Artist INC Wichita
Harvester Arts, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Mid-America Arts Alliance partner to bring Artist INC to Wichita
About Harvester Arts
Harvester Arts provides a thoughtful platform for visual arts experimentation that engages the community through critical dialogue and the creation of new work. We want the public to think of art as more than consumable objects and rather inspire passion about the ideas and processes of artists. Increased critical thinking surrounding the arts leads to a public that has agency and motivation in other facets of our community.
We bring Resident Artists from across the country to Wichita for two weeks to create an installation or performance of new work. The Resident Artists act as catalysts to provide fresh ideas and be a sounding board for dialogue. We partner the Resident with local artists, student groups, and area creatives (referred to as Satellite Artists) to engage with each other’s ideas and processes. Once the Resident Artist has completed an exhibition, the Satellite Artists continue the conversation by creating new work in response which is shown in various locations throughout the community. We host discussion sessions, artist talks, potlucks, and exhibitions to further foster this dialogue.
Artist INC Wichita convenes June 25–August 20, 2018
Cheyla Clawson Chandler
Cheyla Clawson Chandler holds a BFA in Dance and MA in Sociology from Wichita State University (WSU). She has instructed dance at several colleges including the University of Oklahoma and Barton County Community College (BCCC). At BCCC Chandler founded/directed the resident dance company, Barton Dance Theatre, and constructed the first Associate’s Degree of Arts in Dance. Chandler has performed works of various artists including Robert Battle (featured dancer) and Douglas Nielsen. Cheyla was the rehearsal mistress for works such as Alvin Ailey’s Escapades and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s The Zone (WSU). Her two duets, Anam Chara (2014) and nosuchSymbiosis (2016) performed at The National ACDA Conference at The Kennedy Center. She is a Dorothy Hauck Faculty Fellow in Dance at WSU. As faculty in the dance program she teaches all levels of modern dance, choreography and various lecture courses. Cheyla is a Community Fellow with Harvester Arts, Wichita, Kansas.
Kevin Kelly was born in Littleton CO in 1978. He received a Bachelor of Art Education in 2001 and Master of Fine Arts in 2008, both from Wichita State University. He has been published in Studio Visit Magazine, New American Paintings and Wichita Artists in their Studios. He has exhibited work in more than a dozen art galleries and museums in Wichita KS, as well as out of state. He is Fine Arts Chair at West High School in Wichita, where he has taught art for 17 years. He has also shared his passion for art and education by working through a variety of community based arts organizations.
Armando Minjarez is a Mexican interdisciplinary artist, designer and community organizer. His practice is guided by themes of displacement, collaboration and empowerment to open spaces for the development of social change strategy and creative expression.
He has conducted research, facilitated workshops and trainings on racism, displacement, migration and creative expression in Canada, USA, Mexico, and throughout Europe.
April Pameticky moved to Wichita in 2002 and somehow finds herself there still. The mother of two shares time between her high school English classroom and the burgeoning creative community of artists and writers in Kansas. She facilitated the Wichita Broadside Project 2017 and currently serves as editor of River City Poetry, an online poetry journal and co-edits Voices of Kansas, a regional anthology of work from school-aged children across the state. Her own work can be seen in journals like Malpais Review, KONZA, and Chiron Review. She is also the author of several chapbooks, Sand River and Other Places I’ve Been from Finishing Line Press; and Anatomy of a Sea Star, from Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.
Rob Simon is a singer/songwriter and educator who has worked as a speaker/performer and trainer/consultant for school systems and other agencies from coast to coast – including 21 years as a former teacher and teaching specialist for USD 259. Currently, he directs music for contemporary worship at College Hill United Methodist Church, provides lead and background vocals and percussion for Wichita band, Blue Eyed Soul, and works as a teaching artist with Arts Partners. He is also a professional storyteller with the Wichita Griots for whom he has written, co-produced and directed fourteen (14) original stage productions, is beginning work as a Program Manager for KSUN Community Radio, and does part-time creative work as a Restorative Practices Advocate at Wichita West High School.
www.positiverhythm.org provides information about Rob as a writer of songs, poetry, scripts and prose who uses his musical and creative talents in his work.
Aaron Wirtz is the founder of CurveBreak, a video production and marketing agency, and was once known in the Wichita area as the commercial personality for the Super Car Guys brand. Aaron holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Wichita State, has been featured in AdWeek, The Neil Cavuto Show, Fox & Friends, and Automotive News, and most recently was featured in Jay Baer’s bestselling book Hug Your Haters. His constantly evolving electronic music show combines original music, dance, and video remixing. Aaron serves on the board of directors for Music Theatre Wichita and is a proud husband and daddy.
Kristin Beal is Harvester Arts Co-Founder and Programming Director, and the Director of ShiftSpace Gallery at Wichita State University. Beal is an artist, curator and educator. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute before receiving a BFA (Drawing and Painting) from Wichita State University and an MFA (Painting and Printmaking) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship Award in 2004, a Kansas Innovation Grant in 2010 and a Wichita Arts Council Grant for her participation in Wichita’s River City Biennale. Kristin is a founding member of Hack.Art.Lab, a collaborative team of artists, educators and technologists. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and regularly participates in collaborative art projects.
Ryan W. Gates is a filmmaker, producer, restaurateur, writer, designer and creative director. He earned his BA in Creative Writing & Film Production from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY while also studying Theatrical History at Harvard University and Creative Writing & Film Production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ryan began his career as a producer and director for children’s programming for companies such Disney and Warner Brothers, films such as “The Producers” and “Frozen River,” and live comedy such as “The Upright Citizen’s Brigade.” His work has earned him a number of awards including 2 Academy Awards nominations in film and a Silver MIXX Award for Super Rich Online Media. Ryan co-founded CreativeRHINO, a digitally nomadic production company and think-tank, that develops new media and production projects to bridge broadband and broadcast. For a decade he served as the head of marketing for easyhome, a national retailer with over 50 locations across the United States. He is also the co-founder of Harvester Arts, a thoughtful platform for visual arts experimentation that engages the Wichita community through critical dialog and the creation of new work. He serves on various community boards, partners with artists and businesses on new ventures, is an avid sports fan, and devoted family-man.
Kate Van Steenhuyse
Kate Van Steenhuyse is a painter, educator, and arts administrator. She received her MFA (Fine Arts) in 2008 from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a BFA (Painting & Women’s Studies) in 2001 from Washington University in St. Louis, Magna Cum Laude. Kate has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Wichita, Dallas and more. In 2014 she, along with two collaborators, launched Harvester Arts, an experimental residency program in Wichita, KS which partners nationally recognized artistswith local creatives. She was featured in New American Painting West Edition in 2011, and was a Fellow of The Career Development Program at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 2006 – 2008 in Philadelphia, PA. Kate is currently Program Manager at Arts Partners Wichita, a board member of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and graduate faculty at
Wichita State University. Kate lives and works in Wichita, KS.