Friday, May 29, 2015

Publicity for the Young Artists Institute that I am directing this summer at SOU.


    SOU launches arts institute for high school students

    Former Ashland student, now a poet, will be featured
  • Southern Oregon University is launching a Young Artists Institute this summer for talented high school writers and artists.
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    • By Vickie Aldous
      Mail Tribune

      Posted May. 29, 2015 at 12:01 AM 

      Southern Oregon University is launching a one-week Young Artists Institute this summer for talented high school writers and artists.
      In future years, the university hopes to extend the length of the institute and add other art forms such as theater, dance and music, said Ellie Leonhardt, the new director for the institute.
      Members of the local arts and education community hope the institute can eventually become the West Coast version of prestigious programs such as the Iowa Young Writers' Studio.
      "Why can't students come here when Ashland offers so much?" asked Leonhardt.
      The featured instructor for the July 26 through Aug. 1 institute is former Ashland High School student and Purdue graduate Corey VanLandingham, a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University.
      "She is the next up-and-coming poet in America and a great role model for young artists," Leonhardt said.
      VanLandingham said she is looking forward to returning to Ashland.
      "It was such a nurturing community when I was growing up as a young poet," she said. "A lot of my colleagues say they felt discouraged when they were growing up. I felt fostered by the community. I'm really excited to go back to the community that gave a lot to me as a young writer."
      High school students will hit the ground running at SOU's institute. The night of their arrival, they will make journals for recording their thoughts and sketches.
      VanLandingham will lead a morning forum to give guidance for each day. She hopes to inspire the students with examples of journals and sketchbooks by famous artists.
      "Everyone starts with a blank page. It's important to learn how to go from a journal entry to a serious creative work," VanLandingham said.
      Students will have access to SOU facilities for writing and art, including studios and the Schneider Museum of Art. They will also take field trips to Crater Lake National Park and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
      "On the day trip to Crater Lake, they'll focus on incorporating landscape and the environment into their art and writing," said Ashland High School creative writing, English and social studies teacher Kathi Bowen-Jones, who will be among the instructors at the institute.
      Central Medford High School poetry and creative writing teacher Jay Schroder, short story writer and songwriter Vincent "Craig" Wright, artist and SOU Professor Cody Bustamante, print maker and sculptor Kyle Peets, realist painter Sarah Burns and AHS fine art and jewelry-making instructor Sam Scharf will join VanLandingham and Bowen-Jones as instructors this summer.
      Students will see art brought to life via playwriting and scenic design when they watch the play "Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land" at OSF, Leonhardt said.
      The week will conclude with an art show, poetry slam and readings.
      VanLandingham said she expects the students will stay in touch and share their artistic progress with each other long after the week is over.
      "It's a rare opportunity to have all these artists together in a creative community," she said.
      Applications are accepted as long as there are openings, up until the start of the institute.
      The cost is $995 with an extra $20 materials fee for visual art students. Scholarships are available. The application deadline to be given priority for a scholarship is Monday, but applications and scholarship requests will be considered after that day.
      To be eligible, students must have completed at least ninth grade as of June and cannot have graduated from high school.
      For more information about the institute and to apply, visit

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    My poem Vessel was published in Winter 2012 Currents

    The Installation version of Caught.Catching is up for 4 more days at SOU

    Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University Current Exhibitions  

    Narrative, Mechanism, and the Digital Thread 

    March 16 to April 28, 2012

    David Bithell, Ali Momeni, Jenny Vogel

    The opening reception will be FRIDAY, March 16, 5:00pm-7:00pm with a performance by visiting artist Jenny Vogel.  Vogel will present an Artist Talk on Thursday, March 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Meese Auditorium, Art Building.

    Clockwise from upper left:
    • David Bithell & Ellie Leonhardt, Caught Catching, 2010, video still from 3-channel interactive installation.
    • Ali Momeni & Robin Mandel, Smoke and Hot Air, 2008, wood, metal, custom electronics, smoke
    • Jenny Vogel, The Beauty of All Things Falling, 2011, still from animation, 4.5 minutes

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012