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HometownLos Angeles, CA
Alexis Roberts is a video and performance artist from Los Angeles, CA. Her work focuses on themes of pop-culture, female identity, celebrity obsession and so much more. She has an affinity for creating characters and constructing narratives, which put said characters into absurd situations. The subdued and sardonic nature of this work allows the pieces to remain accessible, light hearted and amusing while still touching on deeper themes and concepts. Currently she is in the early phases of developing and filming a full length video piece set in 1995, about an obsessed Blind Melon fan who drives to New Orleans for the biggest let down she could imagine.
Alexis Roberts, MFA '11
Julie Poitras Santos employs diverse materials to create installations and site-specific performances that share a relationship with language. Investigating ritualized actions, narrative landscapes and liminal spaces, the work touches on aspects of anthropology, surrealism and feminist theory. Also a poet, her research interests include areas where art and language intersect.
In 2012, Poitras Santos curated and created work for a five-person exhibition at the Coleman Burke Gallery in the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick, Maine that was accompanied by a catalogue with curatorial essay. Her solo and collaborative work has been exhibited domestically and internationally, including exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain; Reykjanesbaer Art Museum in Iceland; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado. She has attended residencies and created performances and projects in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Iceland; these include working at the NES Artists Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland in 2009, the European Ceramic Work Center, in 's-Hertogenbosch, NL in 2005, and the Vermont Studio Center in 2004. Poitras Santos has received many grants and awards, including a recent Good Idea Contemporary Art Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and a Boulder Arts Commission Major Grant from the Boulder City Council in Colorado in 2002.
Julie Poitras Santos holds two MFAs, one in Visual Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000, and a second in Poetry from the Stonecoast Creative Writing program, 2013. She received a BS from Tufts University in 1990. Poitras Santos has taught sculpture at Bowdoin College, the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lived in Barcelona, Spain for three years (2004-2007) and worked as the Artistic Director of the Art Residency program Can Serrat, in Montserrat National Park.
BS, Tufts University
MFA, University of Colorado
MFA Faculty - Julie Poitras-Santos
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel has recently exhibited her work at The Delaware Contemporary Art Center in Wilmington, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Towson University in Maryland, The Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA, Galerie Articule in Montreal, Suyama Space in Seattle, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME and Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. This summer she curated a show entitled Seepages for Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta and also created a temporary outdoors installation in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. She is the recipient of a 2009 Independence Foundation Grant, a 2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2005 Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Visual Arts, and a 2003 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant in Sculpture. Lathan-Stiefel received her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University in Providence, RI and her MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. Currently she lives in West Chester, PA with her husband, composer Van Stiefel, and her two children, Sam and Charlotte.
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, MFA '01