TaraMarie Perri is a teacher; her vocation is to support others in discovering the unique wisdom and capacity of their own human body and mind. For more than two decades she has been integrating Eastern and Western practices for students in group and one-to-one settings exploring Yoga (capital Y), Ayurveda, dance, contemplative arts and sciences, alchemy, holistic health and energy therapies. TaraMarie finds inspiration in nature, ongoing study with her personal circle of teachers, and via unique collaborations with multidisciplinary colleagues, performers, artists, and makers in-studio, onstage, and outdoors. She maintains private practices in Brooklyn and Upstate NY.
Margot Pollans is an Associate Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she teaches food law, administrative law, and environmental law. Her academic work focuses on environmental regulation of food production, and she is coauthor of a forthcoming food law casebook. Other areas of her work include the farm bill and true cost of food accounting. She is also the Faculty Director of the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative, whose mission is to promote justice and sustainability in the food system by increasing access to legal services for farmers and food businesses.
Place-Based Artist-in-Residence, 2018
mixed-media. Teaching fellow
Jason Matthew Vivona was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Creation has always been priority-one for this individual, whether it be art, music, surfing, cooking, skateboarding, or cycling. Excited to pursue professional opportunities, Jason escaped his college career a bit early to travel around the continent as an artist and sponsored skateboarder. Since then, he has exhibited his work around the world, living a nomadic lifestyle and creating throughout, as well as maintaining a level of collaboration with other artists, creatives and companies, to keep pushing the creative process forward. He is currently traversing the United States, making art and collaborating with other like-minded folks. This summer, Jason is heading to Boston to work with Timothy Maslow on his new culinary venture, designing aesthetics for the interior of his new restaurant. Afterward, Jason will be an artist-in-residence at Craigardan. He is ecstatic to work within this inspired community; sharing ideas, creating and exploring this new environment.
Studio Artist-in-Residence, 2018
RENQIAN YANG (b.1987, Xiangtan, Hunan Province, China)
Renqian Yang obtained her B.F.A. in Ceramics from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing in 2009 and her M.F.A. in Ceramics from Syracuse University in 2014. Currently, she lives and works in Oswego, New York as an artist and Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego. Yang’s work has continued to exhibit in the U.S.A. and China.
Yang is interested in the concept of binaries, and her work addresses the unity and the contradiction of dichotomies. For example, restriction and freedom; pessimism and optimism; complexity and simplicity; representation and abstraction; the man-made world and the natural world are some ideas she has been inquired into. At the same time, her work explores how an individual is related to nature, society, and oneself. While focusing on developing her technique in ceramics, her practices also extend to installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, video and functional ware.
Marco Wilkinson writes lyric non-fiction focused on ecological and agricultural/food themes. He is currently at work on a lyric memoir, Madder. He teaches both writing and sustainable agriculture at Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College. He is also the managing editor at Oberlin College Press. His work can be found in Kenyon Review, Bennington Review, Seneca Review, Taproot, Terrain, and elsewhere.
Place-Based Artist-in-Residence, 2018
Aimee Lin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Baltimore and everywhere. A weaver, woodworker, natural dyer, and herbalist, her work is a meditation on material and labor. Informed by deep ecology, deep listening, and a plethora of esoteric resources, her practice involves investigating liminal space through attunement and traveling to harness various collective energies and perspectives.
Aimee’s background as a fiber artist and musician reinforces her belief that everything is interconnected. currently, she is in the midst of cataloguing a cosmic library.
Printmaking 2018 Teaching Fellow
Amanda Palmer has been an art teacher for youth groups, adults and private citizens for 30 years. She enjoys teaching drawing, crafts, and especially woodblock printing to children and adults. She presents this workshop at Zion National Park each year. It is increasingly important to her to model Leave No Trace principles and to speak about her brand of stewardship of the National Parks through her work. Amanda's current focus is to create a series of relief prints from her drawings and photographs.
Studio Resident Intern, 2017
Studio Artist-in-Residence, 2018
Ceramics. Teaching Fellow
Kyle Brumsted is a functional potter originally from Ithaca, NY. His work utilizes clean forms with slight alterations and simple geometric elements to highlight the effects of atmospheric firing with salt and soda. Before coming to Craigardan, Kyle gained experience working as a studio intern at Baltimore Clayworks and as an apprentice for Montreal artist Mahmoud Baghaeian.
“I hope to gain a deep understanding of material properties and interactions through research and experimentation in order to lay bare the processes of making and firing in the finished vessel.”
culinary artist-in-residence, 2018
Greer Rochford is an artist, chef and photographer. She graduated from a Masters of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts with her thesis ‘In Search of Jetztziet; between the still and the moving image’. Her photographs, videos and performance work have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Greer currently works as the Sous Chef of award winning Sydney cafe Cornersmith Annandale, sharing their philosophy of local, ethical and seasonal food. She is passionate about reducing waste in the kitchen by using ‘the whole ingredient’, experimenting with waste saving techniques, especially fermenting and turning ‘food into dust’ as well as traditional pastry and baking.
Greer is interested in the intersections of cooking, art and philosophy. Her research spans the visual and culinary arts with a common thread of nostalgia, memory, place, desire and alchemy. She believes ‘there is a connection between photography and cooking - both are processes that are inextricably linked to alchemy (and magic) lending themselves to philosophical enquiry pertaining to the human condition.’
The Paul Z. Nowicki Master Artists Fellow, 2018
Mary Barringer has been a studio artist since 1973, making both sculpture and handbuilt functional pottery. She received a BA in art from Bennington College, and worked as an assistant to Michael Frimkess. Her work has been exhibited widely, in contexts ranging from museums and commercial galleries to craft fairs and pottery tours.
In addition to her studio practice she has taught at craft schools, community colleges, and universities including Ohio State and Ohio University, and has written and lectured on the history of ceramics. From 2004 to 2014 she was editor of The Studio Potter journal. She lives and works in western Massachusetts.
Intellectual Artist-in-Residence, 2018
Employment, Family, Antidiscrimination and Gender Law. Fellowship Recipient
Naomi Schoenbaum is an Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School whose research centers on employment law, family law, antidiscrimination law, and gender. Her work has addressed the legal regulation of critical but often overlooked relationships in the market, such as those between coworkers and those between workers and customers, as well as the design of employment discrimination law. Her current research is focused on discrimination and intimacy in the sharing economy, unsexing the law of pregnancy, and the law’s increasing turn to ignorance to achieve antidiscrimination goals. Her work has appeared in numerous law journals, as well as popular publications such as Slate and The Atlantic.
Professor Schoenbaum is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, and Yale University, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Aurora magazine. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Schoenbaum was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, and a litigation associate at the law firm Sidley Austin.
Studio Resident Intern, 2018
Lily Fein makes coiled and pinched vessels that emphasize the imprint of the hand. She speaks a visual language, bringing to life the tensions of conversation and interaction. With curves and surface, she explores what it is to touch - where the interior and exterior of a vessel meet and in the finger-marked skin of the pot. Fein has lived in the Mojave Desert, dipped into many creek beds in the United States, and makes music in her band, The Glue. Her home base is Eastern Massachusetts.
Place-Based Artist-in-Residence 2018
Photography, Film, Culinary Arts
Jeff Mertz is an interdisciplinary filmmaker, photographer, and writer whose work focuses on exploring emotional vernacular in multiple forms. An irrefutable romantic, his artistic practice is dedicated to finding poetry, empathy, and redemption in the mundane.
Studio Artist-in-Residence, 2018
Eric Hoefer is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Central Oklahoma where he teaches courses in hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic art. Originally from upstate New York, where he developed his passion for the arts. His formal education in Fine Arts began at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. After graduation, Hoefer pursued post-baccalaureate studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and then spent one year working in Las Vegas, Nevada at Tom Coleman's Studio and Gallery. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois and completed a one-year artist-in-residency at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri. As an artist, his current research has been in creating soda and wood-fired architectonic porcelain vessels. Mr. Hoefer has been teaching in higher education for over 10 years now and continues to exhibit his work throughout the United States.
“The timeless quality that can be found in ceramic vessels and objects drives my work; it is a strong reflection of humanity revealing our history, values and spirit. Clay is a uniquely intimate material that allows one to create through the act of touch. Its infinite possibility of abstraction and expression is inspiring. Historical ceramic iconography, modern painting, architecture, sculpture and contemporary design all merge together and inform my work.”
Nina Boutsikaris’ narrative nonfiction has appeared in Third Coast, Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, Redivider, The Los Angeles Review, The Offing, Hobart, Brevity, and elsewhere, and her work was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. Her first book, I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2019. She has taught at the University of Arizona, where she earned her MFA, the Gotham Writers Workshop, and The New School, and was a Peter Taylor Fellow at The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in 2016. She divides her time between New York City and Hudson, NY.
Intellectual Artist In Residence, 2018
Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law. Teaching Fellowship Recipient
David Fontana is an Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law in Washington. D.C. He went to law school at Yale and graduate school at Oxford, and publishes in leading academic journals in both law and political science, as well as in newspapers and magazines such as The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. He regularly consults with Congress, presidential campaigns, and foreign constitution-drafters on issues of constitutional law.
Food Justice. Research fellow
Dr. Tatiana Abatemarco is a Lecturer in the Environmental Program at the University of Vermont with an appointment through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to holding this position, she was a Scholar in Residence at Green Mountain College, where she taught in the Masters of Sustainable Food Systems and Masters in Resilient and Sustainable Communities Graduate Programs. She also held the rank of Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Paul Smith’s College.
Dr. Abatemarco received a PhD in Natural Resources, with a focus in Environmental Thought and Culture, from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest are sustainable food systems, environmental humanities, and ecofeminism.
Cat Mulrooneyis a writer and teacher. Her poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Mothering Magazine, The We'Moon Anthology: Love, SageWoman Magazine, LiteraryMama, MotherVerse Magazine, The Apple Valley Review, Flashquake, Glossolalia, Modern Creative Life Magazine, and many others. She has been a college writing teacher since 2000 and has also facilitated creative writing workshops in elementary schools, high schools, prisons, and private organizations. In 2008, she won a state grant as an Emerging Artist in Fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts. In 2013, Cat earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Also in 2013, she was a participating writer and workshop facilitator for the prestigious AROHO Retreat in Abiquiu, New Mexico and was a cast-member of the 2013 Listen to Your Mother show. Most recently, she completed a writing workshop and retreat at the Millay Colony of the Arts in summer of 2017.
Zachary Gerhardt Clemans
Culinary Artist-in-Residence, 2017-2018
Zach Clemans is an Adirondack chef, artist and maker currently working with natural materials from the region. Growing up in Old Forge, his formative years were spent camping and exploring the park where he gained an appreciation and respect for the products available in the region, now vital to his practice. Through his work with these products, he wants to interpret the character of this environment and express a sense of this place, where he is from.
Jennifer Steil is an award-winning author and journalist. Her debut novel, The Ambassador’s Wife, published by Doubleday in July 2015, won the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Best Novel award and was shortlisted for both the Bisexual Book Award and the Lascaux Novel Prize. It has received considerable critical acclaim, notably in the Seattle Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New York Times Book Review.
Jennifer’s first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Broadway Books, 2010) is a memoir about her tenure as editor of the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a. The book was praised by The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Sydney Morning Herald among other publications.
Jennifer’s freelance work has appeared in the World Policy Journal, Die Welt, Saranac Review, Vogue UK, the Washington Times, The Week, Yahoo Travel, Time, and The Rumpus.
Resident Internship, 2018
Agriculture and Writing
Caitlin Kelly is originally from York, Maine, but has called the Adirondacks home for two years. She received a BA in creative writing and environmental studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. During her time there, she often took trips down to the Adirondacks and knew after graduating she wanted to move here full time. Since graduating, she has held a series of jobs—waitressing, farming, and working for the Adirondack Mountain Club as Hutmaster at Johns Brook Lodge. More recently she worked at the North Country School as an English and Science teacher, and writing freelance for Adirondack Life and Powder Magazines.
writing and film
Courtlin Byrd is a writer and filmmaker from Tennessee by way of California. She attended Vanderbilt University and USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her written work has been featured in the online lit 'zine The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review and the online music 'zine The Bait Shop. She currently resides in Buffalo, NY, where she has turned her creative focus to intermedia prose.
Studio Resident Intern, 2017
Harvest Plate Resident, 2017-2018
Emma Silverstein studied ceramics in Syracuse, China and India. She works with clay and cloth and “making pottery and other useful objects.” After her year-long residency at Craigardan, Emma will pursue a Master’s Degree in Ceramics at Ohio University.
Farm + Food Resident Intern, 2017
Agriculture and Installation Art
Culinary Artist-in-Residence, 2017
Epicurean Endocrinology. Fellowship recipient
Liz Flyntz is a Brooklyn-based curator, home chef, and Craigardan's 2017 Culinary Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship recipient. While in residence, Liz is undertaking the food and consumption based portion of her research into how industrialized food and environmental degredation effect gender and the body.
Thomas Graves + Jennifer Kidwell
Nowicki Master Artist Fellows 2017
Jennifer Kidwell is a performing artist. Recent projects include Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, FringeArts), and Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed(Dan Hurlin). She is currently working with Geoff Sobelle and Nichole Canuso and is a PITC company member, a Wilma Theater Associated Artists, a co-artistic director of the theater company Lightning Rod Special and a co-founder of JACK. She is a 2016 Pew Fellow.
Thomas Graves is a Co-Producing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs in Austin, Texas. As such he has developed, performed in and produced The Method Gun and I've Never Been So Happy among others. He is currently working on the Rude Mechs' latest production Field Guide commissioned by Yale Rep and the project Not Every Mountain which will appear at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in 2018. Thomas holds an MFA in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin.
Visiting Artist 2017
Eric Kao was the Director at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, located in Jiangxi Province, China. After receiving his M.F.A. in Ceramics from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2009, he was granted an opportunity to work in the world famous porcelain producing city of Jingdezhen. Eric returned to United States in 2016 searching for an opportunity to foster creativity in the United States and ended up in Baltimore, Maryland as the Studio and Artist Programs Director until May 2017.
Place-Based Artist-in-Residence, 2017
Philosophy. Teaching Fellow: "What do We Owe Each Other?"
Joshua Ramey is a philosopher, writer, and professor at Grinnell College. His work addresses issues in contemporary politics, economics, culture, and spirituality. He is the author of Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency(Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) and The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal (Duke University Press, 2012). While in residence, Joshua is teaching a five-week course, What do We Owe Each Other?, and curating a free guest lecture series which includes the contemporary thinkers Aron Dunlop and Cleo Kearns.
Harvest Plate Artist-in-Residence, 2017
Catherine Seidenberg is a potter, professional gardener, and Craigardan's first Harvest Plate Resident.
The Space We Make
Place-Based Artists-in-Residence, 2017
Performing Art. Teaching Fellows.
The Space We Make is a multidisciplinary performance company that has been creating site-specific work in the Adirondacks and New York City for the past five years. Co-founded and directed by dancer/choreographer Simon Thomas-Train and writer/musician Caitlin Scholl, both Adirondack natives, The Space We Make is committed to bringing high-level performance and innovative, immersive art forms to North Country audiences.
Studio Artist-in-Residence, 2017-2018
Tyler Bischoff is a functional and sculptural potter from New Jersey. His love for ceramics was born while attending the Gow School, an all-boys boarding school for dyslexic young men in Buffalo, New York. Tyler studied under Ted Lossowski and received his degree in Visual Arts from Wells College in 2015 and then joined the staff of the Saratoga clay Arts Center as a studio intern and instructor. Here he worked closely with artist Jill Fishon- Kovachick and apprenticed under Regis Brodie. Tyler's work is inspired by the desire to encourage touch and interaction with his vessels. The challenges of Dyslexia made him more of a kinesthetic and visual learner. The texture he uses in his work is visually stimulating with a presence that encourages a physical interaction with the work, breaking the rule of art as object only to be viewed and not to be touched.
Farm + Food Resident Intern, 2017
Lizzie Wilford is from the eastern shore of Maryland, a place far flatter and more humid than the Adirondacks. As Craigardan’s Agricultural Intern she divided her time between working the land and working in the studio. Lizzie is now a farmer nearby at Juniper Hill Farm.
Amy L. Seidl
Environmental Studies / Climate Change
Amy Seidl is the Associate Director of Environmental Studies and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Vermont. She is an ecologist and author of two books of non-fiction: Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World and Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming, both published by Beacon Press. Amy received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She teaches courses in climate change, sustainability, and environmental literature and is currently at work on a piece of eco-fiction.
Studio Artist-in-Residence, 2017
Ceramics. Teaching Fellow
Caitlyn Wright is a ceramic artist who's work explores the intersection between food and functional pots. She is interested in pushing the bounds of our relationship with food and how the act of dining can be elevated when paired with thoughtful ceramic tableware.