by Marya Morstad
October 7, 2005
Producer Marya Morstad continues the “Radio mnartists” series of web and radio interviews with Minnesota artists. Listen to her interview with Bill Cottman.
To hear the interview with Bill Cottman, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.
Bill Cottman is a photographer who draws inspiration from African-American street photographers such as Gordon Parks, and finds material for his work within his own family and community. As a McKnight Fellow, he created the series "Four Women: Stories of Freedom, Identity and Responsibility," whose subject is the experience and presence of the women in his life. Lately, rather than exhibiting in 2D, he is experimenting with projecting his images in conjunction with multi-media performances.
Bill Cottman, current events:
Artists envision the cyber-techno future and its impact on black culture.
Through October 23 at the Soap Factory.
“Cactus in the Desert”
A multi-media performance collective presented as part of the Bridges project from Pangea World Theater, created and performed by Laurie Carlos, Bill Cottman, Armando Gutiérrez G., Rene Ford, Roxane Wallace and Robert Karim.
October 19-23 at the Varsity Theater.
Morstad’s winning proposal was selected for the Innovate mnartists.org $5,000.00 award from dozens of proposals submitted. Radio mnartists will be broadcast on Art Matters, every Friday at 11am on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio-FM Radio – 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul and posted online every Friday on www.mnartists.org.
Composer Ken Brahmstedt will assist in the production of the series.
“Radio mnartists” features 20 conversations with a varied group of artists from around Minnesota. Says Morstad: “The series is meant to create a larger picture of the diversity of artists working throughout the state and will provide arts enthusiasts with a compelling entry point into the broader Minnesota arts culture.”
The Innovate mnartists.org Award was designed to expand awareness of the mnartists.org website, to broaden the audience, increase participation on the site, use the site’s technology in fresh ways, promote diversity, and connect artists with audience. We thought Morstad's proposed radio interview series met these challenges well: her subjects live all around the state, and include an incredible range of media and styles.
Her complete series will be presented as an audio collection on mnartists.org in January 2006.