2020 Artists: Session II
Visual artist Laura Elkins began painting as a child in her hometown of Oxford, MS. Based in Washington, D.C. since 2000, Elkins immerses figures in the events and issues of our times to create contemporary portraits charged with tension of being both the observer and the observed. Her explorations of the human form are heavily influenced by her architecture degree from the University of Virginia. Elkins is recipient of a number of prestigious grants and awards. She has exhibited widely in New York and Washington D.C. and is a fellow of the Virginia Center For The Arts and the Santa Fe Art Institute. While in Seaside, Elkins will focus on plein air self-portraiture that expresses the “terrible beauty” of the earth being lost through extreme climate. The artist offers a plein air portraiture workshop, will exhibit works created during her residency and will give an artist talk in a salon setting in Seaside.
Endriss | Gregg Collaboration
E2C Fellows and visual artists Lisa Endriss (’05) of Munich and Gail Gregg (’01) of New York City met while students at Vermont College of Fine Arts and have remained international colleagues for decades. Working together as a collaborative team, Endriss and Gregg will create fictional environments out of found objects to simulate habitats humans might elect to live in should climate change alter our current homes along the Gulf of Mexico. Their constructs will be used as backdrops in a video featuring local residents and artists discussing how they might live as future “pioneers” in these conceptual environments.
Lisa Endriss is a leading abstract expressionist shown throughout Europe and Brazil. She is included in the Critical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Art and her work is collected in prominent museums in Germany and in international corporate and private collections.
Gail Gregg’s abstract works are represented in a number of New York galleries and are included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Her freelance writings appear in leading U.S. cultural publications including ARTnews and the New York Times.
Alonso Fiallega has worked in leading roles in professional theatre for fifteen years: producer, director, teacher, and stage manager. Fiallega was technical director for the internationally prestigious Centro Cultural Helénico in Mexico City and coordinated academic programs for the Festival Internacional Cervantino (FIC), the most important international artistic and cultural event in Mexico and Latin America. Currently a resident of Benito, Juarez, Mexico, Fiallega’s first play, La Princesa e El Ministro, won critical praise in Mexico and was awarded the 2017 California Fine Arts Prize – Dramaturgy in the U.S. Fiallega devotes his E2C residency to developing his next play based on a fictional examination of the final hours of the 2017 Las Vegas shooter. Fiallega offers playwrighting workshops in Walton County high schools.
Zakk Jones is a guitarist, educator and band leader from Columbus, OH. A 2015 graduate of Capital University, Jones has since performed at renowned jazz clubs across the country. In addition to working as a private instructor, he is a part-time adjunct faculty member of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and is columnist for jazzguitartoday.com. Jones writes, arranges and performs regularly with his group, The Zakk Jones Trio, noted for their fresh Modern Jazz/Americana/Fusion style. While in Seaside, he will compose and arrange works for a second album and will continue developing music education materials for students and educators. Jones will contribute pop-up performances in Seaside venues throughout his residency and will be featured in E2C’s annual Valentine to 30A concert at The REP Theater on Saturday, February 15th, 7:30pm.
Following graduation from Grinnell College, jazz pianist and vocalist Jackie Myers became a mainstay in the famed Austin, TX indie scene for eight years. Her interest in jazz led her to relocate to Kansas City where she now performs regularly and continues jazz studies at UMKC. Myers is also music director of 12th Jump Street, a nationally syndicated Jazz radio program based in Kansas City and continues as project leader, producer and performer for Silent Films Out Loud which screens silent Buster Keaton films accompanied by live orchestral performance of original scores by Austin, TX composers. While in Seaside, Myers will compose and arrange a studio instrumental jazz album and will continue film scoring for Silent Films Out Loud. She offers master classes in composing music for film and in jazz studies. Myers will perform in E2C’s annual Valentine to 30A concert on Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 pm at The REP.