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  • Megan Fortman
    Artist

    ​When I build work, it is to explore relationships: the relationship between two humans, the relationship between myself and the world around me, the relationship between two seemingly unassociated objects, or the relationship between the stars. I believe there is beauty in blatant, jarring contrast and beauty found between two shades of the color blue.

    https://megmyselfandi.wordpress.com/

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  • Kimberly Blasnik
    Artist

    ​My best work comes while I am exploring topics I have a real passion for. Photography and video are my go to methods and I have been able to use explore many different approaches of creating photos and videos, including digital, scanography, and darkroom photography as well as text and graphics animation, stop motion and traditional video. I've learned to tell stories and write scripts and especially love documentary work that has a greater real world message behind it.

    In addition I have also grown into doing lots of design work, product and package design as well as advertising. When I create this type of work I still find myself looking for inspiration from real world events, situations or happenings in my life that I find intriguing for photo and film, but have a completely different and almost opposite approach and voice when I am designing. Many of my designs come in a much more lighthearted, upbeat and colorful voice.

    http://www.kimberlyblasnik.com/

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  • Kate Huffman
    Artist

    ​A release of energy, whether it be positive, negative, or spontaneous. My work is an exploration of the realms in which the human form is free to explore the possibilities of letting go of the inevitably harsh realities of the world and bodies in which we live. The process illustrates the possibility of the impulsive mind to exist in a concrete, yet imaginative matrix.

    http://www.katehuffmanart.com/

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  • Eric Leighton
    Artist

    ​When I’m given a brief for an assignment, I try to figure out precisely what is being asked for and what the most interesting approach to tackle the problem is. I’ve noticed that in doing this, every single problem has its own unique solution. When I dive into the assignment it simply starts as a huge brainstorming session, where no idea is stupid and I just write down everything that possibly comes to mind. This tends to get out every bad idea, a few completely off the wall ideas and then usually a few that I can run with. I talk them out with my peers and decide the best route. The best ideas I come up with are the ones that I can blow out across multiple platforms, that people can interact with and something that garners an emotional response from the audience. When I actually get into designing I decide which medium is the best to work with to get to the solution I want. Usually I work for a while on something, get mad at it and start again until I’m satisfied with the outcome. In the end I’m usually working on trying to fine tune all of the small details I may have missed along the way.

    http://www.eric-leighton.com/

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  • Jennifer Tarrant
    Artist

    ​It isn't always necessarily something I am searching for, but if an idea comes to mind I jot it down to explore later. My creative process has continued to evolve but it always begins with research. I read everything I can get my hands on - relevant or not - and then I write to sort out my thoughts. If I am working on creating a brand I write about their story, background, and personality. I normally find myself either grocery shopping or at Goodwill when I need to clear my head and take a step back. I often feel like a scavenger. As I walk through aisles upon aisles of housewares and home goods I notice textures, shapes, color - all the little details that inspire me. Then I get back to work and simply play, most often through typography first. I don't do much sketching until later. My process varies from project to project, but it always begins with a seemingly ridiculous idea and ends with something that is so inherently me.

    http://www.ohcrepedesign.com/

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  • Cristian Vitale
    Artist

    ​My life experiences in Italy and the USA, horrible and beautiful as they might be, influence and fuel my practice. I explore ways of making new spaces that detach from the realities in which we live. These alternative spaces attempt to start a conversation about human emotions and experiences. After moving to the USA from a rural farm in Italy, I realized the important role that physical labor plays in my creative process. Physical labor is often evident through use of multiples in the work. This use of multiples liberates and infuses energy into the spaces and environments I create.

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  • Amelia Wang
    Artist

    ​I once had a professor that advised me to look at good design at least once a day. “Design is good for you,” he said. This is usually how my process begins. I keep a blog where I collect anything that I see or encounter that spurs an idea – and then I’ll revisit my blog when I’m in need of inspiration. Once the ideas are flowing freely, I research the problem. A lot. I think its important to know everything you can before jumping into the design – a good story drives the creative. From this point on, I dapple around, play, and almost always inevitably turn to my camera. Photography is the method that I feel most comfortable experimenting with and I often think that my best solutions are the ones found through the lens.

    http://www.ameliawang.com/

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  • Carrie Mae Smith
    Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University

    Sculptor and installation artist, Carrie Mae Smith was just awarded a competitive exhibition with “Artship Olympia” in Philadelphia, PA. You can see her work from June 25th to September 25th, 2016. This summer Philadelphia Sculptors in collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum will launch “Artship Olympia,” an exhibition of site specific installations on the historic Cruiser Olympia, moored in the boat basin at Penn’s Landing. Artists will creatively reinterpret Olympia, giving voice and vision to its history, stories, and culture. Artworks will be bold, subtle, loud, calming, invigorating, and disruptive. What they won’t be is predictable. Visitors will have access to the exhibition during Olympia’s normal visiting hours with additional special events to be scheduled.

    Carrie states, "My proposal for the Artship Olympia is to highlight the historically overlooked, yet vital aspect of the lives of the sailors— their diet.”  For more information on Carrie Mae Smith visit http://www.carriemaesmith.com/.

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  • Phillip Scarpone
    Artist

    Phillip Scarpone's solo exhibition "Fragments of Recollection" is on display at the Andrea Brest Gallery, Jacksonville, FL.

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  • Kyle Hackett
    Artist and Adjunct Professor

    ​Hackett earned his MFA in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. His residencies include: The League Residency at VYT, NY as recipient of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship, Contemporary Artists Center, NY and Vermont Studio Center, where he was the recipient of the Civil Society Institute Fellowship. Hackett will attend A.I.R. Studio, Paducah, KY and will be visiting critic at Saint Mary's College, MD in 2017.

    Hackett's numerous honors and awards include Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibition, making him the youngest winner in the contest's history. His work has been featured and written about in the Washington Post and included in the Huffington Post's "Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014." Additionally, his work is featured in the African American Museum and Library’s STQRY collection in Oakland, CA. Hackett’s work gained international recognition as part of Dave Bown Projects 11th Semiannual Competition.

    Hackett’s work is notably supported and collected by Ethan Cohen New York, Wangechi Mutu and University of Delaware’s Museum of African American Art. Hackett has exhibited work in Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Miami Art Fair, Washington, D.C. and New York.

    http://www.kylehackettstudio.com/

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  • Karl Lieberman
    Creative Leader, Wieden+Kennedy

    "Things have been great in Portland. I loved my bosses, my partner, our team, our clients and my home. And as someone who has been a creative in advertising for a pretty long time, that feeling of contentment made me nervous and I knew it was time for a change. I am in awe of the NY office’s talent, their client roster and their work. I’m assuming this promotion is a clerical error, but I’m just going to go with it."

    Additional Honors & Awards

    Grand Prix Cannes Integrated Lion, Bronze Cannes Film Lions, Cannes Film Merit, One Show Interactive Integrated Campaign Gold, One Show Integrated Campaign Gold, Art Director’s Club Integrated Campaign Merit, AICP Next Integrated Campaign, Clios Content and Contact Gold, D&AD Integrated Campaign Yellow Pencil, Silver Cannes Cyber Lion, Bronze Titanium Lion, Gold Effie, One Show Interactive Bronze, One Show Bronze, One Show Merits, Adweek Best Spots, London International Awards Bronze, Creativity Picks of the Day, AICP Best Agency Art Direction (I was a CW/AD at the time) and Time Magazine Top 10 commercials 2007.

    http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/wieden-kennedy-new-york-names-new-creative-leader-after-2-big-departures-167544

    http://www.karllieberman.com/index.php?/resume/

    https://www.wk.com/person/karl_lieberman

    http://creativity-online.com/credits/karl-lieberman/10768/1

    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/karl-lieberman/1b/11/73a

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