Tsuyoshi Anzai (first-year artist) specializes in Kinetic art and video. He creates simple-structured machines by making impromptu combinations of everyday items, exploring the relationships between humans and objects. He received his master of film and new media degree from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011, and he has participated in artist residencies at Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Kawasaki City Museum, and the National Art Studio, Korea. His solo exhibitions include Reinventing the Real (2015), Biyong Point, Akita, Japan; and Origins Originated from Originative Originals (2014), Chimera-Project, Budapest, Hungary.
Jason Byrne (second-year artist) received his MFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and his BA in media arts and film history/theory from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1998. He has screened his films at the Film Forum at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, at the Black Maria Film Festival (where he won the award for Best Documentary), at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and at the 47th New York Film Festival. In 2010, he was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. From 2008 to 2013, he worked as the audio-visual archivist for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania.
Danielle Dean (second-year artist) received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her residencies have included the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions at the Bindery Projects in Minneapolis and Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles, and in group shows at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, at the Atelier Sachlink in Vienna, and at the Tate Modern in London.
Sondra Perry (first-year artist) makes performance and video installations that play with slippages of identity through manifesting “paraspaces,” a term coined by science-fiction author Samuel Delany, meaning a space existing parallel to the normal or ordinary. Perry has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, and the Experimental Television Center, and she has performed at the Artist’s Institute and Pioneer Works in New York City. She received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2015.
Ivor Shearer (second-year artist) received his MFA from Columbia University in 2010 and his BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in 2003. He attended the Whitney Independent Study Program (2011) and was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2012 Biennial Award. He works with film, video, and installation. His work has shown nationally and internationally in museums and film festivals, including the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has been an artist-in-residence in 2013 at Artpace in San Antonio, as well as a participant in in the Fondazione Ratti Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, Como, Italy.
Kenneth Tam (first-year artist) is an artist working in a variety of media, with a focus on video and object-making. His work explores the fraught spaces of the male body. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union and his MFA from the University of Southern California. He has shown in various venues across Los Angeles, including the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Honor Fraser, the Box, 5 Car Garage, and Occidental College, and he had a solo exhibition at Night Gallery in 2013. He is a recipient of an Art Matters grant and was awarded a California Community Foundation Fellowship.
Rodrigo Valenzuela (second-year artist) received his MFA in photo media from the University of Washington in Seattle; a BA in philosophy with a concentration in art from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington; and a BFA in photography with a minor in art history from the University of Chile in Santiago. He recently completed a series of residencies at Clark College in Vancouver, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions at various gallery spaces in Washington and California, and in group exhibitions at the National Academy Museum in New York City, the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in New Mexico, MOCA in Miami, and elsewhere.