- September 25, 2020
- 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
A diverse panel of artists explores the role of learning in their art making process and many ways they interweave teaching and art. This panel is designed to help artists reflect on the ways in which they learn as artists, and how they have taught or teach in many forms, be that in traditional classroom settings, through workshops and speaking, coaching, blogs, podcasts or other media. We explore the idea that teaching and learning are an integral part of any artist’s life, whether one is working as a teacher or not.
Join us for a conversation with playwright and TV writer Alex Burger; photographer and multidisciplinary installation artist Tomiko Jones; Director of spoken word poetry nonprofit Bay Area Creative, Patrick Ohslund; poet and essayist Diana Goetsch; and art critic and writer Cinque Hicks. See bios below for more information!
Alex Burger is an award-winning writer whose works spans the US, England, and South Africa. His theatre work ranges from an adaption of Njabulo Ndebele’s beloved novel The Cry of Winnie Mandela (The Market Theatre, 2021) to his first play Whose Blood (The Old Operating Theatre, 2011), a sold-out three week run in London. His television work ranges from head-writing the most popular TV drama in South Afirca, Umlilo (eTV, 2017) to current projects in Los Angeles from a feminist sex drama, to an African-American satire, to a multi-season show about 80,000 people trapped by a virus at Burning Man.
Tomiko Jones’ photography and multidisciplinary installations explore social, cultural and geopolitical transitions in the landscape, and considers the twin crises of too much and too little in the age of climate change. Her current research, These Grand Places, is a socially-engaged investigation of people and place on public land. Her recent project Hatsubon is a memorial exhibition in photography, video and sculpture. Jones is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and on the Board of Directors, Society for Photographic Education. She received her MFA in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Patrick Ohslund is an internationally touring artist and the Executive Director of the spoken word poetry focused non-profit Bay Area Creative. Patrick rose quickly to fame in the spoken word poetry scene in 2009 through his collaboration with colleague Dre Johnson that won first place at the poetry slam at the Desert Rocks Music Festival. His work encompasses writing workshops with under-served youth from grades 1st-12th, therapeutic arts work with caregivers and people currently involved in cycles of abuse, and professional development with educators that creates culturally relevant curriculum and supports social emotional learning. He teaches at San Francisco State University. His primary effort is bringing the work of Bay Area Creative to 5 counties within Northern California and serving over 6,00 people across a vast range of demographics.
Diana Goetsch ( www.dianagoetsch.com) is an award-winning poet and essayist residing in New York City. She’s published eight poetry collections, as well as dozens of feature pieces and columns in leading journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. Her memoir, This Body I Wore, is forthcoming Farrar, Strauss & Giroux in 2021. Goetsch is a lifelong educator, having taught in the NYC public school system, the juvenile justice system, at colleges and MFA programs, and dozens of writing conferences around the US. During the pandemic, she’s been leading innovative Zoom writing sessions, which have been attended by hundreds of writers, spanning many time zones and continents. Her “studio” approach to writing pedagogy, which emphasizes training over “workshopping,” is informed by a background in dance, sports, and Buddhist meditation, and stands in stark contrast to current MFA workshop culture.
Cinqué Hicks is an art critic and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as senior contributing editor of the International Review of African American Art, and was the interim editor-in-chief of Art Papers. He was the founding creative director of Atlanta Art Now and co-author of its landmark volume, Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. From 2008 to 2012, Hicks was an art critic, arts writer, and columnist for Creative Loafing and has written for a variety of national and international publications including Public Art Review, Art in America, Artforum.com, and Artvoices.
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