Donna Enad Napper has worked in the field of contemporary fine art for ten years, including six years as an owner and director of the gallery den contemporary.
The gallery promotes talented emerging to mid-career artists who produce visually and thoughtfully compelling and innovative works. The gallery program features painting, photography, three-dimensional pieces, video, installation and performance art with a focus on non-objective approaches and conceptually-based practices. In 2007, den contemporary was selected as “1 of 50 Emerging Galleries From Around the World” in the London-based magazine Contemporary.
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Rika Ohara’s mother and grandmother lost their homes three times to air raids during WWII. She came to the U.S. as a painter and studied photography with Czech surrealist Vilem Kriz. She began making performance art works when the “trade war” with Japan was prominent in the American consciousness during the 1980s, finding in the form a way to combine her visual arts and dance training.
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Nina Rota is a filmmaker and writer working in documentary, animation, live action, and installation. Her work has been seen at film festivals internationally as well as art galleries and television. Her documentary about early works on video screened at the American Film Institute. Her award winning documentary about genetically engineered food has been seen in 41 countries and 49 states. Her animation has appeared on Channel 4 in England and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. Born in London, England, Nina moved to the United States when she was nine years old.
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“Sometimes to get to the light you gotta type in the dark. . .”
Job description: works words, conjures vision/ on cultural arts, Black history, wellness. “I have not known rape or/ drunk uncles with unlicensed hands/ or fathers who f’d their generations/ These eyes have not witnessed murder/ and I want you to know this. . .”
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As an early pioneer of Performance Art, Barbara T. Smith began her groundbreaking work in the late 60′s. Since then she has performed throughout the U.S. in Europe and Asia. She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her MFA from U.C. Irvine in 1971 and has taught and lectured at colleges and universities throughout the US and abroad. Smith’s work reflects the concerns of women and the environment. Her ceremonial/shamanic performances investigate female erotic power as a healing force, and food as a uniquely female means for nurturance, as metaphor and material for art.
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My art stems from my core belief that we are here to create, in whatever form that may take. My creation takes the form of dance because there is something so elemental in movement that it reaches into my bowels and connects me with something primordial and universal. This is why I am a choreographer, because through the sinews of my muscles and the grist of my bones I can begin to create a language that knows no boundaries and unites me with forces I can only dimly sense.
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Tiffany Trenda is a video installation performance artist based out of Malibu, CA. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design and her MFA from UCLA Design and Media Arts. She has exhibited at Robert Berman, Farmani Gallery, Photo San Francisco, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LACE, Korean Cultural Center, Highways, and Track 16. In 2009, she created an artist installation for Photo Los Angeles and performed live. Later that year she performed “Entropy” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Trenda won the prize of The Artist of the Year at the London Creative Awards in 2008 and 2009. Recently, she performed at the World Fair, Shanghai, China and premiered her first short film at the A&D Museum.
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Jan Williamson is the Executive Director of the 18th Street Arts Center. She joined 18th Street in 1995 as the General Manager and from 1996 to 2006, she was Co-Executive Director with Clayton Campbell. During her tenure she has led the effort to purchase the 18th Street property, developed 18th Street¹s model Residency Program and Arts Education Program and and is now leading the effort to envision and plan 18th Street¹s new expanded facility. Through 18th Street she consults on professional development for individual artists and small nonprofit arts organizations and the operation of multi-tenant nonprofits.
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