Adult Arts Center - Faculty Bios

Pietro Accardi, native to the Italian city of Turin, established “La Legatoria del Sole,” a modern bookbindery steeped in the ancient traditions of paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. After lengthy service to Turin’s Municipal Archives, Main Public Library, and University Libraries he is now enjoying his second life as a well-loved book arts teacher at the Center for the Book in San Francisco as well as teaching workshops throughout the West.  His teaching style is generous and kind with an endearing Italian accent.

Dorothy Ami (Hopi-Tewa) is from the village of Polacca at First Mesa. She began practicing the art of Hopi-Tewa pottery in 1986 under her cousin and innovator of Hopi pottery, Mark Tahbo. She later went on to win several awards in competitions, including the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Annual Hopi Show, NAU Road Scholar Program, and other private organizations. Dorothy has been featured in many publications, including Talking with Clay in the 21st Century and Hopi Tiles. This will be her second summer at Idyllwild Arts.

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the US and Europe. He began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Graduate work with John Perry followed at USC. An active chamber musician, he has performed in recitals at the Concertgebeouw, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall. His performing career has included radio broadcasts on New York’s WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT and KUSC in Los Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.

Joe Baker (Delaware Tribe of Indians), is an artist, educator, curator and executive director, Palos Verdes Art Center. He is co-founder/executive director of Lenape Center, ltd, NY, and has served as curator of fine art at the Heard Museum, in addition to various faculty appointments. Joe has received many awards, including the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust Fellows Award, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Contemporary Catalyst Award, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Design Award, ASU Presidential Medal, and Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting. He holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Tulsa and completed postgraduate study at Harvard University.

Bette Barnett has devoted her work since 2013 to exploring and experimenting with gold and steel jewelry. Bette studied with the late Chris Nelson, through his advanced workshops exploring ancient Japanese techniques. She has built on those studies by perfecting additional techniques and processes, including Keum Boo and galvanic etching of steel. She is developing techniques to fuse various alloys of gold and fine silver to steel. Bette participates in a number of annual art shows and her work is shown at Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. She teaches private lessons in her San Diego studio and offers group lessons throughout the US.

Samiya Bashir is the author of three books of poetry: Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, and experienced. Bashir holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. Bashir lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Reed College. http://blueflowerarts.com/artist/samiya-bashir/

Jennifer Ben is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico and is a student at both Arizona State University and Mesa Community College studying music theory and cello performance. Jennifer has worked extensively as an artist in residence and demonstration at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. Jennifer has also participated in prominent shows like the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix, AZ.  Her work reflects her various passions such as music, food sovereignty, traditional farming methodologies, Diné philosophy as well as taking inspiration from master artists around the world. 

Asa Benally (Diné) was raised on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. His grandmother, a traditional Navajo Weaver and his father, a silversmith fostered his love and appreciation for art and design. Asa is an alumnus of Idyllwild Arts Academy and went on to study at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 2016 he completed his MFA in costume design at Yale University. His design aesthetic is derived from an interest in history and strong individuals. He lives and works in New York City.

Freddie Bitsoie (Diné), executive chef, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Mitsitam Café in Washington, DC. He also owns FJBits Concepts, which specializes in Native American foodways. He travels widely, presenting for organizations including Kraft Foods, College of Holy Cross, Yale University, and Heard Museum. Freddie hosts the public TV show Rezervations Not Required, and has appeared in and contributes to many publications. He won the Native Chef Competition at the NMAI. Freddie studied cultural anthropology and art history at Arizona State University before attending culinary school. www.freddiebitsoie.com

Bruce Bobick earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society in Los Angeles. He has taught painting at the University of West Georgia and at Western Illinois University. Bruce’s work has been included in 230 juried exhibitions, including “Watercolor, U.S.A.” fifteen times. He has held 88 solo exhibitions, the most notable being at the American Cultural Center in Brussels, Belgium. His work has also been included in 102 invitational exhibitions, including “From the Avant-Garde to the Present Day” in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, his work has won 81 awards; three at the National Watercolor Society’s juried exhibitions, including the Silver Star and 2010 Purchase Award for the NWS Permanent Collection. www.brucebobick.com

Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway) – Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway) is a First Nations performer and storyteller originally from Canada. Actress, writer, and accidental producer—the world is her stage. From the Internet to the theatre, creating content and discussion are what she lives for. Currently, she is writing essays about identity, developing a workshop for First Nations youths, and researching an oral history piece about ninjas and travel, as well as learning a word a day in Ojibway. Ask her what today’s word is!

Richard Burkett has more than 45 years of experience in ceramics, loves both food and pottery, and has studied ceramics around the world, often with Joe Molinaro. Richard has worked in a wide range of ceramics processes. Richard is the author of HyperGlaze glaze software and the coauthor of the 6th edition of Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook. He is currently Professor of Art-Ceramics at San Diego State University.  www.richardburkett.com

Tonantzin Carmelo (Tongva and Kumeyaay) is a SAG Award–nominated actress, recording artist, dancer, and Indigenous choreographer. Her recent and upcoming credits include guest stars on Animal Kingdom, Z Nation (recurring), Undone, The Son, and ABCmouse, as well as a lead in the feature film The Windigo. She resides in Silver Lake and is passionate about restoring native plants and wildlife to the area.

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017 and won the Housatonic Book Award. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won a PEN America Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle, and she edited Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Poetry Society of America Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her fifth book of poems, OBIT, which will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her picture book Is Mommy? (Simon & Schuster), was illustrated by Caldecott winner Marla Frazee and was named a New York Times Notable Book.  She is a contributing editor of the literary journal, Copper Nickel and a poetry editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She is currently on the National Book Critics Circle Board.  She lives in Los Angeles with her family and her wiener dogs, Mustard and Ketchup, and is Core Faculty at Antioch University’s low-residency MFA Program.  www.victoriachangpoet.com

Vernon Chimegalrea (Yup’ik) holds a degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in Eskimo languages from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Chimegalrea works as a Community Development and Sustainability Coordinator with Donlin Gold. Vernon’s position allows for clear communication between the company and the people of the YK Delta. Vernon’s family roots are from Napakiak and he was raised in Bethel. He worked at a number of nonprofit organizations and is a founding member of Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers.

Victoria Christen is a studio potter living in Portland, OR. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation. Victoria teaches workshops internationally and has received many awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship. www.victoriachristen.com

Hai Cohen is a native of Beer-Sheva, Israel. His professional training began at Bat-Dor dance school where he was a recipient of the American-Israeli Cultural Scholarship. Hai continued his dance training with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. He was a member of the Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. He has had the opportunity to teach Kibbutz repertory in various places around the world. From 2010-2013 Hai performed as a member of the LA-based contemporary dance company, BODYTRAFFIC. He is currently on the dance faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and his choreography has placed his students in first place at (YAGP) for numerous years.

Brendan Constantine is a Southern California poet and champion for the literary arts. He is well known for his workshops at Venice’s Beyond Baroque. He performs his work across the United States. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Dementia, My Darling and the chapbook Bouncy Bounce.  A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the US and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.

Bill Cramer is best known for his striking oil paintings of the American West. Growing up in the west, Bill always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. After receiving a University of California fine arts degree, he moved to Arizona where he discovered the delight and challenges of plein air painting.  Bill works in a style best described as “Impressionistic Realism”, where strong brushwork and colors are used to express the vitality and beauty of the natural world. www.billcramerstudio.com www.instagram.com/billcramerart www.facebook.com/billcramerfineart

Mike Dangeli (Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, Tsimshian) grew up in his people’s traditional territory in Southeast Alaska and Northern British Columbia. Mike is a renowned artist and carver. His work is collected and exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. Mike and wife Mique’l lead the Git Hayetsk Dancers, an internationally renowned First Nations dance group based in Vancouver. He has carved more than 100 of the masks performed by their group.

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of 32 books, including Look to Your Left:  The Poetics of Spectacle, forthcoming from the Akron Poetry Series in 2020 and DARK HORSE: Poems (C&R Press, 2018).  She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, a staff blogger at The Kenyon Review, a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly, and a freelance book critic at The New York Times Book Review. 

Darcy Delgado earned her BFA in Sculpture at California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco. Darcy is the glaze technician and a faculty member at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley. She has shown in the San Francisco area and throughout Southern California. Darcy lives in Berkeley, CA.

Michael deMeng travels the world teaching and creating mixed media shrines and deMented toys. As an artist he exhibits his unique style of assemblage throughout the world.  He is also an author of three books Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and the Art Abandonment Project published by North Light.  www.michaeldemeng.com

Barbara Drake (Tongva) is a tribal elder and culture keeper. Her program, Preserving Our Heritage, is a bank of native foods collected, preserved and processed for tribal elders. She is a member of the Mother Earth Clan, a group of Southern California Native American women educators who have taught extensively in museums, schools and tribal institutions. She is also a founding member of the Chia Café Collective.

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for the last 35 years. He has authored and illustrated:  Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, The Magic of Drawing and others. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a former professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley. www.youcreate.com www.globesketcher.com

Adrienne Eliades is a studio artist currently living in Vancouver, WA. She earned a BA from the University of North Carolina, and an MFA from the University of Florida. Named a 2018 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly, Adrienne has been an artist-in-residence at Ash Street Project in Portland, OR, Guldagergaard International Research Center in Denmark and The Bright Angle in Asheville, NC. In addition to maintaining a vibrant studio practice, Adrienne teaches at Portland Community College. www.adrienneeliades.com

Thaddeus Erdahl is a studio artist in St. Petersburg, FL, and teaches at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa. He has held residencies at Guldegegaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and at Arrowmont. Thaddeus has had a solo exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City and was recently nominated as an emerging voice in craft by the American Craft Council. www.thaddeuserdahl.com

Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is a playwright whose plays include The Thanksgiving Play, Native Nation, What Would Crazy Horse Do?, Urban Rez, Landless, Average Family, Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation and others. Larissa’s awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Outstanding Mid-Career Playwright, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Creative Capital, Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants. www.hoganhorsestudio.com

Janet Fitch is the author of the novels White Oleander, Paint it Black, and The Revolution of Marina M. Her short fiction and essays have been widely published. She has taught creative writing at the Esalen Institute, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, USC’s Master of Professional Writing program, the UCLA Writer’s Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing and Publishing program, and Pomona College, among others. She is frequently invited to speak on special topics in fiction writing. Her Writing Wednesday writing tip videos can be found on her author Facebook page.  www.janetfitchwrites.com.

Kristina Glick is a metalsmith and enamelist. She teaches at Idaho State University and leads workshops for craft schools and metalsmithing groups around the country. Her work has been exhibited in many national and international juried exhibitions and appears in various publications including 500 Enameled Objects and 500 Gemstone Jewels. Kristi has an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. www.kristinaglick.com.

Jason Grasl (Blackfeet) has performed, written, and directed with Native Voices for over a decade. His new play, Lying With Badgers, will have its world premiere at Native Voices in Spring 2020. Acting credits: Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Garry Marshall, Cherokee at Woolly Mammoth, The Blame of Love, Trophies, Sliver of a Full Moon (touring), Urban Rez (Asst Dir), Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Film: Cassidy Red, The Seminarian, Fantasy Football: The Movie. TV/New Media: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 9-1-1, White Collar, Hot In Cleveland, A Jew in Choctaw Country.

Bill Griffith is a studio artist, educator and administrator at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. He has lectures and teaches workshops throughout the US at craft schools, universities and craft guilds.  A recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship, Bill continues to exhibit his work, jury and curate exhibitions nationally.  www.billgriffithclay.com

Jo Haemer has a background in both fine arts and commercial jewelry making and over 49 years working in many facets of the jewelry world. She was a gender pioneer in the Jeweler’s Union and early founding member of the Creative Metal Arts Guild in Portland, OR. Jo is a former member of Rio Grande’s Advisory Board. Most recently she has been making high-end custom eyewear. She is a frequent contributor to the Ganoksin Orchid discussion group; has been featured in many issues of MJSA Journal; and has been a presenter at the MJSA Portland Jeweler’s Symposium.  She currently teaches in her studio and at Multnomah Arts Center in Portland.  Her work has been shown in galleries all over the US and in shows at the University of Oregon’s fine arts museum. www.timothywgreen.com

Charity Hall is a metalsmith in Blacksburg, VA and teaches adult workshops for guilds and schools around the country, including Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Penland, and the Center for Enamel Art. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and also appears in many publications. Previously a botanist for the San Bernardino National Forest, she incorporates natural imagery in her work. She earned a BA in Biology at Colorado College, and an MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University.www.charityhall.com

D.J. Hall earned her BFA at USC. She has had solo exhibitions in New York (O.K. Harris) and  Los Angeles (Koplin del Rio, Craig Krull). And her work has been included in  more than 80 museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and Japan and featured in many publications. She has worked on extramural projects for film (Spanglish),  theater (Ahmanson), the Los Angeles Airport, and a large trans-historical  project for Context Art Miami 2018 for which she created 14 pieces (various media) in a “visual dialogue”  with Max Pechstein. D.J. has taught at many colleges, including UCLA, Otis, Loyola Marymount University. Her papers are archived in Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Rose Ann Hamilton (Cahuilla, Apapatkiktem clan) first learned from renowned Cahuilla basket-weaver Donna Largo at Idyllwild Arts in 1993. She has taught Cahuilla basket classes and presented at Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, Ramona, Agua Caliente, Los Coyotes, Santa Ysabel, San Manuel, and Morongo Indian Reservations, as well as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Autry Museum, Agua Caliente Museum, and San Manuel conferences at CSUSB and Crafton Hills College. She has participated in gatherings at Los Coyotes, Santa Ysabel, and Soboba reservations. Her inspiration and passion for the art of basketweaving came from her grandmother Rosanda Apapas Hopkins Tortez Lugo and great-grandmother Antonia Casero, Cahuilla master weavers.

Kasaan Hammon is former Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She writes and records under the artist name RIGSI and has managed artists and songwriters including Hall of Fame songwriter Albert Hammond.

Richard Harris is a #1 Billboard songwriter, producer, and artist currently signed as a staff writer with Peer Music. He’s had multiple #1 singles, top tens, and hundreds of songs in film, TV, and advertisements. He has mentored young writers such as Meghan Trainor.

Alena Hennessy is the author of Cultivating Your Creative Life, The Painting Workbook, Intuitive Painting Workshop, and beloved teacher of the art-making process, both online and at select retreats. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post, Somerset Life, Spirituality & Health, ReadyMade, Redbook, Stitch, Victoria, and Natural Health magazine, as well as being featured on Good Morning America and pilot shows for ABC Studios. Her paintings have been exhibited across major cities in the US, along with several museum shows.  www.alenahennessy.com

Steven Hill has been a studio potter since 1974, originally working out of a backyard studio. In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, MO. Steven has taught over 300 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written ten ceramic articles, the most recent being, “Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing.” Currently Steven is doing what he does best… Making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops and letting someone else take care of business! His new home is 323 Clay in Independence, MO.

Allison Hudson Hicks (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Choctaw) – is thrilled to be appearing at Native Voices again! She’s an ensemble member whose recent acting credits include Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Return to Niobrara (world premiere) at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, and Native Voices’ Bingo Hall in Los Angeles. Other theatre credits include performing in the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program Play Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center’s 2018 Play Festival, and multiple appearances at Native Voices Playwrights Retreats and Short Play Festivals.

Bethany Hughes (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Michigan. Hughes holds a PhD in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University. Her educational and professional background encompasses acting, directing, choreography, dramaturgy, non-profit development, historiography, performance studies, and Indigenous studies. She teaches courses on Native American Studies, Native American Performance, and Race in Broadway Musicals and has published work in academic journals and on HowlRound.com. She is currently writing a book on redface in American theatre.

Deb Jemmott has shared her love for metal by teaching jewelry making and metalsmithing to others since 1978, teaching through the San Diego Community College District in addition to many workshops. Deb’s belief that we all have artistic creativity combined with her mastery of jewelry making techniques is key to her nurturing the artistic creativity in each student as well as helping them achieve their ideas in metal. www.debjemmott.com

Chris Jorie – Jorie’s Theatre roles include, Off-Broadway: Modigliani, In Search of Justice, The Powder Room; Los Angeles: The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Women; Regional Theatre: Compromise, Blithe Spirit, The Guys, The Normal Heart, Medea, Walt and Remember My Name. Recent Screen credits include Guest Starring roles in the series, Work Hard Play Hard, Fake News Writer, and the upcoming Feature, Against All Enemies, with Kristen Stewart.

Gail Kendall has been a resident at c.r.e.t.a.rome, Spode Fine China Works, The Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Belger Crane Yard and Anderson Ranch Art Center among others. Her work has appeared in articles and books including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Neue Keramik, Emmanuel Cooper’s Contemporary Ceramics (UK), MASTERS: Earthenware. She exhibits widely throughout the United States. Retired from University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2011, Kendall spends her time in Lincoln working in her clay studio, cooking, practicing the piano and knitting. www.gailkendall.com

Nathan Lomas is a photographer, artist, and educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA from the College for Creative Studies. He is an adjunct professor at Academy of Art University San Francisco, teaching courses in both the Photography and Advertising departments. He is also the owner of Heritage Tintype Parlor, a portrait studio specializing in wet plate collodion photography. www.heritagetintype.com

Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, educator, consultant, poet and jeweler. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Vermont. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses across the country and served as adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist. He currently resides on the Hopi Reservation in Northeastern Arizona where he is actively involved with his art – glassblowing and stained glass. He also serves as a mentor in the glass arts with the Hopitutuqaiki (The Hopi School), an arts apprenticeship program.

Ben Loory is the author of the collections Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, as well as a picture book, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, and Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He is a graduate of Harvard and the American Film Institute and teaches short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.  www.benloory.com

Ashton Ludden is a printmaker, educator and sign artist. Her hand-engraved prints initiate a conversation about our relationship with wild animals. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee and her BFA in Engraving Arts and Printmaking from Emporia State University. Ashton’s prints have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally as well as at animal education and welfare conferences. Currently, she is an artist member of the Vacuum Shop Studios Collaborative and the lead sign artist for Trader Joe’s in Knoxville, TN. www.ashtonludden.com. @ashton_ludden

Halimah Marcus is the Executive Director of Electric Literature, a nonprofit organization amplifying the power of storytelling through digital innovation, and Editor-in-Chief of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, a free weekly fiction magazine with personal recommendations by top writers and editors. She is co-chair of the Fiction Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival. She has a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her fiction has appeared in The Fiddleback, The Fiction Desk, and Philadelphia Noir. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Andrea Matus deMeng is a Vancouver BC-based artist who travels the world teaching and creating visual art. She shows and exhibits her unique combinations of painting, collage and sculpture throughout North America. Not one to be afraid of color, Andrea’s work, projects and workshops all revolve around the fusion of pattern and design with vivid colors. She co-authored Art Abandonment with Michael deMeng. www.andreamatus.com

Daniel McCarthy earned his BS and MS in anthropology from UC Riverside. For the past 40 years, he has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of rock art sites. He has worked with elders and traditional practitioners for more than 35 years and served as the Tribal Relations Program manager for the San Bernardino National Forest for 17 years, and most recently served as director, CRM Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Tom McCarthy has been making jewelry for over thirty years.  He has an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. Tom teaches workshops throughout the country and has contributed a chapter to The Penland Book of Jewelry, Lark Books.  In 2006 he was awarded a Fellowship in the Arts from the State of Florida. www.tommccarthyjewelry.com

Chuna McIntyre (Yup’ik) was Born in Eek, Alaska in a small village on the coast of the Bering Sea; McIntyre learned traditional Yup’ik dance, stories, and songs from his grandmother. He later founded and directed the Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers & Dancers, a troupe that has travelled the world and shares Yup’ik culture through performance. McIntyre’s expertise as a knowledge bearer has enabled him to present and work with prestigious museums and institutions around the world including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France, The Menil Collection, Anchorage Museum and Heard Museum among others.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s memoir Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye from W.W. Norton, was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her work in progress, A Kernel in God’s Eye, forthcoming from Graywolf Press, follows her journey through seven red agricultural states in the company of evangelical Christian harvesters, and was a finalist for the Lukas Prize, awarded by Columbia and Harvard University’s Schools of Journalism.

Patrick Morrissey is co-owner/operator of Prairie Dog Glass in Santa Fe, NM. He received his MA from So. Illinois University, Carbondale. Patrick has taught multiple times at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, and at his own studio for 15 years. He currently teaches courses at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe.

Mary Kathryn Nagle Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) is a Partner at Pipestem Law Firm P.C., as well as a nationally acclaimed playwright. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She studied theater at Georgetown University and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. Her law review articles have been published in five different journals, including the Tulane Law Review and Tulsa Law Review. Her plays include Manahatta, Sliver of a Full Moon, Katrina Stories, Welcome to Chalmette, Diamonds … are a Boys Best Friend, Fairly Traceable, My Fathers Bones (co-author with Suzan Shown Harjo), To the 7th Degree, Miss Lead, In My Father’s Eyes and Waaxe’s Law. Nagle has received commissions from Arena Stage, Rose Theater (Omaha, NE), Portland Center Stage, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Nahohai Family represent a multi-generational tradition of Zuni pottery. Milford Nahohai’s mother Josephine revived work that her mother had done. Milford and his late brother Randy took up the work and made it internationally respected, refining and extending what their parents had done, with great respect and imagination. Jaycee, son of the potters Randy Nahohai and Rowena Him, studied art learned pottery-making from both, and from his uncle Milford and grandmother. Jaycee is quite literally crafting a new generation of design, often inspired by pieces of his dad’s best pottery, but with new shapes, colors, and motifs drawn from 19th-century and earlier pottery of the Pueblo. Jaycee and Milford collaborate on some work, one coiling the vessel and burnishing it, and the other painting the designs. Their work is published in Germany, collected in Japan, France, Australia, and exhibited in American museums. Recently a study of their pottery was published in “Ceramics in America”, the first Native American and longest study carried by the respected journal.

John Nielson – has performed throughout Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. LA theatre credits include EST/LA’s The Princes of Kings Road, Cages at the Matrix Theatre, Nicholas Kazan’s Mlle. God at EST/LA, and The Lisbon Traviata at West Coast Ensemble, for which he received a Garland Award. Nielsen has acted in over twenty films including Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter and Flags of Our Fathers. TV includes guest spots on The Blacklist, Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, recurring roles on Kings and NYPD Blue, and he was a series regular on Nickelodeon’s acclaimed The Secret World of Alex Mack.

Barbara Teller Ornelas is best known for her Navajo tapestry weavings (95–120 weft threads per inch). She has set several records with her weavings: she has won Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market twice; she set a new record in 1987 by selling a weaving for $60,000 that she and her sister Rosann Lee made; and she wove the largest tapestry-style Navajo weaving on record. Barbara is a fifth-generation weaver who was raised near Two Grey Hills on the Navajo Reservation, where her father was a trader. She has been featured in National Geographic, Business Week, Americana and Native Peoples magazines, as well as many books. She has won dozens of awards, and has demonstrated and lectured at many museums and institutions around the world. She recently participated in a cultural exchange with Peruvian weavers at the request of the US State Department. Barbara and Lynda have taught their popular workshop at Idyllwild Arts for over 20 years.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of three books: Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the “dreamoir” Bruja. In 2016, Bustle named her one of “9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.  www.wendyortiz.com

Antoinette Perry has appeared throughout the US, Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists. Distinguishing herself also as a pedagogue, she served for 12 years on the UCLA piano faculty before joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996. She frequently gives master classes and serves as an adjudicator. Former students are enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the US and Asia. https://music.usc.edu/antoinette-perry/

Lynda Teller Pete began weaving at age 6 and won her first major award at age 12 at the Gallup Ceremonial. She has gone on to win many awards for her weaving, including Best of Classification for Textiles at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. Lynda collaborates with museums, schools and art venues in Colorado and around the country to teach about Navajo weaving. She is also known as an accomplished beadwork artist and has won many awards for this work. www.navajorugweavers.com

Tammy Rahr is from the Cayuga Nation of New York. She earned a BA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Tammy has been an Artist-in-Residence for the NEA, taught at numerous institutions, and participated in prominent exhibits throughout the US and Europe. As an accomplished bead artist for fifty-two years, her work reflects her Cayuga-Iroquois heritage. Tammy’s artistic influences can be found in nature and her passion for issues in indigenous cultures of the world.

Don Reed, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, has been performing, composing, teaching and recording music for over 40 years.  Don’s multi-instrumental work and compositions have been featured on hundreds of recording projects, television and film soundtracks and more.

Alex Rehberger is a freelance stage & production manager. Recent credits include serving as the Assistant Production Manager for the LA Phil’s production of Meredith Monk’s Atlas, and Stage Manager for George Miller and Janet Cardiff’s Thought Experiments in F# Minor video walkthrough of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Alex is also a stage manager at Universal Studios Hollywood, for shows including WaterWorld, Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, and the Halloween Horror Nights event.

David Reid-Marr graduated from Maidstone College of Art with a BFA and received his MFA in painting and art history from Royal College of Art, London. During his time at art college he studied with David Hockney, Anthony Caro and Francis Bacon. He is currently Visual Arts chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he teaches painting and drawing. He exhibits nationally and internationally, and has recently published a book on arts education. www.reid-marr.com

Randy Reinholz (Choctaw), Native Voices Producing Artistic Director

Jon Lawrence Rivera – Jon Lawrence Rivera is the recipient of the Inaugural Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw. For Native Voices: Stand-Off at HWY #37 (Autry Museum and University of South Dakota). Recent Playwrights’ Arena productions: Bloodletting, The End Times, @thespeedofJake, Circus Ugly, Painting in Red, Cinnamon Girl (LA and Beijing) and Dallas Non-Stop. Recipient of a NY Fringe Festival Award, an LA Weekly Award, and a five-time Ovation Award nominee, Rivera is the founding artistic director of Playwrights’ Arena.

Linda Robertson is a nationally recognized artist, art instructor and the author of the Embracing Encaustic book series. She has exhibited her work nationally and taught workshops for over a decade. Linda has been a featured speaker and instructor at schools and art conferences in the US and Canada and her paintings have been published in numerous books and periodicals. Her work pairs modern materials with ancient techniques to produce a luminous surface that captures and reflects light.  http://www.LindaRobertsonArts.com

Kevin Rohde is an artist and sculptor living in Baltimore, MD. He is the recipient of numerous artist fellowships including the Fogelberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN, the Lormina Salter Fellowship at Baltimore Clayworks, and a Nyburg grant to travel to Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan as Artist in Residence. Kevin received his BA from Keystone College and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Towson University in Towson, MD, George Washington University in Washington, DC, Hood College in Fredrick, MD, and is the Resident Artist Coordinator at Baltimore Clayworks.  rohdeworks.com and @kevinjrohde

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University, Bloomington, her MFA in Dance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Deans Teaching Fellowship and a University Fellowship. Ellen has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City and San Diego Opera and as principal dancer with City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, and Chattanooga Ballet. She was featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White. As a choreographer, Ellen has had her works presented across the USA. LA Times has called her style… “a unique jazz ballet style.” As a dance educator, she is an ABT Affiliate Teacher and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow; she has received Yoga Teacher Training with Gerhard Gessnar, and is working to develop a curriculum to provide yoga for dancers to help them gain strength and joint stability.

Abe Sanchez is active in the revival and preservation of indigenous arts and foods, with specialties in Southern California Native American basketry and California and Southwest native foods. He has worked with traditional Native American gatherers to learn methods and practices. Abe believes that by teaching people about ancient natural foods and preparations, he can help them make a difference in their health and the environment.

Linda Lucía Santana earned her BA in printmaking and anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA in printmaking from the University of North Texas. In 2014 Linda was named one of “13 Young Latina Artists Changing the Contemporary Art Landscape” by the Huffington Post. Recently, she’s been an Artist in Residence at CreArtive Istanbul in Turkey and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Linda is currently the printmaking coordinator at Idyllwild Arts Academy where she teaches printmaking, professional practices, and metalsmithing.

Susan Saul spent many years as a visual artist working in printmaking, textiles, costume jewelry and large-scale paper and mixed media, before she “came home” to metalsmithing about 25 years ago. She has a BA in Fine Art from University of California, Santa Barbara. Susan teaches jewelry classes and workshops at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, GA, and taught at Penland and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. She currently makes her jewelry in her one-person studio in Atlanta. www.susansauldesign or on Facebook – Susan Saul Design.

Madeline Sayet (Mohegan) a director of new plays, classics and opera has been named a Forbes 30 under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment as well as a recipient of the White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama for her work as a director, writer, performer and educator. Raised on traditional Mohegan stories and Shakespeare, her work uses minimalist magical realism to interrogate questions of gendering, Indigenous perspectives, and reimagine classic plays to give voice to those who have been silenced.

Margaret Scanlan is a full-time studio artist in Knoxville, TN, working in acrylic and watercolor, large and small-scale work. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor USA Honor Society. She has taught painting, drawing, and color theory workshops at Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland, le Petit Bois Gleu and Chateau du Pin in France. Her work is in many private, corporate, and public collections in the US and Europe, including the Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum (MO), and Sloan-Kettering Hospital (NY). Margaret plays keyboards in a Celtic band, Red-Haired Mary.

Jean Bruce Scott, Native Voices Producing Executive Director.

Emily Sera (Shoshone and Diné) – is a recent graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California. She has previously acted in West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, and in various short films and features. She most recently appeared in Native Voices at the Autry’s staged readings of Soledad and Hurricane Savage. Her long-term career goals are to help change Native representation and deconstruct stereotypes within the film, TV, and the theatre world.

Pam Sheyne is a multi-platinum selling songwriter, producer, and singer. She is best known for co-writing the #1 Billboard hit “Genie in a Bottle” for Christina Aguilera. Her songs have been recorded by artists around the globe, and she has appeared on TV as a songwriting mentor.

Ed Skoog is the author of three books of poetry: Run the Red Lights, Rough Day, Mister Skylight, and a fourth, Travelers Leaving for the City, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020.  His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review and Harper’s, and he has held fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Lannan Foundation, Richard Hugo House, and George Washington University. A former chair of the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Creative Writing Department, he has taught in the Summer Program since 2006. He lives in Portland, Oregon and is a co-host, with novelist J. Robert Lennon, of the literary podcast Lunch Box, with Ed and John.

Tony Soares learned the fundamentals of pottery from his grandmother at age 7, starting a more than 30-year journey to revive the fading art of olla making. Though not of Cahuilla descent, he has helped revive the art of Cahuilla pottery making through his experimentation with local clays and indigenous handbuilding techniques. His pottery is displayed in art galleries and museums including the Tahquitz Canyon Museum. Tony shares his knowledge to ensure that Native American pottery making is never lost. He has taught at many venues including the Agua Caliente Band of the Desert Cahuilla of Palm Springs and the Yuman tribes of the Colorado River, AZ.

Roy Talahaftewa (Hopi, Water Clan) is from Shungopovi Village in Arizona. He works in silver and gold, and uses Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy received the first major award for his work in 1981, and has earned Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the nonprofit Hopi Pu’tavi Project, Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of metalsmithing, and he is an advocate and promoter of Hopi artists on the reservation.

Lisa Telford is a Git’ans Git’anee Haida weaver, born in Ketchikan, AK. Her award-winning work is done in both contemporary and traditional methods of weaving including twined and plaited. Her work encompasses baskets, traditional hats, and cedar bark clothing. Her baskets are in the collections of the Burke Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, the Autry Museum, Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society.

Craig Torres (Tongva) is a member of the Traditional Council of Pimuu and involved with the Ti’aat Society, an organization focused on the revival of the traditional maritime culture of the Southern California coastal region and Southern Channel Islands. He is an artist, as well as cultural educator, presenter and consultant to schools, culture and nature centers, museums, and city, state and government agencies acting as a consultant on the Tongva. He has also been involved with the organization Preserving Our Heritage and Chia Café, which provide cooking demos and classes with California native plants. These activities also provide education on the importance of preserving native plants, habitats and landscapes for future generations.

Vu Tran’s first novel, Dragonfish, was a New York Times Notable Book and among the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, and his short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and The Southern Review. He is a criticism columnist for the Virginia Quarterly Review and an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago. http://www.vutranwriter.com

Richard Tsosie (Navajo) is a jeweler and sculptor from Flagstaff and the Wide Ruins area of the Navajo Reservation and is currently living in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in American Indian Art Magazine, Arizona Highways, the video Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution, as well as several books including Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo and Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo by Jerry Jacka. Richard’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to California.

David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novel Ear to the Ground. His other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent 10 years as book editor, and then book critic, of the Los Angeles Times.

Meri Aaron Walker has been a photographer and printmaker for over 50 years. Ten years ago, she put down her traditional camera gear, stepped away from computer image editing and printmaking to concentrate on mobile imaging using only her iPhones and iPads. She has received 50+ awards for her mobile images which have been widely collected, including a recent purchase by Harvard Medical School for their Transformational Medicine Building. Meri has an MA from UT Austin where she also taught photography, and has a extensive experience in photojournalism, fine art photography and printmaking. She lives in Talent, OR.
http://iphoneartgirl.com

Dr. William Wellborn is an active performer, teacher, and lecturer, and has appeared throughout the US, and in Canada, France, and Brazil. The recipient of a CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award and an MTNA fellow, and a scholar of historic pianists, he hosted over a hundred programs on the San Francisco based radio show “Piano Legacy.” This summer he returns to teach at the Idyllwild Adult Piano Seminar and the Krakow Piano Seminar and also teaches at the French Piano Music in Fresno Seminar. The director of numerous European musical tours, Wellborn is planning a fifth Chopintour for 2020. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in state, national, and international piano competitions.  www.williamwellborn.com

Holly Wilson is a contemporary multi-media artist with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, MA and MFA from Stephen F. Austin State University, TX. Her works are in corporate, public, and museum collections throughout the US, as well as national and international private collections such as; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, C.N. Gorman Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Holly has exhibited her work at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Springfield Art Museum, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. She has received many awards, grants, and fellowships for her evocative sculptures, including a 2017 SWAIA Discovery Fellowship from the Santa Fe Indian Market and a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship.

Anne Wolf earned her MFA in Jewelry/Metals at San Diego State University. Based in San Diego,  she has been teaching jewelry/metals courses and workshops since 2003. Anne’s work has been shown across the US and in international locations such as Hanau, Germany and Tsubame, Japan. A self-proclaimed mokume gane geek, she has studied under Japanese metalwork masters such as Ford Hallam, Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski, and James Binnion. Her studio, Anneville Studio & Jewelry Lab, is San Diego’s newest jewelry co-working space. annevillestudio.com

gwendolyn yoppolo uses words, ceramic objects, and food to stretch boundaries and transform perception, making experiences that intervene in usual ways of eating and drinking.  Her own explorations in ceramic materials have focused on developing matte crystalline glazes with constantly shifting color palettes.  She earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.  A passionate educator and thinker as well as a maker, she serves as Assistant Professor at Kutztown University. gwendolynyoppolo.com

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the U.S. when he was nine. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), his first poetry collection, explores how immigration and civil war have impacted his life and family. Zamora’s poems appear in Granta, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. He is a member of the Our Parents’ Bones Campaign, whose goal is to bring justice to the families of the ten thousand disappeared during El Salvador’s civil war.

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