Clyde McDowell is a Northeast Mississippian folk artist who works primarily in sculpture and mixed media. When it’s cold outside, he stays indoors and makes jewelry. His art – large and small, public and private – is made from vintage barn wood and a wide assortment of found objects such as animal bones, automobile parts, and broken bottles and dishes. McDowell likes to get people, young and old, thinking about art. To expose his community to the art world, he often donates his work to various local fundraisers. In February of 2012, his work will be shown in the “Folk Art and Friendly Folks” exhibit at the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany, Mississippi.
Skott Cowgill was born in Florida, studied briefly at the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Arts in Baltimore, then aimed his compass to the West. He now lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Skott works primarily in oil, painting on canvas, and an array of found surfaces. His graffiti projects can be found all over the city of San Francisco and have been celebrated in such events as the 10th Annual Clarion Alley Mural Project Block Party.
Skott’s work has been exhibited nationally, extensively collected, and has been featured in several films. His work has made appearances in the D.I.Y films Mango Kiss, Alley Ball, The Mission Movie, and, most recently, the widely circulated documentary film Beautiful Losers which focuses on the careers and work of a collective group of artists who, since the 1990s, began a movement in the art world using D.I.Y aesthetics.
Jeremiah Barber is a visual artist and writer based in San Francisco, California. Through artistic action he investigates themes of memory and body decay, perseverance, and transcendence. He completed an MFA in Art Practice at Stanford University, where he is a Visiting Lecturer in Experimental Media Art. A former member of Marina Abramovic’s Independent Performance Group, he has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and San Francisco’s the LAB. His writing has appeared in KQED Arts and Art Practical. A recent collaboration with the theater duo Sean Donovan and Sebastián Calderón Bentin, 18 1⁄2 Minutes, will appear this summer at the Performance Studies International Conference.
Sculptor and video artist Christy Gast is known for conflating the landscape and the body (often her own) through folk performance conventions. For past projects, Gast has tap danced around Lake Okeechobee, performed as a mermaid on trapeze and a cowgirl with an inflatable desert, and written and recorded a cappella folk ballads about women in the military. Deeply engaged in the role of landscape in both art history and politics, most of the artist’s large-scale projects start with the notion of “public land,” in both practical and romantic senses. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa, Artist’s Space and Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York; the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia; Miami Art Museum, the de la Cruz Collection, Gallery Diet, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and High Desert Test Sites in California, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile.
Tammy Rae Carland is an artist who works with photography, video and interdisciplinary materials dealing with issues of marginalization, affect, performance and comedy. She has screened and exhibited her work internationally and was recently included in the 12th Istanbul Biennale in Turkey, Seeing Gertrude Stein at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Bay Area Now 6 exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In the 1990’s Carland independently produced a series of influential fanzines, including I (heart) Amy Carter and from 1997-2005 co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company dedicated to the production of feminist and queer culture. Tammy Rae Carland received her MFA from UC Irvine, her BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City. She lives in Oakland California where she is a Professor at the California College of the Arts and Chairs the Photography Program.