Madeline Gallucci received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with an emphasis on Printmaking. However, her most recent projects have employed painting, photography, and collage mediums. In her latest creations she's worked with diverse groups such as college students and midwestern drag queens, while experimenting using obscurities like oil slicks, electrical boxes, hotel suites, pianos, lime green hues, and giant windows in her work. Madeline is the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence at Hotel Phillips and is the Co-Director of the gallery Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri.
Arpana Rayamajhi is a New York City based artist who was born in 1987 in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a multi-media artist who focuses mainly on paintings, sculpture, music, and jewelry. A recent graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, she is also the co-founder of DISPOSE, an online magazine collection of disposable photographs that narrates the day of an individual.
Her work is driven by her love for color. She explains, "Back home it is a symbol of celebration, has deep religious significance, and is an integral part of everyday life. Growing up in a Hindu society where women are banned from wearing color upon the death of their husband, especially shades of red, is something that has affected me since I was a child. After losing my father, my mother’s decision to wear red was criticized by many people, including women. I see the culture of stripping a woman from wearing color as a practice that is misogynistic and regressive. Color then seems to be a symbol of life, and in a way, not letting a woman wear color is telling her that her life, her identity, is completely linked to her husband’s and therefore, she has no identity for herself. I am a woman, and I will use color whenever I want."
Arpana is also the founder of ARPANAJEWELS where she sells individual one of a kind pieces she's hand-made from various materials from her home in Nepal as well as from her travels around the world. Harnessing the spirit of what it means to adorn ourselves, she creates pieces that function not only as ornamentation but also as armor. She finds inspiration in tribal cultures and views wearing colors and jewelry as something ancient, evocative of the spirit of humanity.
Born in Andover, Massachusetts, Lucy Silverman currently lives and works in New York. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her design work merges fashion, technology, and communication.
Off White is a collection inspired by passive postures, interior skewed by forced perspective, flat planes and common interior paint colors. It embodies the interior as a prison, the person as product - suffocating and sterile, monotonous and apathetic. The Ease Drop Pillow is a a wearable tech project to accompany the collection Off White. When pressed, the pillow presents live audio from different locations. The act of ease dropping implies a desire for human connection, but is simultaneously disconnected and isolating, exemplifying the atmosphere of the collection.
Rozalyn's art and social practice is informed by structures of observation and documentation, and it is inspired by collaborative environments like museums and the archaeological field. She thinks of art-making as a way to help the public organize and explore their curiosities by presenting different ways of seeing. Her work aims to expose prejudices and amplify voices that frequently go unheard. Embracing unique approaches to observation, she believes art can act as a critical tool for demystifying the ideology of inequalities.
Roz received her BA in Anthropology from New College of Florida and is currently a student in the Art & Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University. She studied public archaeology and community engagement during college and is now the Artist in Residence at Portland State University’s Housing & Residence Life department. Born in Gainesville, Florida, she lives in Portland, Oregon.
As the FYE-FRINQ Artist in Residence, Roz is responsible for providing creative support to the Freshman Year Experience program and the students, faculty, mentors, RAs and LCAs involved in the living and learning communities. She works closely with a faculty member mentor to participate in class projects and create supplementary workshop programming for the students. In addition to providing creative support to the program, she produces community art projects that highlight the themes presented in FYE-FRINQ class syllabi. She lives and fosters a creative community in the Broadway Building Residence Hall at PSU.
Reading the Phone Book was an experimental installation in the AB Gallery at Portland State University.
Roz hosted a spelling bee for her class. Controlled by performance in the spelling bee, the participants built a dance score using various appropriated instructions from the Fluxus Workbook (ed. by Ken Friedman, et. al.), Fluxus-inspired instructions that Roz invented, or the students' own ideas, which they could write down on blank slips of paper. Read the instructions for the spelling bee game here.
Roz used the final score, pictured above, to perform her first solo-dance. This piece was choreographed by Nina Berry, Jen Delos Reyes, Joshua Compton, Leroy Elie, Alyssa Jensen, Jordan Hoagbin, Edward Ershbock, and Laura Sandow. Click here to view screen shots from some of the choreography footage.
Nina Berry, Jordan Hoagbin, and Rozalyn co-curated a series of three conversations that addressed different issues that they were passionate about. The project took place over the last three weeks in January of 2015, one conversation per week, hosted in the AB Gallery within the Art Building at Portland State University.
The goal of the series was to produce meaningful conversation in an art gallery around a topic that they felt deserved discussion. To give special privilege to these topics as centers of conversation was a way to honor their importance in everyday life. The topics included in this series were Nails & Feminism: a discussion of the role of feminism in our lives; What Does Art Do?: a conversation addressing the importance and function of works of art (from painting to social practice); and Your Culture is Not My Trend: a conversation on cultural appropriation versus cultural exchange.
This is a notebook for Roz's current research about performance art, sports, spectators, audiences, artists, invention & athletes. You might see interview transcriptions, anecdotal evidence, vlogs, guest posts, photos, lists, etc.
To submit a guest post about your experience with art & sports, email Roz at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your story, idea, interview, vlog, painting, performance piece, etc.
Juli Toro grew up among the stucco strip malls and swamps of Florida, and is now living in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the little town of Nevada City, California. Her art ranges from found object accumulation sculptures to pseudo-symmetrical food collages on paper. She harvests most of her materials from her immediate vicinity; everything from deflated balloons leftover from her child's birthday party, to the stems of herbs plucked from her garden, to random items found in thrift stores, she seeks to transform these things into something more exciting. Her works on paper focus on ideas of decadence. She combines pictures of food, flowers, and bright colors into gluttonous wall displays.
Aliya Bonar is an artist, community organizer, and event producer. Using fashion, costume, interview, and installation, her work engages individuals in exploring how we present ourselves to the world and breaking down the divide between professional and playful. The “PowerSuit”—a defining component of Aliya's body of work—is a personal talisman, relating to the wearer's body and history. It is what one's most courageous self wears and while clothed, one can't help but be powerful.
Abigail Clark is an installation artist whose work is inspired by natural systems and processes such as the effect of the moon on the tides or the way sunlight becomes moonlight. She explores how these earth-space systems operate and how cause and effect can come together to make a single system.