Mary Jo Bole has made her work in geologic materials, prints and drawing. She is now working on a feature length biographical film about her life, work and an ancestor syndrome titled “Family White Elephants”. It is a Cleveland story augmented by singular family photos, interviews and her family’s Eastside/Westside story. She is currently an intermittent artist-in-residence in the Video/Film lab at the Wexner Center for the Arts beginning in 2016. In 2023 she was selected as an Ohio Film Fellow Award recipient for work on this documentary, supported by The Ohio Humanities Council and The Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2022 Bole had two solo exhibitions, the first with William Busta Projects, Cleveland and the second at the Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati. The exhibition at William Busta Projects, titled “The Building is Gone”, revisited her photographs of Cleveland from the mid 1970’s through recent times in pastel time mash ups.
Bole is a widely exhibited artist who has shown her works in the United States, Europe, The Baltics and Russia. Her resources include gallows humor, memento mori, Victorian left-over culture, crumbling post-industrial Cleveland, curious objects and cemeteries, a dose of punk, the gilded age, and put her ashes in Lake Erie. Her website is maryjobole.com. She is an emeritus professor and Academy Professor from The Ohio State University, Department of Art.
TradeMark Gunderson is a technology artist and musician determined to remix everything. Using repurposed old and new technology, his artwork inspires unexpected insights into how we perceive and interact with our increasingly digital world. Music composed and performed as The Evolution Control Committee has inspired new genres of music and challenged the role of copyright, remaining controversial to this day. TradeMark and The ECC have appeared on networks from CNN to C-SPAN, in print from Spin Magazine to the Macmillan Dictionary, and in person giving around 1,000 performances and presentations at festivals, concert halls, bars, and galleries all over the world.
TradeMark received his MFA from The Ohio State University where he currently teaches new media art. He has also been the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship Grant, an artist-in-residence and visiting alumni at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the recipient of three sound art commissions from the Burning Man festival, and the co-founder of five other bands and at least three radio stations.
Alexis McCrimmon is a filmmaker whose non-fiction and experimental films explore geographies of power, hauntological subjects, and the linkages between material culture and ritual practice. These explorations yield film forms that include impressionistic documentaries, lyrical-narrative fiction, and experimental collage cinema.
Alexis's work has been programmed nationally and internationally including the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, BFI Flare, Frameline, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, East End Film Festival, and MIX NYC. Her films have also screened at various conferences across the U.S.
Alexis received her BA in Cultural Studies from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, OH, and her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. She currently serves as a full-time Editor in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio Residency Program.
Danielle Julian Norton, Full Professor, at Columbus College of Art & Design in Fine Arts Danielle is a visual artist working in multi-media installations, as well as video, sculpture, and photography. Her multimedia works that examine the structures and conditions that shape our perceptions, beliefs, and experience. Often working collaboratively Danielle mixes materials and techniques to emphasize tension, contrast, and humor as key aspects of her politically minded practice. Feeling patriarchal fatigue and looking for new/old ways of healing of being while exploring and dismantling power structures. She has received an Ohio Arts Council creativity grant and Greater Columbus Arts Council Germany exchange grant. Her residencies include Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Danielle Julian Norton’s work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Midwest Museum of American Art, and Columbus Museum of Art, Cleveland MOCA, Wexner Center for the Arts, Cynthia Reeves NY, Founder of ZippityDirtDada, and reviews in the Boston Globe and Sculpture magazine. BFA in fine arts, CCAD, 1999; MFA in ceramics & sculpture, University of Notre Dame, 2002.
Andrew Ina is a visual artist, filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Art at Texas Tech University. He holds a BFA in Painting from the Columbus College of Art and Design (OH) and a MA in Animation from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland (UK). His studio practice involves painting, animation, video, and sound. In his current project, he is examining cultural identity within the middle eastern diaspora and reimagining narratives around the region’s geopolitical landscape. His work has been exhibited widely including recent solo exhibitions at CO-OPt Research and Projects (TX), and Otterbein University (OH) as well as group exhibitions at LHUCA (TX), MINT - Atlanta (GA), Site: Brooklyn (NY), Columbus Museum of Art (OH) and Miami University (OH). He is a GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship recipient in Media Arts and his work is displayed in many public collections including Otterbein University, Greater Columbus Convention Center, and PNC Tower in Cincinnati. Andrew has also spent the last decade working professionally as a film director and cinematographer. His work has been screened in film festivals and art spaces nationwide including San Fransisco Documentary Film Festival (CA), St. Louis International Film Festival (MO), Portland Film Festival (OR), Independent Film Festival Boston (MA), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (OH). He has been recognized with multiple Emmy Awards for his camerawork on the docuseries Columbus Neighborhoods. Andrew has also documented work for several distinguished artists including Ann Hamilton + SITI Company, Miranda July, Michael Mercil, and Sarah Oppenheimer.