Tag Archives: Sitka Fellows
D.J. Thielke is a fiction writer and one of six Sitka Fellows in residency at the Island Institute this summer. Much of her fiction has focused on the role of technology on identity in modern life. She is currently finishing and editing a collection of stories that focuses on this theme. In Sitka, her project is to do further research on a new story about the oil business and the way it shapes local economies associated with the rig. Downloadable audio.
Solomon Endlich recently received his PhD in Physics from Columbia. He'd like to apply the "cathedral of mathematics" built for high-energy particle physics to planetary dynamics. He's currently a post-doctoral researcher in Switzerland, in residence this summer as a Sitka Fellow. Endlich and five other Fellows will present their work in an open studio, 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building on the SJ Campus.
Singer/songwriter Ben Seretan coordinates the Island Institute's Sitka Fellows Program, which provides studio space, meals, and time for artists/scholars under 30. He was a Fellow himself last year, and he'll release a dual LP album (and cassette tape) of his Sitka-influenced work this October 28. The Sitka Fellows Open Studio will be held 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building.
Sitka Fellow Rachel Baxter discusses her work as a multimedia artist and printmaker. Baxter will host a free experimental drawing workshop on Wednesday, August 20th, at 7:30p.m. The workshop will focus on fumage, the act of drawing with smoke.
Cathryn Klusmeier is from a multi-generational family in Arkansas. But it wasn't until she left home that she felt the literary pull of her southern roots, and began an extended work of creative non-fiction. She's one of six Fellows under thirty residing in Sitka for seven weeks. She'll read from her manuscript during an Open Studio, 7 PM August 28 in the Yaw Art building. Klusmeier is also inviting the public to a short memoir workshop tonight (7-29-14) in her studio, 8 PM Room 107 of the Yaw Art building.
Bessie Young is a Sitka Fellow originally from New Jersey, who’s been studying for her Master’s Degree in Ireland. She’s been documenting dementia in elderly women since her undergraduate years. “If you are comfortable with a difficult topic, that’s an area you should really pursue and help people deal with. I deal with it myself through my artwork,” she says. Young will use her seven weeks in Sitka to continue work on her Master’s project. She plans to spend time in Sitka’s senior care facilities, getting to know the residents.
Illustrator and graphic novelist Sam Alden is a recent graduate of Whitman College who plans to spend the summer in Sitka developing a project he's calling "Eighth Grade." He's a member of the inaugural class of Sitka Fellows, in residence on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. He spoke with KCAW's Robert Woolsey.