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  • Karen Kopacz is an art director, graphic and Web designer, illustrator, writer and musician. She is a graduate of Columbia College where she studied fine art and writing. Kopacz is director and founder of the monthly online arts and literature magazine Mental Contagion, launched in 2000. Karen was a panel member in SXSW's 2005 Interactive Festival and her Web design has been featured in the printed design anthology "Portfolios Online." She is a former art director of First Avenue’s In-House Ma…
  • Suzy Messerole, originally from rural Iowa, is a company member of Pillsbury House Theatre, where she has performed and directed in the Breaking Ice and Chicago Avenue Project programs. Prior to Pillsbury House, Messerole served as the Co-Artistic Director of Outward Spiral Theatre Company. She directed Jeany Park’s play, 100 Men’s Wife, at the History Theater and performed in Landmark: 24 Hours at the Stone Arch Bridge. Aamera Siddiqui was born in Tanzania to South Asian parents, and consid…
  • Sculptor Aldo Moroni, a 1976 graduate of The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is known for his signature small-scale architectural ceramic buildings, which are featured in permanent collections in local museums and public and private institutions. He has even created a Christmas tree ornament for the White House. He is nearing completion of his five-year epic project called “ Babylon” wherein he has painstakingly constructed and then ritualistically destroyed and again rebuilt layers o…
  • Carl Flink is the founder and artistic director of the performance group, Black Label Movement (BLM). He is also the Director of Dance and a tenured associate professor with the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. A Limón Dance Company member and soloist during much of the 1990s in New York, Flink has also danced for Bill T. Jones and Paul Taylor, and locally Shapiro & Smith Dance and Paula Mann among many others. His choreography has been commissioned by St…
  • Jelloslave is a cello and drum quartet with an eclectic repertoire ranging from Bach to Led Zeppelin to their own improvisational & jazz-influenced compositions. Jelloslave features cellists Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ferrier-Ultan, along with drummer Greg Schutte and tabla player Gary Waryan. After graduating from Yale University with a Master's Degree in performance, Jacqueline Ferrier-Ultan has collaborated with world-renowned jazz, new music, and rock artists including Anthony Cox, B…
  • Trained as a visual artist, Michael Sommers has practiced the theatre arts as a designer, director, composer, performer, playwright and puppeteer with The Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Children’s Theatre and The Jungle among others. Sommers is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in the Interdisciplinary Program for the Collaborative Arts. In 2000 he co-founded, along with his partner, theater artist and musician Susan Haas, Open Eye Figure Theatre whose original work has…
  • To hear the interview with Yuri Arajs, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.   Yuri Arajs has curated art exhibits for The Soap Factory, Intermedia Arts, Rosalux Gallery, Inside Out Gallery at Interact Center and the Visible Fringe, the visual arts component of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.He is the co-founder of Outsiders and Others Gallery, which primarily focuses on Minnesota’'s self-taught artists, as well as the new Outsider Art Center, wh…
  • To hear the interview with Monica Sheets, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.   Monica Sheets is a mixed media artist who works in the public sphere with non-traditional, temporary projects. She was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a BFA in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Since moving to Minneapolis, she has created conceptual projects that attempt to bridge the gap between the arts and peoples’ lives.She has received grants …
  • To hear the interview with Kathryn Haddad, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.       Mizna is an Arabic word meaning "the cloud of the desert." Mizna is also an Arab-American cultural forum, which publishes a nationally-recognized journal of prose, poetry, and visual art and hosts an annual international film festival. Kathryn Haddad, a Lebanese– American writer, is its co-founder. Her play, “With Love from Ramallah” was staged at the Mixe…
  • To hear the interview with Mankwe Ndosi, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page. Mankwe Monika Nkatuati Ndosi is a Minneapolis-based vocalist and multidisciplinary performer of Tanzanian & Midwestern descent. She's been working for over a decade in the mediums of theater, dance, music, spoken word and improvisation. In addition to her independent work, Mankwe is part of Douglas R. Ewart & Orchestra Inventions, a Chicago-based improvisational…