization that provided community engagement for artists, particularly with issues involving the marginalised parts of society.

My role had developed into a passion for mentoring other artists, by helping them understand how their strengths and weaknesses can be a voice for the community. During the residency period with ASU Rare Air, I will explore what a continued program of mentoring young artists within the context of the valley would look like. anthonyvasquezoncanvas.com

Toni Ridgway-Woodall from Rare AIRTL (Toni) Ridgway-Woodall

Visual Artist – Oct 7 – 28

During my residency, I plan to further my experience and knowledge in sculpture, as well as embrace a new perspective by creating 3-D works in a southwestern environment. I currently use handmade papers, steel, copper, brass, concrete, resin, and found objects.

I plan to use this residency to move my practice beyond primarily creating 2-D and Book Arts based works. I presenting and exhibition at the end of my residency. ridgwayarts.com

Franklin J. Stroble from Rare AIR

Franklin J. Stroble

Musician, Composer, Oct 15 – Nov 3

I’d like to help the ASU Wind Ensemble prepare a concert of pieces that I’ve written and arranged. Some of these would be world premieres. (I’ve taken the liberty of sending Dr. Winter a sample of my works separate from this process.)

I could also write a small piece during the course of my residency especially for ASU’s Wind Ensemble. Also, if Dr. Winter would like, perhaps we could do a joint French Horn recital.

Lily Kuonen from Rare AIRLily Kuonen

Visual Artist – Nov 16 – 30

I enjoy making hybrid combinations of part painting, part drawing, part text, part installation, and site responsive sculptural constructions. I create PLAYNTINGS, a self-prescribed moniker, which involves the synthesis of painting with additional forms, materials, surfaces, and actions (PLAY + PAINTING). I explore visual relationships and material interactions to construct layered yet distinctive surfaces with optical variance. My works explore intermediacy, the state of being in between, where materials intermix to evoke a sentiment or alter a perception. This playful integration of materials enables interpretation and promotes interaction. As an Arkansas native, I was born in the kitchen of my parents’ house, and from my experiences I have learned to stretch and repurpose materials, alter forms to connect to place, and respond to surrounding visual and temporal cues. I am influenced by my relationship to place, both in the geographic sense, but also in the awareness of current time and culture, as a kind of place. I combine these references with symbolic concepts related to interpersonal relationships, observed cultural paradoxes, and personal desires. I am curious about cultural dynamics. This curiosity finds its way into color relationships, surface interaction, and visual weight. This relationship to place applies to the production of work through a residency. Responding to a change in place, a new community, or different individuals has a positive impact on creative production. As an educator and maker, I appreciate the opportunity to engage with a community of learners and an institution that promotes instruction and critique.

During my residency I plan to produce a range of works for exhibition and documentation that involve a full range of scale from both intimate to more expansive. This will include a series of drawings or paper based works, wall-based works (paintings), and space permitting – dimensional works. This range can be tailored based off of the recommendations of the residency. In addition, I will pursue a participatory project that would involve public/student/or community involvement. This will be done through a postcard or mail art project, an installation or soft sculptural project, or a larger scale drawing. To compliment this production of creative work, a series of workshops (for student or community involvement) will introduce elements of my practice, and an artist lecture or more informal series of studio visits will enable the public to learn about the creative process explored through the residency. I am also interested in collaborative or more interdisciplinary interactions. I have recently collaborated with performing artists through choreography and dance, designing and producing an event with a multi-instrumentalist sound artist, and working with other visual artists through film, projections, exhibitions, photography, design and fabrication projects. lilykuonen.com

Briay Conditt from Rare AIRBriay Conditt

Musician, Composer – Nov 25 – Dec 18

During my residency, I plan to finish a work for any melodic instrument and electronics. The culminating event will be a performance of the work. My idea is to have audience members draw words as they enter the venue. The performer of any melodic instrument will ask for volunteers from the audience. Each volunteer will read the word he or she drew into a microphone. Using Max/MSP (a visual programming language for music and multimedia) I will create a patch that will utilize the words read as source material for the electronic sounds of the piece. I am thrilled to work with other artist (performers, poets, visual) in residence or artists on faculty to create and perform this work. This project connects to previous work I’ve done. If the panel listens to my pieces “Mirrors” or “Hypocrisy” they will hear how speech can be formed into a musical work using electronic manipulation. These works can be found on my Sound Cloud page, which is linked to the website I provided above. The idea departs from previous work I’ve done in that it will have elements of chance for both form and orchestration. The timbre of audience voices and order of words will not be controlled and leaving the melodic instrument to chance gives the piece accessibility and timbrel variety.

I believe this project is urgent because we live in a divisive time. We need to connect, develop understanding, and reach common ground. If the piece’s form has a climax which is built into a composite sound from all of the words read and performer’s notes, the work has the potential to highlight the beauty we can create when we work together. It will be valuable to find a poet or writer to use words with this idea at heart. Furthermore, the arts often lack engagement and there is generally a separation between performers, composers, and audience members. This piece requires all three to engage. briay.com