Alice Bloch (Dance)
With 50 years as a dancer and choreographer, Bloch has worked throughout the United States in the modern dance tradition of Isadora Duncan. She has created and taught with dancers from all strata including teens and young children along with her lectures, performances and master classes. Bloch continues to explore and investigate new ways of dancing including her latest work, “Old Lady Skin,” which is a humorous reflection on aging.
Arny Nadler (Visual Art)
Nadler is a sculptor working primarily in steel. His work is often large-scale and related to vessel forms and organic structures. Recently, he has been experimenting with ceramics as a sculptural medium, a drastic departure from his steel works. Nadler is also an Associate Professor of Art at Washington University.
Deanna Jent (Theater Arts)
Jent has more than 20 years in the theatre as a director and writer. Most recently, her critically acclaimed play “Falling” has been produced in St. Louis and Off-Broadway with additional productions pending nationally and internationally. She is about to embark on writing a new play. In addition, she is a Professor of Theater at Fontbonne University.
Juan William Chavez (Visual Art)
Chavez is an artist and social activist whose work is a way of researching, developing, and implementing ideas. For the last few years, he has been working on his Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary project, drawing on the metaphor of hives as communities. He is also currently working as the founder/director of the Northside Workshop, a non-profit community arts space in the Old North neighborhood.
Kathryn Bentley (Theater Arts)
Bentley is an actress, educator, playwright, director, and community activist. She has a long resume of roles (including “All My Children”) as well as significant experience working within communities through Harlem’s Blackberry Productions and CHIPS in Motion for Teens in St. Louis. She has also done research in Suriname with the indigenous Du Theatre to write and produce a production there. Currently, Bentley is an Associate Professor of Theater Performance at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Peter Martin (Music)
Martin is a jazz-based pianist, recording artist, and composer who draws inspiration everywhere from the history of jazz to the poetry of Pablo Neruda to the work of Paul Klee. He has performed all over the world, both as a soloist and with many known “stars”, and won a Grammy as producer , pianist and arranger for Christmas Time is Here, Dianne Reeves. While honing his practice as a soloist and “side-man,” he is interested in new collaborations and compositions, especially with St. Louis artists. He is also a visiting scholar at SIU-E.
Philip Boehm (Literature)
Boehm is a gifted playwright, director, and translator who also founded “Upstream Theater” with the creed to “move you, and move you to think.” He has been awarded fellowships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and the US- Mexico Fund for Culture, to name just a few. He is currently working on two plays: an original work about Jews forced to hide their faith in the New World (with the working title of “StarCrossed”) and an adaptation in verse of a classic Polish comedy “Sweet Revenge” by Aleksandr Fredro.
Richard Newman (Literature)
An accomplished, award-winning poet, Newman is working on his third book titled “All the Wasted Beauty in the World.” As the sources for his writing, Newman often turns to music and to Midwestern landscapes. He is also the long time editor and executive director of the esteemed literary magazine River Styx, as well as a lecturer at the UMSL Honors College and Washington University.
Stan Chisholm (Visual Art)
Chisholm experiments with installation, wall drawings, and electronic/digital music. Drawing on all sorts of pop culture references and current social issues, Chisholm’s work is project based, exploratory, and often created in the public realm. Most recently, he is creating sculptural structures that attach to buildings as well as investigating alternative formats for distributing digitally recorded music.
Van McElwee (Media Arts)
Van McElwee creates single channel video works, installations, and web projects with one of his goals being to transform our reality. As a pioneer who forged new ground in this new media, he has shown his work in France, Germany, Austria, and India as well as in galleries and museums in St. Louis. McElwee is also a Professor.